Last time we talked the basics of strategies and what a ‘good’ strategy’ consists of.
Now we consider some basic types of strategies.
A fairly essential strategy that we all use is the Motivation strategy. Most people have been motivated at least once in their life and many have been so lots of times.
In general a motivation strategy has a trigger that accords with our values. (see Part 5 of this series). We experience something from the outside world, or alternatively, our subconscious mind brings forth an idea that inspires us. We then take immediate and decisive action towards that goal.
We also have strategies that de-motivate us. Anything that goes against our values, for instance, will motivate us to move away from it. This strategy has a high correlation with the the towards/away metaprogram. (See Part 7)
Additionally, there needs to be a certain intensity involved with the value to actually trigger the motivation. Someone may be strongly drawn to a cause or purpose and you have no trouble doing things towards that, but when it comes to doing some of the requisite chores, they are less motivated to achieve them.
A typical motivation strategy may look like this:
1) a visual construct (internal picture) of the outcome, leading to a positive feeling (kinaesthetic). This is a ‘towards’ strategy.
2) a visual construct of the consequences of not acting, leading to a negative feeling. This is an ‘away’ strategy.
Clearly the most effective in most circumstances is the ‘towards’ strategy. However in a situation where the consequences of not acting are grave (e.g. escaping from a burning building) obviously the ‘away’ from strategy is most effective. The key is thus being able to assess the most effective strategy for the situation at hand.
Many personal development gurus focus on the ‘towards’ motivation strategy. They get you to make an internal picture of your ideal and get you to see it, feel it, taste it and hear it to induce motivation.
In order to be effective, whilst all modalities need to be used, the individual’s preferred modality is the one that usually is the most effective.
For instance, I am more motivated by sounds and data than I am motivated by sights and feelings. Yet I experience positive emotions (kinaesthetic) when the desired outcome is achieved.
Here are some suggestions to help motivate you achieve a desired goal.
– What will happen if you get it?
– What won’t happen if you get it?
– What will happen if you don’t get it?
– What won’t happen if you don’t get it?
All 4 are variations of the answer expressed in both towards and away versions.
Next Time: Learning Strategies