At an IMPACT Goal workshop recently, one of the delegates asked whether they could draw their goal rather than write it.

Why not? After all, aren’t dreams visual?

Well, not necessarily. We all think in different ways. Neuro-Linguist Programming (NLP) is credited with popularising the four keys ways we represent the world in our minds. Richard Bandler and John Grinder introduced these “rep systems“ in their seminal book “Frogs into Princes: Neuro Linguist Programming”.

The four main rep systems are:

  • Visual: a person ‘sees’ something in their mind.
  • Auditory: a person tells stories to themselves through ‘sounds’.
  • Kinaesthetic: a person uses ‘feelings’ to be in touch with the world.
  • Auditory Digital: a person rationalizes the world.

You’ll noticed that the first three are senses that connect us with the world. What about other senses such as smell and taste? For most of us these are minor in comparison to the four main rep systems above. That said, one of the delegates at an IMPACT Goal workshop identified taste as one of their core values, highlighting the individuality that we have when processing information from the world.

If you’d like to explore your senses and values in more depth, then join the next IMPACT Goal workshop.

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