When I first read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” a couple of years ago, a book about an old dog called Enzo, and his owner Denny (two race-car driving enthusiasts), I thought it was going to be another Marley and Me (cue tissues).
It turns out, that I was actually getting myself into a deep philosophical book on life, death, family, and all things in between, told through the eyes of a Golden Retriever.
This book actually had a significant impact on me, as a result of one quote in the book, which you can check out below (I would highly recommend sticking this somewhere you can see it every day!)
Pretty profound for a book about a dog, right?
But here’s the thing – I genuinely believe if you could understand this quote, and take action on it, you would be taking leaps towards your goals, and where you deserve to be in your life.
Let’s break this all down here, because I really want you to take something away from this!
I’d also love to hear if this quote has spoken to you today. If it has, jump in to our free Facebook group below, and share what you’ve learned from it!
The Power of Thoughts
You currently have approximately 100 billion neurons, interconnected by trillions of connections called synapses (that’s quite a few!). Some of these connections can send 1,000 signals every single second!
This is how your thoughts are created. Have you ever stopped to think about that?
This is a lot of activity going on in your head, and the interesting thing about this process is that we often assume we have no control over any of it.
But, this is actually not the case! Many experts have found that choosing your mindset, can often mean choosing the outcome (One of my favourite books on this is called “Mindset” by Carol Dweck).
If you get to choose the outcome, you can choose to move in a positive direction with more positive thoughts, which leads to achieving what you want to achieve.
This knowledge that you can choose your direction in life is so, so empowering, and if you take one thing from this post, let it be that!
I can say from personal experience, that when I take the time to really think about what I want, see myself achieving it, and thinking about the feelings I will have when I reach my goal, I am far more likely to actually achieve what I set out to do!
Here’s a small example, but a big one for me!
There’s me, doing my first ever Facebook live stream, feeling super nervous and excited at the same time!
Before I turned on the camera, I sat down and thought about what I’d like to share with people, and what I felt would resonate with the people who were going to watch my video.
I visualised people commenting saying how much they enjoyed the video, and that they learned or took something away from watching it.
I allowed myself to feel the nerves of doing the video, worrying about what to say, and then feeling that relief wash over me, that I had gotten over my camera-shyness and appeared on a LIVE VIDEO!!
So, when I actually began recording, it was almost like I had been there before. I knew I would be nervous, and I was. I had never done this before.
But my nerves were controlled and were useful to me in terms of adrenaline and excitement, and when I finished, I knew I would feel relieved, and I did.
When the video went out, it reached over 2,500 people in 24 hours, which was far more than the 50 people I had anticipated!
I received messages and comments thanking me for my video, which a lot of people felt resonated with them. This was everything I had visualised, and more.
But I had manifested this. This was no accident or stroke of luck.
I had created this, through my own thoughts, through those billions of neurons and trillions of synapses, I had completed my first ever live stream and shared my message with lots of people!
If all I had thought about was the nerves I would feel, and all the potential negative outcomes that could happen, I would probably never have done a live stream. If I had worked up the courage to do it, it probably would have been pretty awful, because I had essentially planned for that to be the outcome.
Whatever you want in life, manifest it, and you will see it before you. Whether that is to do a Facebook live stream to promote your business or share a message, to do your first public speaking engagement, or to get out of bed in the morning after a long time of feeling down, unmotivated and isolated.
It doesn’t matter, because the principle is the same. So often, we overcomplicate things with phrases like “it’s not that simple” and “I just can’t do that”, but simplify!
Here’s the step-by-step process for you to follow to take big action here:
- Figure out what you want to achieve or what you’re stuck on that you’d like to overcome
- Visualise all aspects of the scenario (ie. how you feel/look/think before, during and after the event) and what the desired outcome will be. Really feel this desired outcome as if it has already happened.
- Take Action. Take steps towards achieving whatever it is you are working towards, and trust in your visualisations. You have mentally prepared, and rehearsed. Now, just let things play out.
- Re-assess how things went, and look for ways to improve. Did your inner negative voice convince yourself that you couldn’t achieve x, y, or z before you started, and then felt surprised when you didn’t achieve it? Or, if everything went to plan, find ways to build on this in your business and personal life.
Things aren’t always going to work out. There are lots of other circumstances which might get in the way of your visualisations and action-taking. But if you truly commit to this process, you will get there.
It might take longer than expected, or you might need to go back to the drawing board at time, but visualise your success, and then take action on it, and it will happen.
The problem is that most people will think about success, happiness, wealth, etc. but will never truly take action to achieve this. They are held back by limiting beliefs, traditions and stereotypes imposed on them by family and society, and they end up living a life they do not want.
You build the road in front of you. If you want to go left, go left. But you have to lay the bricks in the right place. Don’t allow other people to choose the direction of your life.
I will be posting more on Mindset and Visualisation inside the Facebook group and on our Facebook Page this week. To make sure you get a front row seat, join the Community now, and let us know your thoughts on this topic!