NLP is a model of human experience that seeks to discover how people do what they do in order to create systems of excellence. This idea looks at the behaviors and strategies people use to create desired results. Essential to this process is the presupposition that behaviors will be evaluated in terms of context and ecology.
Context is the bigger picture, the circumstances, and the situation. Context is a vital element of any useful evaluation. Behaviors are content and have limited meaning in and of themselves. When placed within the scope of the situation, however, your potential for understanding the motivation behind the behavior and its significance rises.
What is the intent and purpose of this behavior? What is this person desiring to achieve through this behavior? How would the meaning of this behavior change if it happened in a different situation? This kind of inquiry expands your perceptions and guides you to shed judgments. By doing this, you increase your options. You gain the flexibility to adapt your responses to fit the needs of the situation. These become your tools to create models of excellent behavior, which you can then install in yourself or others.
Ecology is an intrinsic and defining characteristic of everything in NLP. Ecology evaluates the overall relationships between people, their actions, and the environment. It recognizes the inherent worth in all things. To determine the ecology of an action, behavior, or event, ask yourself, “is this good for self, good for life, and good for others?” If you can answer “yes” to all three of these, then you know that the behavior, strategy, methodology, or plan of action is ecological. Engaging with life from a place of ecology ensures that you bring goodness and light to the planet and everyone you meet.