Reframing is an important cognitive and neuro-linguistic exercise. Just like you can change the appearance and aesthetics of a picture by putting it in a new frame, you can change your perceptions by putting them in new thought-frames. Changing your perceptions is, of course, the first step in changing your life.

How you think about something will influence how you talk about it. How you talk about it will affect your actions.  You can start reframing your perceptions with these simple NLP exercises:

1)      Trash the picture. This is a classic NLP exercise that involves imagining your feelings in your mind. To use it, simply recall a nagging experience and picture it in your mind. Then use your mind to move the picture to the left or right. Then imagine throwing it away.  If it comes back throw it away again.

2)      Build the perfect you. This exercise helps build confidence and can help you reframe your self-concept. Imagine a mirror image of yourself. Notice how it stands and looks and speaks. Slowly imbue it with attributes you desire to have—like a confident voice or a strong stance—and then bring that self into your own real self.

3)      Confidence Circle. Think of a memory when you felt deeply confident. Let that memory grow stronger and encircle it with a bright colored ring. Imagine yourself moving in and out of the circle of confidence until it becomes easy for you to inhabit it.

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Roger Terry

Director of Training and Coaching at Evolution Training Ltd
Roger Terry is one of the world’s leading experts on applying NLP to drive excellence both professionally and personally. Roger leads seminars and consults with companies all over the world, including in the UK, USA, Europe and Middle East. He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Art of Interviewing, NLP and Qualitative Research, NLP for Teachers and The NLP Toolkit.

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