Robin Sacks' 1 Minute Mindset

December 27, 2013

Day 20 – How to “Get Out of Your Own Way” Today

Filed under: Making Decisions,Stress Management,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 10:09 am

Understand that Expectations are More Powerful than Goals

Everyone you know, including yourself, have set goals and not met them. On December 31 of every year, someone you know is going to exercise more, someone you know is going to lose that 20 pounds once and for all, and someone you know is going to quit smoking. Most of them will not succeed. Why? Not because they did not have a goal, but because they did not have the correct expectation.

A goal is simply something you would like to accomplish. If you write your goal down and expand upon it effectively, it is known as a SMART goal. The acronym SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. All that means is that the goal you say you want to accomplish IS possible. So… why do so many goals, even SMART ones, go by the way side and never come to fruition? It is not because you don’t want it… you do. It is not because you can’t do it… you can. The reason you do not succeed in accomplishing a goal has to do with your expectation.

Federico Fellini said, “our minds can shape the way a thing will be because we act according to our expectations.” We ACT according to our expectations. Buddha explained, “all that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” SO… whether you honestly believe you can succeed is as much a determining factor in your success as actually taking the action to be successful.

If you do not believe in yourself or in your ability to do what you set out to do, do not waste your time doing it. It will not happen. Albert Einstein put it quite aptly, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result.” If this is the fifth time you set this goal, you need to do something differently or do not expect to see a different outcome!

Here is your take-away: nothing happens without clarity. Do not jump into action without clarity. Figure out WHY you want to do what you say you want to do. If you do not have a phenomenal “why,” chances are you will not see it to completion.

Get Clarity… Get Moving… Get Results (IN THAT ORDER)

Get Out of Your Own Way!

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December 22, 2013

Attitude…Believe It!

Filed under: Look in the Mirror,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 7:04 pm

Attitude...Believe It!

December 13, 2013

Day 19 – How to “Get Out of Your Own Way” Today

Filed under: Making Decisions,Stress Management,Take Control — Robin Sacks...Speaker, Author, Performance Coach @ 9:08 am

Stop Thinking!

“Wandering Brain Syndrome” (WBS) is the number 1 cause of stress in our modern lives.  It is mind-boggling how we can have a pebble and convince ourselves that it is a boulder within seconds.  WBS is created when we ask that dreaded question, “what if?”  When we do that, we immediately default to all of the negative things that could possibly (or not really) happen.  That causes immediate paralysis.  It is like water going down a drain…it starts slowly and then goes faster and faster and faster!

First, catch yourself doing this.  Awareness is the key.  You cannot alter a familiar habit unless you know you are doing it!  When you catch yourself “spiraling down the drain,” imagine yourself holding up a stop sign and literally think to yourself “STOP!”  “Flip the Switch” from thinking to doing.  Our auto-pilot is to find 14 reasons why something will not work.  Reality is that you only need 1 reason why it might work.  Finding 1 reason is a lot less stressful than finding 14!  ANSWER the question, “what if?”  Notice that we ask that question all the time, but rarely if ever answer it.  SO, what if it doesn’t work?  The answer is often simple; I do something different.  When we learn to focus on the answer to the question instead of the empty fear, we are in control and can take action.

For more quick and simple tips on how to Get Out of Your Own Way, get Robin Sacks’ new ebook, 18 Ways to Stop Stressing NOW!

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