So, you like to have your way. Here’s a shortcut. Be the architect of your dominant thought and your truth. But we normally live with our truth and dominant thought that occurs to us. Here’s how to align your thoughts to get the outcomes you seek.
Step One: Align Your Ant and Elephant.
Think of your conscious mind and subconscious mind as an ant and an elephant. The ant is on the back of the elephant. The conscious decisions you make are equivalent to the ant making decisions as to which direction to walk on the elephant hide. Meanwhile, the elephant is also making decisions on where to go. They (those scientists in white lab coats and thick glasses) call it SUBconscious because those thoughts are BELOW consciousness.
Let’s say you got a birthday invite a couple of miles west of your home. You reply “Yes.” The day arrives. Your ant made a decision to go west. But your elephant walks east. You intended to be at a party on the west side but ended up at a closed-down gas station on the eastern side of town.
Imagine this: What if your elephant goes in the same direction as you consciously decided? You aren’t just at the party. You are THE party!
Step Two: Define a Truth with an Elephant Buzz
Emotions drive thoughts. Thoughts drive behavior. Instead of trying to behave differently… Instead of trying to think differently… Focus on the Emotional Quotient. The Emotional Quotient is thought that:
- Lights you up.
- Gives you energy.
- Makes joy course through your veins.
That is called your Elephant Buzz. A thought that literally has a physical reaction attached to it. It’s the difference between saying to a kid “Let’s go for ice cream” vs “Go clean your room.”
If your dominant thought is exciting, your elephant will be inspired to run, not walk in the direction of your desired outcome.
Step Three: Trigger your Dominant Thought to Create a New Truth
Personally, I like to use a Gold Dot as a reminder for my Elephant Buzz. I see a Gold Dot and I silently repeat my Elephant Buzz. For example:
- When I started ski racing, my Gold Dot statement reminded me of marching in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games.
- When I started speaking professionally, my Gold Dot reminded me of accepting the Speaker Hall of Fame Award.
- When I started writing books my Gold Dot statement reminded me of receiving a phone call that I would be on the New York Times bestsellers list.
What would your Gold Dot represent? Are you ready to tell the world?
If you’d like to know more about how the Ant and Elephant can work wonders in your life, check out the book, The Ant and the Elephant, Leadership for the Self. Order it from www.AntAndElephant.com and I’ll sign it for you personally. Let’s get your ant and elephant going in the direction that you decide.