I remember being in school and having to learn all sorts of things by heart: poems, vocabulary, the multiplication table and so on. I would sit there for hours and read these things to myself. Once I felt confident, I would turn the page and start saying them without looking, until I had them fully memorized. Throughout my school years, and even in college, this was a method that I would use constantly. Even today when I have to remember something, I repeat it to myself several times to ensure it won’t be forgotten.
But I recently discovered another area where this method can be used, and it has nothing to do with memorization. While attending a recent Tony Robbins event with my executive team, we repeated words and phrases throughout the course to emphasize our learnings, create mental footnotes, and memorialize our vision. The goal of repetition – in this case- was all about belief. Because when you tell yourself something over and over again, you will start to believe it.
For example, anyone can tell themselves they can run a marathon. They can start training and when it becomes tiring, they can train even more; all the while telling themselves they can do it. That constant “I can do this” will actually enable that person not only to believe they can but to also minimize the issues they may encounter along the way. And in the end, they will succeed and attain their goal of running a marathon. Now take another example – a person that wants to double their income in a year. As soon as they say the words out loud, a little voice in their head says “that’s not possible.” And every time they try to take a step closer to achieving their goal, the voice is there – “see, I told you it’s impossible.” With this lingering doubt, all the challenges they run into seem bigger, scarier and make their target that much further. And even if they succeed in increasing their income by 20%, it will feel like a total loss because they could not do what they wanted; because they knew (and told themselves) from the beginning that it was impossible.
While these are disjointed examples, the overall point is that positive thinking and repetition of your goals is going to get you in a better mental state, that will help you to achieve your overall objective. The right mindset with the right mantras will allow you to think bigger, want more from your life and your goals, and drive you to succeed when things get tough.
I was always a big believer in positive thinking and re-affirmation of my goals. Whether it was moving to the U.S at 20 years old, with less than $1,000 in my pocket, or starting Konnect Agency without years of corporate experience or even a job in corporate America, positive thinking and repetition have been there alongside me. Throughout it all, I’ve always told myself that with hard work, determination and a never-ending hustle, everything is possible. So tell yourself what you want over and over again, work hard and don’t give up – the best rainbows always appear after the stormiest rains!