Do you feel that all the suggested and tried goal setting models are not suitable for you, or maybe even fail to help you reach your goals and success? That can be absolutely correct!
That’s why in this article I’m going to show you how you can make success synonym to inevitable using inevitability thinking. Let me go over what I mean by inevitability thinking because it is really important this sinks deep into your mind.
This is one of the most important concepts that I’ve ever discovered in all of the studying, all of the research, all of the testing, all of the implementing that I’ve done. It’s one of the most important concepts for creating long-term success.
Inevitability thinking is what I think of as the next evolution of goal setting and achievement.
Success Paradigms That Have Came Before Inevitability Thinking
Before inevitability thinking we had goal setting. Goal setting is a standard model where:
- you figure-out the outcome that you want to have happened
- you get really clear on it
- you figure-out what steps you need to take to have that goal happen
Now there are some rules of thumb or some general principles in goal setting that make it work much better. Things like imagining your outcome being positive, not negative, so you want to achieve this not you want to avoid this. Here you can find 5 steps towards making your goals inevitable by Jacob Socol.
Another thing is to create an affirmation, or success synonym, around your goal as if you’ve already achieved it and say the affirmation to yourself everyday. If your goal is to get a new Mercedes car instead of saying;
— “I want to stop driving my old Chevy and I’d love to have a Mercedes car”
What you do is create an affirmation that says;
— “I own a new Mercedes sedan”
Then you repeat this multiple times throughout the day. What happens with this is when you say that over and over inside your mind, it goes into your subconscious. Then your subconscious is thinking that you don’t own a new Mercedes and it creates a tension that pulls you toward that goal or that outcome you want.
This is a very interesting aspect of cognitive dissonance and just how your mind works that when you create a clear picture (or success synonym) of something that you want to have happened and you affirm it over and over and over, you just go to work on figuring-out how to make it happen.
What is Inevitability Thinking & How to Use it For Your Benefit
That’s why sometimes we refer to the mind as Google for goals. This is how that works when you are setting goals or trying to solve a problem — both very useful. But inevitability thinking is something very different. Inevitability thinking goes to work on, what I consider to be, the root causes — the real creators of achievement.
Inevitability thinking is about creating the conditions so that success becomes inevitable.
In other words making success synonym to inevitable, setting things-up so that the outcomes you want to have happened, happens on its own. Let me give you a couple of examples of how you might use inevitability thinking to make it that the outcome you want to have happened, happens automatically.
Let’s say that you want to start going to the gym everyday and you need to figure-out a way to get there. Well you could set a goal to go to the gym everyday and you could even plan it all the way out. You might even figure-out some problems you have to solve like:
- the distractions and the things you need to move out of the way
- how are you going to go there and how are you going to get back
- how are you going to move things around to accommodate it in your life
But then there is actually getting yourself to go do it everyday, when the moment comes. Well one thing you might do is find an accountability partner who picks-you-up everyday and drives you to the gym.
You might even trade-off so that you know that everyday at 4:00pm, outside is going to be your accountability partner, in their car waiting for you and expecting you to go. Maybe even on alternate days they are going to expect you to show-up at their house and be waiting because you’ve given them your word.
This is much closer to what I’m talking about now around inevitability thinking. Yaro Starak talks about why your results are what you think they are with inevitability thinking on his blog.
Another example is when I’m making available one of my personal coaching time slots. Typically the way I sell this is kind of in front of a live audience at a live webinar. Because generally speaking, its kind hard to get myself to do a long-term project, that requires one day after another after another a lot of focused work.
What I do to make inevitable that I will sell this personal coaching time slot, is I set a date for when I’m going to do the live webinar. Then I make an outline of what I want to teach there, I write the emails for the personal coaching availability and then I go and sell it.
Now, I may have my outline, I may have my good intentions, I may really want to fill this personal coaching spot with someone who is really interested to learn more. But without that date, knowing that there are going to be tens of people waiting to join this live webinar, even from other countries…there is a good chance that I might not get it done.
