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Creativity rules in the modern world. In previous times knowledge was king, those who knew most and could apply that knowledge became powerful. But today the world is moving at such a pace that people cannot learn quickly enough to get ahead of the game. Albert Einstein said that “imagination is more important than knowledge”; this is more true now than at any time in the history of mankind. Nowadays applied ideas rule.
So, how do you exercise your creativity in order to achieve all that you want in life? Here is a 6-step formula based on the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Know Your Outcome: a good outcome envisages a win for you and for other people. The book you write must benefit others. The app you develop must offer value. Your new method must make life easier for users. Your new recipe must be tastier.
Visualise your outcome as a large, moving, colourful picture. Try to add sounds to the picture. Then create feelings around the picture. These feelings are the energy that will drive you to succeed. The more strongly you feel about your outcome the more energy you will have to drive you to your goal. Your excitement will be contagious and draw others into your sphere to help you to succeed.
Presuppose Success: live as if you have already achieved your outcome. Behave as if you have made it happen. Presupposition will draw forth resources from within your being. Your intuition will come to your aid. Old, long-forgotten knowledge will suddenly emerge to help you. You confident behaviour will convince others whose help you need.
Presupposition will develop and strengthen your belief in your ability to make your outcome a reality. By using your imagination creatively you will more strongly identify with your outcome and the strategies you are using to achieve your goal.
Anchor Your Outcome: every day when I come into my study the act of sitting in the chair in front of my computer stimulates me to write. My large black chair is my anchor. The moment my backside meets the leather I feel a surge of energy and my fingers reach out for the keyboard. The anchor has such a powerful effect on my behaviour that I have to make an effort to not write if another task needs to be completed before I start to write.
This anchor is so powerful that it has enabled me to write two books this year – over one hundred and fifty thousand words. I have also written dozens of articles.
An anchor is simply a physical action that reminds you of what you need to do. It can be as simple as crossing your fingers or pinching your ear lobe. You just associate this anchor action with a behaviour that you passionately wish to adopt. A well formed anchor enables you to act without thought. This link will show you more about Creating an NLP Anchor.
Programme Yourself: develop habits of thinking and behaviour that a will drive you to achieve your desired outcome. This means identifying ways of thinking and patterns of behaviour that will help you to succeed and then repeating those patterns time and time again, until they become habits. You may find it useful to model the behaviour of people who are successful in your field of endeavour so that you can achieve similar results. You model someone by understanding their conscious and unconscious behaviours and thinking patterns, then using the same behaviours and thought patterns yourself..
Use The Power of Metaphor: from our earliest years we are told stories. We enjoy and learn from stories. They have powerful effects on our behaviour. So, develop a strong story about the outcome you desire and how you are achieving that outcome. Make yourself the hero of your story. Create a vivid, colourful image of yourself as the hero; see how focussed, dedicated, persistent, well-organised, creative, courageous and enthusiastic you are. Talk to yourself as the hero of that story. Feel how good it feels to be that hero. Embellish your story every day of your life.
Act: nothing is ever achieved without action. You must do! Thinking and dreaming will not move you towards your goal. You will only get there as a result of what you do.
David Ferrers is a self-discovery coach who uses NLP in his work with large corporations who employ him to develop strong behaviours in leaders. He is also the author of Ignite Your Inner Leader, A Journey of Self-Discovery, The Achievers and The Hero of Hastings.