5.1 Play the Movie
Productivity hack no.48 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.
What does it feel like to have achieved something great? Do you feel happy? Excited? Satisfied? Maybe it’s all of those.
What do you imagine you’ll see and hear? Are there people around you? Are you surrounded by noise? Or sitting, sipping a chilled glass of white on a veranda overlooking the sea?
What will you have as a result of your accomplishment? Will it result in a medal around your neck? Or a physical book on a shelf? Will it be a new car? Or perhaps the degree certificate hanging on the wall?
Whatever is important to you, write it down. Make a list of all the benefits you’ll receive as a result of doing what you’ve set yourself. Break that list into the categories of Be, Do and Have. What will you Be? What will you Do? What will you Have? And list down the internal and external feelings and stimuli that will come your way.
Once you have the lists create a short movie in your mind. Visualise the sounds, people around you, and the location. Feel who you will become as a result. Add a plot line to the movie that shows what you’re going to do, both as a result of simply achieving your goal and as a reward for success. Add another plot line that has you using the things you’ll have once you’re done.
Make the movie and play it in your head. Play it when things get tough and you feel your motivation waning. Play it when you feel excited, as a boost to your creativity and energy. Play it as part of the routine to keep you focused and motivated to complete the goals you’ve set.
As I trained and prepared to run the London Marathon, I visualised coming around the corner into The Mall towards the finish line. I’d seen it a hundred times on TV and thought how I’d feel and what I’d see. I imagined what I’d feel like afterwards. I saw the faces of children I’d be helping with the money raised for the NSPCC. Admittedly I actually felt exhausted, in pain, and like I couldn’t stand up at the end. But I also did feel the sense of elation at completing something I never imagined would be possible for an asthmatic, middle-aged, giraffe.
These movies helped me during the dark and freezing-cold winter mornings at 5am while training. Without the movie playing in my head at those times I might not have stuck at it.
Become both a movie maker and movie star today by creating your own.
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