Reading Orrin Woodward’s latest book Resolved gave me a new insight into visualization and a different angle on how to use it to effectively change. We have all heard of the power of visualization. In Orrin’s book he goes deep into the power of not just visualization but connecting your ant ( conscience ) and your elephant ( sub – conscience ). If you can figure out how to harness this power you can really accomplish anything.
Author Vince Poscente in The Ant and The Elephant, describes the difference between the conscious and the sub-conscious mind, teaching that the conscious mind in one second of thinking stimulates 2,000 neurons, while the sub-conscious mind in a second imaging stimulates four billion neurons. That’s 4,000,000,000 neurons to 2,000 neurons ; literally two million times more neurons are stimulated in the sub-conscious than the conscious mind in a second of mental activity. This is why you will hear every performer at the top of their game talking about using visualization as a powerful weapon to their success. In “Resolved” Orrin gives 2 examples of this, olympic athletes and Will Smith, and how they used the power of it.
Most of us think about this elephant and mental picturing only from one angle. That angle is to picture what we want. Weather that is a material reward, helping some cause, paying off debt or eliminating a job. I never thought about using this tool to change myself. To change my attitude, how I react, what I say, or even how I think. I was trying to do those things but I was using the ant method instead of the elephant method. I would write down 3 things that I wanted to work on and change about myself. I would put them on my mirror in my bathroom and my steering wheel so I could see them and read them regularly. This process did work and it still works but now I have realized that using elephant method is a much more effective way of making the changes that I want to make.
I have tried my new technique and was shocked at how fast the change happened. What I do now is write down what I want to change but I write down to visualize the change. This is what I mean. My first list of items I wanted to change was smile, book a follow-up meeting, and don’t get defensive when I got questioned about my business. Now what I would do is write a note to remind myself to visualize me smiling, visualize me booking the follow-up meeting and visualize how I would respond if someone did question me about my business. Doing this is using the four billion instead of the two thousand and obviously would cause change quicker.
I have recently tried this on a new list of items I am working on and I have seen the change almost immediately! I didn’t believe it so I told my wife and she tried it on something she was working on. She had the exact same result! Now this doesn’t mean that it is permanently programmed into our brain but the change happened that much faster. Now we just have to continue doing the visualization to make the movie that we play, in our sub conscious mind, a permanent movie. Hope this help
This is one of the best post I get to make. In the month of December we have had 3 people who have built their own business, to a financial level, that enables them to walk away from their jobs. They are Carol Miller, Chad Baker, and Jason Tingley. They are now time free and can pursue what they love to do. They learned the skills, techniques and principles by being plugged into 2 sources. The Team biz and The Life Business. These organizations are led by Orrin Woodward, Chris Brady, Tim Marks, George Guzzardo, Claude Hamilton and Dan Hawkins.
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If you are looking to one day do what these champions did. Let me give you a tip to their success. They all kept digging when others told them there was no gold in this business model. There is a famous legend of a gold miner who dug into the side of a mountain range for 20 years. He had dug many shafts all over the mountain range but he would only dig them a little ways and then get frustrated and start a new shaft He told his friends every day that he was about to hit it big. He eventually died of old age and penniless. After his death the group that gained access to his mountain continued to dig into some of the tunnels he had started. After a week they hit one of the biggest veins of gold in North America. The sad part was that he was only 3 feet away! You never get the reward for starting something. The prize always goes to the one that finishes. These 3 champs had many times were they could have stopped but the continued until they hit their vein of gold.
The other area that I have seen them push through is criticism. It is amazing how you can totally be wasting your life away and no one will say a thing. But if you start trying to excel and become great, watch out. The critic’s come out of the woodwork. They will tell you every reason why someone like you cant make it. They don’t have another opportunity for you to pursue but you shouldn’t do this one. I have never understood why a friend, family, co-worker wouldn’t want you to strive to become better.
Teddy Roosevelt said it best, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. “
Orin Woodward, Chris Brady and the founders of the-Life-business have just finished their launch and it was a huge success. There was so much recognition that anyone attending could not deny that this business model is working. I would personally like to say congratulations to Chris and Daneae Mattis for joining the policy counsel ranks. They have joined a very unique group that has dedicated their life to serving others.
I want to try to explain a topic that our guest speaker Oliver DeMille covered with the leadership group. I know I will not do it justice but you can read his thoughts in his book Freedom Shift. The diagram I am going to be referencing is what Oliver called, “speaking Anglo saxon”. I believe what he meant was that speaking “Anglo-Saxon” is in essence understanding the ideas and thoughts that our founding fathers had in arranging the structure for the new America. He asked us to diagram the governmental structure. We thought we had the answer.
Then Oliver said, ” That is a good start but there is more.” We thought we had him when we added the same 3 branches of the state government. He drew a box underneath the federal and the state levels of government and he had us stumped. He stated that the box underneath the federal and state governments was something that the Team was already doing. When the founders wrote the constitution, part of everyday life was a community council. Meaning that every community or town had a council that would legislate, execute and make judicial decisions that would govern that town or community. We all nodded our heads in agreement starting to understanding what he was sharing with us. Then he said that’s not it. Even with the town and communities layer he said there is something else that was a given in those days and crucial for our system of government to work. He drew 7 circles above the state and federal layer and said these are essential to keep every area in a true checks and balance system and are above in importance then the federal and state government. Blasphemy, I know! They are government, business, church, family, education, media, community. If you just have family running things, that is called the mafia. If you only have government, that is called communism. If you only have the church, that was called the dark ages. They are all important and equal or at least should be. As soon as the family can’t decide how to discipline their kids and the government starts to tell you how, then you have begun to slide down the slippery slope of lost freedoms.
The most important issue that Oliver raised was that if you don’t have the top layer and the bottom layer working then it doesn’t matter what happens in the federal and state layer, it will not work. Have you ever wondered why no matter who is in office or which party runs the house and senate it seems that things always end up just about the same. Or I should say, they continue to get worse. Well, as Oliver stated, “You now know how to speak Anglo-Saxon”. At least my attempt to teach you. The business I am associated with and my mentor Orrin Woodward believe very strongly in educating people on these concepts.