In NLP, outcomes are defined as ‘well-formed conditions’.
The original post by Robert Dilts Encyclopaedia of NLP about the term can be found here.
In simple terms, it can be described as a desired end result after putting it through a checklist of questions to ascertain that it is what you want, it is realistic, achievable and inspiring.
The following are conditions that you can apply for your outcomes.
1. Expressed in positive and affirmative terms.
Focus on what you want to achieve instead of what you do not want.
Your question should be
‘What do I want?’
instead of ‘What do I not want?’ or ‘What do I want to avoid?’
How will you know when you are succeeding or have succeeded?
Evidence falls into two categories
- progress feedback and
- outcome feedback
What is your benchmark for achieving your goal?
Make your outcomes clear.
Keep your language simple and succinct.
Have you sort out the finer details?
Right questions are the answers.
Be clear about which areas the finer details applies to. It might not always be that it is relevant to all aspects of an issue. Have a thorough think through of your action plan.
4. Area of influence
- How much of what’s going to happen is within your control?
- Is the area that is within your control realistically significant enough for you to work on your goals?
- Which areas are not within your control?
- How do you persuade the people who are in control of these areas to help you?
- How can you enlarge your area of influence?
Resources are always finite and precious.
Which resources are you lacking in?
How then can you get the resources you need?
If it is not possible, what other ways can the task be done?
- role models,
- How are you going to allocate your resources?
How does your outcome fit into your life?
What are the greater implications of your outcome in your life?
Who will be affected if you achieved your desired outcome? In what way?
- Your beliefs
- Relationships with others
- Time demands
- Potential loss
- Opportunity cost
- Is this an outcome in alignment with who you are?
- Is this an outcome that will give you short term gain but potential long term loss?
- Does this outcome further express your identity?
- Does this outcome benefits you in one area of your life but is detrimental to another aspect of your life?
8. Coming together/Action Plan
Some desired outcomes might be challenging tasks due to the complexity or the number of resources required. If that is the case, do not get daunted.
How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.
List the challenges that are involved and sort out how you can resolve these challenges.
Set smaller outcomes to assist you to move closer to the bigger outcome.
One step at a time.
- What are the challenges?
- How can I resolve them?
- What are the smaller outcomes?
- What should be the sequence for accomplishing the smaller outcomes?
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