Hey! it's Greg Schweitzer, chief catalyst and founder at catalyst transformation institute and I've got a question for you.
The question is, are you getting what you want? I mean you're putting in effort, you're doing the work, you're trying but is your Kung Fu working? Are you getting what you want? This is such an important question because you don't need me to tell you because you've probably already experienced that when you put a lot of effort in and you're not seeing progress, you're not seeing the results that you want to have that makes a great life and a great business it's debilitating, it's taking the wind out of your sails, it's a lack of motivation and you didn't sign up for that, did you?
Well, here's how wanna help you today. I wanna share with you today the 4 factors for helping you to get anything that you want, okay. This the 4 factors for getting results, the 4 factors for getting what you want and I wanna begin with something that may seem very obvious but I gotta tell you it's probably one of the most critical pieces.
Let's begin. It's called getting started. Now, here is an interesting concept about getting started. I know it sounds rudimentary, it sounds basic, it’s like no kidding grey but I want to tell you that most people when they are actually trying to begin creating some sort of result oftentimes jump right into action before they give consideration to 2 things, their mindset around getting started coz when that is right then you become over powerful and unstoppable and the second piece is one of the resources that are necessary for me to get this result. The truth is you probably been thinking about getting a particular result for so long that you feel like you've already started because there's been a lot of brainpower and maybe a lot of emotion in that whole piece. But let's talk about what is the key concepts of getting started that will really gonna help you maximize the outcome of the results that you're looking to get when getting what you want.
First one. It's called purpose. It's called purpose, when you, when you see yourself and we think about what is it that you're after? What is the end result? What are the, what is the achievement that you want to have? Ask yourself the question, I want that for what purpose? Because what that does is really digs down into something you've probably heard of called a Why? Okay. Now you've heard the term like the big why? or what's your why? or start with why? And all of those are good things with one exception, people have a tendency to overcomplicate purpose over complicate their big why, they feel like that maybe they have to have this, this massive why that covers the whole of their life and everything involved and I can tell you were around for a really long time and our desires and our whys change from time to time. So, let yourself off the hook, you don’t need to know everything that’s gonna happen and everything that you intend for, for every minute or every year of your life, let it go. But you do know what you want right now and I want you to be very very clear about that because when you look at the next piece of this right here, it says what you want specifically. This is absolutely critical when you're determining what's happening and there's 2 major things that you need to know about. Number one, what your personal values? What are your career values? What are the things that you value? Another way to ask yourself this question is what's important to you about life? What's important to you about career? What's important to you about health and wellness? Right. And when you get really clear on those values, only then can you make great decisions towards what you're going after.
The second piece is actually what is that? what is the ideal life look like for you? Have you sat down? When was the last time you sat down and mapped out like really wrote down all the things are absolutely essential for you to have the ideal life? Like everything you've been working for and pursuing for years maybe even decades, are you really clear what that is? Because until you are, you're aiming at a moving target and that's where we get exhausted and don't see the outcomes. So get really clear, very specific as to what you want? it really saves you in a lot of ways.
The second piece about getting started that I want to introduce you to is also a key element and friend to us but it has its limitations too it's called willpower. You see as a human person you've already in been endowed with what we call human agency, an agency or willpower is really the ability and the capacity to make things happen, the capacity to choose. Wow! that's really powerful. That means you don't have to be stuck with whatever you have or whatever circumstances you're in or whatever you currently believe, isn’t that awesome? Simply because you're a human person you've been endowed with agency you now have the power to change whatever it is that is not working for you. Awesome! So, how do you use willpower in a way? Number one, willpower is essential for getting started like you can think of all the actions and you can think of all the results that you want and you can even dream on those kinds of things but until you actually begin, until you take the first step nothing's going to happen.
The other piece on here is that you see my rudimentary drawing of a vehicle, car, okay. Now, I don't claim to be the best artist, is not where my geniuses but I have a good time being able to create some stuff and as you can see right here this car is moving, it's moving in the direction and what's interesting is when you get into a vehicle to get started, you got to understand the concept and the concept is that you cannot steer a parked car. It's really good I got to say that again you cannot steer a parked car. Okay, in order for you to change the view if you don't like what you're seeing in your life or in your business in order for you to change the view you've got to change directions and the only way for you to change directions is to push on the gas and get started, right? That makes sense it seems logical and yet there's often times when we're sitting there and we're looking up this view out of our window and we're seeing it we're not totally completely living it or maybe we're not liking at all and we're dreaming about something different but it never changes, right? It never changes, until we push on the gas. Good news life and business allows U-Turns like you literally can swerve and move and change directions but until you get started until you execute your willpower it's not gonna happen. The last key piece about willpower is that willpower fatigues like a muscle. So if I were to say, hey! drop and give me 10, you might be able to get to 10, you might even get to 100. I don't know but at some point in time your body's gonna go, sorry man that's all I got, okay. It's gonna not be able to do anymore and our willpower is very much the same way and so in order to leverage willpower in the most effective way for helping you get what you want you need to use it to begin and then you turn over those processes, those actions and those thought patterns you turn them over to habit which is a very powerful piece.
