Sunday, January 07, 2007

When the Going Gets Rough

OK, you now have your goals written down, you have followed the advice on the KidsGoals website and have prioritized and categorized, promised to reward yourself and put it all down in a special notebook. You are raring to go, higher than a kite, totally psyched and nothing can stop you; but do you know the one thing that can bring you down faster than an elephant gun? In no uncertain terms the biggest deterrence to achieving what you set out to accomplish is negative self-talk. That's right, even more harmful than procrastination - and worse it can strike you when you least expect it. Picture this you are going along on your merry way and suddenly that mind of yours starts to contradict you. It silently leaks poison into your psyche telling you that you don't have what it takes to accomplish your goals; you haven't in the past so what makes this time different? If you let too many of those weeds of self-doubt take root you are doomed before you start. Luckily there is something you can do about it.

Try thinking from the end! Visualization is an incredibly powerful tool that we have at our disposal and can call on in a moment's notice. You see the subconscious mind cannot tell what is real and what is imagined so use that to your advantage and teach it to your kids too!!! Get a clear image in your mind of what your goal will look like. Picture and experience in your mind everything that you want to realize. How does it sound, look smell, what positive things are others saying as you stand there proudly saying, “Look what I did!!! “ You will probably find that your kids are even better at visualization than you are, but keep practicing it will get easier the more you do it and before you know it, the image will seem so real to you that you may even get emotional about it, which amazingly enough makes visualizing even more powerful. Your aim is to clearly see yourself accomplishing your goal while experiencing the incredible joy and satisfaction for accomplishing it. Now that's some powerful stuff. Can I hear a whoo hoo!!!

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