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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Letting Your Brain Fill in the Gap

Those of you who like to revisit your goals might consider this idea:

When you have captured on a piece of page where you are now (on the left side of your page) and where you want to be 1 year from today (on the right side of the page) you can see the gap between the two.



That's where your bold steps or action steps go.  Unfortunately sometimes this is exactly where you and I can get stuck.  Why?  Because it looks a little daunting.  Also the critical part of our brain likes to get in the way and say things like, "If you knew how to do that, you would have done it already!"  or  "That seems too overwhelming, you better go get something to eat..."

BUT did you know, that when you are picking up a glass of water, there is a spot in that process where your brain actually fills in the gap.  Yup, it can't exactly see the whole thing, so it just makes it up and sends that made up solution to the parts of you that move and grab the glass.

If your brain can make up something to fill that kind of gap, why not let your brain make up the steps for your action plan?  It knows what you need to do because it processes a billion more things than you can ever consciously remember.

Try an experiment!  Next time you want to create a plan to get you from where you are now to where you want to be, why not write, "What are the boldest things I can do to get myself from here to there?" on the top of a blank piece of paper.  Then start writing whatever comes to you.

Or write the first 100 things that come to you (including some really ridiculous ones for fun.  1 out of that 100 things is bound to be a good action to take.

The truth is, you do know how to get across that chasm, you just need to let your brain do the work for you.

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