Martin Messier

November 29, 2023

The subtle art of submodalities in goal-setting

Imagine setting a goal. Now, picture it in your mind. Is it a vivid image or a faded photograph? Does it have a sound, perhaps a voice cheering you on?

The way we internally represent our goals significantly impacts our motivation and commitment towards them. By adjusting these submodalities, we can literally transform a seemingly distant dream into a tangible, compelling future reality.

Consider a goal that's been eluding you. How do you represent it? Perhaps, it's been framed in your mind’s eye as distant, blurry, or accompanied by a soundtrack of doubt. What if you tweaked these submodalities? What would happen if you brought that image closer, made it brighter, and added a soundtrack of your favorite motivational song?

Submodalities are not just mental tricks; they are a language through which our subconscious communicates. By learning this language, we can effectively reprogram our mindset towards our goals. It's about transforming 'I wish' into 'I will'. It’s not magic; it’s the subtle art of influencing your inner world to change your outer world.

Of course, this also applies when you're helping to motivate someone towards accomplishing something significant. I can't tell you how many times a simple submodality shift has completely transformed a client's perspective.

Working with submodalities is like fine-tuning a musical instrument. The right adjustments can turn dissonance into harmony, and resignation into invigoration and possibility.

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