Before any action there is a mental process which we go through to help us decide whether or not to preform the behaviour. This happens rapidly and is largely subconscious so we rarely recognise what we are processing before any behaviour.
Because of this, we tend to think an unhelpful behaviour is involuntary and outside of change or control. Therefore, discovering the strategies we run in our mind can be enlightening in itself and also can allow us to make changes within the strategy so we make better or more positive choices in the future.
Strategies are much like a mental ‘tick box’ which we run through before any behaviour. If we uncover these this tick list, we can see where it’s going wrong and where to change it so the outcome is different.