In doing change work that is NLP, it is critical before implementing any change that the change itself be ecological. We like to say don’t fix what ain’t broken. This is true in NLP and is common sense in life. Making a change can end up to be disastrous if we don’t take time to step back and evaluate the impact of the change before making it. So in NLP we stress ecological checks before installing any new program.
An ecological check means stepping back from the proposed change to think about it in a disassociated way. We evaluate the future as though the change were made to see if there are any negative, harmful, or unnecessarily expensive results caused by its implementation. This gives us an opportunity to debug the new program before it is ever installed.
Whenever we engineer anything for human use, whether it be a new bridge, new biotechnology, a new software system, it is critical that we perform the necessary functional and stress testing before we put that new program into production. Neuro-linguistic programming is no different. We check to make sure that the program performs the desired function in the desired context, and it that it performs well.
A simple neuro-linguistic program that is designed to solve a specific persistent problem, such as allergies, can be tested against the introduction of an allergen, and then you’ll know whether program will stand up in real life. In contrast, a more complex neuro-linguistic program that is designed to help someone change it deep-seated metaprogram requires more thorough testing in more contexts and more possible kinds of stresses before that program can be six should be installed. For example, moving from a victim mentality to an absolutely confident mentality needs to be tested in a variety of contexts where confidence will be required.
As we debug the new neuro-linguistic program we check for certain things:
1. Invite the person to take a step back
2. Invite a higher level evaluation
3. Step back further to evaluate your criteria for checking ecology
4. Explore the Cartesian Coordinates
When to Use This Pattern:
Use this pattern in all kinds of change in your life and with clients. Use this in project planning, software engineering, organizational engineering, and human engineering. Good NLP patterns ALWAYS include ecology check. If any program proves to be un-ecological, stop while you are in the development phase and modify the program before you install it.