My last post was talking about Goal Achievement v’s Goal Setting. One of the last questions that I posed was – do you have a clear image of the goal you want to achieve? How clear is that image? Can you feel yourself in the goal, having achieved it?
Stephen Covey put it very well “Start with the end in mind”. I have always taken that to have a clear vision of what it is you want to achieve and what it looks like. In other words, what does success look like?
Remember I wrote in earlier posts about the Huna precept “Energy Flows Where Attention Goes”. What are you focusing your attention on? The achieved/completed goal or the obstacles? Where is your energy going? Into the completed task or the obstacles/diversions? What have you hypnotised yourself to think about and focus on?
Lets take a simple goal like tidying a house/room and work through it with this concept. Most people would agree that we all face this goal sometime (if not many times in my case).
So the goal is to have a tidy room. We know the steps involved, but what is the normal image that you hold in your mind? Typically it is the challenge/mess that we face, not the image of the finished product. So we are focusing on the image of the way the room is. We then begin to think it’s a big job and then begin to look for other things to do, like reading the magazine we need to either throw out or file. Pretty soon we are well and truly off track and then decide to put off the tasks for another day/week/month because it is too hard or we have run out of time!
So what would the same scenario look like if we had a clear vision of what the tidy room/house would look like when we’ve finished?
Firstly, before we begin to tackle the goal we imagine the end result. A tidy room/house. We feel how it feels to have the tidying completed and everything in its place. How does the house / room look as we look around it in our mind Our energy is focused on the end result, so we are less likely to be distracted for any length of time, if at all.
It doesn’t matter on the size of the project – a tall skyscraper or tidying a room, the process is the same. An architect will start with a vision of what they want the finished product to look like and then proceed to develop the plan based on their vision. They will constantly refer to their vision all the way through the design and build process, right up to the time the project is completed.
So can you hypnotise yourself for better outcomes?
Until next time