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To overcome blind spots and achieve extraordinary goals, you must become an End-Result Thinker. Once you set a Goal, then your Reticular Activating System (RAS) lets through the information you need to achieve your goal. Let me give you an example of that last principle. The RAS only lets through what you value or see as a threat. When you set a goal, you tell your RAS that you now value anything associated with achieving that goal.
This is why you: Do not wait for the resources first before setting out to achieve a goal.
Sorry for yelling, but this point is crucial.
If you think in terms of having to have the money or resources first, you are doing it backward.
You set the goal first, then look for resources to achieve it.
Let your RAS do the work. Because once you set a goal, once you value it, everything that supports your goal will get through your filters.
I once was asked to conduct a choir in front of thousands of people. I had never conducted a choir before. I had six months to get a choir together and somehow get them ready for a performance.
Even though I had no experience, I agreed. I set the goal trusting that my RAS and AU would help me somehow.
A few days later, I walked through a used book store looking for a mystery novel. As I walked through the Music section, something caught my eye; something that I would have missed at any other time.
A book title jumped out at me: How to Conduct a Choir. I swear this is true. That book helped me greatly.
But I was not content to stop there. I told everyone I knew that I was going to conduct a choir for the first time and that I needed any help I could get. I opened up the RAS of my friends, so that if any of them came upon something, they’d let me know. (The power of networking.)
And someone did. A friend heard about a mutual friend who had once been a vocal coach. I contacted that person and got personal tutoring. She joined the choir, which also helped.
Don’t wait until you have the resources before setting a goal. Stretch yourself. Set a stretch goal, even one that seems unrealistic, and see how life supports you. Here’s an extreme example.
I play piano. In my college days, I didn’t have one. I couldn’t afford to buy or rent one. For the longest time that stopped me from getting a piano. Why? Because I thought (held the picture) that I could only have a piano if I bought or rented one. I thought I needed the money first.
Once I was presented with the picture of being an End-Result Thinker, not thinking I needed the resources first, I gave it a shot.
I began picturing having a piano and looking for a way of getting one that I didn’t have to buy or rent. Once I set the goal, I soon had this thought:
Hey, you know there are probably people out there who have a piano and find it a burden. I could offer to store it for them.
Actually, I thought, there are probably people with two pianos who would love to have me take one off their hands. That way, they would probably let me keep it for years, since they already had one piano.
So at my job as a 7-11 manager (putting myself through college), I began asking all my regular customers who had known me for some time whether they had an extra piano that they would like to have someone store for them.
It took only two weeks. An older gentleman who lived nearby said his wife had two pianos and they had been thinking what to do with them since they needed only one.
I arrived that weekend with a friend and a truck. We walked into a very nice home. One piano was an older black upright Baldwin piano. The other was an even older, beautifully crafted Chickering spinet piano with a top that folded down turning it into a table. It was lovely.
We started heading toward the upright piano, and the man said, No, my wife likes the touch of that piano, please take the Chickering.
It was incredible! Beautiful appearance. Wonderful touch. Bell-like tone. I had that piano in my home for almost five years.
Later, we had a piano in our home for almost 20 years that belonged to someone who had no room for it.
Then we moved and returned the piano. I realized in our new, larger home, we had a lot more space, space that would accommodate a grand piano. I just THOUGHT that, nothing more. Within a month, I received a text from a friend offering to GIVE me her mother’s grand piano if I wanted it. I did. And it sits in my home to this day.
So you see, it wasn’t a matter of Positive Thinking. It was more a matter of End-Result Thinking and applying imaginative exercises.
Thinking differently, not harder.
It required no extra effort. Just a willingness to suspend disbelief and recognize that the possibilities of achieving a particular goal are much wider than we often believe. We just have to think from the End, As If.
I knew there was a way to get a piano without buying or renting one.
I set the goal. I saw it, I felt it, I acted as if it were a done deal.
I got the piano within a couple of weeks.
Try it. Pick any instrument you’ve always wanted, for you or your child. You will be amazed.Published in