“Envisioning the end is enough to put the means in motion.”
In part one of this article, we discussed Outcome Expectations. They were the “Thinking from the End” perspective. Now that we have our five goals from part one, we can look at Efficiency Expectations that are the “Thinking about the Process” perspective. If you have not finished the exercise from part one, here is a link to go back and do it (http://vividlife.me/ultimate/6156/expectations-part-1-outcomes/). It will help you get the most out of part two but is not necessary to understanding part two.
Efficiency Expectations make us look at how we are going to accomplish a goal. This is the ABC’s of how we plan to get to our Outcome Expectations (our goals). The way we think about our Efficiency Expectations influences our Outcome Expectations. Literally, by changing our thought patterns we are capable of attracting into our lives the process and goals we want to manifest. The change from “I can’t” thoughts to “I can” thoughts makes all the difference. By paying attention to what you say, you can control what you think. A thought happens before you say it. If you can control what you say, you can control the thoughts that create the ideas you will talk about. This is a big step into creating the future that you want to live. Every time you speak a thought, you are painting the canvas of your future.
There are several roadblocks that we may have on the path to our goals. There are motivational deficits, which are a lack of desire to create the circumstances to attract your goals into your life. If all you say is that you “want” something. You will always want it but never achieve it. The mind needs to attract the situation, person, or item into your life. Merely wanting something is not enough to attract it. There are learning deficits, which are self-defeating learned behaviors. An example of this is Learned Helplessness, which weakens the immune system and shortens life expectancy. If you throw up your hands and give up trying to change a situation, you are suffering from Learned Helplessness. You feel as if there is no hope of escaping your situation. There was a recent AIDs study that examined the thought patterns of patients with full blown AIDs. The optimists lived longer and more fruitful lives than the AIDs patients with a pessimistic attitude. All of the participants in that study could have given up and accepted their “perceived” death sentence. But, some of them chose not to even though the prevailing medical position about AIDs is an inescapable death sentence and a shortened life expectancy. Attracting what you desire can only happen if you change the behavioral patterns in your mind.
Write out all the steps that are necessary for you to accomplish one of your goals. Look at the list to see if you have overlooked any of the required steps. Immediately, do the first step. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Try and let me know how it works.