NLP Hacks to Mind Your Mind

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.

Modality: Auditory

Auditory thought modality includes words and any sounds..

Submodalities:

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…

-Juan Disla

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Hello and welcome to the Primal Fitness Project. I’m a Personal Trainer with a deep interest in the body/mind. I believe it’s coming to light there is much more overlap between body and mind; physiology and psychology. In the context of evolution, the conditions we are experiencing are quite new and surprisingly unpleasant to our genetics. Major environmental conditions like lighting, temperature, food and stress are having negative impacts on our genetic expression. Negative impacts on our very human blueprint. I’m not suggesting we run off into the woods or abandon the progress that benefits us. I am suggesting that we begin to ask questions about where our culture has lost balance with the human blueprint. In an industry oriented purely the physical and worse still, dominated by dissection mentality. Disconnecting the body instead of training it as a whole. Isolating muscle groups is being shown to have negative impacts on our Fascia, the organ of form which integrates all systems of the body. The rates of injury and degeneration are fire alarms signaling our straying from the path. This BIG! It means we are unintentionally limiting ourselves in the quality of our movement and psychology. On top of that there are the environmental challenges of diet, distraction and sleep. It’s fair to say we’ve hit a low point in health and happiness with the epidemic of diseases both mental and physical. This space represents our resurgence. We’re building a community conscious of these challenges and prepared to take action back towards balance. Our weapons are information and practice. Here you will find information from people looking to empower you to take control of the six major points in our Hexagon of Health: Mentality, Movement, Breath, Sleep, Nutrition and Community. Let us put this information into practice and become stronger together.

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