5 NLP Principles of Success

Sam Saenz
3 min readMay 9, 2022

Learn how Neuro-linguistic programming can help you be more successful.

There are a few NLP principles upon which all techniques and teachings are based on. Understanding the following principles and implementing them into your daily life will help you achieve success, however success looks like to you.

1. Know your outcome

Know what you want, focus on it, then set a goal and create a plan. I cover this extensively in my other article How to write and manifest your goals in the new year.

2. Take action

It doesn’t matter if you write down your goals once or 100 times if you don’t take action towards accomplishing them. NLP is all about putting yourself in the driver’s seat of your own life and making things happen for you. So, be actionable and accountable (at cause). Remember, there is no failure, only feedback.

3. Have sensory acuity

Sensory acuity is the ability to use our senses to gather information and make observations about others. Our words make up about 7% of communication. 38% is tonality (how we say things), and 55% is our physiology (our body language).

People change their physiology from moment to moment and those changes have meaning. Therefore, to communicate and listen better, we need to have sensory acuity or read the non-verbal communication of the person we are communicating with.

To do this, try paying attention to someone’s posture, gestures, skin tone, breathing, lip size, and eyes for insight into what is happening in someone’s conscious and unconscious mind. It will also help you stay out of your own head and listen for understanding rather than listening to respond. This builds greater rapport and a deeper connection.

4. Have behavioral flexibility

A person with the most flexibility in a given system or situation can influence the system or situation.

If what you’re doing isn’t working or if you aren’t getting the desired result you want, change your behavior. Do something differently. You cannot keep doing the same thing and expecting different results. Being flexible in how you behave and the actions you take will…

Sam Saenz

UX Content Designer (https://samsaenz.com), Travel & Food Writer (https://eatwelladventureoften.com), and NLP (mindset) practitioner in Miami, Florida.