Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Canvas Is Waiting

It's too easy to fall into the trap of rolling out of bed, going through our daily routine, and accomplishing nothing of true meaning. We may even wake up, focusing on what we want, yet never achieve anything due to the lack of commitment needed.

Wanting vs. Commitment to doing: Night-and-day difference!

Recently, I found myself walking along this same, simple, habit-formed path... working hard, yet resultless. The amount of hours I was putting in masked the fact I wasn't achieving what I wanted. Something was missing from my daily equation. That "something" was a detailed, long term picture of what I needed the results to look like. I fell into the quicksand of hard work. The more I thrashed, the quicker I sunk. Long hours, staying up until 2 am, just weren't going to be enough. I needed to refocus my mind on the picture I was trying to paint.


It looks like this...

We've all been taught that long hours will beget positive results. "The more I practice, the better I'll play." This advice is flawed. It's true, we do need to work at our craft in order to improve, but more efficient practice is the key, and actually reduces the time needed to practice. Taking it a step further, when practicing correctly, we won't be able to put in an over abundance of hours because we'll be too fatigued, physically and mentally.

The most important factor in achieving anything out of our comfort zone will always be our mindset. What will we create from this day, and what are we willing to sacrifice in order to grab ahold? This detailed picture will ultimately affect and construct the long term result we're searching for.

Make a conscious decision to commit to a detailed mental picture of your desired outcome. Before attempting to make improvements, this mindset must be locked in place in order to maximize your potential. Having a fuzzy, "it would be nice if" attitude will never allow your greatness to surface. Next level success lives in all of us, but it's waiting for a specific path to walk along. It needs this passion and discipline to be visualized before it can materialize.

Tonight, when you go to bed, take a few minutes to see exactly what you'll have in the future. Feel the sensations that come from achieving those goals. Make it real in your mind. When you wake up the next morning, repeat that mental picture, making it a habit of success.

Design a path for yourself. Don't allow your day to be shaped by thoughtless steps. Take back the control you have over your passions! Paint a picture in your mind, and watch what the canvas gives you in return.


Rettakat said...

"Feel the sensations that come from achieving those goals."

This was an excellent post, and as I read this sentence I realized I had not been doing that. I don't know if I am not visualizing all the way or what.. but it's hard to actually feel the sensations. Hmmm... more practice is in order. :-)

Dayne Gingrich said...

Hi Loretta,

If you're not able to feel the sensations, it simply means you're not concentrating deeply enough, that's all. It does take practice. Take time alone (15 minutes/day) to just sit and FEEL IT HAPPENING. Feel every tiny detail of your surroundings. Your imagination wants this... needs this, as it's what ultimately creates it in the future.

Your subconscious will do the work necessary for your goals to manifest... but we have to put in positive images, and especially feelings into our subconscious.

Everything we do comes from emotion, good and bad. We just have to learn how to harness that emotion.

Feel it happening, Loretta.