Motivation

Generate motivation by harnessing the power of choice points. You could say that choice points occur when you consciously or unconsciously make a commitment of some kind. A defining characteristic of a choice point is that it, symbolically or literally, makes it difficult to turn back. For example, when you signed an agreement, take marriage vows, or shake hands on a bet, you passed a choice point. This technique will also help you identify and use the many smaller choice points that, collectively, have a big impact on our lives.

Scan through your day. 

What choice points did you go through and what choices did you make? 

What outcome did you intend to produce at those points? 

For the choices that produced results of any kind today, how effective were your choices?

Float back to that choice point, viewing it from the third (dissociated) perceptual position.

Select choice points.

Select the two or three most important choice points (or more if you have time). 

For each, think of three different choices that you could have made. 

Imagine actually making those choices and taking actions based on those choices.

Imagine the likely outcomes of each of these imaginary choices.

For each outcome, imagine experiencing it in first person.

As you experience the next few days, notice if your acuity for sizing up choices has improved, and whether your results are any better. 

Practice this technique about choices, with an eye to becoming more conscious of what outcomes you project. 

You will realize that countless such projections occur unconsciously, sometimes to our regret. 

Make a special commitment to use it on key choices that tend to cause problems, such as undermining a commitment to your well-being. 

Practice improving your ability to predict outcomes, as well. 

Note any ways that you could enhance this pattern.

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