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NLP Logical Levels

When looking to make a change and move away from something you don’t want, towards something you do, it can sometimes seem difficult to know where to start and where the changes need to be made.

The NLP model Logical Levels is used for organising our thinking, gathering information and communicating and is very adaptable to different situations. It can be used for problem solving, gaining a deeper understanding or clarification and getting outcomes. It puts some structure and therefore understanding around any specific situation and goal that you are looking to achieve, enabling you to know where to make the most effective change needed.

There needs to be a high degree of congruence and alignment in any change for it to be sustainable and have the impact you want. The below model provides a great way of doing this by recognising that there are different, complimentary levels that together form the building blocks of any experience.

Once we have a structure and understand the make up of any situation we are then able to develop flexibility and choice allowing us to make changes that will have the greatest effect.

Logical Levels

How to use the Logical Levels above:

1.                  Start by identifying the change or outcome you want to achieve.

2.                  Next, start at the top or bottom of the model, whatever seems right for you, and       identify or record what needs to be in place at each level for this change to be effected and correct alignment to be in place.

3.                  Now compare this to the present situation, level by level, and identify what you need to do “more of” and “less of” at each level. This is where limiting beliefs can come into the frame, so it’s helpful to be really aware of any that come up for you. They usually start with the the words ‘I can’t….’ or ‘I don’t….’.

4.                  Typically the higher up you make the change the more important and permanent the change will be. Notice how changes at one level will have an impact at other levels.

Here are some helpful questions that can prompt you at each level:

Vision: What is truly important to you about this? You can keep asking this question until the true higher purpose is revealed. Having a clear vision or higher purpose is core to any goal or experience. You can also ask; How does the world contribute or benefit from this?

Identity: What are you here for? What is your role? What do you represent in the context of this experience? What if you changed your identity to one that is more in tune with your goal?

Beliefs: What do you believe is possible or not possible? What beliefs would you like to have that you don’t at the moment? Interestingly you don’t have to actually believe something but just to “pre-suppose” something, in order to bring about a change.

Skills and Capabilities: These can also be inner strengths and resources. What are you not using that you use in other parts of your life? What can you benefit from to help you that you don’t have at the moment?

Behaviours: How aware are you of your behaviour and the impact it has on this situation? What could you do differently and what resources might you need to achieve that? The more behavioural flexibility you have the more aligned it is with the other levels above it.

Environment: Where you are. What you have around you. How important is this to achieving what you want and what needs to change?

Using this model is like shining a light onto all the different parts that make up the whole, making it easier to know where the changes need to be made, and the impact this can then have on the bigger picture!

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By Lawrence Michaels

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