Power of Practice – How to Strengthen Your Action Muscle Effectively

The Power of Practice
Have you heard someone complain or saw them in pain, and because you care about them, you offered ideas that might help, but they replied, “oh, I tried that and it didn’t work”?

People believe that they will have what they want if they find a better way, a better solution or strategy. They take on little actions BEFORE finding that better way.

In my coaching work, I find people often expect results, skills, action, and abilities without taking on practices or they stop after only a few tries. Feeling disempowered, they go into resignation: this is NOT working. Or despair and frustration: I can’t believe I’m here again! I can’t do it. I’m not worthy…

I have also witnessed many clients create successes in all aspects of their life by embracing the power of consistent practice.

Levels of Practice

There are three levels to practice in the process of creation: thoughts, words, and actions.

Level 1. Our thoughts are a reflection of our inner world and how we view the world.
Level 2. Our words describe our thoughts, and by describing them, we activate our feelings, which makes the world we describe more real.
Level 3. Our actions will then be aligned with our feelings, which in turn create the world we thought into physical form.

It’s all connected. By working on one level you will also work on the other two.

Example Time

Here is an example of how my client, let’s call him Joe, did it:

Joe is a massage therapist who’s been in business for over 10 years. He came for coaching burnt out and frustrated with where the business was at and hoping to improve his work and life balance. In short, to work less and make more money.

Shortly after we started coaching, I noticed limitations in his speaking: I can’t have that, it’s too hard, I have no time, I don’t know what I want…

I invited him to become aware of the impact of the wording he was using and to start focusing on giving up the ‘old language’ and use a new one.

Some of the practices we designed for him were:

  • Visualize what he wanted to create every morning before getting out of the bed, to practice picking the thoughts that serve him.
  • To become aware when he was using limited language in speaking, and replace it with words that made him feel open and curious.
  • To take on actions: call clients to fill the appointments 3 weeks ahead, change his business hours, and because of his lack mentality around money, to shift his view of the world we also created a practice for him to give out money for 40 days: give extra tips, make donations, etc.

Joe was a perfect coaching client. He followed each step, took on each practice, and he showed up each session with questions and requests. He restarted when stopped. He was consistent.

Three months into our coaching program, during one coaching session, he showed me an envelope full of cash and said: Maria, all bills are paid and I still have all this money, this has never happened before!

By then he also took 2 days off every week and his massage practice was full.

Just not too long ago he reported that he bought a lawn tractor for his mother, who owns an acreage property.

The Full Circle

Our thoughts create our language, our language paints a picture of our world, it then informs our behaviour which creates our life experience, which becomes our real world.

If you create actions from all three levels and you are taking the actions consistently, you will move mountains. You will create more prosperity and joy than you can imagine because you are that powerful.

Mastering Your Mindset – A Must Have Skill To Master Your Business and Your Life

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.” – Buddha

Our mindset is the source of the reality we live in.

Mindset is the foundation for what we think and feel, which informs the behaviour that shapes our life. By bringing consciousness to our thought patterns and mastering our mindset, we are able to make choices aligned with our vision and aspiration.

Our thoughts shape our actions.

One of my dear friends is a successful business trainer; she set a goal to contact ten businesses to set up meetings. When we spoke, she said: “I’ve made five calls and it’s not fun! I’m going to stop now. I need to find a different way to do it. What do you think?” I reflected that her thought that ‘it’s not fun’ gave her permission to stop. I asked, “What if you keep going regardless if it’s fun or not? What if you know for certain that one of these ten businesses will hire you in the end?” She laughed, and finished contacting the rest of the businesses. Catch when your mind is telling you stories.

What you think, you become. What you focus on, you create more of.

A client of mine owns a large fitness business. When we started coaching, one of his goals was to work less so he could spend more time with his family. His business grows when he’s there and suffers when he’s not. He was frustrated with his employees and he did not feel he could trust them to do the right thing when he was not present. After a few months of coaching, we discovered that he spent a significant portion of his time finding problems and fixing them as quickly as possible. I asked him to be curious about what his staff might think, so the next time he found a problem, he should ask them questions where he doesn’t already know the answer.

A few days later he reported that his team was excited to be implementing new strategies, which gave him the freedom to be with his family and go on speaking and workshop tours. By shifting his focus from doing it the right way (his way) to empowering his team to contribute their way, they were able to co-create new possibilities to expand the business and to support his dreams of helping others in a more expanded way.

Albert Einstein once said: The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. It’s easy said than done, however, with continued practice, we can all master our mindset by learning to change our thinking—which changes our reality.

Be a mindful listener of your language.

What story is your mind telling you? If you want to change careers and the story is, “Well, I can’t possibly find a job that I love and still make the money I make right now,” ask yourself: really? Is there nobody in the world doing what they love and making the money they want? Is that true? If you say one thing and your subconscious mind is telling you another, your actions will reflect the confusion and frustration of not having what you want.

Our energy flows to where our attention goes.

Whether your true desire is a perfect partner, your dream house, a baby, a new job or to travel around the world, do whatever you can to be present to that goal. Write out the details of the house you want to live in, picture yourself hopping on the plane to your next adventure, see yourself in your dream job, sitting in the office you want. Do this activity at least three times a day. What you focus on, you create more of. With consistent practice, everyone can be the master of their mind.