By Kacper M. Postawski of www.PowerfulSleep.com
How free and energized would you feel if you had the power to motivate yourself to doANYTHING, stop procrastinating, and achieve all your goals in record time?
Have you ever had a concrete plan to succeed at something, but for some inner reasonwhat you planned to do never got done? We all have plans and huge dreams when wereyoung, but very few people ever get past the point of taking ACTION on those dreams?
Is it because people are lazy? Or is there an inner science to achievement?
My mission is to deliver you cutting edge information to help you super-charge your life,not just your sleep system. So in this issue of the Peak performance newsletter, Id liketo deliver to you 3 of the most powerful and impacting ways to conquer self-sabotageand get you to where you want to be in your life at lightening speed. I have personallyused these tools in my life and the results have been mind-blowing. Here we go!
What is Success?
People have many different definitions for success and failure. Id like to give you myown definition before we move on.
Success happens whenever you decide to do something and you DO IT. Or wheneveryou decide to NOT DO something and you DONT do it.
I know it sounds simple, but 99% of people cant even do just that! Sure, everyone talksa lot about doing things, but hardly many people actually take action on what theirsupposedly high priority goals and dreams are. I know Ive been in the same place!
One of the most important concepts Ive learned in my life is that 90% of Success istaking ACTION on the goal you have. 10% is the mechanics, knowledge, or resourcesyou need to succeed. Whatever you want in your life, you have the power to acquire theknowledge, to get the mechanics or resources you need, its taking action on that goalthat is the biggest obstacle on the road to success in most people.
If anyone can succeed, and all it takes is ACTION, why doesnt everyone take action toachieve their goals everyday?
Power Method #1) Pain and Pleasure
If you learn nothing else this year but this concept, your whole life will change. Theperson who has popularized this concept and changed thousands of lives with it most isAnthony Robbins
The human mind is consciously and subconsciously motivated by two basic forces.
1. The need to AVOID PAIN
If you think about it, every single action you take in your life is driven by the need toavoid pain, and the need to gain pleasure. The need to avoid pain is always STRONGERthan the need to gain pleasure.
For example: If you have $10,000 and you have two options
Choice a) Go for a 4 day trip to Hawaii.
Allow me to give you a powerful example of how to instantly apply this into your life tostart creating results TODAY. Heres a personal example of how I used this concept tocreate the Powerful Sleep system.
I had been planning to finally write an eBook about my research in sleep for about amonth, but I kept on putting it off, why? Frustrated with a lot of things in my life, Idecided to give this Pain & Pleasure concept a Try. I drew a PAIN and PLEASUREgraph like the one below of my current situation, and then drew one of the outcomes Iwanted.
1. Writing the book would take too much time I dont have time
2. It would be super stressful, I would have to stay up at night and do even moreresearch on how to create and write this so its perfect.
3. What if I write it and no one will read or buy it? It will be a waste of timePleasure
1. When the book is finished I could help a lot of people with the information andimprove others lives.
2. When the book is finished, Ill have extra money coming in.
As you can see, my need to AVOID PAIN was pushing me in the direction not taking anyaction. Its also known as procrastination. The only difference between people whoprocrastinate and people who succeed with taking action, is the associations of PAIN andPLEASURE they have with doing something. I look at my pain and pleasure sheet, andthought of how I could focus my associations to push me into taking action instantly.
Here was my new sheet.
Write new sheet here.
As you can see, I created immense pain around NOT DOING the tasks, I clearly wroteout and visualized how this would look and feel. The pain of NOT WRITING the bookwas now greater than the one of writing it.
My values of contributing to the world andcreating something special were now at stake. To further hammer the nail in, I clearlydescribed the immense pleasure visually, emotionally, and kinesthetically of how it willfeel when the task is done.
With all the arrows in my mind pulling me away from painand into pleasure, I was on my way that very same minute.
Youre reading this article now as a result of that PAIN & PLEASURE sheet I wrotedown! This concept is so powerful, I urge you to do it as soon as youre done readingthis article.
Take at least one action youve been putting off in your life, whether it is a goal to loseweight, to create more money, or improve a relationship. Take that action, create a painand pleasure sheet like the one above and see how rapidly motivated you will be toachieve that goal.
Heres another example of someone trying to lose weight.
Power Method #2) Chunking
The second reason why people dont take action on what they want to achieve TOO BIGinside of their head. Often a simple goal like going to the gym to work out becomes anumber of PAINFUL things.
