Sunday, January 30, 2005

Affirm, Visualize, and Receive - Is Planning Really Necessary?

Here is an article I just published on my website. You can view it at:

OK, Here goes!

We are repeatedly told of the necessity to plan. "If you fail
to plan, you plan to fail", "Plan your work, work your plan" etc.

In terms of goalsetting and achieving goals, when people
talk of planning, they generally mean:

1. You set your goals

2. You make a plan for achieving your goals

This, for us, is putting things upside down. And we are
going to put things right back on their feet.

If planning is really necessary, it is much more UPSTREAM,
i.e. BEFORE goalsetting - you decide what you want, when,
where, how you are going to "affirm and visualize", than
DOWNSTREAM i.e. AFTER goalsetting - how you are
going to achieve your goals.

This "upstream planning" is generally not considered as
planning. It is normally called "decision-making":
You decide WHAT, explore the reasons WHY, and organize
your affirming and visualizing activity (time, place etc.)

This is different from planning :

For example if your goal is to buy a house in 1 year's time,
you would be planning for HOW to achieve you goal (save,
invest, work more etc.)

Now I am going to shock you with one little-known success
mindset secret: once you know exactly what you want,
visualization is more important - even more necessary - than
planning, in other words, thinking about how you are going
to enjoy whatever you want once you get it is more important
- even more necessary - than thinking about how to get it in
the first place!

Visualization is much more productive, much more efficient,
much more motivational and inspirational than planning.

Once (and even before) you've set your goals, FAITH is also
much more important than planning.

Planning is in inverse proportion to faith: the stronger your
faith, the less necessary it is for you to plan.

If you really have faith, you don't need any planning
(another "shocking" statement!)

Let us simply say that planning is only good inasmuch as
you need to be reassured that what you want is really
possible or what you want to do is really feasible.

The truth about planning is that it only causes limitations,
in that lots of possibilities outside the plan are not even

So, just state whatever it is that you want and don't worry
too much about HOW you are going to get it, because
there are always far more ways than you could ever plan
for, or even imagine.

Focus on what you want and keep your mind open to the
idea that there are always other ways.

Focus on your goal and obstacles will disappear, because
"obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes
off his goal" (E-Joseph Crossman).

The best way to get rid of obstacles is to keep your eyes
on your goal.

Now, you may ask: " Won't you trip and fall if you
concentrate too much on your goal and forget to look where
you're walking?"

Here is my answer to your question: " If you have enough
faith, you don't WALK to your goal, you FLY over all possible
obstacles, straight to your goal"

So, affirm, visualize, and receive: if you have enough faith,
failure is impossible!


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Anonymous ludhiana said...

planning is very important.

11:26 AM  
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Blogger cylon said...

Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! hypnosis

11:38 AM  

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