NLP Strategies

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People have strategies for what they do, how they feel, how they make decisions. Some of us have strategies which really help us get motivated; feel strong and creative whereas others have strategies which cause problems in their life. Examples of the latter could be shopaholism, losing their temper, being unable to make effective decisions etc.

The interesting thing is that most of us don't know we actually have strategies because they often run at the other than conscious level. In fat, most people typically are not aware of their pervasive use of strategies.

A strategy is any internal and external set (order, syntax) of experiences which consistently produces a specific outcome. For example, when I'm going to buy something I tend to make a picture (V) of the thing I want in my head, I get the lovely feelings (K) of owning it and then I buy it.

Can anyone see a problem with this?

See (leads to) imagining it in my house (leads to) feeling good (leads to) an easy sale for the shop.

What strategies do you use?


We use internal processing strategies for everything we do. All of our apparent external behaviours are controlled by internal processing strategies. That means that we use strategies for love, strategies for hate, strategies for learning, strategies for math, parenting, sports, communication, sales, marketing, wealth, poverty, happiness, death, sex, eating, disease, creativity, relaxation, attention and fun. There are strategies for everything.


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How do we make strategies up?

I didn't consciously decide to shop in the way I mentioned above! We first develop a particular strategy when we are young. We put a series of internal and external experiences together, and made (for example) a decision. Then, at some point when you knew it worked, you generalized the process that you used before in making the decision and said, either consciously or unconsciously, "OK, this is a good way to make a decision", and you then probably used it over and over and over again.

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Examples of strategies:

How you got here today, how you decided what seat to sit in

How you decided who to do an important exercise with

How you decided what to eat at lunch

Someone who is better at something than you … are they just lucky or are they using better strategies?

A strategy is what you do in your mind in the process of doing something.

The FANTASTIC NEWS is this. Strategies can be elicited from people, strategies can be learned and strategies can be installed in people!

That's what Bandler and Grinder did with Milton Erickson. They identified the strategies he used to get outstanding results, modelled and tested them to see which worked and then taught them to others. NLP came into existence because of this. Milton Erickson is the master of hypnosis, many of the patterns used in hypnosis came from his work.

Back to my strategy for buying stuff: "See it", "feel good about it" and "buy it."

That's a pretty efficient way for making quick decisions, no doubt about it. Problem is that it's not really effective for buying as I see a lot of things I like and then buy them.

A real life example: I was bored, thinking about being free and having fun, a friend mentioned a motorbike she had to get rid of, I saw myself on the bike flashing along the beach roads of Dorset, I even saw a cute lass on the back of the bike holding on to me for dear life with her head against my shoulder! Now THAT felt good … and the bike was bought inside 5 minutes.

Here's the catch. I don't know how to ride a motorbike! I haven't got any leathers or helmet. I'm usually busy so haven't had time to learn yet. Result … one bright shiny gorgeous bike in my shed gathering dust. But I will feel fabulous when I do learn! Ha ha :-)

Most strategies that people have can be easily learned or modified, according to whatever our outcome is. And that's why in NLP one of the presuppositions is that people have all the resources they need. For example, if someone is very decisive at home and they have trouble making decisions at work, one of the things we can do is move their decision-making strategy from home to work.


A Strategy is something someone does in their brain and nervous system that produces a specific result. It's what I do in my head when I do what I do.

Think about this like baking a cake. When you're baking, you get all the ingredients, get a bowl, put the ingredients into a bowl in a certain order and do stuff to them. In a recipe, there's a certain order or sequence of when the elements should go into the recipe. If you put the elements of the cake into the bowl in the wrong order, you'll get a substantially different outcome.

A strategy is a specific order and sequence of internal and external processes or internal and external experiences that consistently produce a specific outcome. If you reverse the strategy, that is, if you reverse the order and sequence of the strategy, the outcome that you get may be substantially different.

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