So, willpower is the next piece in getting started. So, what you do? Once you got started, right. Use your willpower, you know your why and your purpose and your desired your values and you get started then what? Well it's not enough, getting started does not get you to the end result there have been so many people I've talked to in their life that talk about regretting their life because they got started but they didn't complete, they got started but they didn't continue on, for some reason things didn't work out. This is what I call building momentum. It's beautiful to put the key in the ignition and get the car started but until you push on the gas and how you do that is really critical and I called that building momentum.
So let's talk about what momentum can look like because you may not know this but if you watch Cape Canaveral and NASA send a shuttle into space it's a magnificent thing to watch the amount of power and energy, and the crazy genius of being able to engineer all this to happen is phenomenal. They spend millions of dollars and years and a time just to be able to get started but they also planned for momentum. If you take a look here and my beautiful amazing artistic Leo, Leo, whatever his name is da Vinci, okay. That's my drawing right there of a space shuttle, if you look right there in the center of this kind of triangular looking thing that's the space shuttle you can imagine your little astronauts in there if you want to, okay. What's interesting is that. That's a place they do all they work, that’s the place where they do all their missions and so on but we look at these 2 major tubes is humongous tubes and if you look this in real life there it’s incredibly massive. Those are full of fuel only, that's their only purpose is to house fuel and the reason is because they need a massive amounts of fuel. Once they start the engine right, they need massive amounts of fuel to get this bird up into orbit as a matter of fact space shuttles, like this scenario will spend 96 percent of the fuel getting the ship up into the sky and into orbit and then with the remaining 4 percent they can do all their work, continue all the rotations in orbits and get safely back to earth. This is so powerful because when you're getting started it's gonna be so important for you to spend the fuel at least at first coz you spend the fuel and you get it going and then you turn it over to have it, then you turn it over to processes and systems right, over to time block schedule so that it maintains and it takes so much less energy, like 4 percent right. So awesome to be able to do! Okay, so allow yourself that ability, allow yourself that time and energy to spend the fuel and get going.
Second piece about building momentum. Time on task over time. I had a mentor in my life, a coach if you will who introduce me into this concept it was a game-changer for me and until you actually give yourself over to this it's hard to see the true value but you see you know what time on task looks like right? It’s like I just gonna do the task and then I gonna show up again and do it later or do it again tomorrow and then do it again the next day and keep doing it for months and months and months of that time on task over the course of time like months, weeks, days, years, hours, whatever it is, is what ends up making momentum happen. Is where you start seeing things come to fruition for you but here's the deal, when you're building momentum if you spent the fuel, if you spent the fuel on something other than the right tasks to spend time on you're gonna build a lot of momentum in a direction that’s not getting you what you want and that's why we're talking today is to help you get what you want. As a matter of fact, it says right here, that you can build momentum in nonproductive activities like you can do the wrong thing and have lots of momentum and speed about it and this is what's the difference between busyness and productivity, we can be busy doing a lot of things and I'm not much to show for that and when you wake up from that, you’re just kicking yourself and it doesn't feel really good so make sure that you have the line to the right activities that are going to result as long as you continue and then allow yourself to spend the fuel and keep going.
Look at that, we’re going down for 2 of the 4 factors of getting what you want number one is getting started, number 2 is building momentum and number 3 is when you begin to put all the effort and spend the fuel I guarantee you coz you probably already know this, coz you've experienced it. Interference shows up right? You're putting your best effort forward you might even feel like you're getting somewhere and all of a sudden you take one of the got, something takes the wind out of your sales or lease gets in your way or tries to cause a hick-up or some version of that right? And overcoming interference is one of the best skills that you can have because you can get started and you might even get pretty good at building momentum but if you can't take the hits if you can't handle the interference that shows up. This is not about strength okay, this is about strategy okay. Too often when we're pushing towards goals whatever they are we feel like we have to be more than we are, we have to be stronger than I don't know if I can be, it's not only about strength it’s oftentimes about strategy so when you talking about overcoming interference you know that this stuff shows up.
Number one just being aware and acknowledging the fact that, hey, as I get going with this, this thing that's so valuable important to me, this result that I want, something's gonna happen, something's gonna show up and it's gonna challenge me in some way, shape or form, big or small. But you see winnings done by what you can handle not just what you can cause, okay. We can cause a lot of cool things but that doesn't mean it's always gonna get us there so how we do this? Well, one of my favourite ways is what I called Bob and weave, that is probably the best picture I've ever drawn in my life that is a boxing glove hopefully you can tell, okay. That's a boxing glove, but in the world of sports like boxing and martial arts it's not just about your strength and it's just not about the punching with a kicking right, that’s not about the attack or being on the offense you've got to be able to bob and weave right? Move and slip some of those jobs and some of those crosses and those punches and those kicks like that thing because if you take them all it doesn't feel as good and it may make it harder for you to win. So how do you bob and weave? What do you need to do? And just like when we talk about the vehicle that you can't steer a parked car that you can actually be turning left and right, then unless you're bobbing left and right or up and down or whatever might be, you might take on more than you need to take on. So get good at handling interference, deflecting it or getting it to miss you all together for having a foresight, see it coming.
