Thursday, March 5, 2009

How can you get that fire burning?

What needs to happen for you to get in the flow of your day, sparks flying, getting where you want to go?

It won't happen automatically, it won't happen by reading this, it won't happen as the result of somebody else...

You need to light the match.

If you look back on those days when you were on your game, moving things, making it started with a conscious decision by you to get started on something, the momentum built and you kept on it with resilience, tenacity and drive.

Those days are a glimpse of what you are capable of, the trick is summoning that state of being on a regular basis. There are a couple of techniques you can use to get into the flow...

-Put a timer or watch in front of you next to your to do list, pick a time you're going to start, and until then visualize what you're going to do for a few minutes. See yourself taking off, it's like a race with a gun going off. In order for this to work you need to have an actionable item you can do right away. When it's time...go.

-Use a body movement that you identify with action, for me it's snapping my fingers. If I need to get jump started on something I'll snap my fingers a few times and it gives me the feeling of movement, action, things to do.

-Pretend. Tell yourself you're just going to pretend to be in the flow, moving and making it happen...just for the next 15 minutes. You can pretend anything for 15 minutes, make it your own personal development know what will'll keep going. And that's what we want, isn't it?

-If you're more ambitious you can pretend for a whole day. Decide you'll conduct an experiment and just pretend for a day that you'll live the life you want, full of action, meaning, intention and achievement. Do that for a day, and if you can do it for another day...and repeat it again...

you'll have changed your life, becoming the person you want to be.

The pretending removes any perceived risk you have of stepping out of your comfort zone. The act of doing this actually moves the base line of you comfort zone higher...try it.

So decide how you're going to light that match, and go jump start your day.

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