Logical Levels of Change

Also known as ‘Neurological Levels’ or ‘Logical Levels’.

When we feel dissatisfied, it can be tempting to think that by changing one thing, everything else will fall into place. Our attempts at making changes often begin and end with our environment. So perhaps we change jobs or move house. When we find the same old issues still exist in the new environment, it can mean that the change we introduced was at the wrong ‘level’ to solve the problem.

Robert Dilts developed the Logical Levels of Change model based on the work of anthropologist Gregory Bateson. The model provides a framework of the different levels atwhich change takes place, acting as a general map of the change process.


  1. Mission – What is my overarching purpose, mission or meaning in life? Where you fit as part of the larger world
  2. Identity – Who am I? How you think of yourself as a person
  3. Beliefs/Values – Why do I want these changes? Emotionally held views, criteria and qualities you hold to be important
  4. Capabilities – How can I make these changes? The skills, competencies and qualities you already have, and the new ones you would need to learn
  5. Behaviour – What do I need to change? What you do and say, the external expression of yourself
  6. Environment – Where do I need to change? Refers to environment outside yourself, where you live, work and the people around you

Change at the lower levels can be easier to make, but might not be as lasting, or as effective as we hoped, because the change didn’t consider the higher levels.

Change at one level always influences the steps below, so by going higher up the ladder we can assess the desirability of the change for us as a ‘whole person’, address any underlying motives or issues, and then decide on the level at which change needs to take place. By starting at a higher level we bring the levels below into balance with each other, and only by satisfying all levels of the change model can true excellence be achieved.

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