Modelling Excellence

21 Aug 15
Modelling is a technique used in NLP, to create changes in particular areas of ones behaviour to improve on it.  Following the example of those who have acquired that success is a simple, yet effective route to take. Looking at someone who has already accomplished that behaviour and to observe and model certain aspects of their actions and thinking sets the brain on a new, more efficient track; if it’s worked for them, it can work for you.

In very simple terms, modelling involves taking on certain aspects of another who has achieved excellence in a chosen area to bring those qualities and skills into ones own life.

It works unconsciously to redirect our brain into the thought patterns and actions we are seeking to improve.  These are actions usually taken for granted and as such the most effective way to secure it’s effectiveness is by taking on the behaviour deliberately with a view to it becoming intuitive in oneself.

Modelling may have it’s limitations inasmuch as some skills may take a degree of practice and training; it is more a case of modelling the skills of excellence to take on a way of thinking and acting to enhance and elevate ones own skills.  Eg, I’m unlikely to run a 200 mile ultra marathon, but to model Fiona Oakes or Scott Jureck would no doubt lead me to run with more endurance and improve my own PB. So modelling would unlock a new brain pattern in myself leading me to the strategies that would improve my performance.

Modelling allows us to widen our own personal map; when we take on the behaviours, thoughts, actions of one who has achieved excellence, our brain responds and these thoughts and actions and they become part of us, thus, our personal map expands.

Starting with simple behaviours is the ideal way to begin modelling, and chunking down more complex tasks can be an efficient way to create the model.

Modelling is creating the excellence of others in oneself. This can be as simple or complex as one wishes. Tasks should be achievable, so being realistic and having a well formed outcome are vital for a successful model.  So being aware of what we can and won’t change about ourselves are important factors to bear in mind.

When we achieve the desired specific outcome then our model is successful.  I feel the key issue here is the unconscious actions, when behaviour is modelled repetitively until it becomes intuitive.

It is also possible to model ones own behaviour (self modelling), this may be useful if in one area of our life great success is achieved, but in another area it is lacking. To apply the behaviour used successfully to another area may produce positive results. This will be easier for some than others, those who are more self-aware will find it far easier to acknowledge their own behaviours and apply them to other areas.

So to model successfully, one must first choose a model whose excellence one desires to achieve. Then gather information on what the model does including thoughts, actions and so on. Thirdly, construct a model of how one will follow this personally. We can test its effectiveness to confirm if similar results are achieved in us as in our model. Finally apply the model and integrate it into oneself as intuitive behaviour.