Go MAD: The Art of Making a Difference
by Andy Gilbert
Go MAD Books 2003
From the Intro: The secret of making a difference is that there is not a secret... I know, because what you are about to read has already changed my life and the lives of many others.
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Reasons are the fuel behind the goal. Without them, there will be no substantial progress. Strong reasons are what causes you to want the goal in the first place.
You must find your own reasons why… An intensity of purpose – a burning desire – when harnessed to clear goals is a powerful source of energy. The more intense the feelings, the greater your motivation.
Eliminate the word try from your language – unless you play rugby! In the majority of cases it serves no useful purpose, and it programs your mind with the possibility of not succeeding.
Stop kidding yourself that you are going to do certain things if you haven’t had a strong enough reason to do them in the past. Has anything changed to strengthen your motivation? Well, something needs to, because unless it does, that day will never come.
If you don’t enjoy doing something – there are 4 options:
1. change it
2. change yourself (attitude)
3. live with it (ignore it)
4. escape from it
The average person does not have well-defined personal goals. It is commonly stated, in many books, that only 3-5% of the population have written goals.
Lack of Motivation
Understand why others don’t achieve goals:
• they don’t have goals
• they have not converted vague aims into specific goals
• they lack a strong motive for action
• they have not defined any measurement criteria
• their goals are not written down
• they are attempting to change a given
• they do not plan priorities
• they are impatient for results
• they can’t visualize it happening
• they fear change
• they lack ownership, because they goal has been imposed on them
• they have no system to reward their achievements
• they do not check that goal is in harmony with their values
• they have conflicting goals
• they word their goals incorrectly – they focus on what they don’t want
• they don’t involve others
• they have too many goals
• they don’t use the power of the sub/mind
• they can’t overcome temporarily set backs
• they lack belief in their own ability
• they allow others to steal their dream
• they do not enjoy pursuing the goal
• they do not take action
• they do not have a goal that they consider is worthwhile
Your sub/mind stores all information it receives from sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. It also records everything you do, including your words, thoughts, actions and feelings. All this information is stored in your memory, even if sometimes it appears that you conscious mind cannot remember something.
Goals increase the alertness of your mind so that you become consciously aware of information that is relevant to what you want. This information might already be stored in your memory. If it isn’t, your subconscious mind will heighten the awareness of your conscious mind to find it. Hence, the purpose of the subconscious mind is to achieve the goals and problems you define.
Like a computer, your subconscious mind has to be programmed with instructions in order to function effectively. If you don’t give it precise information it cannot give you the solutions you desire. The more detailed and specific the instructions, the more detailed and specific the results.
Because your sub/mind does not consciously think, it cannot differentiate between reality and imagined experiences’ it just stores data that goes through your conscious mind. So the more vividly you can imagine succeeding, the better.
Each time a sub-goal is reached, it is important to acknowledge your success and congratulate yourself. This causes your success to be recorded by your subconscious mind.
Everyone has the same amount of time. You cannot save time, you can only spend it. Time spent doing one thing cannot be spent on another. You have to prioritize and make choices; it is totally your responsibility. ...If you are to reallocate some of your time to doing things that are important in moving you towards your worthwhile goal, you will need to stop doing some of the things that you currently spend your time on.
“I haven’t got time”, is an excuse, a way of saying, “It’s not important enough for me, at the moment.” It is up to you to choose whether to plan time for those things you say are important.
Time to reflect:
• Could I get up earlier each morning?
• Could I watch less TV?
• Could I use spare time more effectively?
• Could I read less junk?
• Could I give up unimportant/non-urgent tasks?
• Could I do anything… if I really wanted to?
You have incredible insider knowledge about your motivation, your capabilities, your dreams, and your ambitions. No one else knows as much about you, as you do. No one else has as great a stake in your future as you do.
It’s not what you know that’s important’ it’s what you do with it that matters. Taking responsibility for the actions and choices you made in the past, is the 1st step. The 2nd step is to take responsibility for your current situation.
Remember that your sub/mind accepts the messages it receives as true. When blaming others, your sub/mind acts on this belief to prove that it is the fault of someone else. Hence, nothing happens to change the pattern of your behaviour.
Short quotations worth noting:
You will never see a depressed person with written down, long-term goals and a strong reason why; they have too much to live for!
Your future will be a repetition of your past unless something changes. Do you want to make the change or have it happen to you?
In three, five or ten years time, today’s future will arrive. Will you have taken responsibility to be where you want to be?
Repetition of positive messages to yourself is a fundamental way of increasing your self-belief.
Your self-image influences everything you do.
When you believe in your ability to succeed, your mind uses its creative powers and becomes solution oriented.
If you look for problems, you will find problems; if you look for solutions, you will find solutions. You get what you focus on
Give yourself a deadline to stop planning and to start taking action.
If you are using your conscious mind to worry about negative things, or to think strongly about failure, recognize that you are negatively programming your subconscious mind to bring them into reality.
Every time you consciously think of something it gets recorded in your sub mind. Not surprisingly, if you keep thinking the same thought on a frequent basis, you will strengthen it’s power.
Most people realize the danger of programming their minds negatively but don’t recognize the benefits of choosing to deliberately plant positive thoughts instead.
Commitment is one step beyond making a decision. You must first make a decision… then you must make a commitment to do what it takes.