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You are the commander-in-chief of your mind, body and spirit. You are in charge of your life, your money, your career, and your business.
But is your brain guilty of mutiny?
Your brain fights against you on two fronts (plus one as you’ll see at the end of this article):
Now vs Later
As humans, we have an inherent bias for the here and now. We don’t want to wait. Here’s an example:
Participants in a study on money and emotions chose $19 now over $100 a year from now.
Let’s think about that for just a minute. These people gave up the equivalent of a 426% return to get their reward now, instead of a year from now.
But the researchers didn’t stop there…
Participants who said they were sad accepted just $4 now, rather than waiting a year to get $100. So they walked away from a guaranteed 2,400% return!
In other words, our brains are naturally programmed to make bad decisions! And when emotions come into play, we make decisions that are even worse.
These decisions lead to one thing later – regret.
Easy vs Best
Our brain rebels in another way: It coaxes us into doing what’s easy at the expense of what’s best.
It’s easy to watch TV instead of reading a book which will provide useful insight into a challenge you’re having.
It’s easy to surf the ‘net rather than putting what you know to use.
It’s easy to jump on every incoming e-mail instead of actively reaching out to people who may make a BIGG difference in reaching your goals.
The problem is the easy things usually don’t take you too far. Successful people do what unsuccessful don’t.
If you want to be a BIGG success, you have to find a way to fight your brain. You must do what’s best, not what’s easy.
How can you combat these natural tendencies?
Fortunately, you can bring your brain back in line. We won’t kid you – it’s not easy. You have to fight your natural instincts. Here’s how you do it:
It starts by becoming aware. And now you are! You know that your brain is inclined to rebel against what is best for you.
- Mental simulation
No, we didn’t leave out a “t” in simulation. This is our twist on visualization.
BIGG success is life on your own terms. So we pay close attention to terms.
The problem with the word “visualization” is that it implies that it’s a “seeing” exercise. But done correctly, it goes far beyond that.
So instead of “seeing” the future…
- Live the future now!
The future is a dark, foggy place. So you have to cut through the fog and shine a light in the darkness.
You do that with details. Don’t just picture your new house. See yourself living there. Picture yourself entertaining friends, watching a game on your new TV in your new home theater.
Smell the food that you prepared in your new high-tech kitchen. Hear the laughter as your friends enjoy themselves.
Use all of your senses to live the future right now. But don’t stop there: How do you feel? Feel it now – you’re happy. You’re proud.
Experience it as if it were happening for real right now. The first win is always mental.
Plus – by experiencing it like this – you’ll get your brain in sync with what you need to do now to make this dream a reality.
- Do what’s best the lazy way
Now it’s time to come back to the present. What do you need to do right now to reach this goal? Determine what it is, whether it’s easy or difficult.
Then find the lazy way to do it!
Huh? Yes, you read it right. Here’s what we mean…
Picture yourself watching a group of people working. They all have different methods. How can you figure out the best way to do the task?
Find the laziest person on the job. See how he or she does it.
They will be the most efficient person because they want to get it over with. Then they can get back to being lazy!
So once you know what you need to do, find the easiest way to do it, as long as it doesn’t compromise the result you want.
Successful people do whatever it takes to reach their goal. But they try to expend as little energy as possible to get there.
But beware of this…
Research also shows mental simulation can work against you. We think this research shows the power of mental simulation while also clearly highlighting a problem with it:
When you live your future now, your brain commits mutiny once again!
It causes you to relax too much. You feel satisfied. So you don’t do what you need to do to live it for real!
So here’s the secret: Once you’ve used the mental simulation to help you make the best choice now, go through the exercise again.
Only this time, see yourself right where you are. Live the process mentally – see yourself overcoming the obstacles and challenges you may face along the way.
Do you see what’s going on here? Now you’re getting your brain focused on how to get what you want.
You’re turning a fantasy into a doable dream. You’re recognizing the difficulties you may need to conquer.
You find ways now to overcome them, should they arise. You see yourself as the hero, overcoming all odds to be a BIGG success!
How do you handle your brain when it commits mutiny?