Below, I expand upon three points, and elaborate on how we can use these consistently in taking real, grounded, action towards our goals.
Setting the foundation to create new cycles of thinking for our benefit…
What we’re doing here is changing the way that our minds process and react to certain situations; In other words, we are embedding a new pattern in our minds by doing this.
This process is basically creating a shortcut in our brains, bypassing any unnecessary thinking processes, and cutting straight to the main points of our constructed pathway.
This is like taking a 10 page essay and shortening it to 5 pages, by removing all of the unnecessary “fluff”, and keeping the main points of the paper.
This is creating a clear map of our goals in a language that our brains understand. Each point that we get clear on in this process will relay a message to our brains, constructing a clear pathway that allows us to take clear, immediate, and grounded action towards our goals.
1. “I am here.”
When we catch ourselves veering from the path that we’ve set, feeling overwhelmed, caught up in thoughts about the past, the future, and all of the “maybes“, the first step is always to realize this:
“I am here.”
To take any grounded action, we must first get the “grounded” part down. So before anything, the first step is to realize where we are.
Anything else was out of our control anyways, because it existed outside of this moment, and this moment is where we are.
So before jumping into anything else, the foundation is always set in the now, because this is where the grounded action is taken, regardless of the goal/endpoint.
So to begin: “I am here.”
Not there, and not then, but here.
2. “Where am I going?”
This is where the goal is set. Not the steps that come along the way, and not the contemplation/rationalization of everything that may or may not come as a byproduct of that goal, but the ultimate goal itself.
So once we realize where we are, we can then ask ourselves and get clear on:
“Where am I going?”
What is the point that I intend to get to? Not how am I going to get there, but where am I getting to? The ultimate end goal.
Getting clear on this allows the mind to construct a clear vision of our goal, and set it as the endpoint of where we are moving to. This gives our brain tunnel vision and laser focus when referencing our goal, because there is no doubt nor question regarding a destination.
“This is where I am I headed, and that is it. I do not know how I am getting there, but I do know that there is where I am getting to.“
3. “What am I going to do about it?”
So we have grounded ourselves in the present, realized where we are, and set a clear goal for where we are going, now what do we do? After getting clear on the first two steps, identifying the starting-point and the endpoint, we can then move on and ask ourselves:
“What am I going to do about it?”
Not “What am I going to do about it in the future?” but “What am I going to do about it now?”
This is where we do not give ourselves a choice. This is the step that ties it all together. This is the “action” part of the grounded action, and this is where we take the first step.
There is no questioning, only doing. This is identifying a step, no matter how small or how big, that will bring us towards that goal, that can be taken in this very moment, and doing it without question.
When this first step is taken, then so is the grounded action! Following this three step process can be done anywhere, anytime, and in any situation. This allows us to see what we can do now, here, in order to get there, and trusting that we will get there, while still being here, and doing what we can in the moment.
These are the steps that I apply for taking grounded action in my life, and this has been a powerful process! So all of my love and best wishes, I invested a great deal of time and energy into writing this post, and genuinely hope it helps! ❤
I also briefly expand upon this topic in the newest episode of my podcast, Interplay. Feel free to check it out and support below!