Sunday, February 21, 2010

Writing our Personal Goals is a POWERFUL Way to Trigger our Reticular Activating System (RAS)

Our Reticular Activating System (or RAS) is the part of our brain that functions like a doorman to our conscious mind.

Our doorman/RAS decides, from among the countless stimuli we are constantly bombarded by, which ones make it into our conscious mind.

Only stimuli admitted into our conscious mind “exist” and get acted upon. Those left outside our conscious mind by our RAS, do not “exist”.

Our RAS decides what goes into our conscious mind through a set of screening criteria that we give it, either purposefully or by default

How does it work?

Ever bought a new outfit and suddenly see it everywhere, even though you never noticed it before? That is because your RAS now included the outfit in its screening criteria. Any information matching your new outfit will be let into your conscious mind, making you notice it more.

The good news is, once we understand how our RAS works, we can make it work for us.

Writing our personal goals is a POWERFUL way to set the screening criteria for our RAS.

The next time you're in New York City’s Planet Hollywood, look out for Bruce Lee’s letter to himself among the movie memorabilia on exhibition.

Bruce Lee’s letter and his achievements is a good example of the POWER of writing one’s personal goals.

It’s not important to understand how we'll achieve our goals when you first set them down on paper. Rest assured that our RAS will alert us on what we need to know along the way.

When we repeatedly think about, write and re-write a goal, our mind focuses on it and starts working for it on other levels as well.

We will become aware of related matters and needed resources which are important to the goal. These things are overlooked or not given any attention, if we had not written the goal down.

Give it a try.

Write your goals like Bruce Lee.

It worked for Bruce Lee and many other successful people, and it’ll work wonders for you too.

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