- Tony Robbins is a proponent (and so am I!) of the idea that if you have certainty in your mind, then you will release massive potential, enabling you to take action which reflects this huge energy. This leads to significant results, and that in turn feeds back into your mind with the affirmation of your previously held and consequently growing certainty.
- As an essential part of developing certainty, you need to daily rehearse in your mind what it is that you are wanting to do or achieve, so that by the time you actually come to take the action, it’s as if you;ve already done the ‘thing’ many times already.
- In one sense, and to some extent, your brain is willing to believe that you have done the action already (though, contrary to "What The Bleep" says, it’s not as strong as a response as the real thing – BUT it is a real effect in the brain). Tony Robbins coins the phrase "perfect practice makes perfect". His reasoning is that when the brain is able to simulate something, it doesn’t have the distracting and negative influence of the mistakes that produce a weaker neurological pathway.
- I would argue (and I don’t have any evidence to back this up!), that because the mental rehearsal is free from other sensory input (ie mistakes) inputs, the learning path is set up more strongly (a bit like a well-worn countryside trek, with the most-used paths being the most well-worn).
- This means that when you come to actually do the action, your brain has already experienced something very similar to what data it now receives as a result of doing the real thing, so the pathway is made even stronger, setting up a positive fedback loop which enhances your ability to make progress.
- This could be complete rubbish what I’ve just written – as I say, I don’t have any direct research I can point to, but it seems like a good explanation of what might be happening.
Enough theorizing! Go to http://dezfutak.com/holygrailsuccess to watch the videos, and access the notes I made on the ideas discussed on the videos. Feedback appreciated!