I’ll tell you that, to this day after years of doing this, I have never not filled-out my personal coaching available spots when I know the people are going to show up. This is a great example of how I use the success synonym — inevitability thinking — in my business life and how I’ve sold tens of personal coaching spots because I’ve set the conditions up to make it so that it is inevitable to happen.
How You Can Use Success Synonym – Inevitable to Create Your Ideal Day
You may just start thinking with your unconscious mind, how can you set-up conditions in your life to make the outcomes that you want physically, emotionally and logically, both in your personal life and business life inevitable. Here are 3 things you need to do to set up your day for success by Carrie on Female Entrepreneurs Association
The next thing that we are going to do here as an exercise, is we’re going to create and see our ideal day. Now this is something that I’ve actually done for a lot of time and I do it on and off, whereas probably every few months or so on average I come back and do this exercise.
Here is what I do, I start-out and just throw-out everything that I’m doing right now, I try to start clean and fresh. Then I ask myself; “What is the name of the game in my life, right now?.” Because as I develop and as I change, I have new levels I want to go to. I’ve accomplished things and now it is time to accomplish something at the next level.
I’ve learned a new skill that I wanted to learn and now I have to reassess and decide if this is something I want to keep developing. Did I learn it to the point that its fine and now it is time to go learn a new one? We are always becoming a new person and we can even take that to the next level if we keep figuring-out how to design the ideal day.
Setting-up Your Days For Maximum Long-Term Results
What I do is, starting with a blank state, I ask myself what would create the most results in daily basis, to the big picture I’m trying to achieve. So, I’m trying to get that big picture outcome in my mind, I try to look at my life’s mission here. I try to think what is this that I’m trying to accomplish in the next 20 years or over the next 50 years? Not just what I want to get done next week.
When I ask myself these questions, it really allows me to zoom-out and see which things that I’m doing are supporting my bigger vision, my bigger goals, my values etc and which things are not. Then I can zoom-in a little bit and think:
- what am I trying to accomplish in business and personal life that are over the next 3-6-9-12 months?
- what are my medium term goals?
- what are my fitness goals?
- what are my self developing goals?
- what are my goals regarding learning new skills?
- what are some of the emotional outcomes I would like to achieve?
…and I’m really trying to set the bigger picture. Where I’m trying to go, the new me that I’m trying to create for myself, the new reality that I’m trying to live-into in the future. Again, leaving behind everything that I’ve done and leaving behind what I’m doing right now. Kevan Lee writes about the best morning routines for feeling great and getting work done on Buffer blog
Then I think:
- what kind of day would support creating those bigger picture things that I want?
- what would I do in the morning?
- what would I do next?
- what would I do after that?
- who would be the people that I would meet with in regular basis?
- who would be some new people that I would like to meet in regular basis?
In other words, using inevitability thinking in this mindset to set-up conditions, so that it forces me to the next level. Once I’ve done that and I’ve conceptualized, sometimes I’ll just lay down on my bed and I’ll think about it for a while or take a bath and think about it in the shower, or go for a walk, go to the spa and take a massage. The reason for this is that I’m trying to zoom-out and think about all of these different factors.
I kind of think about it like a giant puzzle where every couple or few months I take the old puzzle and all the old pieces that I was putting together and I throw them away. So, now I have to think:
- what would a new puzzle look like?
- what are all the pieces that I have to work with right now?
- what are some new pieces that I’ve learned about that I didn’t know before and I can add to my puzzle?
- how can I assemble those in a new way?
I found that by creating my ideal day and organizing it, trying to see how all the pieces could fit together. How I can create new rituals, a new combination so that the whole day flows from one to the next harmoniously. Almost like a massive productivity ritual where I go through phases of renewing myself, working on my mind, my body and my emotions on the inside and phases of outer productivity where I interact with other people.
I really hope this article gave you a clear understanding about how you can make success synonym to inevitable applying inevitability thinking throughout your days. Now its your turn, share your thoughts with me in the comments section below.