Are you operating at a version 1.0 and want version 3.0 results? What’s it gonna take to innovate you and your life so you can have more? More fun, more happiness and more satisfaction, consistently, and over the long term?
You know, there was a time when I thought that if I just learned enough, planned enough, mastered the subject enough, good things would happen. Do you get caught up in the Thought-Trap game, too?
The game goes like this: you plan, you strategize, you learn, you plan some more, you weigh your options, you strategize again and then you plan some more and when it’s time, you think,”I’m just not ready, yet.” That’s when the next stage of the game begins. You’ve graduated to the Game of When.
The Game of When begins with a condition, but then, the condition list keeps growing, for example:
“When I learn this expert piece of information, I will start” and
“When I master how to speak publicly, then I’ll stand up and talk,” or
“When I get every how-to memorized and when I master all of the information and when I have an alphabet soup after my name, I’ll be ready to go for it…”
Every game has a goal. The goal of Thought-Trap is to stay in your head. The goal of The Game of When is to develop skill without taking action. Both games have one outcome, and that is, DELAY.
What’s up with that?
Look at how we construct these two games to be played. It seems very logical doesn’t it? You do need to plan. You do need to learn a skill. You do need to practice. But whoever said that you couldn’t start until you were some master ninja? Who wrote the rules on starting and what makes you think someone’s else’s imprimatur is required?
Now look at the graphic above on innovation. There is a man on a horse, a man on a bicycle and a man on a motorcycle. Three levels of thought, three levels of skill and three levels of action. The guy on the horse would love to get the results of the guy on the motorcycle, but for him to expect that from his level of understanding and skill level is unrealistic. Some sort of training has to take place to go from a horseman to a motorcyclist,
You can’t have version 1.0 thinking and expect version 3.0 results — Christine Jeffrey
AND you can’t go from a horseman to motorcyclist if you are still playing the games of delay. It just won’t happen. So you need to start playing a new game and that game is called, “Innovate Yourself.”
When you play the game, Innovate Yourself, the goal of the game is to take the actions necessary to get you the results that you want. You don’t win, unless you get results, and you can’t get results unless you act. If Thought-Trap was version 1.0 and The Game of When was version 2.0, then Innovate Yourself is version 3.0. Below is the protocol to upgrade.
HOW TO UPGRADE TO VERSION 3.0
To get out of your head and into action, try these four steps. When you do, you will see a shift in not only how you feel about your capabilities and possibilities, you will also see a shift in how others respond to you. And guess what? Action is built into the process!
- Audit – Be really clear about who you are and where you are at in your life – not worse than it is or better than it is. The only way you get from point A to point B is to be completely clear and honest about the facts on the ground. For example, how do you spend all of your time? Who are you when you are stressed? What do you do when you are at your best? Answering these types of questions, honestly, gets you results faster.
- Results – What kind of results are you looking for? What kind of lifestyle? What kind of person do you want to be in a variety of situations? The more specific you are about the results you want to have in your life, the faster the results.
- Bridge the Gap – Now that you know where you are and what results you want to receive, you need to take the actions that will make your results happen. What new people can help you? What new questions can you ask? What experiments can you try? These types of questions and subsequent actions will help that gap decrease.
- Repeat Steps 1-3 – Do the first three steps, when you reach each benchmark that you’ve set for yourself on the way. When you check-in with yourself in this way, you ensure consistent progress toward your results.
When you use this protocol, consistently, you will be one of the few people out there who have used a consistent, methodical strategy to achieve the outcomes you want in your life. You will have become more resourceful, more creative and more empowered to share your beautiful life with others!
This game, Innovate Yourself, is a game-changer and is more fun when played with friends!
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