I’m engaged in the Bob Proctor ‘Goal Achiever’s Program’ at the moment
and on one of the audios I’m listening to he spoke about perception.
It supposes that our perception of a situation directly influences our
action in that circumstance. EG: We’d gladly walk across a plank of
wood suspended 6 feet off the ground if there was a £1000 reward at
the other end, but we wouldn’t if the plank were 200 feet off the
ground. Then again, if our child was in a building that was on fire
and that plank bridged the gap between it and a neighbouring building
we would gladly cross it to save them.
I’ve listened to it a few times now and something dawned on me last
night as I was walking one of our dogs; if that’s true, which it seems
obvious that it is, then we can actually use that knowledge to
motivate ourselves more effectively.
Let’s say you have a task to do on your day off. It’s a bit of a dull
task but it needs doing. You might ordinarily decide to leave it and
do it another day and we all know what will happen there - the next
day becomes another day which becomes another day and so on and the
task remains to be done. Now consider that you put it in your mind
that your boss is going to give you a 20% rise if you get that task
completed today. Just think that. You’ll possibly find that actually
motivated you to consider doing the task. Really imagine it’s true,
imagine you just got off the phone with your boss, they were really
pumped up and excited about giving you that raise for completing that
task. Pretty soon you will feel a whole lot more motivated to do it.
Note: Keep the perception positive rather than negative, ie: imagine
the boss is going to give you a raise for doing it rather than
imagining he’ll fire you for not doing it. Positive outcomes are much
more compelling and motivational than negative ones.
Try it and see - it’s just a theory!
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