Where are you thinking from?
It’s not all about where are you going to, it is more about where are you thinking from. Many of us set goals at the beginning of a new year- imperative for growing our businesses. Developing your vision and staying focused on it is an important part of both personal and professional growth. Many of us set goals, fewer of us write them down and unfortunately even fewer reach them.
Frustration can build when year after year, we work hard and do not see the results that we want. And it seems the more frustrated we become, the harder we work, (and sometimes overwork) and the more fatigued we become. Is it any wonder that many businesses close within five years of starting? Why is it that so many of us do not achieve the success that we had hoped for, planned for, and worked hard for.
The answer really lies in where we think from. Planning, setting goals and focusing on them can set us up for anxiety, and scarcity thinking. We need to start thinking from our goals.
Thinking from your goals means seeing yourself there. Not just picturing arriving, but looking from that perspective. Think about it for a minute. What does success look like to you? What do you see as you stand on the other side of the ‘finish line’? How do you feel looking back at your accomplishments? If your goals involve a certain level of success, money or even a vacation destination or new home, you need not only to have a clear picture of that place, but you need to BE there.
There are many nay-sayers out there that will argue that this is impossible. But I can assure you that your mind is a very powerful tool, and the saddest thing of all is that we never learn to harness that power. We can decide that the deed is done-that we have reached the goal. We can believe that we are standing there. We can see the place around us, smell the smells, and feel the feelings.
Think of the last movie or TV show that you saw that either frightened you or made you cry. We all know that much of what we see on TV is not real. Yet the vision and scenes of a fictitious story can make us fell like we are there- and often cause our emotions to run so high that we feel great emotion. That is why it is so important to see where you want to go.
The second part is now to be there. The power of being there is the most important part of the equation. Jack Nicklaus explained that before he took a golf swing he saw where the ball finished. He concentrated on that picture. The green may have been hundreds of yards away and yet he created the mental picture of the ball where he wanted it to land. Then he created the pictures in his head of how the ball got there. He envisioned the perfect swing and watched the ball as it sailed through the air to the location he knew it had already landed at in his prior vision. This is what made him so successful at golf. If you ask any successful person, they will tell you almost the same story. They know the place that they have landed, and they think from that place.
Let’s say you want to make an extra $30,000 this year. What does that number mean to you? A new office- a second or third employee? Go there in your mind. See your new office and operate as if you were there. Make the kinds of decisions that it took to get you there. Dress and act as if you have arrived and are on your way to your next goal. There is no magic to it. And yes, it can be hard work to learn how to use this principle. But it is far more effective than any other principle you will learn.
It is true that wishing doesn’t make it so. However thinking does. So instead of worrying- begin to use your head! Think from your destination. Create your destiny by using the most powerful tool you have- your mind.
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