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Using NLP to motivate yourself by Iain

We all feel frozen, unsure of our abilities, scared of the unknown at some point, but if you really want success you WILL need to step out of your comfort zone.

The first step is the hardest… but it gets easier once you get going.

… but you HAVE to be brave. Remember WHY you want to achieve your goals. Use visualization and affirmation techniques to keep you focused on the outcome.

Once you get going you’ll gain momentum. You’ll grow in strength and confidence. Be brave, it’s worth it…

… and it’s ok NOT to think positive thoughts all the time. It’s natural. We all have biorhythms, and that means our moods swing up and down each month. Naturally.

Trying to think positive thoughts all day when you’re feeling down will drive you insane!

Make the most of your positive days and work hard towards your goals.

If you’re feeling down and start to feel stressed, take a step away from your goals and just relax. Stop worrying. You’ll only attract the things you’re worrying about.

Take a walk. Take a vacation. Have some fun.

It’s all about balance and working with the flow… instead of fighting with yourself.

Or feeling guilty because you’re not fighting at all…

If fears and doubts are holding you back from making progress on your goals this motivation exercise may help get you started -

NLP Mind Power Technique For Motivation

Think about the most important BIG goal you’ve set yourself. Think about how you’d like to be really motivated to reach it, and to be really motivated to take action on those smaller goals that will lead you there.

Now, think back to a time in the past when you were really motivated. Think about how you took action on that motivation and did whatever it was you set out to do.

Run through that event and make the pictures bigger, brighter and more colourful. Feel what you felt and suck that motivation into your body as if you were there now, doing it again for the first time.

Make the emotions stronger and stronger, and keep building up the feeling of taking action and successfully doing what you set out to do. Run the story through your mind several times, each time building the momentum.

Now, as your motivation builds up, rub the palm of your dominant hand on your thigh. As you do so, think about even more occasions when you were highly motivated and increase those sensations even further.

Keep rubbing your thigh, and know that whenever you want to call upon that highly motivated feeling, all you have to do is rub your thigh.

Finally, while still rubbing your thigh, think about your most important BIG goal and all of the smaller goals you must complete to make it. Imagine reaching them with everything going well, reaching that big goal right on your deadline.

Can you see what we’re doing here? We are taking your motivation which you clearly have and adding it first to the motion of rubbing your palm on your thigh, and secondly adding that motivation to the thought processes of reaching your most important goal.

Now the great thing is that you can do that exercise for every goal you set yourself. By imagining it all going perfectly well and reaching every goal on time, you’re increasing your self-belief and getting your motivation flowing around your body.

And when you’re highly motivated and you take action on that motivation then you’re much more likely to reach your smaller goals which, in turn, breeds even more motivation.

If it helps, do that exercise a few times. You’ll soon feel incredibly motivated and, when your motivation starts to subside, rub your palm on your thigh to start bringing back all of those amazing motivational feelings!

And if at any point in the future you find your rub-your-thigh motivational trigger subsiding, simply do the entire exercise again.

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17 Responses to “Using NLP to motivate yourself by Iain”

  1. Mario says:

    Thank you, It is very interesting and useful

    Mario

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  2. Evelyne says:

    Trreemendous,as I am still looking for a daily habit to set my goals in a stronger manner. It will help. Thank you.

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  3. Yob says:

    Is this what is called Anchoring?

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  4. Perfect.It was explained very clearly.Sometimes we need to move out of our comfort zone,but we are lack of enough motivation to do it,that’s why I say this exercise is perfect.The explanations you gave about the way that of each of the steps affects our mind were excellent,and from it(your explanations) we are learning NLP and we can create our own exercises.

    Well done, and thanks.

    Your friend:Félix.

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  5. Danny says:

    Ian,

    Thank You for the wonderful website!

    I have been setting intentions and visualizing outcomes for a while now.
    You have just reinforced one strong belief of mine, sending out strong vibrational signals using strong positive emotions!

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  6. Alston Morgan says:

    Help! I can not find my comfort zone.

    The bills is taking away my motivation.

    The explanation you gave i am now doing hopeing to see change.
    (I want to open my own business)

    Thank you for your websits.

    Mr.M

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  7. Ben Goodness says:

    Great article Iain, I was pretty familiar with everything you mention but never thought about rubbing my thigh. I think that is what they call an anchor point? I will give this technique a serious effort.

    Ben

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  8. Ruchira says:

    Iain, if you are feeling motivated at the moment as much as you have ever been, but you want to feel more drive.., can you use this technique? In most spiritual quests, you are heading into the unknown, and sometimes you feel stuck and you feel all you need is MORE courage, MORE motivation, MORE strength. I am just trying to figure out a way around that.

