How To Use Sub-Modalities To Increase Your Productivity

    The weeks are flying by.

    It's a good time to pause and reflect.

    To assess your progress.

    Are you ahead or behind on your goals? 

    Regardless it's a good time to use NLP processes to   
    help you close the gap.

    Like how to use sub-modalities to increase your   

    Sub-Modalities: A Power Tool For Powerful Productivity   

    If you are new to NLP, let me quickly explain what   
    sub-modalities are.

    As you know well, human beings have 5 senses.

    Sight, touch, sound, smell, taste.

    Within each sense or representational system we have   
    the ability of making finer distinctions about that   
    sensory system.

    To describe the "sub-modalities" of our experience.

    For example within the visual system, a picture can be   
    described as moving (i.e. a movie) or still.

    It can be described as close or far away.

    It will have a relative scale of brightness or   

    It may be focused and clear. Or hazy and blurred.

    We may see it through our own eyes (associated image)   
    or we can see ourselves looking at something   
    (disassociated image).


    All of these features happen for the most part outside   
    our normal day to day awareness. They are fast and   

    That's both a problem and an *opportunity*

    How our brain codes experiences matters.

    Which sub-modality references it uses affects how we   
    feel about an experience AND what you'll do.

    For instance, whether you'll take an action is impacted   
    by how you represent that something.

    'Cook it up' right and you'll conquer the tallest   

    Condition your mind to a diet of fuzzy, abstract and cloudy   
    sub-modalities and you'll find yourself making little   
    to no progress.

    So the key take-away is:

    The sub-modalities you habitually use to represent your   
    goals directly affect the intensity you feel about the   

    Which affects the likelihood that you'll take action (or not).

    Remember that.

    Often... size, colour, brightness, point of view etc play   
    critical roles.

    For many people the bigger the size and richer the   
    colour; the bigger the impact it will have on their   

    And action becomes automatic.

    There is much, much more to be said about the powerful   
    role sub-modalities play on our internal experience of   
    the world.

    So what's all this got to do with productivity and   
    achieving your goals?


    Your brain operates on the instructions you give it.

    Feed it garbage instructions and you'll likely only get   
    garbage out.

    What classifies for garbage?

    Fuzzy, blurry representations of the goal you are   
    striving for.

    Dark, small, defocused black and white images of what you   
    want, positioned way, way out there.

    Cloudy ideas of what you want to occur.

    You get the idea.

    Feed it rich, detailed multi-sensory representations   
    and it will - spring into action and sustain you through   
    tough times.

    Having big, colourful, bright clear picture of what you   
    are looking to have occur.

    Seeing colourful movies play out with you seeing   
    yourself taking the requisite actions to achieve your   

    Hearing and feeling the excitement of certainty and   
    happiness as you make progress.

    Perhaps hearing yourself say "Yes, I will do this!"

    This is just the beginning to using the conditioning in   
    ACTION focused sub-modalities into your daily goal   
    directed experience.

    [The inverse is also often true when we find we aren't   
    making progress on key goals - we're trying to force   
    action when our brain says there is nothing for me to   
    move toward or away from.]

    Using NLP To Increase Productivity   

    You can use the distinctions shared here to ratchet up   
    your productivity with very little extra effort on your   


    Externalize your work load.

    For example, many people make the mistake of trying to   
    keep everything they need to do in their head.

    Or written down in a to-do lists.

    The problem with option 1 is our brains suck at holding   
    more than 7 or so ideas at once. And for most people   
    it's less than three.

    Perhaps as little as one.

    So it's easy to get overwhelmed. Distracted. Off target.

    Option 2 - keeping everything on a to-do lists, while   
    better than option 1 has major problems.

    Most to-do lists don't grab our attention.

    Everything is the same font size, colour and basically   
    looks much the same.

    So for our brains - everything looks much alike.

    Not good.

    When things fall behind or goals go off course - there   
    is no change in the font SIZE of the task to grab your   

    And even when there is - it's usually some "overdue"   
    tag that is out of line of sight of the goal.

    Plus most people have dozens of to-do lists.

    Stuff hanging out in this list or that.

    So it's easily forgotten.

    The brain is overrun with stuff to track.

    However when you design your task list so you

      *  Visualise your work load

      *  Can physically interact with it

      *  Have specific limits set in place (to ensure you to   
         stay focused)

      *  And leverage key sub-modality drivers (colour,   
         size, location etc. that trigger action)

    Now you have the beginnings of a very powerful   
    productivity and success driven process.

    I use everything from whiteboards and post-it notes to   
    virtual dashboards and all in one visual planning   

    No one tool does it all perfectly.

    But combined they create a powerful process for getting   
    stuff done and staying on track on your most important   

    What ways can you use these distinctions about   
    sub-modalities to change how you work?

    There are tons of ways....

         One immediate example is whenever you fall behind   
         on a goal rewrite it so that it STANDS OUT and   
         grabs your attention.

         Make the font bigger. Use brighter colours.

    Each day it's behind - rewrite it but make it bigger.

    Add another difference.

         Goal X - Overdue

         Goal X - Overdue

         Goal X - Overdue

    So it screams out to your brain for attention!

    (rather than dissolving into the background with all the   
    other work you have to do!)

    If you are stuck on a goal or task for months but   
    haven't been making any progress; figure out how you   
    are representing it.

    Chances are the sub-modalities of it are configured in   
    such a way where NOT taking action is the RIGHT thing   
    to do, from your brain's perspective.

    So change how you are representing it.

    Use any number of NLP processes to transform the way   
    you represent it so that you've got clarity and it   
    triggers action.

    And action and progress will occur.

    There's much more to be said, but you have plenty to   
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