Tuesday, July 26, 2016 by Jake Hahn | self development
“People often say that this person or that person has not yet found themselves. But the self is not something that one finds. It is something that one creates,”
- Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz.
"When you think about yourself, you tend to think in a certain way about your skills, strengths and talents. You narrowly define yourself, meaning you live life from a certain way of thinking and being, which limits your experiences.
You can re-create yourself at anytime and choose to define yourself in other ways. Explore new ways of thinking and being, and you may discover that you have talents and passions you never knew existed."
~excerpt from a brand new course I've been working on for the passed few years.~ P.O.S.E*
Our mental programming controls our life
We always do what we see ourselves doing in our mind, not what we know how to do.
I bet that at this very moment you know how to improve your skill on a guitar, you know how to get in better shape, you know how to do your job better, you know how to be more productive, you know how to have better relationships, you know how to improve your results – but you don’t do it.
Why? Because it doesn’t feel like you, right? It doesn’t fit the way you see yourself in your mind. Your self image always corresponds with your results.
It's all about self-image.
The power behind how we see ourselves, and how that translates out into the world affects our outcomes.
If you've spent time with me in a coaching session then you already know the importance I place on how you see yourself NOW...in this moment. Not off into the future.
Goal setting is great! Though without a deep-seeded core belief that you are the type of person who can achieve that goal...it's pointless. It'll never happen.
How you see yourself in this moment - and it's important to state - on an unconscious level (where habits and behaviors live) is who you are, as well as who you will become.
If you want to be a musician, actor, dancer, business-person, painter, Doctor, ice cream shop owner...whatever! You MUST begin by adjusting your self-image to match your vision!
How do you change your Self Image?
You do it through awareness and imagination.
Awareness is transformative in and of itself. The simple fact that you now know that your self image controls your life gives you the power to begin to change. From now on you’ll no longer identify yourself with every thought you get, and imagination is where you create your new life.
So how is this done? How do you take action and make the shift toward what you want?
Well, there are 2 ways that this can happen.
1. You experience a highly emotional event
A highly emotional event can impact us on a deep core level causing our mind to make a sudden shift based on the extreme emotion(s) involved. It can cut straight through - bypassing the conscious mind completely.
2. Repeat Exposure
Conscious repetition is what allows us to take a thought and begin to sort of "bury it" into the sub-conscious mind - where auto-behavior comes from.
A good example of Repeat Exposure would be: it's been shown that if you are introduced to someone new and you repeat their name at least 6 times then your mind will think it must be important enough to store for the long term, and the odds of remembering that persons name are dramatically increased.
So how do you put it into action?
Create 2 verbal phrases for Repeat Exposure. Here's a starting point. Finish each of these phrases with what you feel is in line with who you want to be.
1. I am now...
2. I am so happy that...
Once you've created your phrases (in the present moment) repeat each one aloud with some emotion behind it 6 to 8 times.
Do this daily! Maybe right after you wake up in the morning and/or before bed each night. It doesn't take long, and in time, the benefits will amaze you.
This isn't about "positive thinking" - it's about pointing your deeper thinking mind in the direction of your goal(s) and vision(s) of the person you desire to be.
*The (P.O.S.E) course I'm creating will walk you through all the details step by step.
I'm extremely excited to present it when it's done! I know it will be of great value and something that I'm very proud of.
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