The Basics of Outcome Based Thinking

Outcome Based Thinking

Outcome Based Thinking to Focus Your Mind on Success

I have many clients who come to me that are struggling to reach their potential and achieve a better life. They come to my San Diego office wanting to use hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques to program their mind for success.

While hypnotherapy and Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques are very powerful tools to help someone achieve what they want in life, the person must first know what they want, they first have to understand the outcome they are searching for.

Outcome Based Thinking

Many people have no idea what they really want in life but they do know what they don’t want in life. As a result, they base their lives on moving away from things they don’t want.

For example a person may take a job because they don’t want to live in poverty. While it’s good not to live on the street it’s better to take a job that will not only provide you with enough income to keep a roof over your head but also with a lifestyle that allows you to grow into the person you want to become.

This is known as outcome based thinking. Outcome based thinking is focusing not only on your goal, which is to have a job, but on what you want that job to provide you with, the lifestyle you desire.

Knowing your outcome motivates you to do the things you need to do in order to achieve what you want out of life.

If you don’t have a well formed outcome you’ll wander aimlessly through life, never quite achieving anything. But once you’ve figured out your outcome, your mind begins to focus on achieving that outcome and at that point, miraculous things can happen.

The key is to have well formed outcomes.

The following are 6 simple guidelines to developing well-formed outcomes.

1. State your outcome in positive terms.

Well formed outcomes are stated in positive terms. In other words state your outcome on what you want to happen instead of what you don’t want to happen.

Let’s say you are overweight.

Some people might state their outcome as “I don’t want to be overweight”.

This isn’t a positive outcome.

A positive, well formed outcome would be “I want to have a healthy weight that allows me to look and feel better.”

This focuses your attention on the experience that you want.

You must be able to reach your desired outcome. You cannot do this with a negative outcome. You can’t engage in a process of ‘not doing’, or ‘not wanting’. You can only engage in the process of doing.

This moves you toward the outcome you desire.

2. You have to be able to measure your results.

Measurements give you evidence.

Going back to the example of being overweight, if you do not have a method to measure your results you are just kidding yourself.

On the other hand if you are weighing yourself, or checking the size of your waist or how your clothes are fitting you can tell if your efforts are moving you in the right direction.

Remember, what gets measured gets results. No matter the outcome, measuring your progress helps you to determine if you are making progress towards achieving that outcome.

3. Your Outcome Has to Be Sensory Specific

The purpose of your outcome is to move you into a desired state. This desired state needs to be sensory specific.

In other words you need to able to say what you would look like, sound like and feel like when you achieved your desired outcome.

Returning to our example, “I weight 145 pounds. People compliment me on who well the clothes I wear fit me. I have as much energy as when I was in my early 20’s. I feel fantastic!”

4. Your Outcome has to be About You

A well formed outcome is not about your spouse, your child or your mother in law, it’s about you.

You are in only in charge of your own actions and behaviors, and therefore responsible for working toward and maintaining your desired outcome. Focus on what you can control – you.

5. Your Outcome must be in the right context

This means that outcomes are stated in a specific context rather than as universals.

In NLP we try to help people have more choices, not reduce them. Universals such as ‘always’ and ‘never’ reduce your choices.

Again, looking at the example of improving your health by reducing your weight, you wouldn’t use ‘I always exercise at 6 AM every morning’.

This outcome reduces your choices. What if you needed to be at a work meeting at 6 AM? Would you tell them you couldn’t make it?

Probably not. You would probably reschedule your workout to later in the day after your early morning meeting.

Instead your outcome might be “I work out 5 days a week” which allows you to be flexible and allow for things that might come up.

Not using universals increases the choices available to you.

6. Your Outcome must be ecologically sound

An outcome that is ecologically sound is one that doesn’t harm you or anyone else or your environment.

You Can Accomplish More with Well Formed Outcomes

Think of your goal as links in a chain, each link being a task needed to accomplish what you desire.

If you try to push the chain what happens?

It scrunches up into a ball. The same goes when you try to push yourself to accomplish a goal. Barriers form, demotivating you and blocking your progress.

On the other hand if you pull on the end of the chain, what happens?

You can pull it anywhere you want.

That’s what outcome thinking does for you, it focuses you on what you desire.

This motivates you and helps you overcome the barriers that previously held you back. It pulls you in the direction of your goals.

This is the power of a well formed outcome.

A Guide for Learning Outcome Based Thinking

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About the Author

Wil Dieck is America’s #1 Mental Fitness Coach©. He is also the founder of Total Mind Therapy©, a system that uses Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)©.

NEC is a system that uses the best of three highly effective processes, Advanced Hypnotherapy (Hypnosis), Neuro Linguistic Programming techniques (NLP) and the deep breathing meditative breathing techniques from Qigong, a Chinese Martial Art. He has combined them into one powerful system that can help you make quick and lasting shifts in your thinking and your behavior.

Wil is a Master Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner (NLP) hypnotherapist and Qigong Practitioner. His office is located in San Diego, CA.

He has taught hundreds of people in individual and business settings how to use Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques in both their business and personal lives in developing outcome based thinking so they can build the life of their dreams.

Wil is available for individual coaching sessions and group presentations on how to use NEC or hypnosis and Neuro Linguistic Programming as well as the deep breathing meditation techniques from Qigong to develop outcome based thinking that is essential for quickly and easily achieving your goals.

If you are interested in learning more about using Neuro Emotional Conditioning (NEC)© techniques for developing outcome based thinking then call (619) 293-3255 for your complimentary personalized assessment and action plan.

In this session we’ll discuss the goals you wish to achieve and you’ll go away with an action plan packed with information on how to achieve those goals.