How to fast track your success using modelling by phuoctho100


									                      How to fast track your success using modelling

NLP had its roots in observing why some people are such effective communicators. It is this
premise that we can achieve success through observation that is why modelling is so
important in NLP. Modelling offers a very powerful thought: if you can find someone who
already has success at what you want to achieve and you model their approach and learn how
they do something then you can achieve what they have achieved. This means not only
replicating their physical actions but also their emotions and mentality.

In NLP Modelling is the ability to replicate completely the desirable competence of another
person and by a process of getting into the unconscious behaviours underneath that skill. The
NLP practitioner is able to code those behaviours into a model that they could then teach to
other people so they can replicate that skill.Traditionally when you wanted to learn a new
skill you could do so by going to a class or reading to a book, or listening to CD’s or
watching television. Modelling provides a way to fast track your ability to absorb a skill.

When starting out on your modelling project you need to identify specific underlying patterns
in the way that your exemplar (the person you are modelling) operates. Things that you
should be looking out for are their beliefs and their values. The model that you will create
will be a thing that stands apart from the exemplar. You will be able to take this template and
teach other people and they in turn will be able to replicate the exemplars skills.

Modelling is the search to actually give an answer to the question “How do they do that?” We
have heroes and other people that we look up to. But for the most part we can only look on
with admiration. Imagine instead learning how to replicate their achievements. That is the
essence of modelling. The most important thing is that you have a sense of curiosity. You
must have the belief that replicating someone success is a problem that you need to solve.

Trying to learn how to replicate someone who is highly successful will probably be
overwhelming at first. Say for example we wanted to achieve the same outcomes in our life
as Barack Obama. We might want to look at first how to model his ability to give a speech.
Obama is an excellent and highly effective public speaker and this is a skill if we could
model successfully would be of great benefit to us.

This may sound difficult but it actually a very natural process. As humans most of our
behaviour has in fact been modelled on someone else. Look for example at the way you may
laugh in the same manner as your mother. Modelling is just breaking this unconscious
replication down so that it is repeatable. You probably learnt for example how to ride a
bicycle from someone such as your father. You noticed what they did and then you replicated
that behaviour. If you want to learn how to be a champion bike racer you will need to find
someone else to model.

When you choose to model someone you have to look beyond just the surface appearance. If
for example we wanted to replicate Donald Trump’s success we might think acting like a
pomposity is a great way to achieve financial wealth. But the way Trump acts on television is
probably mostly act. He presents himself as larger as life because that is what works for the
camera. His success though is probably more down to factors such his personal drive, his
persistence, his skill in negation and mental strategies which accustom him to success.
How do we decide then whether vanity for example is a good predictor of success? One way
would be to look at two other successful businessmen and look for commonalities. Is vanity a
feature common to all three businessmen? If not what do these three all have in common. If
we can discover this then we have found something worth modelling.

The key stages in modelling can be broken down as follows.

Step One: Know Your Outcome

If you don’t know what your desired outcome is at the outset then there is no way of knowing
whether you have achieved that outcome. This can be thought of as knowing when to stop.

Step Two: Identifying an exemplar

Next find someone or sometimes a few people who are already achieving the success that you
would like to achieve in a similar context to yourself. These exemplars maybe unconsciously
competent at whatever they do so this means that they have reached such a high level of skill
that they are no longer aware exactly how they do what they do. If you ask them how they do
something they might just answer “I just do it.” Modelling is a process of investigation and so
you will need to dig a little deeper.

It is generally easier to model an exemplar the closer they are to you. A public figure is often
very difficult to model for two reasons. First you do not have easy access to that person on a
regular basis making them difficult to model. Secondly they often have a “public persona”
which makes modelling the true traits a little more difficult.

Step Three: Find a modelling method you can work with

Modelling at its deepest level is about finding out how an exemplar experiences their world
so that they are able to do whatever they do to such proficiency. You cannot just replicate
their physical actions but also the way they think, they feel and the way that they behave at
any point in time. As someone starting out you will probably want to have some framework
or a hypothesis in advance of starting your modelling project.

Look at the following factors when examine your exemplar. Look at their environment, who
they spend time with, and what they do. Look at their capabilities. What skills do these
people have? What are their behaviours? What are their habits or strategies? What are their
beliefs and values? What is important to these people? Who do they see themselves? And
what is there purpose? How does what they do fit in with their bigger picture?

Step Three: Gather your data

There are different ways of gathering your data. One is the unconscious uptake approach
where you just spend as much time as you can with the person. You can gain an intuitive
understanding of that person if you follow this approach. Try not to bring any preconceived
notions with you instead merely emulate what they do. This will includeeverything from
breathing to the way they carry themselves. Try to feel what is like to be that person and
observe what they observe
Another approach is analytical information gathering. This is a much more structured
approach which involves gathering data. This is sometimes a more useful approach if you
don’t have personal access to your exemplar.

Step Four: Building Your Model

Once you have your data, you will need to build a model which exhibits the patterns you have
found in your exemplar. This template is a description of the patterns that would be needed if
someone else wanted to replicate the exemplars outcome.

Step Five: Test the Prototype

Once you have your model you are not finished yet. You need to test your model and look at
how the model can be improved. Want to find out if it works? Teach it to someone else and
see if they achieve the outcomes the exemplar achieved.

Step Six: Refine for Simplicity

You need to find out if an aspect of exemplars behaviour is an essential element of their
success. You should look for three occasions where this behaviour has been present in a
successful outcome. You may need to look at multiple exemplars so that you can observe
three separate occasions.

Of course a successful modelling project does not mean that you will necessarily be able to
play golf as well as tiger woods. But by modelling him you can massively improve your own
performance and thus your outcomes. Not only this by opening yourself up to successful
people and spending time with them you will not be able to help being successful yourself.

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