Powerful tools aren’t much use if you don’t have a good idea what you want to use them for. You could the greatest chainsaw ever invented and wander out into the forest. What are you going to do with it? If you know what trees you want to cut down and why, you’re in control of your situation. If you don’t, you have a fabulous tool that’s all but worthless.
We learned earlier that the quality of your life is the quality of your communication. In this section, we will talk about refining the communication skills that will allow you to use your abilities in the most effective way for the situation at hand. It’s important to be able to map out a strategy so you know precisely where you want to go and know the things that can help get you there.
Before we go on, let’s review what we’ve learned thus far. The main thing you now know is that there are no limits to what you can do. Your key is power of modeling. Excellence can be duplicated. If other people can do something, all you need to do is model them with precision and you can do exactly the same thing, whether it’s walking on fire, making a million dollars, or developing a perfect relationship. How do you model? First you must realize that all results are produced by some specific set of actions. Every effect has a cause. If you exactly reproduce someone’s actions both internal and external, then you too, can produce the same final results. You begin by modeling someone’s mental actions, starting with his belief system, then you go on to his mental syntax, and finally you mirror his physiology. Do all three effectively and elegantly, and you can do just about anything.
You’ve learned that success or failure begins with belief. Whether you believe you can do something or you believe you can’t, you’re right. Even if you have the skills and resources to do something, once you tell yourself you can’t, you shut down the neurological pathways that can make it possible. If you tell yourself you can do something, you open up the pathways that can provide you with the resources for achievement.
Know your outcome, develop the sensory acuity to know what you’r6e getting, develop the flexibility to change your behavior until you find out what works and you will teach your outcome. If you don’t get it, have you failed? Like a helmsman guiding his boat, you just need to change your behavior until you get what you want.
You’ve learned about the power of being in a resourceful state, and you’ve learned how to adjust your physiology and your internal representations so they serve you, enable you, embolden you to achieve your desires. You know that if you’re committee to success, you’ll create it.
People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals that is, goals that do not inspire them.
An important point worth adding is that there is an incredible dynamism inherent in this process. The more resources you develop, the more power you have; the more strength you feel, the more you can tap into even greater resources and even more powerful states.
There’s an absolutely fascinating study that deals with something called the 100th monkey syndrome. In his book Life tide, published in 1979, biologists Lyall Watson recounted what happened in a monkey tribe on an island near Japan after a new food, freshly dug sweet potatoes covered with sand, was introduced into their midst. Since their other food required no preparation, the monkeys were reluctant to eat the dirty potatoes. Then one monkey solved the problem by washing the potatoes in a stream and teaching her mother and playmates to do the same. Then something remarkable happened. Once a certain number of monkeys about one hundred of them had acquired this knowledge, other monkeys who had no contact wit them at all, even monkeys living on other islands, began to do the same thing. There was no physical way they could have interacted with the original monkeys. But somehow the behavior spread.
Now this is not unique. There are numerous cases where individuals, with no way of coming in contact with one another act in remarkable unison. One physicist will get an idea, and simultaneously three physicists elsewhere will get the same idea. How does this happen? No one knows precisely, but many prominent scientists and brain researchers, such as physicist David Bohm and biologist Rupert Sheldrake, believe there is a collective consciousness we all can pull from and that when we align ourselves through belief, through focus, through optimal physiology, we find a way dip into this collective consciousness.
Our bodies, our brains, and our states are like a tuning fork in harmony with that higher level of existence. So the better attuned you are, the better aligned you are, the more you can tap into this rich knowledge and feeling. Just as information filters to us from our unconscious, it may also filter in to us from completely outside of ourselves if we’re in a resourceful-enough state to receive it.