Okay, the next piece here which ties into bobbing and weaving is the concept of being teleological, ohhh, fancy, fancy word being teleological. All this simply means is that, ahh, the best way to describe this, if you take a look at this, this is a we'll call this a rocket, like a bomb, a missile if you will okay. And if a missile is shot off it's been given directions like longitude, latitude or at least a target you know X marks the spot right, at least a target to go for and it's headed for that direction and most of the time it gets there or some of the time it does. Okay, but most people don't understand though is that once that missile shot out into, into the air it's gonna receive interference too, interference like wind or weather or who knows what right? Different things can happen that'll take it off track and so what normally happens when people think that a missile shot to go straight to its target, boom! It's over with. Actually what's happening is this thing is constantly adjusting, it's constantly bobbing and weaving so it's path is actually looks more like this, right? Any given moment it can be off track so it’s come back on, and a little bit adjustment here and a little adjustment here so once you spend the fuel okay, once you spend the fuel in getting started now that 4 percent of fuel is left for you to do just a little bit of this and a little bit of that to weave back and forth and that's what it is to being teleological. You, as a human person are endowed with that ability to being teleological it means good news you are not stuck how you are, you're not stuck with what you have, you're not stuck in your circumstances, you're not stuck with your results, you can then be teleological, adjust and keep moving in the right direction. Don't let off the gas.
Alright, so get started, build momentum, overcoming interference and the fourth one completing, right? What else needs to be said? There's more than needs to be said. Completing it seems like a no brainer, it seems like oh yeah you just finish your thing but how do you do that? And how you do that matters.
So, let's talk about a couple of things that are gonna help you when it comes to completion because there is nothing worse than getting yourself to get started and spending the fuel, alright, I'm in, I'm in, spending the fuel to build up momentum and get good at bobbing and weaving and being teleological right, avoiding and overcoming interference and then, not finish? Not get it? Really? It's not worth it.
One of the key yes things for human motivation and human satisfaction coz that’s what you after, right? The ideal life, satisfaction, achieving what you want, all under the same name there, is coming through. Like when you, when I am able to come through there's nothing greater than the satisfaction of having completed something like that. This is about keeping a promise and honestly it's about keeping a promise to yourself. My guess is that you have certain feelings about keeping promises to people like when you make a promise to somebody your full intention is to follow through on that promise right? That's right, how are you doing on your promises to yourself? If this is you going after what you want the 4 factors of getting what you want, how you doing on keeping your promises to yourself? How are you doing keeping your promise to get yourself started to spend the fuel to build momentum to bob and weave and to stay the course until this thing is complete? It's a good question to ask yourself.
The other piece here is that you get the satisfaction of a job well done and I sort of talk about coming through is that we completed something. When you created result especially something you really wanted to do, you really want to create there is nothing greater than that feeling when you're standing in victory and you're feeling like I did that. Yes, look at that, that's amazing it does so many things for you, it improves your life, it strengthens your motivation, it gives you great confidence, increases your confidence. I mean, you're now more down to be able to go to the next big thing that you want to do, something you might have thought you couldn't do before you now are able too.
One more thing about that, about completing. You need to understand the real purpose of completing and it's really about progress. You see people after particular results and when they don't necessarily get that result right away or there's interference that shows up, they failed to recognize the progress. Like when you begin a project or you begin going after some sort of result that you want, you start here and then if you get going and get about here, interference shows up and it feels pretty scary like it's gonna end. This is the problem, the people won’t look back and notice how far they've come, how far you come already? Are you giving yourself credit for what you've done? Are you giving yourself credit for the progress? When you look at the studies of human behaviour, human satisfaction and happiness right, we'll call fulfilment if you will, flourishing. Progress is one of the major key factors, progress slash mastery right, you should be getting good at something, you're making progress on something, that makes us want to keep going, that makes us believe that we can get there but not if you don't give yourself credit for the progress you've already made. Incomplete projects and tasks breed on realized goals and that's gonna be one of the worst feelings you've ever can experience.
So, the 4 factors right. The 4 factors of you getting what you want, achieving the results you want are getting started, building momentum, overcoming interference and completing. And if you’ll follow that process allow yourself to do that it can be that simple to win. It may not be easy but it can be that simple.
Okay, you know I love you. Be great! it's what you made for!