Many people have been taught the conventional process of creating actions plans as objective targets laid out in a bulleted fashion similar to a grocery list comprised only of abstract ideas. Abstract meaning that they are not created as actual “experiences”, but rather as ideas void of an actual experience. The most basic component to any “creative process” is a “vision” of what’s being created as the experience of creating it and a finished product or outcome as a material reality. Because of this left brained approach, implementation of a creative process can be difficult at best and not only fail to succeed, but seldom even gets off the ground. Most start with an elaborate planning phase, then, the process steadily fizzels as attempts are made to actually perform it and thereby produce it as a reality.
This is because the mind doesn’t create through abstract terms that are generic in nature or don’t have behavior and experience inherent in them, but rather through the imagination which takes an abstract idea and conceptualizes it into a living reality. This imagined reality “is” the path of implementation as behaviors necessary to create it that program the subconscious mind with an actual pattern to produce, both as the behavior necessary and the outer organization required to engage everyone else in a cooperative manner to co-produce the same outcome as a joint-reality.
While the left-brain organizes processes into a step-by-step process as generalized ideas, the right brain takes that idea and brings it to life as an actual experience as sensory enhancement that stimulates an emotional response, which amplifies and becomes a driving force behind the goal and provides the template as a form of pattern for the (whole) mind to use to produce an analogous reality. So any idea that you want to manifest as a reality, needs to be first created as a living reality in the imagination in order to create the template and pathway necessary to create it outwardly. This is easily done through creating a mental reality of an idea, where you play it out in your mind to produce it just the way you want it. You create a mental rehearsal as the means for actually doing it. The mental rehearsal as an imagined experience, provides the mental programming (pattern) as a directive for the subconscious mind, which produces all our natural behaviors and is necessary to create the goal through actions of some sort. You can only “do” what you can first imagine. We need to take the action plan as a strategic process and turn it into a vision as the actual reality of it.
Creating a Mental Rehearsal:
Start with the goal as an outcome or actual reality, and list all the areas that achieving this goal will affect in your life or overall business.
As you shape the goal by developing it, make it beneficial and have a positive influence on all other areas that achieving it will affect. You don’t want a goal in one area to produce a problem or bad affect in another area. Think this through until you have an idea that will benefit and be harmonious with all areas of your life or business.
Think of your goal in terms of what it means or what experience it would produce when it’s a reality.
Set the stage in your mind and create a scenario where you are “having” the experience of your goal as an actual outcome. You’re “in” the experience of it.
What’s happening? Where are you at, and what are you doing? Who else (if anyone) is involved?
What are you seeing?
What are you hearing?
What are you feeling?
What are you smelling or tasting?
What are you telling yourself about the experience? Reinforce and validate yourself.
Notice what feeling-emotions you’re having, and if any are negative (fear, stress, anxiety, apprehension, etc.), exchange them for positive emotions (confidence, enthusiasm, excitement, joy, a sense of accomplishment, etc.). Make it compelling. Then intensify the positive feelings associated with the experience of doing or having it, anchoring that feeling in your body.
Play it out in your mind until you have it just the way you want it. Then, repeat it several times until you can recall it perfectly. Create it as a form of memory with instant replay that produces a very positive state of mind through the experience of it. Feel a form of love for or towards it.
Create an anchor as a word, image, or physical gesture (clap, snap of fingers, striking fist, etc.) that you associate to the experience as a form of memory that will serve as the activating mechanism for the experience as an instant state of mind.
In this way, you cultivate the state-of-mind necessary for acting out the process necessary for its creation. Always remember that what connects the beginning and the end as a process of creating, is the state of mind as the “type” of experience we have in achieving it. The feeling we have around an idea, and the attitude it creates in actually going through the motions to produce it, is the same feeling its accomplishment is going to give us. The idea simply serves as the means for expressing and creating the feeling associated with it, and acts to multiply and gives us more of the feeling associated with the idea. Every act is an attempt to acquire a feeling.
All goals need to be created in a way that elicits very positive feelings in regard to them. We have to enjoy the process we undergo in creating them. The type of energy that we put into an idea, is the same quality of energy we get out of it. Any goal that creates a process of suffering and struggle to create will simply give us more of that same feeling in order to maintain it once it’s created. Goals that are pursued out of love and that fill us with a sense of contribution and enthusiasm, will give us more of that same feeling once we’ve achieved them and in what then becomes necessary in order to maintain them. Don’t ever forget, that once you accomplish a goal . . . you have to maintain it. The paradigm as a mind-set that you create in order to achieve the goal, is the real goal itself!
Dr. Linda Gadbois
Educator, Mentor, Coach and Consultant for Creative Mind Development