About NLP: The element with the most flexibility…

It’s time to delve a little deeper into the last of the NLP Presuppositions.

This time it’s number 7

The element in a system that has the most flexibility will be the catalyst of that system.

(In case you think the way it’s worded as an NLP presupposition is a little over the top, check out where it originated from: Law of Requisite Variety from the field of Cybernetics. Oy.)

What this clunky presupposition means is that more choices are better than fewer or no choices; that the more flexible you can be, the more likely you are to achieve what you desire.

Why it matters.

When you’re feeling stuck, it’s likely that you’ll feel like you don’t have many options available to you. If you can shift your perceptions and recognize different options or possibilities, it becomes possible to move forward.

Flexibility is important in every aspect of the situation, from possible actions and behaviors to the meaning of the situation and your feelings about it.

When you embrace this presupposition, it becomes easier to roll with changes and feel good, regardless of the external situation.

Learn more about NLP

Explore the other NLP Presuppositions:

  1. The map is not the territory.
  2. The meaning of your communication is the response you get.
  3. You have all the resources you need to achieve your desired outcomes.
  4. Every behavior is motivated by positive intention. People make the best choices they can with the resources they have available.
  5. You cannot not communicate. Effective communicators accept and utilize all communication presented to them.
  6. All outcomes are achievements, there is no failure, only feedback.
  7. The element in a system that has the most flexibility will be the catalyst of that system.
  8. Respect each person’s model of the world.

Photo: If you’re flexible enough, you can still get a place on the sofa.


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