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Reduce friction, gain power

We are just about one full month into the year.

Are you excited because you are right where you thought you would be by this time, or better yet you have exceeded your expectations to date?

What’s working and what’s not working for you?



Those achieving their goals stay present with their intentions.

This enables them to stay focused on the achievement of their goals. That focus is the main ingredient for achievement.




Achievers pay attention to their intentions and notice the evidence revealing they are moving closer to its achievement.

Because of that, they experience less tension. While experiencing less tension, they are more resourceful and make fewer mistakes.

Because of this increased personal efficiency, they achieve their goals in a more expedient fashion.

They are not as encumbered as those that are stressed out focusing on things that are not working.

Achievers have setbacks and huge challenges just like anyone else. The difference is they have developed the power habit of continually noticing their progress rather than what they haven’t accomplished yet.

All too often people place their focus on what is not working, what is going wrong or lack of progress.

Well, if your camera is focused on only those elements, what do you imagine is going to show up on the experiential screen of your life? Yep! Exactly that.

Keep your camera focused on what you want to experience.

It’s as simple as redirecting your focus.

Here is how you do it.

Next time you notice you are stressed or feeling less than resourceful, notice what you are focusing on.

Hit your reset button by asking yourself, “So, what do I want to be feeling right now? Or, what would I rather be seeing with this?”

Now, rather than trying to leap the Grand Canyon of emotions, how about we simply move up the scale a few points?

If you are feeling frustrated, it may be a huge leap to snap out of it and move over to euphoria.

However, you may be able to move to the feeling of interested or curious and thereby get back into action.

This can be done by setting a sub-intention to your goal and placing your focus on the thought, I’m more at ease about the possibility of feeling curious in this situation.

Notice, the emotion or “energy-in-motion” that you are going for is more ease and curiosity.

Imagine feeling that versus frustration. As you settle into that, you will have access to more of your internal resources and can keep moving up the scale.

To reduce the internal friction and gain more power think — STP.

I don’t mean Scientifically Treated Petroleum for your engine. I’m talking about Seeing The Progress.

When you focus on your progress or help others to focus on their progress, the amount of internal friction is dramatically reduced.

All the second guessing, being triggered by distractions, chasing dead ends, or feeling stuck seems to dissipate.

What’s left is a more clear vision of the path to the achievement of your goals.

This clarity gets you back into your power and makes it easier to take the actions necessary to realize your desired outcome.

Make it up, make it fun, and make it happen!

Machen P. MacDonald, CPCC, CCSC is a certified life and business coach with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley. He can be reached at coach@probrilliance.com and 530-273-8000.


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