Life Coach….NLP?

Ahhhhhhhhhh Coach…how do I love thee, let me count the ways!  🙂 Well…as much as I would love to write about and post pics about my love affair with Coach bags….that is not what I am here to chat about today! No….no….tis not to be! This shall have to wait for another day….. another article…..perhaps another blog! LOL Today I am here to chat about Life coaching and NLP. What is the difference? Do you know. And if you do and you feel I am way off the money here, please post to me or email me and give me your opinion.  🙂

NLP=Neuro Linguistic Programming

Definition according to =n effect, NLP is a powerful change management tool that transforms the way people think and act to have the greatest impact both professionally and personally.  That’s why NLP is one of the most powerful skills used in business management, psychology, sales, sports coaching and all forms of personal development. NLP practitioners are certified to use this tool to help their clients.

Definition of Life Coach according to (Business / Professions) a person whose job is to improve the quality of his or her client’s life, by offering advice on professional and personal matters, such as career, health, personal relationships, etc.

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a NLP practitioner nor am I studying to be one. I am just interested in what it is and the following are just my thoughts on that….. based upon my own personal research, which includes having had a few sessions with a NLP.

This is what I like to do…. find an interesting topic… learn about it and chat about it. If you are a NLP practitioner or have knowledge of something that I stated here incorrectly…please feel free to comment! Do remember that the actual facts about the professions are in the definitions above…following is my opinion based on my personal experiences!   I do  love to hear from people and it is never a negative! 🙂 It is your thought and it is all good!
SO…my thoughts…..
Simply put NLP is a type of life coaching.  I know a couple of NLP practitioners/life coach. I have even had a few sessions with a certified NLP practitioner. I have to say that I did not really see any great difference between  NLP/life coaches….in as much as I did not feel she knew or did anything different from my life coach friends other than the fact that she was coming from more of a spiritual place. My sessions involved a lot of “source or God” talk, meditation,visualization, and past life regression talk .  I say “talk” because we did not do any of it ( well we did do a little), we mostly talked about it. So as you can see my personal experience was not without a spiritual tone, which I acknowledge, life coaches are not necessarily coming from a spiritual place, probably mostly not. I am not sure she intended for my take away to be of a spiritual nature…but then again….I kinda do since she was always talking about God?!?

Ok…so NLP= spiritual coach? Ummmmm I don’t think so….. even with my sessions seeming to focus on a spiritual nature I do not think that is really what this was about. Yes…it was about relaxing and letting go and letting God, acceptance, forgiveness…..sounds pretty God like.
I feel that NLP practitioners are not looking to help you grow in your spiritual connection or spiritual life as much as they believe that the reason you are blocked can be discovered through recognizing a connection to life source…energy….. or God in the first place. ( I should qualify that statement to state that the NLP that I saw seemed to feel this way)  If you get connected to “source” you can discover all of the reasons that are holding you back from living your “source” given purpose.  If you can understand what “source” or God means to your life……and what life is intended to hold for us, then you can learn what your life purpose is and start living it. Therefore stop being blocked…stop being a saboteur…. BUT….this does not a spiritual coach make. Maybe a cross between life coach/psychologist/minister?
Do I have every nuance of what a NLP is or does written within this small article??  NO! Absolutely not.  I am sure there is a lot more to the life of a NLP Practitioner, I think you can see that from the formal definition that I have written above as compared to my experience.  I intend to continue to research it as well as other forms of life coaching in the coming months!