Mental Imagery

The New Behavior Generator

The New Behavior Generator is an NLP technique using mental imagery or rehearsal for getting long-term outcomes. Outcomes usually require ongoing behavior and responses. To get that qualification for instance you need many small skills, such as persistence, being able to keep the vision and/or optimism.

We often think of habits as bad things, yet they are our brains way of operating on minimum power. If we did everything consciously, we would be very unproductive.

Creating and keeping habits requires linking long-term outcomes to behaviors and responses needed to achieve them. It is easy to begin an exercise program for example, but without a strong connection between the result (whether increased fitness or how you look) and ongoing behaviors it can be difficult to continue.

Learning Skills

The New Behavior Generator sets up a template or mental map of unconscious competence for a skill. It organizes us so we can develop skills more easily. We set up a mental structure for our nervous system to follow. We still need to practice and refine to actually get the skill.

stages of learning diagram

We don’t have to learn everything from scratch. Leverage is about learning from the experiences of self and others. We have many references and pieces of behaviors already unconsciously that we can organize and sequence to create new skills.

People learn through observation, practice and refinement. We create strategies to achieve things. If I want to paint my office for instance, I create a plan for moving things out of the way, preparing the surfaces and applying the paint. If I painted rooms as a trade, my set of strategies for this task would be automatic

New Behavior Generator Process

  1. Identify a behavior you would like in order to gain a particular outcome.
  2. Make sure it is a Well Formed Outcomes, especially that it is stated in positive terms and you check for objections (ecology check)
  3. Create a dissociated movie of the behavior you want. This can be either another person or remembering a time when you did the behavior and watching yourself do it. The role model you choose can be someone you know, a celebrity, TV character or even an animal. Edit the movie until it is exactly how you want.
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  4. If the movie is of someone else, now see yourself doing the behavior. Make sure you are dissociated.
  5. Create a kinesthetic reference by associating into the movie. The key here is your physiology. How does your body feel doing the behavior? For instance, what is your posture like when talking to someone confidently and easily? How are your neck and shoulders placed?
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  6. Future Pace in order to test in a real life situation. You need to be convinced consciously that you have learned a new behavior.

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