Former Olympian Vince Poscente’s entertaining short parable works with the metaphors of a determined little ant as your conscious mind and a habit-driven elephant as your subconscious mind. You make hundreds of small decisions daily, mostly without thinking, because your subconscious runs your life. Yet these accumulated choices put most people on safe, predictable, boring paths of mediocrity. When you see glimpses of what you could become, heed those insights. Don’t revert to your old ways just because change is hard and progress may be slow. With the right mind-set and determination – think of an ant’s diligence – you can overcome inertia and break through. Turn to Poscente’s five-step action plan, based on “clear vision, commitment, consistency, confidence and control.” Align your conscious goals with those of your subconscious so the ant rules the elephant. Convince your inner, more conservative self that your goal is not only possible, but also inevitable. getAbstract recommends this accessible, heartwarming story to anyone seeking to reduce fear, alter old habits and change for the better.
In this summary, you will learn
- What things hold you back from your “peak performance” and potential;
- Why your subconscious mind – your elephant – follows safe, predictable routes;
- How to control and guide your subconscious; and
- How to succeed with a five-step action plan, using “clear vision, commitment, consistency, confidence and control.”
About the Author
Vince Poscente, a former ski racer, made it to the gold-medal round at the 1992 Olympics. A frequent public speaker and CEO of The Goal Acceleration Institute, he also wrote InVINCEable Principles and The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World.
Comment on this summary
3 years agoI really like the part regarding looking for all the objections and having a preset response to it.
4 years agoSounds like a very interesting book
4 years agoLoved the statement - "commit to the commitment" and I can vouch for the power of connecting emotions to the final goal.
4 years agoInteresting stuff! I can see this being very helpful in my professional life.
4 years agoIt gives clear guide how the conscious(Ant) works with subconscious(Elephant). Very good guide book to make a leadership and self decision. It makes me to try the 5 steps action plan. " Clear vision, Commitment, Consistency, Confidence and control ".
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