Super successful business coaches, such as Anthony Robbins tell us that our lives are a result of our thoughts and that in order to change anything we do not like, we must first change the way we think. But, it's tough to change your thinking when your life is in shambles. And, if you do not have extra cash to hire a personal coach, what do you do?
Here are 5 Easy Steps to reprogram your mind for success
The first thing you need to do is get very relaxed. I know it's an oxymoron, but two decades of biofeedback research has revealed that you can create powerful shifts in thought and attitude, when you are very relaxed. In addition, states of deep meditation have been shown to be the key to higher levels of creativity and inspiration. Thomas Edison deliberately went into deeply relaxed states to retrieve ideas from beyond the borders of normal waking consciousness. After long hours of research, he would close his eyes and rest. Being a creative genius, he held coins in his hands, so that when he began drifting off to sleep, the coins would drop, the sound would wake him up and, Eureka! He saw the light.
The point is, when you get relaxed you open up to higher levels of creativity that will open your mind to a larger field of possibilities. Which absolutely will make you far more attractive to a potential employer or investor.
"Your mind is like a parachute, it functions best when open." -James Dewar
If you do not know how to meditate and find it difficult to relax, try a meditation music program to slow down your brain wave activity making it easier for you to enter the trance like theta state associated with deep meditation. Once in a deeply relaxed state follow these steps to reprogram your mind for success:
Imagine -While you're meditating, imagine what your ideal job might be like. You do not even need to know exactly what that job might be, just a few little details, like having a great boss that respects you, or better yet, being the boss and having all your employees respect you. Imagine seeing yourself doing something you enjoy and getting paid well for it. Okay, so you love tennis. Well then, see yourself playing tennis, and by the way, notice that you're wearing a gold Rolex, and you're playing with an affluent client who happens to think you're great. Focus on internal images that make you feel really good. Avoid scenarios that feel like a drag. For example do not see yourself sitting at a desk being all stressed out. Or if you're trying to launch a new business, do not see yourself trying to get funding. See it after the fact. The money is in the bank and you're in Jamaica celebrating.
"Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein
Rehearse your Future – Create a defining statement like, "I'm now making $ …. per year, doing what I love to do." Once you've entered a state of deep relaxation to repeat the statement to yourself, while pretending that it's already happened-pretended so well that your body actually feels like it's happening now. It's very important that you influence your biology and feel as though what you want has already happened. It takes a little practice, but after a few rehearsals you'll get the hang of it. Say or think your clearing statement, before going to bed, when you wake up in the morning and periodically through your day.
Visualize – Visualize the perfect job, see your self enjoying work, having fun, and making lots of money. Do not visualize the steps you need to take. Visualize the end result.
"Just take the first step in faith. You do not have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." –Martin Luther King Jr.
If you're looking at a pile of bills, feeling broke and desperate, take a break from your misery and go test drive a Porsche. I'm not kidding. Do it. You'll love it. If you catch yourself thinking "this is ridiculous" or "I could never afford this." Drop it. Those thoughts keep you stuck in narrow thinking. Stretch your imagination. Play make-believe, even if it's only for a little while. Ask anyone who is successful – they know the secret … and the secret is in believing . "The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen." -Frank Lloyd Wright
Go on an open house tour-take a look at 3 million dollar homes. Imagine what it would be like to live in a home like that! Go window shopping-no you do not need to buy any three-care diamonds just now, but why not try them on for size? Get a feel for what you like and then get those images going in your mind. Indulge in fantasies of having wealth and let those images marinate in your mind. Cultivate a palpable sense of what it feels like to be successful! Oh common now … you can do it … it's fun.
Embodiment -Feel your new reality. As you visualize, allow your own to really feel what it would be like. We attract from our inner state of being. If you're feeling like a loser, the fact is people bet on winners not losers. Even if all outside circumstances of your life are making you feel like a failure-you've got to make a concerted effort to change your mood biology, which we'll be getting to in a minute. A positive attitude will get you a higher salary and a better job. It will get your creative juices flowing. And who knows, maybe you'll come up with that single idea that will make all your dreams come true.
Change your Mood
Raising the altitude of your attitude is probably the single most important thing you can do to reprogram your mind for success. Take advantage of natural mood elevators: If you're really feeling low, go to your local health food store and buy some Sam E-it's the most prescribed anti depressant in Germany, it's safe, it's powerful and it's over the counter. It will boost your serotonin levels, which get depleted from too much worry or stress. Exercise and meditation will also boost endorphins and serotonin. But do not just exercise. When you're at the gym or out rollerblading, listen to your favorite tunes and visualize yourself being successful, happy, fulfilled.
You'll discover that when you feel really good about yourself opportunities come to you. People gravitate to you, because you're radiating a winning self-image. And if you think this is all silliness. Just try it for a month as an experiment.
What have you got to lose?
"Ordinary people believe only in the possible. Extraordinary people visualize not what is possible or probable, but rather what is impossible. And by visualizing the impossible, they are beginning to see it as possible." Cherie Carter-Scott