1. I have to go get the keys to my car.
Forget it! Im watching TV! Going to the gym is too complicated and too painful
Chunking, and the Rule of 3s
Our conscious mind can usually hold only a number of things to do at once. Wheneverthere is more things to do than the conscious mind can handle, we feel overwhelmed andstop everything completely. What I realized after a while is that nothing is really as bigas we make it out to be. We just have a habit to make things bigger than they are.
The above gym example could be brought down to three simple steps:
1. Go to the gym
Whenever you find yourself feeling blocked or procrastinating, think of the way you arechunking down the goal into steps? Are you thinking of ALL the things you have to do,and how PAINFUL they will be? If you are, chunk them down into 3 steps. As youfocus on these steps, youll find youll feel much more balanced and relaxed about thegoal!
Power Method #3) State Management
Im not in the mood today, Ill do it tomorrow.
I really dont FEEL like doing that right now.
Have you ever heard someone say these things? Perhaps you say them to yourself on aregular basis? The bottom line is that if you wait around to feel in the right mood oremotional state to do something, its most likely never going to happen.
99% of people in the world have no control over how the feel. They either wake uphappy, or they dont. They have a bad day or a good day. To these kinds of people itseems that the way we feel is some kind of mystical enigmatic force that we have nocontrol over.
Part of success is being able take ACTION despite FEAR, PAIN, and UNCOMFORT.Taking action even when youre not in the friggen moooooooooooooooooood.(*whinyvoice*)
Instead of waiting for an emotional state to come to you, use state management methodsto create the emotional state you need to achieve your goals.
Super-Charging Your Emotional State
Your emotions are dependant on 2 primary factors:
1) What you focus on
1. Changing Your Focus
Example: Jills goal is to lose 50 lbs, after a week of working out 3 times per week andchanging her eating habits, she steps on the scale and notices that she only lost 1 lb.
Feeling like she isnt moving towards her goal fast enough, she instantly begins to feeldisappointed and discouraged about continuing her quest to lose weight.
Dont let the present moment determine your outcome!
One of the biggest secrets of success Ive learned over time is that the current momenthas nothing to do with your outcome! Often we get caught up with a depressing situation,we focus on it to the point where the emotions get strong enough to stop us.
At this point, instead of focusing on what seems like a failure to Jill, she could change herfocus to the actual OUTCOME she wants. Which is feeling great, sexy and attractive.
As you change your focus in critical times that would usually stop you emotionally, youcreate incredible power to move despite discomfort!.
2. Using Your Body to Create Energy!
In the Powerful Sleep system I write about using this method at specific times of yourday to optimize your inner sleep system to lessen your sleep and create an abundance ofenergy in your life.
Changing your focus is just positive thinking, until you add this method into your statemanagement arsenal.
The fastest and easiest way to create an emotional state shift in your mind, and to giveyour body the energy it needs to propel you to your goals, is to make a drastic change inwhat youre doing with your body.
Youve got to move fast, youve got to get your heart rate going, and youve got to makeit impactful!
Often times when Im faced with several writing deadlines for books, articles andinterviews, I spend a lot of time sitting at my desk thinking. Getting work done on thecomputer is great, but theres only one challenge: My body isnt doing anything!
It gets to the point where my emotional drive begins to drop. At this point, instead ofstopping my work an taking a break like most people do, I run into the back-yard, andjump for 10 minutes on my trampoline while thinking of all the things I want for my lifeand the lives of the people I affect with my work! By the time I get back in front of mylaptop, I am supercharged with energy, ideas, creativity, and emotional drive!
What ways can you think of to create more energy and a better emotional state at keypoints during your day?
Because your emotional state is so critically important to achieving your goals, and theoverall quality of your life, I urge to start using this technique in your life. Changing whatyoure doing with your body doesnt have to be as drastic as jumping on a trampolinewhenever youre in a down state.
It could be as simple as getting up and clapping yourhands for a minute while visualizing your goal. It can be going outside for a breath of airor a short jog, a stretch, or even just putting on a smile
When you combine all three of these methods: Leveraging your pain and pleasureassociations, chunking down your processes, and managing your emotional state, youllfind that you become unstoppable in your journey to success.
Dreams and goals are only vapor until you take action on them.
Your Friend, Kacper M. Postawski
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