Our brain is designed with a RAS system a Reticular Activating System that helps us find what we are looking for. It’s a little like when you google something you’re interested in and then you get all sorts of adds appearing everywhere you look on your device to remind you of what you were looking for.
In his blog Tobias van Schnieder describes it this way:
Some people suggest that you can train your RAS by taking your subconscious thoughts and marrying them to your conscious thoughts. They call it “setting your intent.” This basically means that if you focus hard on your goals, your RAS will reveal the people, information and opportunities that help you achieve them.
- First, think of the goal or situation you want to influence.
- Now think about the experience or result you want to reach in regards to that goal/situation.
- Create a mental movie of how you picture that goal/situation ideally turning out in the future. Notice the sounds, conversations, visuals and details of that mental movie. Replay it often in your head.
If there’s a secret driver behind your personal power and your feeling level of empowerment, it must be intentionality. It is your intent—the thoughts in the back of your mind, what you want to do and achieve. It is the direction that you set for where you want to go. It is your motive-and from your motive comes your motivation, your agenda, and your purpose.
Your intention stands in contrast with your attention therefore it is essential that you develop a laser-beam focus, why? so that you can get your attention at the primary level to be aligned with your intentions, at the highest levels of your mind. When you can do that, you have the foundation for another facet of personal empowerment, namely, self-discipline, the ability to get yourself to do what you say you’re going to do and what you intend to do.
“If you deliberately plan to be less
than you are capable of being,
then I warn you that you will be deeply unhappy
for the rest of your life.
You will be evading your own capacities, your own possibilities.”– Abraham Maslow