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Machen MacDonald: Take your BOATs to success

Wherever you are is right where you thought yourself to be. If you want to improve your situation take a BOAT to get you there. In psychology, it is taught that our outcomes are a result from our actions. Our actions are driven by our emotions and our emotions come from our thinking.

To illustrate this cycle, consider having the thought — the person that cut me off on the highway is a jerk who darn near killed me. By having that thought we might feel enraged, causing us to speed up after them and flipping them the angry bird; which by the way never results in anything good. On the other hand, not the one having flipped the bird, consider the same occurrence of being cut off by someone and having a distinct different observation and therefore thought. E.g., that person must have a lot on their mind to have swerved unknowingly into my lane.

TAKE A BREATH

It's a good thing I was paying attention so as to avoid a possible accident. Rather than asserting a digit of defiance, our action may be to take a breath and count our blessings of how lucky we are. As we count our blessings we feel more relaxed and are able to be more present and focused once we arrive at work and therefore get more done leading to the achievement of our goals. Meanwhile, the person who is convinced they were the victim of a premeditated vehicle assault spends half their morning spewing a story of hatred about their perpetrator and their near death encounter.

The good news is, if you are not content with where you are, you can change it. Whatever you have thought that may have lead to your emotions and actions to get you where you are, can be recycled for better observations and thoughts to lead you in a better direction.

It is these occurrences, throughout our lives and how we observe them and therefore think about them, that drives our actions and leads us to our various outcomes.

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Want different outcomes than what you have been experiencing, then redirect your thinking by having "Better Observations And Thoughts — BOATs." In any given moment, we may not be able to control the situation or circumstance in which we find ourselves. Things happen. Much is in motion way before we can view it though our windshield and will continue to be long after it is no longer in our rear view mirror. What we do have control of is our thinking about the motion we meet up with through our lives based on how we observe it.

TAKE A BOAT

So, when you find yourself feeling or responding in a way that is not yielding you the results you want in your life, it is time to take a BOAT. Take on a Better Observation and Thought about what is. Take the one that will propel you toward what you want.

The good news is, if you are not content with where you are you can change it. Whatever you have thought that may have lead to your emotions and actions to get you where you are, can be recycled for better observations and thoughts to lead you in a better direction.

It's not the boat wake that propels the boat. The wake is simply the trail that is left behind and it eventually dissipates. It does not define the boat. Your past is simply the trail you leave behind. You can create a new desired future by having "Better Observations And Thoughts" and acting accordingly. Just as the engine spins the propeller which moves the boat, you are the engine that generates the thoughts and emotions that will propel you closer to your goals.

Take your BOATs to the success you desire and deserve.

Make it up, make it fun, and get it done!

#1 bestselling author Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley, CA. He helps business people gain more confidence and clarity to live their ideal life. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000