NLP Strategies – An Introduction

NLP StrategiesHave you ever considered how many things you actually do in the course of a typical day? Just stop and think for a moment.

Now, you probably came up with some big chunk answers like: you get out of bed, have breakfast, go to work, eat lunch, do some more work, go home, eat dinner, watch TV, read or go out, and then go back to bed. And that’s how you would describe your typical day.

But, it’s possible to break it down into smaller chunks and get more specific. Getting up may involve you springing or possibly dragging yourself out of bed, you then have a shower, ¬†you get dressed, and so on. And each of those activities can be specified in more detail: to achieve the apparently simple task of having a shower you have to open the shower door or pull back the curtain, switch on the shower, get into the shower, squeeze out some gel, wash your body and hair, switch off the shower, reach for a towel, get out of the shower and dry yourself. You can see that already that’s quite a lot ‘doing’.

Having said that, it is possible to go even further. To squeeze out some shower gel you first have to locate the bottle and pick it up. Then you have to apply just the right amount of pressure to the bottle. When the gel comes out you need to be ready to catch it and apply it to your body.

As we continue to increase the magnification of the processes that we are engaged in then more information becomes available to us. For example: To apply the right amount of pressure we must have a system for monitoring how much pressure we’re actually applying, and some way of knowing when that amount is ‘right’.

In NLP, the system that we are talking about is called a strategy. Dr Tad James, once said, ‘A strategy is what goes on in your head when you want to do something. All our external behaviors are controlled by internal processing strategies.’

Once you divide activities into their component parts it becomes obvious that over the course of any one day we do countless number of ¬†things. And for every one of those things we have a strategy. We have strategies for brushing our teeth, falling in love, buying a house, clapping our hands, listening to music, contributing to a meeting, digging a hole, scratching an itch, selling a product, buying a product, driving our car, being sad, being happy, sitting reading a book… and compiling lists of examples! We do, literally, have a strategy for everything we do.

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