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Or what film someone was in? Or where you saw that amazing piece of info that could change your life?… And then three hours (or three days) later, boom! There’s the answer in your head!
This phenomonon is known as a transderivational search and it makes use of your brain’s information processing and pattern-matching capabilities.
What actually happened when you tried to recall that piece of information was that you sent an instruction to your unconscious mind to go off and find the answer. And even though, consciously at least, you didn’t give it another thought, your unconscious mind continued to hunt for the data until it found it – or something closely matching.
This is truly excellent news. It’s one of the most powerful mindset tools at your disposal – and almost no-one knows about it!
You can make use of this talent to provide you with creative solutions in any area of your life. Try it next time you’re facing a challenge, or you feel stuck or you’re brainstorming new ideas.
Instead of running round in psychological circles and being at the mercy of a whole mess of random thoughts, conduct a clear dialogue with yourself. Tell yourself to pay attention because you’re are about to issue a very specific instruction.
The instruction can be in the form of a statement, e.g. “By the end of today I’ll come up with three new ways I can over-deliver on my clients’ expectations and provide them with great service.”
Or you can try giving the instruction in the form of a question, e.g. “What can I say in my newsletter this week that will resonate with my clients on the topic of motherhood and work?”
Either way, concentrate hard when you issue the instruction, and be as specific and detailed as you can. After you issue the instruction, tell yourself: “I trust my mind to come up with great ideas”.
And MEAN it – address yourself with conviction. If you don’t yet have that faith in your mind’s ability, try imagining what it would FEEL like to believe this will work. Your mind will respond to the positive emotion and try that little bit harder.
If you’re a high performer (or you aspire to be one) and this resonates with you, book a free 30-minute Mindset Clarity Session with me on skype. Just contact me to set that up.
Caroline is a Mindset Trainer and speaker who works with sensitive, high-potential leaders who know they were born for something more. She shows them how to beat mindset blocks and habits, such as limiting beliefs, low self worth and procrastination, that are preventing them from making a bigger impact.