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February 7, 2014

Chapter 7: Well-Formed Outcome (NLP for Personal Success)

Good day, dear friends. This is also a good chapter to be read so you bnetter read well ;)

In chapters before, we've known the fact that "outcome" is the result or consequences of the actions we take. Outcome can be what we want to happen/achieve, but it can also be the things that we don't want to happen/achieve.
Therefore, in NLP, there's a particular term called "desired outcome" -- which is, as written in the book, a central part of NLP.



How to Make a Well-Formed Outcome?
Unlike any other method, NLP method of achieving a well-formed outcome is a bit different. You'll see why. And it's kinda fun. Don't worry, I'm not an expert at NLP thingy....yet :p I'm still learning too :)

The first thing to do is to make sure that what you want is really what you want. Think again. What do you actually want?
Here's the rest:

1. State the Outcome with Positive Terms
If your outcome is to have a new gadget to provide your performance in life or your carrer, please don't state "I don't want an ugly and old phone". Just please. Because once you state that kind of words, it is what you'll get. Instead, state, for example, "I want the latest iPhone."

2. Make Sure the Outcome is Within Your Control
By "within your control" means your outcome is not something that involves other people's effort too. For example your outcome is to get the team job done by next week. That involves the other people in your team, right? Why not change the outcome with something that you can handle? Like, if your job desc in the team is to edit the video, then you can state outcome like this: "Done editing video by Saturday".

3. Make it as Spesific as Possible
Instead of stating "I wan to collect many books this year", change it with "I want to collect ten books this year, five fictions, three non fictions and two comics."  
When you state a spesific outcome, your brain and your whole body, including your subconscience will gain information to make the outcome happen.

4. Make Sure There is a Sensory-based Proof Procedures
Sensory-based proof here means you can imagine your outcome with picture in your mind, you can feel it, you can hear the sound, etc.
For example you have an outcome of getting the latest iPhone. Imagine the picture of the phone, hear the sound of song playing in the iTunes list of the phone, feel the softness of the screen, smell the smell of the new phone, etc.

5. Make Sure You Review the Context
Where, when, how and with whom you want to achieve the outcome? Do you want the outcome to be applied in all aspects of your life or just in certain aspects. Well yeah.

6. Have the Access to Resources
As the book says, one of NLP's goal is to support someone to move from the current state --where he is right now-- to his desired state--where he wants to be, and they're gonna need resources to do that. 
Resources can be skill, talent, money, knowledge, courage, etc. It can be anything.

7. Make Sure the Outcome Keeps Maintaining the Existing Benefits that We Already Got
For example, when your outcome is to have the latest iPhone, keep in your mind that it'll still keep the benefits that we already got keeps existing.  Before you have an iPhone, you are a diligent student, therefore you should make sure that even if you get an iPhone, you'll still be a diligent student too.

8. Check if the Outcome is Ecological
Chapters before, we've learned that we must be aware of the actions we taje and the consequences we receive. Make sure your outcome won't make other aspects of your life falls down not in to their place. Make sure it'll even make it easier for you to balance your life.

9. Define the First Step
Well then, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, they say. Define your first step well, so that you can really achieve your well-formed outcome.


Happy trying! :) 

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