Practically speaking, the mind works through the association of ideas. A single thought about something usually leads to a related idea. Soon, we have constructed an entire scenario.
From time to time, it is worth examining our ‘habits of thought’. When confronting a hurdle or obstacle, do we identify the underlying problem and put forth solutions? Or do we keep making the barrier larger, reinforcing our own story?
Whatever your goal or target is, imagine that you have achieved it now. Feel what that is like. Then play back how your success has come about. Plan in three steps how you can operationalize your new blueprint. Each professional day, take one concrete action to move forward.