Do you, like me, find it can be difficult to get your brain into gear sometimes? Perhaps one evening you think to yourself “I’m really going to get going tomorrow and achieve what I want”, yet in the morning you wake to a sluggish feeling. You then end up procrastinating and doing all those little easy things rather than what it is you actually need to do.
There could be a reason for this. You see, in your brain there are all these lovely little neural pathways with thoughts zipping up and down. The more you use an individual pathway, the more easily your brain finds that pathway in order to go down it. So the pathways you use a lot, such as “let’s brush our teeth” pathway or “let’s switch on the TV” pathway, the less your brain has to think and those pathways then become automatic pathways.
However, if you have to do something that’s a little bit different then the brain has to come out of auto-pilot and has to do some serious work – which in turn takes energy, it actually takes energy. This is why the subconscious part of your mind, which is in charge of your response patterns, tends to procrastinate – it really doesn’t want to expend that energy!
In order to overcome this and get some motivation, so you do what you need to do, there are a few steps you should follow:
1. Show your lovely subconscious mind what it’ll see or feel once it’s achieved your goal. This is why everyone harks on about goal setting, there’s a reason for it. Your subconscious mind is the emotional part of your brain, therefore it gets switched on by the sense of what will be achieved rather than the analytical thought process. So show it what it will ‘feel’ or ‘see’ once you’ve achieved your goal and it’s much more likely to play ball.
2. Consider the benefits of achieving that goal. Write these down. This is important as it kicks the brain into a different way of thinking. Thoughts roaming round in your head are all well and good, but do you know how many thoughts you have in a day? No, neither do I. But I can assure you it’s one heck of a lot. But I do know thoughts get lost and that’s when we start to lose focus on where we are supposed to be going. By writing down your goals andthe benefits you will receive once you achieve those goals (the benefits can be more important than the goals sometimes), you are reminding your brain of why it’s expending all this energy. It’ll help honestly.
3. Get off your backside and start walking around, preferably outside (if it’s not raining like it is whilst I type this). This allows the body to create positive chemicals which whizz up to your brain and make it work in a much more productive way. So if you sit staring into a computer screen for hours and hours, it’s similar to a car ticking over in idle at traffic lights, it could overheat. Whereas once you push the accelerator and move that car off, air gets into the front of the engine and helps cool it down and the engine performs better. In a weird way, the same happens with your brain and you’ll find inspiration whilst out walking. Try it!
So, select first gear in your brain and get those goals and benefits down on paper. Then start moving.
Get Ready to Prosper
Get Ready to Prosper