“Momentum is what makes an avalanche so dangerous, a galloping horse so unstoppable, and social movements so powerful.”
~ Chandell Labbozzetta
Your Three Minds… the Key to Your Success and Achievement
In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) we illustrate the concept of your three minds with three intersecting circles shown below:
As shown these three minds are the critical faculty, the conscious mind, and the unconscious mind and at the intersection of these is our true self which grows and develops in accordance with our decisions to trust and honour ourselves (which leads to growth) or to distrust ourselves (which leads to diminishment).
Any time you successfully harness the power of all three minds in your efforts, you create a degree of momentum that virtually ensures successful completion. So, the question becomes…
How does each of these three minds contribute to my success, and what steps do I need to take to shift from striving to achieving?
Your Conscious Mind: Goals, Plans and Actions
Setting goals has to do with vision and it’s helpful if your goals have a sense of inevitability. An avalanche heads downhill, following the line of least resistance until its momentum is exhausted. A galloping horse runs for the horizon until it can run no further. A social movement grows in noise and power until it achieves its object. In the same way, your goals, plans, and actions provide you with a destination and a path to follow.
The biggest reason why people don’t make progress toward their goals is that they lack a clear picture of their destination and path.
This leaves their conscious mind without direction and makes them easy to distract.
Your Unconscious Mind: Motivation and Emotional Connection
Have you noticed how much harder you are to distract when you are intent on getting an answer or achieving something you really care about?
One of my colleagues is always jumping around and never seems to get anything done when you ask her to submit reports and complete administrative tasks. However, put her in front of a room of c-suite executives to sell her ideas, or ask her to prepare a sales presentation and she is focused, insightful, and 100% engaged.
What’s the difference?
The difference is the emotional connection between her actions, goals, and effort. When she is preparing a presentation or delivering a sales pitch she is totally invested in engaging the audience and delivering a result. Admin is just a chore.
With her permission, we decided to run a test and create an emotional motivational connection between submitting those reports (which are tied to her presentations and sales results). The difference was phenomenal!
Your Critical Faculty: Formed and Filtered by You!
Psychologists tell us that until the age of seven our minds uncritically accept whatever ideas they are fed. After that we develop the ability to filter ideas and decide what to accept and what to reject. However, we are still dependent on the outside world to present ideas to us.
You’ve probably heard people talk about the echo-chamber effect – which can be exacerbated by AI on the internet. Facebook uses this extensively and it is the reason why you see more of certain people and related ideas and less of others. Every time you respond to a post, you increase the probability that you will see more posts and products along those lines. The problem with living in an echo-chamber is that your critical faculty is being conditioned to only accept certain lines of thinking.
This also presents an exciting opportunity for you to determine where your thinking will take you. The more you present yourself with material that affirms your goals, supports your belief that they are both possible and desirable, and directs your course of action towards them, the more probable (even inevitable) it is that you will achieve them easily and effortlessly.
Your True Self: Integration of Desire and Reality
Fantasies are fun to indulge… But Fairy Tales are even better because they could actually come true.
When you harness the power of your three minds, deliberately set out to design your success and create a path that leads to that success, you are creating your own fairy tale and making yourself deliberately lucky.
You have more control over your future… and even your present… circumstances than you imagine.
What will you make of them?