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  9. Iain says:

    @Yob and Ben – Yes

    @Ruchira – Absolutely, if you want MORE motivation this technique can help – give it a try :)

    @Alston – I totally understand. Less than 3 years ago I was struggling to build a business and had unpaid bills and bailiffs knocking the door. Staying focussed on how you KNOW your goals will be achieved, and not letting the problems around effect you, can be tough.

    You need to remember your current difficulties are temporary (and you have to accept that they are the result of your past thoughts and actions) …but how you think and act now will shape your future.

    …so that means you will need to step out of your comfort zone – it is the only way to grow, it is the only way to make your future different than your present.

    I wish you all the best

    Iain

    …and we have more training coming on that this week that may help.

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  10. Hi’ I am a qualified Practioner in Clinical Hypnotherapy just qualified this year. I am also a qualified Colour Therapist A qualified Interior Designer, I suffered with sickness all my life and now I have ostioporosis In every joint, but when I did self hypnosis, I started to lok back at what I did while I was sick,I did OBE,which frightened me at first but then it got better and better I dabbled in everything that you could name and I still amat the moment I am studying total mind controle,NLP,Advanced Colour therapy and the best (I think)Is Light, magnetism,and sound, as the all seem to have something in common,BUT Your site is fasinating and I hope to learn something here I must have signed up last week I am not sure my painkillers (It should be called life killers)but I left school at 14 to work as things were bad then the rest of my brothers and sisters 12 in allI passed my primary but never did secondary like the rest, but I loved to study and when I wore the hat & gown they ware all amazed as I did 4 different qualifacations but I cant seem to get started out in practice,it might be I am just broke when I finish each thing I do or something is waithing for me as I can see mine and others aura’s etric seem to know what the person is going to say next I can’t explain it but the mind is a wonderful place and I have no pain there.Enought I could talk all day and night about subjects like that I will be letting people like my self about your site it is great keep it up and I will be here I might find the answer to my life’s goals I am 57 in april and I want to help others that are suffering from all the sickness and grief which can be overcome I know since doing Clinical hypnotherapy I have seen the light well some I would like to hold that light in my hands and pass it aong to others who need it,
    Yours Michael A Houlihan from Dublin, Ireland.

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  11. ARUN says:

    THANK YOU ! IAIN

    Am doing my best to get your messages across to all my friends in our
    ONENESS PRAYER GROUP.
    We do talk a lot about all these Topics that you are discussing in our regular Prayer Meetings.
    Am very happy that we are going towards the “GOLDEN AGE” by 2012 and the oneness awakening will flood through the universe.
    Those of you who would like to visit the ONENESS UNIVERSITY in India
    please contact through website : http://www.onenessuniversity.org

    You may also see video clips of disclosures from the OnenessUniversity
    on “YAHOO TUBE” if you will search under “oneness”

    Its open for everyone. Listen to the Live Broadcast on March 7th, 2009
    from the Founders of the Oneness University regarding WORLD ONENESS DAY.

    I would also like Michael A Houlihan to contact me please.

    Thank you everyone
    Yours
    Arun

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  12. Iain says:

    Hi Arun,

    Thank you. I love what you are doing at the Oneness temple – we’ll publish some videos next week on oneness and the university to help promote World Oneness day.

    warmly
    Iain

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  13. Tracy says:

    Thank you for giving such valuable information.

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  14. john newell says:

    Hello everyone
    This is a lovely road we travel on. Thanks for prompting me to write something on this topic. Anchoring is commonly used by people at an unconscious level,its like the smell of a perfume or a favourite food which bring you right back in time to the very first time you encountered it with all the emotions attached(gestalt).Music is another great example. To have the awareness to be able to use these tools is the crucial factor(awareness,acceptance,action).As we know one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same things over and over again expectings different results.Thats where those 3 A’s come in.
    Have a lovely day
    John

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  15. Marianne says:

    Hi Ian,
    Please put more articles about NLP. Is fascinating. Motivation is a big one, because nothing outside yourself can motivate you. Procrastination is a big one in my life, and fear of success. I don’t know where it comes from but I need to overcome it for the sake of my husband and my kids. That can bring conflict with your love ones and they don’t deserve it. I want to be there for myself and them, and also the world. I am not depress, but overwhelmed by clutter, overweight (of course!). I don’t know where to start!!!!! So,…. I hope that NLP will help me. I hope to have motivation to have motivation to do NLP (hahaha) Best wishes for everybody, and thank you for your wonderful articles. Your website rocks :) !!!!!

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  16. Anne Baker says:

    What a facinating blog. I’ve bookmarked it and added your feed to my RSS Reader

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  17. Chris says:

    I never had any trouble motivating myself when I had a goal.
    I don’t see any point to it anymore, nothing ever works out the way I want it, an even though it always works out an I can find a way to make it ok for me, I don’t know for sure yet if I feel it was worth being alive for. Sure it’s fine when your smiling but when your sad the whole world doesnt cry with us. Did ya ever notice how others around you tend to be happy if your not an sad if your happy?

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