We have strategies for everything we do in life. We have a strategy for waking up in the morning, for getting motivated, for falling in love, for learning, for procrastination, for making consumer choices, for happiness, for sadness, for making life decisions, for parenting, for anger, for health, for how to get somewhere in a car, for communication, for creativity, for having fun, etc etc. There are strategies for everything. A strategy is any internal or external set of experiences which consistently produce a specific outcome. More simply put, it's what we do in our brain and nervous system when we do what we do.
Strategies are first developed when we are young. At an early age we put a series of internal and external experiences together and figure if it works. Then at some point when we have done it enough times, and we see that it works for us, we generalize it to other things and do it over and over. For example, a strategy for successfully driving somewhere could look like this for someone: first you make a picture in your mind of the entire route and then you talk to yourself or someone else about it until you have enough information, and then you forget it and trust your unconscious mind to get you there.
The reason strategies are significant is because we can modify them to create lasting change (and as we know some strategies that were useful to us in the past may not me useful anymore). This is where NLP is really effective. In NLP the content of your strategies are less important than the form, process and context of them. So, you might answer the title for this blog by saying "Well, I think of this and then that," or "I think of my mother" or whatever you do. But in NLP we are more interested in the process, like did you make a picture in your mind or did you say a certain set of words to yourself? At this level you can see how the strategy is executed and manifests.
Believe it or not, there are only six things your brain can do to elicit a strategy. There are pictures, sounds, feelings, tastes, smells, and self talk. We either do these internally or externally and in a specific order. Most strategies that people have can be easily modified, reversed, and adopted to get a different outcome.
You want to wake up earlier or start exercising or be happy? Discover and change your strategy. Ask me about NLP.
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