Change Your Core Programming

Change Your Core Programming – with Core Decisional Repatterning(c)

Core Decisional Repatterning(c) or CDR is a 9-step technology for finding the core decisions that have limited your successful behavior, installing new empowering programs, and then creating a plan of action to profoundly change the results you are achieving in life.  Have you noticed that there are things you do when stressed that sabotage your success over and over again?  Core Decisional Repatterning(c) is the foundational life-change pattern that underlies the work I do with coaching clients.  I say, “never underestimate the power of a deep emotional decision to change even the most persistent and perplexing problem issues in your life.”

How Does It Work?

At the core of our programming are a set of deeply held values.  The primary presupposition of Core Decisional Repatterning(c) is that all your programming is in place due to decisions that you have made often very early in life.  People decide they are ‘not wanted,’ ‘not pretty enough,’ ‘not good enough,’ ‘not capable’ in some area or maybe it’s more like a recurring question like, ‘Am I sane?” or “What’s wrong with me?”

With Core Decisional Repatterning(c) you will:

1. Identify the original limiting decision that has prevented your full success. Most people will remember the moment a limiting decision was made in that highly charged moment of emotion and the specific words that went through your mind in that moment to make up the decision.  New decisions made in highly charged emotional states tend to displace previous programming; good or bad, resourceful or unresourceful.  It works both ways.

2. Discover who the limiting decision was made in service to. We tend to ‘give away’ our power to people who have caused us trauma or pain even when they are no longer in our lives.

3. Start wording of a new decision decision to counter the effects of the old decision.

4. Check for Loopholes.  This is about ecology.  The unconscious mind is organized to preserve the old programming, so you will need facilitation from someone (like a trained coach or good friend) who can objectively detect when you create language that would keep you in the old paradigm. It may take some time to get correct wording that also creates a foundation from which you will stand in the new decision.

5. Move to memory-level encoding.  When you, and your coach, are satisfied that the wording is correct and as complete a possible, you will be ready to move to Step 6.  It can take one to three sessions on average to get the wording just right and for you to allow life to interact and show you what tweaking may be necessary.  I usually work on a once per week session schedule.  Although a Core Decisional Repatterning(c) can be done in only one session, it is usually a good idea to allow for some time interval or break in the process.  If you allow more than 2 weeks between sessions, however, and you can lose momentum.

There also seems to be an hierarchy of decisions that fits for most people.  For most people, not all, the core decision to be fully and completely alive is pivital.  I most often start with this decision and tom make sure I am not overlooking a loophole.  People tend to have already made the decision to be fully alive or to get dead.  I am not sorting for people who are suicidal.  It may take years to for an individual to fulfill on the ‘get dead’ decision.  People tend to give up on life, or they will eat poorly, drink too much, abuse drugs, take unnecessary risks, thrill seek, or get into unhealthy relationships.  The percentage of people in the ‘get dead’ category in the world around us is surprisingly high.  Secondly, how we deal with emotion in life creates the engine for our drive and passion.  In our culture there are not nearly enough emotionally healthy people to model how to handle emotion.  When exposed to emotional life circumstances we tend to ‘stuff’ the emotional content and not get it fully expressed or ‘discharged.’  It tends to build up and we will eventually express it inappropriately as we try to work over the backlog of roiling emotion just under the surface.  At times that pressure-cooker will spew over into our daily lives and create problems.  How we discharge old emotion and learn to express new emotions is an important part of the process.  The wording I suggest to clients is, “I feel all my feelings,…”  and I recommend that they add, “…and discharge them safely…” and “…for myself and for others.”  Other decisions might include, “I am safe.”  There are people in the world who seem to live there lives as if they were safe regardless of the external circumstances.  I will hold that this is a decision and a good one to model.  If you are already safe, then the next obvious decision if most often, “I trust myself.”  From here the Hierarchy of Decisions may include specific language about setting boundaries and enforcing them, attracting a great relationship, or receiving money or prosperity easily.

6. Drive the new decision to a Deep emotional level. It could be said that the way the Core Decisional Network was formed in the first place was from decisions make in moments of deep emotion.  As babies we tend to be open to programming like being a sponge.  As we grow older, changes in initial imprinting occur as decisions made in moment of deep emotion.  In my coaching work, I usually set a specific individual session that will facilitate a process to drive the decision to the deep emotional level in your programming.  A state of deep emotion is created in the session.

7. Make a plan.


8. Follow through on the plan. 


9 Do it again, and again until… it is so much a part of your life that you simply don’t notice it anymore.  Old thought patterns are replaced with new ones and old behaviors will have fallen away.


By Bill Thomason (Executive Coach, Certified NLP Master Trainer)

To schedule session for Core Decisional Repatterning, contact Bill at 602 321-7192.