Plan your Future with NLP Timelines


An NLP time line is a mental construct that is used internally to organize time. If you haven't worked out your own time line then read the lesson on discovering your own time line before trying the following exercise.

This exercise requires anchoring, so if you haven't learnt how to use anchoring on yourself then read the article Create Powerful Anchors using NLP.

You will also need to be able to work with creating states, so you should read NLP states too. The exercise will assume you already know these subjects reasonably well.

If you have a goal, you can use time lines to help you achieve it.

Firstly create a strong, compelling picture of you achieving the end goal. Make the picture big and bright.

Now visualize your time line and slide the picture into a position on your time line.

Does the position match when you would like to achieve that goal?

Does it feel comfortable?

If so then try moving the picture closer to the present, until your feeling changes. You want to move the goal as close a possible without feeling that it is unrealistic.

Once you are happy with the position of this goal, break the goal down and create images for a further 3 or 4 deadlines. Place each of these (starting with the latest) on to your time line, making sure you are happy with the positions.

Finally, anchor a really strong motivation state. Fire the anchor and move your awareness gently off into the future along your time line, keeping this powerful feeling going with you, allowing the feeling to the new goal images as you go passed them.

Good Luck with this NLP time line exercise!