So you’ve got some new ideas, goals and plans for the weeks, months and years ahead. I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’, so in this short article we are going to discover some Master-Keys to achieving effective outcomes.
“How to Make Good Decisions that you will Follow Through to Completion the Easy Way”
Colin G Smith – All Rights reserved
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Begin With the End in Mind
Choose one of the new outcomes you want and ask yourself the following question:
When you have what you want, what will you see, hear and feel?
Now ask yourself, “And what’s important about that?”
Repeat this question several times on each answer to discover the deeper motivating values.
Amplify Your Desire to Achieve the Outcome!
Looking at your outcome picture as if it has been achieved begin to increase the size of the picture, make the colours brighter, enhance the colours, bring it in even closer.
That’s right! And imagine being able to perceive more depth in the image. You know make it more Three Dimensional; add more parallax.
Now with this motivating image in mind allow yourself to hear a congruent, motivating voice at the back of your head saying something encouraging.
Note: Tweaking these sensory components such as ‘size of image’ are known as sub-modalities in NLP and you can find out much more in “The NLP ToolBox.”
Elicit Your Timeline
Have you ever wondered how your mind knows if a memory is from the recent past or the distant past?
Your mind has to somehow codify memories so it can differentiate between different dates and times.
Although man has been using concepts of time and timelines for centuries, it wasn’t until quite recently that we discovered that people actually map out time in their minds eye.
We all carry around a Timeline from which we access memories and resources and put new ones onto it.
To elicit your Timeline begin by remembering a time you brushed your teeth say 5 years ago.
Notice where that image is located in space. Actually point to it.
Good, now imagine brushing your teeth in the present and notice where you would place that image in space.
Finally imagine brushing your teeth 5 years from now. Allow yourself to become aware of where that image is located in space.
When you look at all three images at once you can imagine connecting a line between them.
So looking at your Timeline now, where is your birth located? And where is 25 years from now?
Great, you’ve just elicited your Timeline!
Discovering the Steps for the Desired Outcome
Here’s a cool thing. Bring to mind your Timeline again and now imagine placing it down and spreading it out across the floor.
So if you’re like me you will have your past going off to the left and your future will go off to the right like this:
Past Present Future
Now step off the Timeline into Meta Position. From this position, looking at the future, move the picture along the Timeline until it’s in a position that feels the most
Now walk into that future position and associate fully into that ‘Desired Outcome’ picture.
See what you would see, hear what you would hear and allow that feeling of accomplishment to increase.
Amplify those good feelings even more by spinning the feeling up and down your body. Around and around, up and down faster and faster!!!
Keeping the feelings spinning turn around and look back towards the present. Notice what steps are required to achieve this outcome. Plan backwards from the future to the
Great! Now walk back into the Meta Position and notice any other steps or tweaks that are needed.
Back to the Present
Walk into the Present Position on your Timeline and notice all the steps that lead up to the Desired Outcome.
How’s that feel?
If needed you can of course cycle through the positions again to create a better plan.
Remember, earlier in this article, in the section titled, “Elicit Your Timeline,” you became aware of you actual Timeline that you ‘carry around in your head.’
So go ahead now and imagine the Timeline on the ground, with all the steps, rising up and fitting into your actual Timeline.
This will help to program the planning into your mind and if it’s possible get into action right away on the first step.
To boost your motivation from time to time you can step into the ‘Desired Outcome’ on your Timeline, remember your values for doing so, and feel those good feelings as you look back at the required steps.
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