Experience that totally motivates you

Think of something in your experience that you were totally motivated to do. Relax and form as clear a mental picture of that experience as possible. Pause and answer each question one by one. There are no right or wrong answers. Different people will respond in different ways.

As you look at the image, do you see a movie or a snapshot? Is it in color or back and white? Is it close or far away? Is it to the left, to the right, or in the center? Is it high, low, or in the middle of your field of vision? Is it associated – do you see it through your own eyes or is it disassociated? Do you see it like an outsider viewing it? Does it have a frame around it, or do your see a panorama that goes on forever? Is it bright or dim, Dark or light? Is it focused or unfocused? As you do this exercise, be sure to note which sub-modalities are the strongest for you, which ones have the most power when you focus on them.

Now run through your auditory and kinesthetic sub-modalities. When you hear what is going on, do you hear your own voice, or do you hear the voices of others in the scene? Do you hear a dialogue or a monologue? Are the sounds you hear loud or quiet? Do they have varied inflections, or are they a monotone? Are they rhythmic or staccato? Is the tempo slow or rapid? Do the sounds come and go, or do they keep up a steady commentary? What’s the main thing you’re hearing or saying to yourself? Where is the sound located – where is it coming from? When you feel it, is it hard or soft? Is it warm or cool? Is it rough or smooth? Is it flexible or rigid? Is it a solid or a liquid? Is it sharp or dull? Where is the feeling located in your body? Is it sour or sweet?

Some of those questions may seem difficult to answer at first. If you have a tendency to form your internal representations primarily in a kinesthetic way, you may have thought to yourself. Remember, that is a belief, and as long as you hold it, it will be true. As you become more aware of your own modalities, you will learn to improve your perceptions by something called over lap. That means if you are primarily auditory, for example, you will do best hooking into all the auditory cues you use to grasp an experience. So you might first remember what you were hearing at that time. Once you’re in that state and you have a rich, powerful internal representation, it’s much easier to ease into a visual frame to work on visual sub-modalities or into kinesthetic frame to experience the kinesthetic sub-modalities.

You have just seen and experienced the structure of something that you once were strongly motivated to do. Now to think of something you would like to be strongly motivated to do, something that at present you have no special feeling for, no real motivation to do. Once again, form a mental image. Now run through the exact same questions, being careful to note the way responses differ from those that you had for the thing you were strongly motivated to do. For example, as you look at the image, do you see a movie or a snapshot? Then continue to run through all of visual sub-modality questions. Now run, through your auditory and kinesthetic modality questions. As you do this, be sure to note which sub-modalities are strongest for you, which ones have the most power to affect your states.

Now take the thing you were motivated by – let’s call it experience #1 and the thing you want to be motivated by experience #2 and look at them simultaneously It’s not hard to do. Think of your brain as a split screen TV, and look at both images at the same time. There are differences in the sub-, aren’t there? We can predict this, of course, because different representations produce different types of results in the nervous system. Now take what we have learned about which kinds of sub-modalities motivate us and then, bit by bit, readjust the sub-modalities of the thing you were not yet motivated to do (experience #2) so that they match those of the things you are motivated to do (the sub-modalities of experience #1). Again, these will be different for different people, but chances are the image of experience #1 will be brighter than that of experience #2. It will be clearer and closer. Concentrate on the differences between them, and manipulate the second representation so it becomes more and more like the first one. Remember to do the same thing with the auditory and kinesthetic representations as well. Do this now.

How do you feel about experience #2 now? Are you more motivated by it? You should be if you matched the sub-modalities of experience #1 with those of # 2 (for example, if experience #1 was a movie and experience #2 was a still frame, you made experience # 2 into a movie) and continue the process with all the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic sub-modalities. When you find the specific triggers (sub-modalities), that cause you to go into a desirable state that you can link these triggers to undesirable states and there by change them in a moment.

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