Three Strategies to Accelerate Your Personal Success Plan
Many people go through life consigning their destiny to pure
chance. Not only are they more reactive than proactive, they consistently
fail to notice opportunities that present themselves. These opportunities
are often disguised as challenges or problems. Here are three ideas that,
if embraced, will propel you toward greater
achievement and joy in life.
Any undertaking – whether as simple as say reading a chapter of a textbook
or as far-reaching as planning a major shift in your life - can be energized
to a greater degree if you first set an intention. Simply declare what you
expect to achieve as a result of this action. For instance, " I am reading
this chapter to clearly understand how biometrics can impact security at
airports" stimulates your subconscious to grab germane information as you
read the chapter. Intention is any statement that declares your expected
outcome benefit. This runs the gamut from setting goals to saying grace
Unwritten goals are simply "wish lists." As a therapist, I advise people to
write down both their process and outcome goals. Here is the remarkable
advantage of having goals - They give us direction and momentum. As well, we
must be realistic in how we measure our progress. We should celebrate every
benchmark and not beat ourselves up when we fall short of achieving 100%.
Any substantial improvement beyond where we are presently is an achievement.
Another form of setting intention is known as The Law of Attraction. This
method simply focuses your subconscious mind to be open and aware to
opportunities when they arise. The LOA premise is: Whatever you focus your
energy and attention on, you'll attract more of (good or bad). For instance,
a person's depressed mood will filter out (hide the evidence of) positive
situations, and thereby cause more attention to be placed on social threats
like rejection and criticism. These will in turn promote muddled thinking
and poor decision-making. This downward spiral can be reversed through the
intervention of focusing more on positive outcomes. The subconscious mind
subsequently works radar-like to detect and highlight positive prospects.
The most-effective workbook on LOA that I've found is Michael Losier's
Law of Attraction.
Although some obstacles in life may seem insurmountable, such perception is
largely self-induced. In other words, even though we did not create the
obstacle, we might enhance its formidability by simply acknowledging its
power over us. One tool used to overcome defeatist thinking about obstacles
is the exercise of walking on hot coals. Many thousands have successfully
done this, including myself. It is a matter of focus. Participants
frequently benefit by developing new and fruitful responses to challenges.
This technique includes hours of preparation that incorporate setting
intentions, focusing exercises, and team-building. Hot coal walking must be
facilitated by someone who is appropriately trained.
In summary, the strategy to achieve more joy in life is to take control of
your destiny by proactively setting your intentions and following through.