My Goal the Perception Filter

How to stay on track with your goals.

The human brain is only capable of focusing on so many stimuli before it starts to filter things out.

Whether it's your eyes creating a blur at the edges of your vision, or your brain causing whole events to go unnoticed.

With the MY GOAL section of the journal, you will actively tell your brain what it should focus on!

By writing in this section you are telling your brain what you want it to pay most attention to.

There are endless ways to approach this section, but we will share with you some of the most popular.

If you have one of your own, please feel free to share it below, we will add it to the list!

 

 


Option 1: The BestSelf

What To Do
Re-Write your Result Goal/s daily.

What This Does
By doing this you are engaging with your brain's Reticular Activating System.

Establishing with it over time that what you are writing is the most important thing for it to focus on, and that anything unrelated should be filtered out.

This re-programming of your brain's filter can take some time. So we recommend using MY GOAL in this way- at least for a start.

How Do I Know This Worked
During your Daily Reflection period review where your focus was during the day.

  • What activities took up your time and attention?

  • We're these things related to your goal?

  • If they weren't, how many times did you think about your goal?

When a significant amount of your attention feels tuned to your target and the events of the day seem to be related to the goal- your brain has made an adjustment.

 


Option 2: The One Thing

What To Do
Write only the #1 most important thing down.

What This Does
By writing down the One Thing you are effectively telling your brain, this is what is needed for my continued survival and well being.

This can be very effective for when "fires" or tragedies occur. If you are really struggling mentally, or with any other challenge.

Focusing on the One Thing can help you push past and keep moving towards improving the situation.

This can also be effective for anyone who is prone to multi-tasking or who are distractable.

If you are someone needs to batch their days with like tasks to make significant progress. Then using the One Thing approach will come very naturally.

It's entirely possible your One Thing will shift daily. No matter your reason for using the approach. This is entirely normal.

How Do I Know This Is Working
Much in the same way at the Classic.

When you notice you are seeing events, and situations through the lens of your One Thing it means this is working.

You'll also find growing attention and focus towards your One Thing interrupting your off days.

Say if you normally work towards Goal 1 on Wednesday, but you happen to take a day off on Wednesday - you may find yourself distracted from time to time-related to how your "normal" Wednesday flows.

 


Option 3: Situation Shifting

What To Do
Write about how you want to perceive a situation or challenge.

What This Does
Writing down how you want your brain to think about something, particularly if you are struggling to accept it will go a long way towards normalizing it and finding the good.

By achieving normalization and finding the good, you'll be able to act and react more resourcefully, even in the most trying circumstances.

When you feel stuck or defeated, this is an effective way to remove the roadblocks so you can move forward again.

Remember that you can't control what happens to you, you can only control your reaction to it. And that situations are often made far worse by our reactions than if we would have kept our heads.

This approach embraces these ideas to help build resilience and a predilection towards taking action.

How Do I Know This Is Working
If you are in a state where Situation Shifting is needed, you'll notice when it kicks in.

Things that feel incredibly difficult, even impossible slowly lose their edge until eventually, you won't even be sure what you were worrying about in the first place.

 


Option 4: Affirmations

What To Do
Write down your own definition of yourself: mentally, physically, whatever.

Note: Don't outright lie, your mind will reject things that are blatantly not true. Instead affirm something that is either just within reach or that you know logically to be true, even though you might not feel like it is right now.

What This Does
One core function of the human brain is to encourage survival. It does this through spotting potential unknowns and creating responses in you like worry and suspicion.

In some cases this is invaluable, in others it hurts more than helps.

This is where affirmations come in. They are an active way to help your brain redefine these unknowns and squash worry.

How Do I Know This Is Working
Did you know that the response of fear and excitement in your body is exactly the same? There is no difference other than how your brain processes the information.

This is a big reason Affirmations are so effective. Because through the re-framing of your definition you can shift fear into excitement!

 


FINAL THOUGHTS

Don't be afraid to approach this section in a totally unique way. Consider a combination of these approaches, if several speak to you.

Remember that the goal here isn't to adhere to a formula, but to create a connection to the filter in your brain that propels deeper attention and focuses on your goals and the actions needed.

 


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