“The difference between acting badly or brilliantly is not based on your ability, but on the state of your mind and/or body in any given moment.” Anthony Robbins
It is said that we only use about 10% of our brain’s capacity and that if we could use 25% of what we are capable off, we would be geniuses. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen but one thing is certain, sometimes we’re hot and sometimes we’re not.
There are times when the juices are flowing, times when we can do no wrong and there are times when… let’s just say that we could do better, much better. In both cases, we are the same person but the performance is far from being the same.
Whether we are acting badly or brilliantly is not based on our ability but on the state of mind that we are in at the moment. When we feel great we are unstoppable, when we don’t, it does not take much to fumble.
The key to continuous high performance is state control. It’s knowing how to get into a state of high expectancy and enthusiasm where we perform at top level. It’s getting the sense of confidence and certainty that habits the movers and shakers of this world.
Strange as it may seem, our state of mind depends to a very high degree on our posture and breathing pattern. There is a very specific posture and breathing pattern for every emotion. Usually the posture depends on the state of mind but it is possible to reverse that order of cause and effect.
By taking the posture of the feeling that we want, the mind will gracefully comply and adopt the feeling. There is only one problem with this phenomena and that is the fact that it sounds too good to be true. Until we have tried and tested that fact for ourselves, it is very hard to believe.
The only way to convince a non-believer is to ask him to try it for himself. When feeling just so-so, stand up straight, chest out, chin up and breathe strong and powerful breaths. Walks like that for a few minutes and watch miracles happen.
When the body takes control and dictates, the brain cannot resists adopting the body language’s lead. The brain always listens to the body’s signals and act accordingly. That’s how our entire physiology is regulated and it’s also how we can modify the state of mind.
State control through postural influence is always possible however there is a little problem that we face when we decide to use the technique. That problem is the fact that, deep down, when we don’t feel great, we just don’t feel like feeling great.
Have you ever tried to make an infant smile or laugh when he’s crying for no good reason? You’ll make funny faces and coax him into smiling but he’ll try to resist as much as possible. He’s feeling bad and he wants to keep on feeling bad.
That may be acceptable coming from an infant but it certainly should not be acceptable from a mature and goal oriented individual. The pity party has to cease and make way for a more empowering state of mind.
Unless we are dead tired, it is in our power to feel great and energized at any time that we want. All that we have to do is to adopt the posture and breathing pattern of a power person. The brain and mind cannot resist and has to comply. That’s the secret of performing on the highest possible level any time that we want. We can control our state of mind and by the some token, control our performances.