NLP stands for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. Simply NLP is the language of our mind, and how to use it consistently to achieve our specific and desired goals and outcomes. Now! What are the Neurological Levels? It is an NLP Pattern based on the work of Robert Dilt. It is a Pyramid / Hierarchy Model based on behavioral science. It is a tool that helps us to analyze our life and situations in our lives through different perspectives.
For Example: How do you analyze yourself? Why learning some things are easy whereas some things are very difficult for you? How do you act and react in different circumstances of life? Then this article is for you. The Neurological Levels is very well designed for learning and supporting individuals or the organization for transformation in various aspects such as Visions, missions, goals, and values. Every goal you want to achieve in life or every problem you want to get rid of will fall within one of those logical levels and once we understood how to use it then we can identify our problems and use different thinking in order to solve them.
The Pyramid Type Structure of the model considers different levels. Each level implied perceptions and questions which we will discuss in detail:
• Neurological Levels:
The environment is nothing but our surrounding where we live, interact with people, the places we visit and almost everything from the outside world which has some effect on us is the environment.
For Example, you are working hard to lose weight but you have lots of junk food on your table, in your fridge, etc. whereas in a different scenario, the same situation but there is only healthy food around. So, in the second scenario i.e. a person with healthy food around has a lower chance of eating junk food. This is how the environment works on us and the change in the environment person made leads to a change in his behavior.
At this level, we ask questions to ourselves to find the opportunity and healthy environment for it.
• What are your environments like? (About work, family, friends, fun and alone time)
• What is your ideal environment? (Relations, Opportunities, etc.)
• What is your living situation like? (Financial, Health)
Behavior is simply how I act/react. Behaviors are how an individual or organization does. It is our responses and actions for certain content. Our behavior gives us the opportunities and capabilities to learn. when we do something, we gain knowledge and experience and that decides whether we can do something or not.
For example: Let’s consider the above example again. If a person eats healthy food, workout out daily follows good habits will have much better results than a person who is lazy and not following any diet or good habits. Below are some questions we can ask ourselves:
• What am I doing in life?
• I like what I am doing in life.
• Are there actions I am failing to take?
Capabilities are our talents, our skills, our abilities everything we have done, and everything we are capable of doing. It also relates to how things get done which means our mental strategies as well.
There is a huge importance of capabilities in our life. Capabilities have a direct effect on our beliefs and on the basis of the capabilities we have, if we know what is possible for us we believe we can do it. Below are some questions we can as to ourselves to determine our capabilities
• What can I do?
• What are my skills and talents?
• How do I carry out the activities I wanted to do? Etc.
4. Values and Beliefs:
Values and Beliefs are what we think we can do and cannot do, things that are important to us. In our lives, we formed the belief of what is true, what is possible and not possible, and what is necessary and not necessary to us. Our beliefs have a direct influence on our lives because what we believe will eventually create the capabilities which help us to achieve our goals. Below are some questions which we can ask to ourselves
• What can I do in life?
• Why is it important in life?
• What does it mean to you?
• What happens after you get it? Etc.
Identity relates to yourself. Who you are? Identity is our belief about ourselves, our self-esteem and what do you think about ourselves.
Identity can be related to your job, the role you play in the family, society, etc. your religion as well as a description of yourself in your surroundings. The impact of your belief is huge on your identity because most of the time we become what we believe. Many researchers said that most successful people identify themselves as successful before gaining huge success. And this creates our identity. Below are some questions which we can ask ourselves:
• What is my identity?
• What is my purpose?
• Who I am?
• What are my roles in society?
6. Vision / Purpose:
The vision level is the understanding of what is the purpose of everything I am doing. From individuals to organizations, we have different purposes which is having a powerful influence on our lives. Like For what or for whom you are doing everything?
This level carries maximum impact because if someone changes or adopted a new vision then his whole life will change. Whoever finds good answers and can live them will not feel stress, in fact, we will be happy and grateful to live our purpose and destiny a little bit more every day. Below are some questions which we can ask ourselves:
• What is the purpose of my life?
• Am I part of something bigger?
• What is the larger and bigger picture of the life that I belong to?
These Logical Levels provide a great structure for looking towards life, what is happening in life, and how to change it in any individual and group, or organization. Like so many of the useful tools in leadership and management, these levels are very simple and easy to understand and adopt and they will surely help you to change the way you think and perhaps the way other thinks as well. And hence this model is a widely used phenomenon in NLP and changed the lives of many.