One of the more interesting things I’ve come across in my journey to get stronger of body and mind is NLP.. Neuro Linguistic Programming.
A truly fascinating topic, engaging Thought Modalities.. The way that we think. A lot of importance has been placed on what we think.. How we think carries just as much weight.
Can we truly correct our dysfunctions without thinking differently? I believe the answer is no, if we continue thinking in the same way which gave rise to dysfunctions both physical and mental, we will be limited.
We think based on our senses so each of the major 5 senses could be called a Thought Modality.
Some of us are more visual, some more auditory or kinesthetic.
In each of these modalities there are Submodalities.
Learning to use all modalities and submodalities will give us a lot more flexibility in our thinking.
This will prove valuable because everything begins with a thought, even our physical training.
Mental Rehearsal is the act of practicing something with a richness of thought modalities and submodalities to the point that even though we are not physically performing the activity, we can still improve our skills.
This was shown by Dr. Biasiotto at University of Chicago in the famous “Free Throw Study.” Participants who rehearsed free throws mentally showed equal improvement to those who only practiced physically!
Mental rehearsal has some advantages over physical practice. We can do it anywhere, anytime and will not fatigue as quickly as we would doing something physical. It also primes us for better practice when we do practice in the flesh.
Let’s use auditory as an example since most of us tend to think in words even though we are all capable of using any modality we choose.
Auditory thought modality includes words and any sounds..
Volume, Pitch, Rhythm, Frequency, Resonance
Let’s say we have a repetitive thought and it’s throwing us off our game. Could be any Automatic Negative Thought (ANT). The first step is to identify the thought and all it’s submodalities. We get up close and personal with the thought.
How loud is it? What is the tone? The Rhythm, Frequency and Resonance? Is it purely auditory or are there other modalities?
Once we’ve done this we can begin to change the submodalities. If the thought says “I always seem to find a way to mess things up..” in a deep, serious tone. We may make it higher, change the tone to a Mickey Mouse Falsetto..
Amazingly enough, the power we wield within our own minds goes beyond time itself.
Considering Mental Rehearsal, we can perform thousands of repetitions in a fraction of the time it would take physically with just a little practice.
I encourage you all to explore Thought Modalities and see how it can add an edge to our game.
Shout out to Tom Hooblyar for the great books on NLP. Tony Robbins is probably the most famous practitioner of NLP.
Encouraging you to Think Intentionally and Not Habitually…