How To Move Yourself
Deon Du Plessis
One of the greatest skills you will ever learn is the ability
to move yourself; the ability to take what you know and act
upon it. In life it is rarely a case of knowing what to do
that is holding you back. It is mostly a case of just doing
what you already know. The human mind is always pursuing something.
Whether you are consciously pursuing a dream or whether you
are unconsciously pursuing mere survival, your mind is always
driven by an 'image' of something that it 'needs' to 'find'
There is always something, even if it's only in the back of
your mind, that you feel compelled to do (or not do). You
can either choose what it is or you can just leave it to chance.
Either way, you should know that whatever it is, you will
gravitate towards. Whatever is important to you is what you
will notice and consequently pay attention to. There is a
part of your brain called the Reticular Activating System
that is designed to act like a filter to your cognitive perceptions
and experience every second you are alive.
At any moment in time there are quite literally millions of
things happening, both inside you and around you. The beating
of your heart, the taste in your mouth, the sensation of the
wind on your skin, the winking of your eyelids - all these
things are happening right now and you were probably unaware
of them until I made you aware of it. Your Reticular Activating
System determines what you will pay attention to by filtering
out that which is unimportant to your conscious perception.
It is for this very reason that it is so important to have
very clear and specific goals and to know exactly what you
want. They are like commands to your Reticular Activating
System that 'tells' it what's important to you and consequently
your experience of life will start to change as you will start
to notice all the things that will help you achieve it. From
this perspective, your goals quite literally drive you for
it determines what you pay attention to and what you experience.
If your mind is always pursuing something then you better
take control of that. Like a 'servo-mechanism' you are always
moving towards a target and this target is nothing but an
image that you hold in your mind; an image of what you want
to achieve or where you want to go. Whatever it is; you will
automatically, move towards it. Even when you are thrown off
course your sights will be firmly 'locked' in on the target.
Life is never static and you are always moving and in the
process of becoming.
Achieving your goals and living your dreams often requires
a lot of persistence. This is there by design for setting
really high goals will bring along your path great challenges
that you would have to overcome. In overcoming them you have
to become better as a person. There are no such thing as a
lazy person. There are only people with dreams that are too
small and uninspiring. With a big enough and strong enough
goal and dream anyone can be moved to action. Only big and
lofty dreams, with the promise of great rewards and an exciting
journey will give you the necessary persistence to go until.
The level of persistence you will need is in direct proportion
to the size of your goal. Most people, out of frustration
and lack of patience have very little persistence. Yet, persistence
is you most valuable resource. Having a compelling outcome
is the driving force of persistence. Never scale down your
dream to make it easier to achieve. Do the opposite: Double
your dream. Make it more compelling. This will give you what
you really need which is inspiration and an inner drive that
makes it worth it. You don't need a 'more realistic goal'
- you need a bigger drive; a more compelling outcome. Remember
that your greatest resource is resourcefulness. Your mind
is always pursuing something - whether it be to pay your bills
or to make a million dollars. It is simply a matter of choice
- if you choose to. To your mind there is no real difference
and regardless of the size, your mind will serve and guide
you. Use it!
Deon Du Plessis is the creator of A
Course of Action, a free e-course designed to empower
you to break through your limitations, take action and transform
your ideas into reality. Visit The
Self Improvement Gym for more self improvement and personal
development insights and resources.
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