Terence H Clarke

The Science of Goals and Attraction: Unlocking Your Reticular Activating System

Hey everyone, I wanted to share this quote from Tony Robbins about goals being like magnets and share some fascinating insights about goals and attraction, backed by science, particularly the reticular activating system (RAS).

Firstly, let’s explore what the reticular activating system is. The RAS is a network of neurons located in the brainstem that acts as a filter, sorting through the vast amount of information we encounter daily. It determines what information is important and deserves our attention.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Have you ever noticed that when you set a specific goal or focus on something, it seems like the universe starts sending you opportunities related to that goal? The RAS plays a crucial role in this phenomenon. When you set a goal or have a strong desire for something, the RAS starts filtering out irrelevant information and amplifies the signals related to your goal. In other words, it helps you notice and attract opportunities aligned with your desires.

Think of the RAS as a search engine programmed by your mind. When you set a goal, you enter a search query, and the RAS scours the world around you, seeking out relevant results. It heightens your awareness and perception, allowing you to spot opportunities, resources, and connections that were previously overlooked.

Let’s take an example. Imagine you set a goal to start a business in the tech industry. Suddenly, you find yourself noticing tech-related articles, networking events, and potential mentors popping up everywhere. It’s not that these things didn’t exist before; it’s just that your RAS is now prioritizing them, making them more visible to you.

Harnessing the power of the RAS involves a few key steps:

  1. Define your goals: Clearly articulate what you want to achieve. The more specific and focused your goals, the easier it is for your RAS to identify relevant opportunities.
  2. Visualization and affirmation: Visualize yourself already achieving your goals and affirm them as if they have already been accomplished. This helps program your RAS to prioritize the relevant information.
  3. Take action: Setting goals and visualizing alone won’t do the trick. You need to take consistent and intentional action towards your goals. This not only strengthens your commitment but also sends a powerful signal to your RAS that you’re serious about what you want.

Remember, the RAS is not a magic wand that will instantly grant your desires. It’s a tool that helps you navigate the world effectively by focusing your attention on what matters to you.

So, the next time you set a goal or desire something, be aware of the incredible power of your RAS. Use it as a compass to guide your actions and attract the opportunities and resources you need to succeed.

Let’s discuss! Have you experienced the workings of the RAS in your own life? How has it helped you achieve your goals or attract what you desire? Share your thoughts and stories below.

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