When you tell your unconscious mind what to do, you’d better speak its language!

Setting Goals With NLP: Well-formed Outcomes In NLP & Ericksonian Hypnotherapy


What divides those who achieve their goals from those who don’t?

Yes, we all know the mind is powerful. And yes, we all know we should “think positively.” Well, the biggest lie in the personal development field is that that’s all you have to do.


If you can dream it, you can do it! No?… Well, maybe.

Being able to imagine achieving a goal is important–but it’s not enough. We all know people who can dream their goals until they’re blue in the face. They dream for years and years but never reach their goals!

It turns out, just dreaming about things isn’t necessarily enough to get them. You’ve got to be more specific about how you imagine your goals what emotions to attach to them and how they affect the rest of your life.


The answer comes from NLP.

NLP studies the world’s greatest achievers. As it turns out, these folks think about their goals differently than other people do. Achievers massage their goals–they make sure the goals fit a certain format before they start dreaming about them.

In other words, dreaming is not enough. You’ve got to dream a certain way!

NLP calls dreaming this way well-forming an outcome. Well-form an outcome and that goal becomes compelling and believable. Your unconscious drives into achievement mode.


It’s what I use with clients.

I well-form goals with almost every client that walks through my door. It not only helps them get sustained motivation, but it gives me an incredible amount of information as to what’s going on in their minds.

When you well-form a goal…

  • The goal comes to life in your unconscious mind
  • You are programmed to automatically find opportunities that move you closer to that goal
  • You have powerful, sustained motivation
  • The goal becomes more real, achievable and realistic
  • You discover anything that might be getting in the way of getting your goal
  • You get language that is perfectly formatted for affirmations or hypnotic suggestions
  • The goal fits with other goals you might have, so resistance is dramatically reduced
  • The goal is stated in a way your unconscious understands
  • You get rid of overwhelm
  • You dramatically increase your chances of reaching your goals

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Keith Livingston

Keith BioKeith Livingston is one of the world’s top trainers in personal change & development technologies. Author of over a dozen NLP & hypnosis training programs, he’s trained hundreds of hypnotists, hypnotherapists & NLP Master Practitioners. Keith is a former President of the Washington State Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists, a Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the Professional Board of Hypnotherapy and is certified as an NLP trainer by the International NLP Federation. He also has certifications as a specialist in pain control, weight control, smoking cessation, and painless childbirth.