Imagine what it might be like to be an animal such as a squirrel. A squirrel doesn’t have worries about the dynamics of their workplace, about debt or about their relationships. Squirrels don’t have their head in the clouds daydreaming about what might be… They don’t have regrets and they don’t have delusions.
Instead, a squirrel simply experiences the world as it is. Hyperreal across all the senses, squirrels simply take in the world around them as it happens and react on a dime.
This is something that a lot of people aspire to, as they believe that it will make them happier and help them to enjoy the world around them more. But just as important and just as valuable is the incredible benefit that this type of presence and mindfulness has in terms of athletics.
Bruce Lee and ‘No Mind’
An aspiration for many martial artists, including the legendary Bruce Lee, is to reach a state known as ‘no-mind’. No-mind effectively means that you are reacting without thought, purely on instinct. Instead of experiencing your surroundings, thinking how best to respond and then reacting; you instead react without pause or consideration.
In martial arts, this state of no-mind is accomplished through rigorous training. By simply repeating the same block over and over again, you eventually reach a point where your arm moves to block without any need for you to consciously command it to do so. Likewise, by repeating the same punch over and over, the martial artist can reach the point where they’re able to punch perfectly.
At this point, they have strengthened the neural pathways required to deliver the perfect technique and thus it reaches the point where it is really second nature. Many athletes in other sports achieve similar performance when they are completely engaged with what they are doing and this is often called a ‘flow state’.
As you might imagine then, the practice of mindfulness will only enhance your skill as a combatant and as an athlete. And in fact, there is a similar term used within the context of CBT: ‘choiceless awareness’.
Being Aware of Your Body
Just as mindfulness and meditation can help you to improve your physicality, so too can being more physical help you to be more mindful. This is because focusing on our bodies will take focus away from our monologue. Simply try being aware of your distribution of weight, of your breathing, of your temperature – and you’ll find that instantly you become far more ‘present’ and much closer to mindfulness and choiceless awareness.
Did you know that only eight percent of people reach their goals? That's right! The other 92 percent fail within weeks or months. According to researchers, what differentiates the two comes down to one simple thing: setting specific and challenging goals.
However, this doesn't mean you should try to do everything at once. In fact, trying to reach the stars is often a recipe for failure. If you want to go big, you have to think small. Break big goals into smaller goals and start from there.
What's Wrong with “Thinking Big?”
We keep hearing that we can accomplish anything we want, whether it's saving the world or becoming an astronaut. Unfortunately, that's unlikely to happen. Sure, you could do it, but it will take years of hard work. For this reason, it's so important to take small steps toward your goals.
The truth is, what you need to do is to think big in detail. It's necessary to have detailed information, plans, knowledge, and skills for your big goals to become a reality. That won't happen overnight.
A big idea doesn't guarantee success. Anyone can have ideas, but only a few can bring them to life. When thinking big, it's easier to miss the small details and make costly mistakes. If you fail, you'll feel disappointed and have a hard time starting all over.
For example, many people dream of building a million-dollar business. However, they haven't yet learned how to make even $1. To succeed, think big in increments. Focus on making your first dollar, then your first $100, then $1,000, and so on.
Change Your Habits to Change Your Life
Whether you want to become the next Steve Jobs, launch a successful project, or climb up the career ladder, you need to start with baby steps. Swap any habits that hold you back for habits that move you forward.
Let's say you always find excuses to skip your workout. By doing that you'll never manage to lose those extra pounds and get in shape.
Commit yourself to hit the gym at least three times a week. Take it seriously just like you do with your job or family time. A month later, schedule four workouts a week.
In the meantime, make small changes to your diet. Do one thing at a time. For instance, you could ditch the sugar during week one, cut back on junk food the second week, cook your meals from fresh ingredients the third week, and so on.
Think small to go big, and the results will follow!
Catchphrases are a popular thing. People throw around inspiring words in motivational readings, and in social media posts like they are a dime a dozen. Mindset and manifestation are the latest trend.
What can taking control of your mindset and envisioning your future do for you? Does a strong mental game have the power to change your entire life?
There is a common phrase. “Think big to get big.” This means that if your mindset and mentality are open to achieving big things your chances of achieving them are greater. There are many tools to help you embrace this mentality.
Steps To Success
When making an action plan to reach a goal get S.M.A.R.T. Smart goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time sensitive. If you focus on each of these areas you are sure to create a realistic plan for success. Making the goal something you can actually achieve helps increase your odds of success. Also, setting a specific and time-sensitive goal helps you focus on what you really want and keep you on track with dates and deadlines.
You Just Gotta Believe
Changing your mentality to ‘thinking big’ does not happen overnight. Change takes time. Treat a change of mindset like a diet change. Make gradual changes and celebrate successes and you will be on track to turn these changes into habits.
Support Systems GO
Having a supportive group around you makes keeping a positive proactive mindset easy, even on days when your resolve is weak. A positive environment strengthens you for the journey to reach your goals and change your mindset.
Don’t wait until life is perfect. You can visualize, and create the life that you want, and the mindset needed to realize your dreams and goals. Just take the first step and start. Manifestation style thinking, hard work and a strong focus can make miracles happen.
YOU GOT THIS!! SKY IS THE LIMIT!!