This past weekend was a blast, getting to go to see my favorite artist, Wynonna Judd perform in front of the Kansas City Symphony. Being unprepared for the coming week, made it easy to take the easy road such as sleeping in and just not reading or blogging as much as I’d like to do. It’s amazing how offtrack things can get so quickly when your goals are not right in front of you every day.
This week’s book of the week is High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard. There are six high performance habits he talks about, the first habit being clarity. “Having a clear plan is as important as motivation and willpower. It also helps you see past distractions and inoculates you agains negative moods-the more clarity you have, the more likely you are to get stuff done even on the days you feel lazy or tired.”¹
It’s one thing to say you want to do something, but the clearer you become on the specifics of your goal and how you plan on taking steps to achieve it, the more likely it will happen. Brendon says, “Be more intentional about who you want to become. Have vision beyond your current circumstances. Imagine your best future self, and start acting like that person today.”²
Every time I’ve ever accomplished a goal that I wished to reach, this is what I did. I imagined my best future self. Every time I’ve ever fallen supper hard when going after something, I’ve worried the life out of it. There’s a lot of science behind this and some “law of attraction” evangelists have just about turned it into a cult. But, it’s really not that deep. Clearly focusing on your goals allows for your alert mind and your subconscious mind to work out the details. Fear steers us in the wrong direction every time by turning our focus away from our goals, and thus not giving us the opportunity or energy to get past hurdles along the way.
I love the way that Brendon describes focus comparing it to an athlete’s “in the zone”. “…high performers are generating the feelings they want more often than taking the emotions that land on them. When high performing athletes say they are trying to get in the zone, what they mean is that they are trying to use their conscious attention to narrow their focus and feel in the zone. Being in the zone is not an emotion that just happens – athletes will themselves there by minimizing distractions and immersing themselves in what they are doing.”³
While I was living in Nashville, one of the greatest lessons I learned was from songwriters who would co-write with other songwriters. To be on cue when writing with someone else, you had to learn to be “in the zone” on a scheduled day at a scheduled time. The same with performing songs. A lot of that was mental work beforehand. I tried to keep to myself, not listen to music, or watch television before performing or co-writing. I guess it was my way of meditating and getting ready so that I could be my best.
Today I’m going to start a habit back up that I learned from listening to an old Zig Ziglar CD on goal setting. He suggests that you write your five goals for the next day and put them at your bedside so you can read them before you go to sleep. That way your subconscious mind can work out your goals and help you to achieve them the next day. Then they are also right there when you wake up. What goals do you have to help you clarify and help get you in the zone?
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Read High Performing Habits along with us! 🙂
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