Sensory - relating to sensation, to the perception of a stimulus and the voyage made by incoming nerve impulses from the sense organs to the nerve centres.
Acuity - the level of sharpness of a sense and it's usefulness in resolving fine levels of detail.
Sight, sound, touch, smell and taste are the tools we use to perceive what is going on in the world - both within our own body and outside of it. It stands to reason therefore that the most effective use of our senses will yield the highest quality information. Higher quality information in turn improves our chances of enhancing our performance.
Our major aim in the practice of sensory acuity is not necessarily to improve the senses themselves (we can only use the tools we have), rather it is to improve our use of those tools by increasing and enhancing our awareness of the information provided to us by our senses and to improve our abilities to make ever finer distinctions in that information.
One of the Five Principles for Success covered earlier was have enough sensory awareness to know if you are being effective.
From the Presuppositions of NLP we learned that the meaning of our communication is the response that we get.
Sharply focussing our sensory awareness to accurately and fully measure the responses that we are getting to our communication and thus verify if we're communicating effectively is one very important use of sensory acuity.
Sensory acuity also demands that our representations about the information provided to us by our five senses must be described using purely sensory based descriptions. We'll find out more about what this means on the next page.