This is an interesting subject, and one I’ve not spoken about at length . . . a lot, at least.
And while I’ve often said that its better to have dreams that sound outrageous (if that’s what you REALLY want to accomplish) and visualize the same repetitively, there is a CATCH.
First, you see yourself where you are NOW in relation to your end goal, my friend.
So if your dream is doing a 100 pushups daily for an entire year, for instance, then you do a reality check and visualize (consciously) where you’re at NOW.
And contrary to popular thinking, visualizing isn’t just done consciously in pictorial terms.
YES, I advocate doing so. YES, it can really amp your results . . . and YES, everyone should be doing it regardless of their current status or goal or whatever it is, because the minute you stop aiming is the minute you stagnate.
As Claude Bristol put it, Success is a matter of never ending application. The minute you stop to rest on your laurels is the minute it takes wings and flies away.
99% verbatim that quote!
But the point I’m trying to make is this, that often times, and for many people (perhaps not all) the goal itself needs to be a manageable one.
Don’t get me wrong.
If your goal is to do 100 pull-ups per workout, by all means have that goal and visualize it, but an “achievable” goal – one that you CAN do, or see yourself doing very very soon is key as well in addition to this.
What do I mean and why am I saying this?
Well, I’ll give you a few examples!
When I was on my way to doing 500 rope jumps per set, for instance (not per workout, per SET) and doing so in decent time, I often thought about getting to that number when I could barely do 100 straight QUICK.
Invariably, and most of the time, I’d fail, often before 100 as well.
But I really started to get results when I thought of getting to 120 per set.
Doing that for a while.
Then getting to 150 per set. And so forth.
These goals didn’t “scare” me as opposed to the “oh my god” involuntary feeling that I got when I thought “500” (although that WAS the ultimate goal and I DID get there).
It’s not just about eating a bear a bite at a time. It’s about eating a slightly bigger bear a somewhat bigger bite at a time.
Milo and the calf.
Progressive overload - - the mental aspect of this while you do what you can NOW.
And so forth. Your beliefs will naturally start to upgrade to the point that your end goal, for instance, stops scaring you and at that point you’ll likely have achieved it or probably will very soon!
And the entire process will be painless as compared to if you do it the other way.
Don’t get me wrong.
Both ways can work depending upon your psyche, but I’ve found way #2 to be far better most of the time.
Now, bear in mind this applies to anything in life.
Business? If you want to make a $1000 bucks a day, and are making barely that in two months now, for instance, then think of making $100 per day first, and work towards THAT. Or $50 per day.
Once you get there, you work UP.
Writing, you ask?
Believe me, I didn’t start out hammering out (for my other venture) 20000 plus words in one day and cranking out books that sell that quickly from the get-go.
Initially when I really got into writing it was an average of 3000 words per day which is still way more than most people can bear to do (or think of).
But for me, its always been something I ENJOY, so . . .
As Cindy so adroitly put it.
You’re a writer, and a fighter!
And this fighter has this to say: upgrade your beliefs NATURALLY my friend.
Don’t force it.
Don’t be itching to jump WAY out of your comfort zone from the get go.
Instead focus on small goals, and ticking them off as you go along.
This advice is contrary to that which most self help gurrrrrruuuuuuuuuussss give you, but it’s TRUE my friend.
Apply it, and see how far you go!
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