As promised yesterday, today I’ll be discussing the last three steps to “refire to rewire your brain.”
As a recap, the first three steps are reason, engage and feel.
With these three we are essentially creating a powerful foundation for us to stay committed and focused on the work ahead of us.
Reason is giving us a reason or purpose to pursue and achieve something.
Engaging is prompting us to take action through self-motivation or by the guidance of someone else.
Feel is allowing us to find that sweet spot between overwhelmed with fear and boredom, allowing us to have a focused work flow.
Today we’ll go through the final three steps.
Step 4 — Imagine
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The fourth step to this is to imagine.
What Dr. Sarah McKay means by that is mental visualization.
This is a lot more than affirmations and actually more along the lines of the Law of Attraction. You want to be visualizing yourself doing the actions and in the end achieving what you want to achieve.
You may be asking that question and for that I would agree completely with you.
As I’ve said before, I don’t believe that we can get anywhere if we spend all that time visualizing.
Instead we must be taking action.
I believe Dr. McKay is on that same wave though. Going back to yesterday, in step 2, it’s encouraged for us to take action first.
This leads me to think Dr. McKay had a certain intension with these next three steps. These next three steps I’ll be share are more of enhancers to the foundation that we have.
But also, these enhancers won’t work if you’re skipping any of the previous steps before it.
This is why if you skip to visualizing and not making action, you’re merely dreaming and not acting.
Going back to Dr. McKay explication, visualizing is basically us rehearsing without rehearsing.
We learn more about what we need to do.
We learn what we feel during the whole transformation.
And we learn how to boost our confidence much like an affirmation.
All of this is done by us rehearsing at times where we can’t rehearse.
Step 5 — Repeat
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana
This enhancing step is an obvious one.
You want to repeating these steps and the habit again and again.
You might not get it the first time around, but staying committed to your goal, vision, and beliefs will help you get closer to finding the right flow and the right mindset to develop this habit.
It really is an inside job so there isn’t much I can talk about here. It’s all on you. But here are some roadblocks you may face with some possible solutions.
Step 6 — Extend
I’ll be patient until my patience tires of my patience. — Anonymous
The last and final step is a tough one and that is extending. Dr. Sarah McKay explains it as we are extending ourselves by repeating the process continuously.
Essentially we are practicing to the point that we can’t get it wrong.
The challenge in this step is the sheer difficulty.
For many, this step is too much and people will cave and step back into what’s comfortable for them. They cease to find the flow that challenges them to extend further.
However if you stay committed and use those other five steps to your advantage, you’ll be able to advance further.
You’ll be capable of learning anything with this method and line of thinking.
So those are the six steps. Each and every step is feeding off of one another, if one is weaker or is skipped over, the system won’t work. Instead you want to tackle these steps one step at a time and commit fully to them.
Once you do you’ll be one step closer to developing habits effectively. Furthermore you can use the exact same approach to develop other habits that you want in your life.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 16 of 91 of this series.
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