1# IDEN­TIFY EX­ACTLY WHAT YOU WANT TO DO

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An­swer th­ese ques­tions:

What do you want specif­i­cally? When do you want it by? Where? With whom? What for? What will hap­pen if you achieve that? What if you don't achieve that? Is it un­der your con­trol? Is it worth it? You see, when set­ting up goals, a lot of peo­ple do it wrong. They state what they want to have, not what they want to do; things like "I want to be slim", "I want a six pack" or "I want to have toned arms"… But, what do you want to do? Be­cause it is as a re­sult of you do­ing what you need to do that you will get to have what you want. Your ob­jec­tive needs to be stated in a way that your brain un­der­stands it. And just like your com­puter, your brain needs 3 things: af­fir­ma­tive state­ments that are di­rect and very spe­cific. If you are just think­ing it then it is not an ob­jec­tive, it is just a thought. So, put pen to pa­per and write your an­swers to the ques­tions above.

If you don't know what you want, how will you know when you've got there?

2# MAKE A PLAN

Again, if you don't have a plan, all you have is a lovely thought. I sug­gest you get your­self a di­ary, an ex­cel sheet, a cal­en­dar, what­ever works for you, and de­vise your per­sonal strat­egy. A strat­egy to suit your life­style, your work­ing sched­ule, etc… Keep­ing the end re­sult in mind, what is the first step you need to take in or­der for you to do what you need to do? And after that? What's next? Do you have all the re­sources you need (re­sources are ma­te­ri­als, books, money, peo­ple…), or do you need help? If it's go­ing to take you 12 weeks to get a six pack, set a date and work back­wards from there. If you want to lose a stone in 3 weeks, do the same. Break your ob­jec­tive into smaller, more achiev­able chunks, so that this week you know ex­actly what you are do­ing with re­gards to train­ing and nu­tri­tion, and you can fo­cus on just that. As I tell my clients, it's one week at a time, one day at a time. You see, now you have more than just a nice thought; now you have a plan of ac­tion. And be­lieve it or not, this is what most peo­ple lack. It's hard to get mo­ti­vated if you don't know what you want to get mo­ti­vated for! And what are you go­ing to do when you are tired, sad, in a mad mood, frus­trated…? You must put strate­gies in place, so when that hap­pens, and it will, you know ex­actly what to do. You have to be­come a bit of a ninja!

There are a lot of things that we need to or should do, but that doesn't mean we do them. So I want you to try on the fol­low­ing sen­tences, sim­ply add what you want to be able to do at the end. For ex­am­ple, if you want to go to the gym ev­ery day at 6pm for an hour, try th­ese on. Say them out loud: I should go to the gym – I need to go to the gym – I have to go to the gym – I'd bet­ter go to the gym I could go to the gym – I can go to the gym – I will go to the gym – I'm go­ing to the gym Do this a few times and no­tice which one cre­ates the strong­est feel­ing within you, like you want to go do it. You've just un­locked your per­sonal mo­ti­va­tional lan­guage. Make sure you use it from now on!

4# IMAG­INE YOUR­SELF SUC­CEED­ING

One of the main func­tions of the brain is to prove it­self right. So, what­ever you fo­cus on is mag­ni­fied, as the brain thinks it is an ob­jec­tive of yours. Also, the brain doesn't know the dif­fer­ence be­tween a vividly imag­ined mem­ory and re­al­ity. This is why if you want to do some­thing, it's vi­tal you imag­ine your­self do­ing it like this (read this re­source fully be­fore you do it): Think of your­self do­ing the thing you want to do, train­ing in the gym, or what­ever. When you think about it you may no­tice the thought to be at a cer­tain dis­tance from you, a cer­tain size, and in a cer­tain place. Just make sure you see your­self in it, look­ing happy, pos­i­tive and re­ally en­joy­ing what you are do­ing. Now, imag­ine the thought get­ting big­ger and big­ger un­til it's almost panoramic. Make sure it's big, bold and col­or­ful, maybe add some sound to it, and no­tice how good you feel. Now, imag­ine you can float out­side of your body and into your­self in the im­age, so you can see through your eyes, hear through your ears and feel how good it feels to be do­ing what you are do­ing and loving it too! In­ten­sify ev­ery­thing even more, so the col­ors are brighter, the sounds louder and the feel­ings stronger. Now, tell your­self in your most mo­ti­vat­ing voice "Go For It!" Now, take a deep breath through the nose and mag­nify the feel­ings so you feel even more mo­ti­vated! Re­peat 3 times, first sit­ting down, and then stand­ing up, and no­tice how you feel even more mo­ti­vated!

It's vi­tal that you build a propul­sion sys­tem that makes you feel good and look for­ward to do­ing the things you want to do, so that you want to do them more and more. This is how you get to build up new more use­ful habits to last you a lifetime. I've just shared 4 mo­ti­va­tional strate­gies with you, that when you use them, they will help you get more stuff done and achieve more, faster. They can be ap­plied in any area of your life. Th­ese strate­gies have helped trans­form some of my clients from couch pota­toes into fit­ness freaks, so good luck to you!

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