“This is your life and it’s ending one minute at a time” – Chuck Palahniuk
Everything you’ve ever wanted – along with the rest of human potential – lies in the gap between good intentions and concrete action. And it’s time for you to cross the chasm.
The majority slouch and gaze across the gulf at the much smaller (better looking) group who have made the leap. Anyone can do it, but there’s a thousand reasons why you can’t.
On the other side, they call those reasons “excuses”.
This article breaks down the psychological principle you NEED to traverse the void. It’s a tactic that I’ve road-tested on some of the world’s smartest entrepreneurs and when you use it, you’ll create rapid results instead of reasons-why-you-can’t.
Want wings? Read on…
Hacking Mental Alignment and Integration aka “Check thyself before thou wrecks thyself”
Ever tried to literally make a big jump… on skis, a skateboard or something like a diving board?
If you’ve ever even seen someone attempt a minor acrobatic stunt, you know the pain of last second hesitation. It’s what happens when – the moment you commit to the leap – some weird part of you twists in the other direction and screams “NO GO BACK!”
The inevitable outcome? Face plant into the ground.
You must commit, or not leave the ground at all. The last second hesitation costs amateurs a hot flush of embarrassment (at best!) and can cost the pros their lives. And it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about extreme sports or business.
When you want to make the leap into being a serial action-taker – someone who makes extraordinary and huge things happen – you have to be integrated.
You have to be aligned. Whole of heart and mind.
That means one hundred percent of you has to lock onto your target and leap. No hesitation, no flinch, no twisting away in the wrong direction.
All the work I do as The Shrink for Entrepreneurs has to do with this. My clients – though they don’t always know it – seek out my services because their conscious mind wants one thing but their unconscious mind wants something else. When they gather the courage to leap, part of them wavers and tugs in the wrong direction.
The jump, when it comes, will never succeed while part of them wants to stay on the ground.
The void is huge. You need your mind and muscles coiled in the same direction when the time comes to spring.
Inner Conflict is the enemy of Integration, and it’s caused by a dissonance between the goals of the conscious self and the prime directives of the unconscious mind.
If you want to make huge leaps and bounds in life and business, you need to get the two minds lined up – which means understanding what your unconscious really wants.
The coolest secret of peak performance psychology – the one the billionaire playboys have figured out – is that the unconscious mind will temporarily set aside it’s safety concerns IF it believes there’s enough pleasure on the horizon to justify it. This is why roller coasters and startups were invented!
If you keep hesitating and half-leaping with false starts, it’s because your unconscious believes life on the other side of the chasm – at least the part you’re aiming at – is MORE dangerous and LESS pleasurable than where you’re at now.
So it won’t let you make the jump.
Finding true integration is a matter of mental ecology
You have to see the bigger picture, which means knowing the consequences of success, including all the peripheral unintended side effects. Your unconscious mind is aware of this stuff already. The root cause of the dissonance is the fact that – at least at the conscious mind level – you are not.
The unconscious mind is constantly running an early-warning radar detection system, projecting your goals and dreams out into the future to see how they’ll pan out. It’s looking for pain and energy drain – dangerous traps where it needs to protect the conscious ego-self from getting into all kinds of trouble.
For some people, the unconscious mind is just protecting them from leaping into a horrendous business model that will never work out!
The other side of the chasm is a place you have to live sustainable. It’s not all bathtubs of champagne. You need the eyes-wide street smarts to know what energy expenditure will be required to keep crushing goals once you arrive in the action zone.
If finding all that sounds overwhelming, don’t forget you can borrow someone else’s hard earned experience while you’re trying to figure out what life looks like as a serial action-taker.
Small business owners who want to double their revenue, but don’t really have scale worked out, can never make the leap. Same deal with the start-up people who want the kudos of raising capital, but don’t really want to work like bastards to produce a return on their investor’s dollars.
The unconscious mind knows what’s on the other side. It’ll only let you go there if it’s somewhere groovy.
Know where you’re going and get informed about what it’ll be like when you get there. Make sure your inner child is going to get it’s kicks there too – otherwise it’s not really real success anyway.
Eyes wide open awareness and mental wholeness of desire – that’s what rockets you across the void of inaction, to the promised land beyond. You already have everything you need, now you just need to look where you’re going… and leap.