Archive for December, 2011

Making it work for you!

December 19, 2011

A plan gets you to the finishing line

The next step in our journey is to take your action plans and sort the pages by importance. One of your goals may be to lose weight and get fit so your action plan may look something like this:

Goal – To lose 5 kg in 12 weeks and increase my fitness level.

– I will commit 30 minutes per day to walk, 5 days per week

– Go for an hour bike ride with the kids on the weekend

– Purchase good quality training shoes

– Load my iPod with inspirational music

– Work out routes that are 1, 3 and 5 km in length

– Reduce my food intake by cutting out junk food except on Saturdays (my free day)

– Cut down on alcohol to only 2 glasses of wine per week

– No carbs after 2.00 pm

– Weigh myself twice a week and record in my journal

The goal is specific and measurable and provides a time frame. The actions are the steps to getting there. Looking at these actions you will see that each is achievable and helps to work towards your goal. Some are once offs to get you going, some are ongoing and others may be sequential.

 In this example you will start with buying the shoes and loading your iPod. Next you will go for a walk, which may just be around the block the first time, building over time to longer distances. You start watching your food and alcohol intake and record your progress in your journal.

You‘re on your way to achieving your goal and manifesting the result you want. Deadlines are important to keep you focused on the outcome. If you have no end point you are less likely to make as much progress. Don’t try to do too much at once. If you make it too difficult from the start you will have a higher probability of quitting. Make a start – it’s more than you’re doing now – and enjoy the feeling of achievement.

This creates momentum and your goal moves from being a nice idea to progressing towards reality. Even better, when you stick at your behaviour it becomes a positive habit that you achieve easily, without battling with yourself each time.

This is an easy example, one that many of us can relate to, and one that shows how a set number of actions makes it easier to achieve an outcome. Remember to only choose six to eight ongoing actions. Any more and you will find the task too daunting. This example has three initial activities and six ongoing ones.

This process works for starting a business, writing a book, building a tree house or enrolling and attending a course; any goal that you set yourself.  Don’t overload yourself trying to achieve five goals at the same time. Perhaps select one business and one health goal that don’t conflict.

Manifesting is simply the process of turning an idea into reality. Nothing magical here, it’s a common sense approach to creating a plan and following it. This doesn’t mean it will always be easy. You may miss some of your deadlines but that’s OK – whatever happens you will be better off than when you started, and you can reassess and adjust your actions and targets as you go. The hardest part is starting, so get the motion in your emotion and get started today!

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How do you get what you want?

December 12, 2011

Getting what you want - it's your move!

My last post explored how creating a success mindset allows your subconscious to help form your reality. We also discussed why believing in yourself is so important.

This is an important foundation, but in reality you can’t simply wish something into existence. Deciding what you want, setting a plan, beating procrastination, being prepared to try, dealing with failure and trying again is what makes it happen.

Unfortunately this is where many people get it wrong. Creating the correct mindset is vital but so is action. Understanding that there is no traction without action is the second part of the equation. Positive affirmations, vision statements and creating an emotional bond to your desires are not enough.

Take your list of goals and write a one-page plan for each; a plan on how you’re going to achieve that goal. This is a list of action steps that you take sequentially to reach your objective.

The great benefit in doing so is to break your task down into individual activities which are smaller, achievable and can be done within a specific time frame. And then you start. When you have a plan you create an intention and that leads to action, which in turn creates progress.

Review your plan after completing each step; it will change as you learn, so don’t be afraid to make adjustments and improve your program. Grab your diary and write an action step in for a specific day. Hold yourself accountable. Success is the result of many small steps moving towards a clearly defined goal.

When you start, interesting things happen. First you’ll experience a wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction.

Second you’ll realise the value in your history. When you take action you’ll find your experiences, even those you thought were bad or a waste of time, will help you. You’ll start to understand the wisdom of your journey thus far, and how this accumulated knowledge can help you to reach your goals.

This is a great reward of life. We’re here to grow, achieve and to reach our full potential. We’re far greater than we ever give ourselves credit for. The human spirit is boundless. Most of us have barely begun to understand what we’re capable of. So get to your action list and make it count!

 

Dreams to reality

December 6, 2011

Heading off on your journey to success!

In this series we are following the journey of turning your dreams into reality. Many people are surprised to learn that there’s a specific process to make this happen and the effort required is minimal when compared to the results.

This post is a slight diversion, but valuable to explain the process and to provide some grounding and understanding on what we are doing, as well as debunking some of the hype.

Dreams to reality. Perhaps ‘dreams’ is not the right word, as that can connote not being ‘real’. In this context, ‘dreams’ means ‘wants, desires, goals, plans, outcomes’; any word that means working towards something you want badly enough to create a strong emotional link.

You may have heard the expression ‘I will believe it when I see it’ or ‘seeing is believing’. When you work to manifest your dreams this becomes the opposite – ‘I will see it when I believe it’. That requires some faith and self-belief, which is harder than it sounds because it often runs against our lifetime mental programming.

Faith means believing in yourself and your ability to create something. Everything is created twice; first in your mind and then in reality. Let’s look at a fun example to see how it works, because it works for everything.

Lunchtime, you feel hungry and decide you want a sandwich so you ‘visualise’ what you want. You see it in your mind; white bread, chicken, tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise. You go into the kitchen and make it or walk into a shop and buy it.

Easy, because you never doubted your ability to manifest a chicken sandwich. You’ve done it before and it doesn’t require much mental energy. This may seem like a silly example but when we talk about manifesting, attracting abundance, visualising, self-belief, affirmations, putting it out to the universe and the like, this can all sound ‘new agey’ and easy to dismiss out of hand. But if you can understand that you’re turning dreams into reality every day, then the leap to the bigger picture is not as difficult.

I’ve read experts and gurus that make this process out to be mystical, bordering on a religious experience, when it’s simply a common sense process that can be followed. I believe in the power of our subconscious and its ability to help us find a way. Part of this is our ‘self-talk’ – if we tell ourselves ‘I’m hopeless, things never work out for me and I won’t ever achieve this’ then that’s what our subconscious works towards. We ask for it. We get it. It’s a simple process.

Positive self-talk and belief are important when realistically applied to our life and our goals. Have you noticed that successful people are usually positive and energetic? Do you think they became that way because they are successful, or being that way led to their success?

Henry Ford said, ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.’  That sums it up perfectly.

In the next post, we’ll learn the next step in the process of achieving what you desire!