Strategy – a sequence of internal and external representations that we use to consistently achieve a specific outcome.
Whether we realise it or not, we all use strategies to achieve the things we do. From what order we lock up the house at night to how we get dressed in the morning!
All our daily activities are generated and maintained by strategies.
We have strategies for:
To name just a few…..
We aren’t taught these, we discover our own path as we go along, and of course, some strategies can turn out to be less useful than others.
By studying strategies, we begin to understand how we, and other people, achieve both the good and bad in our lives. By paying attention to the ingredients that come together to make up strategies, we can see the steps they contain and understand what has to happen, and in what order, to achieve the outcome.
To find out what a particular strategy consists of we use NLP tools to:
When we take this further, we realise that we can learn new strategies and modify old ones.
To change a strategy we then use NLP tools to:
The result is a new set of choices about how to do something. We begin to take control more of our lives and consciously provide ourselves with new behaviour choices. We can create new strategies or re-model old ones so they work positively for us and we can learn other people’s effective strategies, model how they do it and improve our own way of doing things.