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Are we expecting results that can’t happen?

I stumbled across a video by Mel Robbins, titled “How to stop screwing yourself over.” She talked about a fact: You’re never going to feel like taking actions in your life that supposedly lead to the results you desire.

Even if you WANT to. Even if you have a big incentive to. The brain hates change, and emotion by itself is simply not enough to propel us into action. (and if it lasts long enough, it might even have the opposite effect! Watch the video for more detail.)

You have to motivate yourself to take the physical action, instead of waiting to “feel motivated.”

Her observation triggered an interesting idea in my mind:

In the business-self-development arena, are we expecting the feelings generated from vivid visualization to do something they are incapable of doing?

Let me explain.

Common goal-setting advice includes vividly imagining achieving the goal in order to generate joy and excitement.

As a technically-educated person, I know thoughts (electric impulses in the brain) create a magnetic field, and magnets induce electric current in nearby objects that can carry a current (such as another person’s brain, albeit dependent on several conditions).

Visualizing things repeatedly, or simply focusing on one idea, also revs up the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which primes the brain to pay closer attention to similar situations and things that can help manifest the idea.

But… are we expecting those uplifting emotions to generate the internal motivation?

If emotion itself isn’t enough to generate internal motivation to take action, then what’s missing?

The answer: a decision to begin, otherwise known as generating the Activating Energy.

The thoughts and emotions drive the subtle attractive forces operating externally, but you still have to do your (inner) part by making the decision to take action. I think the joy and excitement (and even a sense of desperation) can inspire a such a decision.

Just don’t expect the emotions to be enough to keep you in motion.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

P.S. If you want more information how magnetism creates electric current (and vice versa), check out this article about Maxwell’s Equations.

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The familiar pattern

I stopped reading momentarily, struck by the truth of his words.

When I read this blog post by Seth Godin, I realized how many times I recognize the pattern of not-doing-as-well-as-I-want.

Missing the cutoff for the leaderboard. Not finishing the exensive goals I set for myself this month. Looking at the email and seeing it is nowhere near “Inbox Zero”.

But his post made me think… do I acknowledge the patterns when things-are-going-great? And do I acknowledge them with the same emotional emphasis or familiarity?

The short answer is, No.

Which of the two patterns is more familiar to you?

I believe the imbalance is heavily influenced by the engineering mindset. It’s hard to set aside years of schooling and working in the industry, which trained me to be aware of all the flaws so I could fix or prevent them. And that something going right is what is SUPPOSED to happen, it is the “normal,” so don’t make a big deal about it until you’re done.

This is where visualization comes handy.

Our technically-trained mindset of “don’t make mistakes” can be realigned to “I’m comfortable with things running smoothly” through visualizing things-going-right. The former mindset is restrictive and punishing — the teacher who is just itching to find an error in the student’s homework– while the latter is more attractive to building a team of entrepreneurs — who are certainly going to make mistakes as they learn to run their businesses.

Here’s the science behind my observations.

The more our minds dwell on something, the more our brains become accustomed to and comfortable with it, and the pattern can be more quickly accessed and more comfortably expected. Whatever we focus on, our mind seeks to identify more examples and create more similar situations. (This is a combination of myelinization of the brain’s neurons and the Reticular Activating System working together to reinforce thought patterns, and by extention reinforcing the personal expectations.)

Visualization of things-going-right is a useful tool to reinforce the positive train of thought.

Just remember to follow it by actions that support your goals, or you risk frustrating yourself.

–LYnn Selwa, “The Rocket Science Coach” ™

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