I was driving in a new area a few days ago and got lost...despite the GPS.
So I approached another human being who was walking his dog and he gave me on-point directions. "Go 2 miles; you'll pass the library and a gas station. At the light, turn left onto Broadway. There's a Walgreens on the corner. Take Broadway about half-a-mile and you'll see signs for the highway on the right. Bear right and then stay left towards Highway 10."
The various places and signs he told me to look for were super helpful in me finding my way. Being specific in our communication is critical, especially when we "talk to ourselves"...you know the internal soundtrack that's constantly looping in our heads. Our brains are wired to be specific. When we write down clear goals, our brains become laser-focused and move us towards what we want.
A key take-away from students in one of my recent online coaching programs was about clear communication. If you say to yourself: “I want reach more people and expand my network," how exactly are you going to do that? You can be a guest on three podcasts--then make a list of who to pitch.
If you say, “I want to have more money” and you go to the store and find a dime on the floor, then it worked. You’ve got more money; 10 cents more than when you walked into the mall.
Well, that’s not really what you wanted, right? You wanted more money, but not just 10-cents.
You must think big and be bold. Be specific. Break it down, chunk it down, step-by-step so you know exactly what to do every day. Just like the man who gave me directions, he told me what to do and what to look for so I knew I was on the right path.
The universe doesn’t respond to vague. We need a target because what you think about, you bring about.
So, I encourage you to get the picture and language clear in your mind first, and then say it out loud, write it down and visualize it with your “mental movies” and see what happens. You’ll get very different results when you think big and you put those visualizations and pictures into action.
I know this works because I've been doing it for more than 20 years! Through my training in Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), I have a deep understanding of how to train my brain and get the results I want. Do you?