The First Step and Increasing Choice - NLP Matters, Episode #027


The NLP technique of Well-Formedness Conditions, which adds the final layer to the journey of Building our Successful Life and ensuring our goals are robust and resilient. So far, we have looked closely at the first five of the Well Formedness Conditions.

In this episode, we’ll explore the Well-Formedness Condition of expanding on the sensory specific details that describe the first step on the way to achieving our goal. And once we’ve done that, we’ll look at the final step of the Well-Formedness Conditions, which is to confirm that our goal increases choices.

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode:

  • The first step of the goal has to be to be clearly specified and achievable. Fill out the first step with as much sensory detail as possible. The greater detail you give, the more you engage your unconscious mind and create that congruent alignment. Then, all you need to do is to follow the steps you have outlined. 
  • Defining the steps using sensory specific details creates a bridge for our unconscious mind moving from our present reality to the realisation of our goal. In combining the sensory-based description of our goal, with the descriptions of our steps we are laying down the path, our instructions, which is especially important to our unconscious mind, because it means that we will now notice and focus on what steps to take along the way of achieving our goal.
  • When a goal is perceived to reduce our choice or limit us in some way, we can feel less attracted to it. We may lose a sense of alignment or perhaps our deep congruent commitment to go for the goal because as we go for it, we notice that it is limiting our opportunities or choices.
  • The final step of Well-Formedness Condition allows us to check that both the process of pursuing our goal and ultimately achieving the goal itself does open up more choices in our life. Rather than restriction, it creates a sense of growth. 
  • Increased choices may be created because we have learnt new things about ourselves and the world, we picked up new skills and capabilities, or gained access to increased resources. Hence, achieving a goal can open up opportunities for us.

So, there you have it. Making that first step specified and achievable, and having our goal increase choice, together round out the powerful strategy of Well-Formedness Conditions, which really makes our goals rock solid.

In our next episode, we’ll draw all the strings together so we can clearly experience the power of the of the Well-Formedness Conditions and see how these techniques continue the work we have done so far on how to build a truly successful life.

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Joanne Clark

Joanne Clark is an Internationally accredited Master Trainer of NLP who has been delivering NLP training since 2011.  Being on her feet in front of training rooms is where Jo loves to be and her passion for inclusive and immersive training that delivers outstanding learning outcomes is apparent to everyone in her training rooms.  On average Jo delivers 140 days of training per year in addition to online webinars, guest speaker events and group coaching. 

“NLP is at the core of all my training and coaching, it is at the core of who I am, how I interact and connect with people.  I am absolutely passionate about spreading the NLP tools across the planet as I endeavour to support Robert Dilts’s vision of Creating a world to which people want to belong.” Joanne Clark

Certified Master Trainer of NLP; Master Practitioner NLP, Hypnotherapy & Matrix Therapies; Performance Coach; Cert IV Coaching; Advanced Practitioner in Coaching; Cert IV in Business; BA(Hons); Majors in Sociology and Psychology; Parent Education Leadership Training (PELT) Certificate; Mother of four children; Private Pilot (PPL); Diploma in Life Coaching