DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN TRAIN YOUR BRAIN to focus on things to help you achieve your goal? You can by engaging your reticulating activating system (RAS). The RAS is a part of our brain we are equip with that allows us to filter out important information to us. I love it when I learn ways to make things easier and this is a simple effective way to help you focus on what is important to you.
"Our brain's RAS provides us with a way we can deal with everyday life and all of the millions of bits of information flooding into our awareness and demanding our attention. If we had to deal with all of this information, all of the messages at once we would not be able to cope. So our brains have given us the equipment to filter this information and extract what is important to us at any given moment. This equipment is your RAS.
Have you ever noticed that once you have decided on the kind of car you want to buy, it seems that every other car on the road is the one you are thinking of buying? Your RAS is working, it’s busy filtering out the other cars (the unimportant information) and bringing the car of your thoughts to the forefront of your mind. The numbers of that particular car have not increased since you took that decision; it’s your perception and your filtering system in action."
"Your RAS has two useful roles to play in goal achievement. The most powerful allies you have when goal setting is the written word and your imagination.
1. By putting your goal onto paper you engage all of your senses – your sight (looking at the words you have written). Your feelings (the feel of the pen and paper and the feelings produced by the excitement of the goal). Even you auditory sense is engaged because when you write you are speaking the words to yourself or even out loud. This is enough to place your RAS on alert.
2. Your mind, including your RAS, cannot differentiate between something that is vividly imagined and reality. It tends to believe your messages. If you see a rope under your bed in the half light and are convinced it’s a snake, then a snake you will see. You are convinced that you won’t like the taste of something even before you have tasted it, (remember the food you thought you hated as a child) chances are that in reality you won’t. The person who is frightened of spiders will see them in every corner, even when there are none."
See the entire article Goals and Your Reticulating Activating System by Sue Saunders. http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/goals_and_your_reticular_activating_system
Step 1: Select a goal that will motivate you.
When you are coming up with your goal you want it to have such a powerful and important WHY for your goal to provide you with the motivation to ensure you will stick with it.
Step 2: Condition the goal.
Once you have your goal clearly outlined, you must condition the goal. In order to do this your homework is at least twice a day you must rehearse and envision yourself achieving this goal. Each time you do this you must create more emotion and joy as you see, feel, and hear yourself living your dream.
Try it. Start today. It is simple and it works.
(Follow this link to Lucas Falconer's article about these 5 important reasons to set goals.)