I’ve finally fully landed back at home after being in Greece for most of September assisting at NLP Trainers Training and then hot footing it to Manchester for a two day event held at the Manchester United stadium.
Being there got me to thinking about athletes and sports people and how committed they have to be to do what they do. Their training programme requires motivation, dedication and focus and they train for several hours virtually every single day. From a spectator point of view it might seem like they’re truly a breed apart.
Yet all of us have the capacity to do the same. We all have the capacity to tap into and become our very best, to reach OUR potential, if we choose to. Fundamentally it’s a state of mind and following a simple set of steps.
The framework of 5 principles below, when applied consistently, will get you where you want to in any area of your life.
1. Know your outcome.
To begin, you must identify what you want – specifically. It’s essential to get really clear on this because your unconscious mind needs to know exactly what to pay attention to.
If you said something like, ‘I want to lose weight’, ‘I want to be more successful’, ‘I want to make more money’, or ‘I want a new job by the end of the year’, it might sound specific, yet it’s not specific enough.
1lb is a loss in weight, finishing anything you do is more success, £10 is more money and a new job – by the end of which year?
Your outcome has to be really specific. So I want to lose 8lb in 8 weeks starting tomorrow morning, I want to make £20,000 by 31st December 2022 and I will have a new job as director of operations by the end of 2022. Notice the difference?
2. Take action
Absolutely nothing will happen without doing something. You may have heard about manifestation and the reputation it used to have some years ago. People were told to they just had to consistently think about what they wanted and it would materialise. Perhaps people believed that thought intention was them taking action? It’s not.
To achieve our outcome it’s necessary to take action every day, intentional action that takes you towards what you want. This requires dedication and commitment and you will feel challenged. Do it consistently and you will be rewarded with success.
3. Have sensory acuity
When you take action, be sure to pay attention to what’s happening around you. Are you getting the response you’re looking for? Are you achieving the results that will bring you closer to what you want? Sometimes when we’re set on our path, we can get so focussed on one way of doing things and we don’t pay attention to anything else. Other times we might have paid for an ‘experts’ model or method and believe or are made to believe it’s our fault if it doesn’t work for us.
4. Have behavioural flexibility
It is crucial to be open to making changes. It’s impossible to control everything that’s going to happen around you. Neither can you control other people and how they behave. Therefore if something isn’t working, it’s time to change it. Having your goal mapped out and operating with a fixed view on how things should be, means you’ll work unnecessarily hard and likely be disappointed and perhaps even give up. There’s always more than one way to achieve an outcome. If you think about it, the person who is the most flexible and adaptable can be in control in any situation or system.
5. Operate from a physiology and psychology of excellence
This means embodying the physical, emotional and mental states of that person who has the outcome you desire. It’s acting ‘as if’. It isn’t ‘fake it until you make it’. The truth is, you wouldn’t be able to conceive of something if the potential to do it wasn’t in your neurology already. If you can imagine it, you can make it real.
Incorporate these principles consistently and you’ll find achieving your goals and outcomes a whole lot more fun.
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