NLP Techniques to Use Your Imagination for a Change

Rintu BasuMind Control10 Comments

Lots of personal development junkies talk about setting goals and visualising them as if you have achieved them. I think that is a great start because it gets you all emotional and motivated to achieve. But I also think there are steps that you need to consider that are not talked often that are necessary on some level or another to achieve your goals.

The Truth About Goal Setting

Soccer Ball on FireThe fact that you are setting a goal means that there is some growth, stretch or development involved. You won’t set a goal for going down to the shops to buy a pint of milk for example. You would just do it because there is not development that you need to make to get the milk.

So if you need to change to reach your goal then perhaps consideration might be made about that changes need to be made.. My thought experiment then is just asking yourself questions similar to this one,

“Who do I have to be to achieve my goal?”

Here is how I would like you to consider it though. Imagine seeing yourself having just achieved the goal. Then depending on your preferences just float into the body of your future self and see it through their eyes or perhaps you could just book some time with the future you so you can interview them and ask those types questions.

An Interview With the One Person that Really Matters

In short imagine having a conversation with a future version of you that has just achieved the goal and asking them what they have changed about their values, beliefs and identity that supported them achieving their goal.

To my mind this is more important information that the action plan of how to achieve the goal. My reasoning is that if achieving the goal was as simple as following the plan it would not be a goal worth setting…you would just go and do it.

The reality is that most goals are just about following the right steps but what stops us is our internal baggage. Our beliefs, values and identity. If you hit that exactly right then you would just do stuff without having to set them as goals.

But that might be a little ahead of ourselves in the process right now. Once you have considered how you need to change to achieve your goals your next step might be about making the change.

Already Using Your Imagination for a Change

The issue from my perspective is that if you can imagine the changes then you are already most of the way there. Perhaps a few standard NLP techniques are all that you need to develop your confidence in the changes.

So a good answer to the question, “Who do you have to be to achieve your goal?” might be enough for you to not have to set the goal in the first place.

Conversational Belief Changes

Imagine if you could set this up conversationally for your clients and prospects. For example; if you are insales thinking about your prospect in the light of “who do they have to be to want to rush at us with fistfuls of money desperate to buy from me?” And then, “who do I have to be to attract that sort of customer?”

The reality is this sort of questioning works really well when you are in the mindset to allow it to work. Setting that up for yourself and others is really simple when you have thought it through. If you want to know more about the preframes you can use to channel your thoughts in this sort of direction click through and have a look at Trancey Coaching Conversations right here:



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10 Comments on “NLP Techniques to Use Your Imagination for a Change”

  1. Oliver

    As usual, a great article Rintu. Though I would like to add one thing. The grocery shopping example can be a huge effort lol. Who really wants to wander around a crowded supermarket with other grumpy miserable househusbands in crocs doing their weekly grocery shop? Meh. I take ages to motivate to go get milk x’D. If they sold groceries online, I would purchase online instead.

    1. Rintu Basu

      I’ve started drink tea and coffee without milk just so I don’t have to go out to buy milk…that’s how much I’m prepared to play avoidance strategies.



  2. Mike

    This is deep and profound stuff that utilises temporal shifts as well as challenges our concepts of who we are.

    An interesting question that arose from this is “Who do I want to become in order to have the life I want ?

    This could become incorporated into Timeline Therapy (TM) very powerfully.

    Cheers Rintu,

    Great stuff as always.


    1. Rintu Basu

      Well spotted Mike,
      That is exactly one of the areas where I use it, although I only do Time Lines now as I have run out of TMs and need therapy.



  3. Charles Harris

    Hi Rintu, another excellent article. You’re right on the button here. We all too often forget that it’s all about change.

    For some years now I’ve used a similar idea teaching screenwriters that we need to become the writer that the script needs us to be. (A little implanted command plus personification doesn’t go amiss either).

    But thanks for the reminder to use it in other contexts too.

    1. Rintu Basu


      In a million years I would not have thought of that one. As some one who coaches writers I am often banging the drum about sitting in the mind of the reader and when appropriate the character…but that point about the writer that the script need us to be is pure genius. Thank you for sharing that.



  4. Stephen

    Morning Rintu and others who are stepping from good to great and great to brilliance.

    Mate, it is not very often that I write anything because you are articulate and direct enough and generate a rich mental image to convey the meaning and I never have anything to add. However, my recent experience was that sentence (yet a bad example).

    Fortunately, I have a kidney infection and I’m in hospital (yes I said fortunately as the other side could have been rapidly less fortunate… teaching a stubborn man humilty to go to the GP has embedded longevity attached). So I am still really tired, mind fog and should wait a week before submitting my thoughts, yet, hey time nor tide waits for no man. An experience I have been reminded of.

    Now to the point after setting that up.

    Whilst persisting with personal belief that I am super human, amazing and gods gift, people like me, are healthy, can I believe I am fabulous due to many reasons. And I’d add to that that one of these reasons is I love life.

    So, I had a telephone conversation with a mate of mine who is also ex Parachute Regiment, another god, not a hat. I explained that I felt ill and he gave me the term, ‘military style” telling off that I required to go to the GP for a blood test. Cutting a story short I was sick and immediately found myself in hospital….


    ME… OKAY.

    Well, after realising it was my bad behaviour rapidly achieving an unworthy goal I changed my direction rapidly.

    A week later and i am still here, and your sentence was the first one in a long time that made me sit up and ask my self that very same question.

    who do I have to be to achieve my goal. The answer is plainly and simply … ‘me’. Who I need to be to achieve better goals is plainly and simply a better me with a better skill set identity, values beliefs etc…. As you could imagine, now I look 6 months down the line to the London marathon, I see me running it, looking great.
    Who do I have to be to achieve it 🙂 me with my fitness.

    What could be better than that, once you look into the minds eye, see who you are the “who” that got you to where you are now.
    And that question shall jump out from the mirror, the reflection of the love of life, who do you need to be today to make tomorrow better than today. Slip out of yesterday and into today, every body needs those crazy days. I now find the fear has become the strength, imagine that. Who do I need to be to better than I am today? The worthy goal shall dictate that.

    Keep the articles coming fella.

    1. Rintu Basu

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for sharing such a personal thing. You have just done a great thing for the people that read these articles…in that you are making it real from a different perspective.

      Thanks you for doing that.



  5. Tania Ramos

    Hi Rintu

    So in other words, change yourself and the world will change around you. However I still did not understood how can I change the mind of other people. In my ingenuity I believe I have to have some background knowledge of what motivates them and use that to prepare their mind for what I am about to propose/offer them. Is this correct?


    1. Rintu Basu

      Almost Tania,

      I am suggesting that you set up conditions so that they naturally follow the path you want them to go down. For example with my coaching practice I set up my prospective clients to go through a process that makes them believe they will get the changes they want quickly, easily and whilst having fun when working with me. Becasue I have set the conditions up that way that is what happens to them when I enrol them on my coaching course.

      Hope that makes more sense now.


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