Envision what you want to achieve in any area of your life. What’s stopping you from getting there?
If you need some direction, Bill Blokker’s book “Achieve Beyond Expectations,” might be a good place to start.
Bill Blokker, Ed.D. has worked with and studied many high-achieving people over the years. He says there are five intangible areas that we must be aware of if we want to be effective and achieve anything.
The five key areas are:
- Emotional control
First things first, Check Your Awareness
If you want to “Achieve Beyond Expectations,” Bill Blokker says you should start by listening to your self-talk. I touched on this topic in my last post. Try asking yourself some questions about why you do the things that you do or react in the ways you do.
For example, if I set a goal to start saving money and I don’t achieve it, I ask myself what thoughts do I have about money? What are my emotions about money? This self-reflection is important to help with identifying triggers.
The next step in self-awareness is to become aware of our emotions and how we react to situations, whether they be negative or positive. Learning to stop to think about and control our emotions is a great tool to develop emotional stability. This would then lead to avoiding “self-imposed barriers“ to anything we want to achieve. I have practiced this skill and the more I use it, the easier it gets to control my emotions.
Our reaction to what happens matters most.
It takes practice, so remember to pause and think.
From Emotions to Habits
Our habits are another very important aspect to become aware of. Bill defines a habit as a subconscious response to a trigger. Our habits have the most control over our behaviors and actions. When we are stressed out, our habits will take priority over everything else.
But there is power in becoming aware of our habits and then changing them. We can change the way we handle money, our eating habits, our decision-making, exercising, and anything else that we feel could use some improvement. Habits are only set in stone if we don’t realize they are there.
This is the part of the book that probably resonated with me the most. When we expect something to happen, we are essentially creating it. Our lives are manifestations of our thoughts. But this is another skill that takes practice. Our self-talk and habits must be mastered for us to make conscious decisions about how our expectations will determine our reality.
Exercise Your Power Within
I enjoyed the explanation of self-efficacy. I think a lot of our emotions, habits, and expectations come down to our beliefs in our abilities. We have to develop the skill to recognize our power and the control we have over the reality we create. Believe that you have the ability to handle difficult situations.
There are a lot of activities throughout the book to help us achieve whatever it is that we desire. But at the end of the day, we must act and put them into practice.
Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts!
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