feelings than pain feelings. Begin to evaluate each of the questions
contained in the checklist against
your experience. So, for example, as you remember this experience and
focus on the visual
Submodalities, ask yourself, "Is it a movie or a still frame?
Think of one right now, one that happened a long time ago. Recall the of
that experience. Bring it
forward; put it in front of you. Make right, and colorful; make it threedimensional. Step into your
body were then and feel that experience right now as if
image and changed it, redirecting your focus. You finally said, "Oh, it's
not that big a deal." Or you
worked on one aspect of it, and by doing so, it didn't seem like such a
big project to tackle. These are
all simple strategies, many of which I laid out
What if the image becomes dimmer, or smaller? Now take the picture of
the problem and make it
bigger, brighter, and closer. For most people, this intensifies it. Push it
back out and watch the sun
melt it. A simple change in any one of these elements is l
something I previously would have accepted as a limitation; 2) I
changed my limiting belief about my
ability to do this by changing my emotional state into one of certainty,
and 3) I modeled an effective
strategy for producing the result.
This act transfo
If you've been consistently focusing on the worst that could happen,
there's no excuse for continuing
to do that. Start now to focus on the best.
The key in life is to have so many ways to direct your life that it
becomes an art. The challenge for
that pivot point in his life, the pain associated with prison was a force
more powerful than the pleasure
of satisfaction he thought killing the other boy would bring. One change
in focus, one decision about
pain and pleasure, probably made the difference
Knowing the large part that submodalities play in your experience of
reality is crucial in meeting
challenges. For example, whether you feel confused or on track is a
matter of submodalities. If you
think about a time when you felt confused, remember whet
Is the speed of the image fast, medium, or slow?
Particular element focused on consistently?
Are you in the picture or watching from a distance?
Does the image have a frame or is it a panorama?
Is it three-dimensional or two-dimensional?
Is there a color
a good life springs."
Anyone can continue to feel good if they already feel good, or if they're
"on a roll"; it doesn't take
much to accomplish this. But the real key in life is to be able to make
yourself feel good when you
don't fed goo
matter how scared or frustrated you are. This is one of the foundational
skills people develop in my
seminars. They learn how to quickly change their state from being afraid
and "knowing" they can't do
something, to knowing they can do it and being able t
motivated, realize you're not in the appropriate state. That's not an
excuse, though, that's a command!
It's a command to do whatever it takes to change your state, whether it's
changing your physiology or
your focus. At one time, I put myself in a state
now, on what you feel is great in your life. And again, you could focus
on things that haven't
happened yet, and feel good about them in advance. This is the power
that goals offer and why we'll
be focusing on them in Chapter 12.
WHATEVER WE FOCUS ON BECO
excited; just do it as a matter of r-o-u-t-i-n-e and make sure your face
reflects a state of boredom.
Notice how that feels. Now take your hands, clap them together
explosively, and SNAP them back out
as fast as you can with a big, silly grin on your face
don t we? If you focus on it enough, and you picture it and think about
it, pretty soon you'll start to
feel it. Have you ever gone to an awful movie?
Would you go back to that awful movie hundreds of times? Of course
not. Why? Because it
reading this book, you'll have a lot to talk about and a partner in your
commitment to personal
mastery. So very quickly now, think of a time in your life when you had
a very enjoyable experience,
and do the following: Rate your enjoyment on a scale from
because it does four things: 1) It's great exercise; 2) you'll have less
stress on your body than running;
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-springen; transitives Verb etwas berspringen,
auslassen; 2. Hpfer mnnlich
3) you w
laugh, splash around, and have a good time. What does an older person
do? Walk around it? No, they
won't just walk around itthey'll complain the whole time! You want to
live differently. You want to
live with a spring in your step, a smile on your face. W
nature, were all a major part of his creative strategy. At the time, he was
experiencing a few
frustrations in some areas of his life and had not been involved in the
same intense outdoor activity.
Just by making this change and getting back into a strong
how you perform? Take deep breaths in through your nose and exhale
strongly through your mouth.
Put a huge grin on your face and smile at your children. If you really
want to change your life, commit
for the next seven days to spending one minute five tim
lock has to be aligned, then the auditory, then the kinesthetic. All three
dials have to be lined up in the
right place and the right order for the vault to open.
Once you're aware of this, you'll realize that people are constantly using
words in their da
deliberately and consciously. I trusted it, and it worked. After doing it
enough times, now when I go
into a skid, wham! my head goes where I want it to go, the wheel turns,
and my car follows.
Does this guarantee I'll always succeed by controlling my foc
history. But at that very instant, he asked himself a question: What will
happen to me if I pull the
trigger? And another image came into focus: a picture as painful as any
imaginable. In that split
second which would take the boy's life in one of two ver
knowing which submodalities trigger you, you'll know how to increase
your positive emotions and
decrease your negative emotions.
For example, if you know that making something big and bright and
bringing it close can tremendously
intensify your emotion, y
time and again, conditioning yourself until you feel good no matter
where you are. The third skill, of
course, is to establish a set of habitual patterns of using your physiology
and focus so that you
consistently feel good without any conscious effort wh
your actions will take you in that direction, and if it's possible to turn out
of it, you willbut you stand
no chance if you focus on what you fear. Invariably people say, "What if
you're going to crash
The answer is that you increase your chance
arts training, I simply found out what he was focusing on, how he was
focusing (the brightness and so
on) in his head, what his beliefs were, and what his physical strategy was
how he specifically used
his body to break the wood.
I practiced over and over
MEANING IS OFTEN A MATTER OF FOCUS
If you've scheduled a business meeting, and someone is not there on
time, how you feel is based
strictly on what you focus on. Do you represent in your mind that the
reason they are not there is that
they don't care, or
they want to achieve in life. It's always fascinating to see a huge man
who thinks he can do it with just
brute force get up there and miss, and then watch a woman half his size
and muscular tone break
through in a heartbeat because she's developed the ce
Where is the sound coming from?
Is the sound in harmony or cacophonous?
Is the sound regular or irregular?
Is there inflection in the voice?
Are certain words emphasized?
How long did the sound last?
What is unique about the sound?
Anything else that trig
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