Train Your Brain To Be Hyperrealistic To Achieve Your Goals
it’s time to get real with yourself
We all dream.
But many of us fail and continue to live our default lives. We wish for something else but never take the steps to achieve them. Or some of us take the leap towards our dreams with rose-colored lenses. Then everything falls apart and our motivation gets broken.
The art of achieving your goals lie in your ability to get real with yourself — that is, to be a hyperrealist towards the way you view your world, your situation, and your current state of being.
It doesn’t mean you should look at everything with a negative attitude. No. Mindset is different from being a hyperrealist.
To be a hyperrealist means you look at your situation in the most objective manner you can manner — that is, judge it for what it is and not what you think it is or how it should be.
Our reality is made up of perceptions
When people get Alzheimer’s, they lose their sense of self and identity. Their memories of the world they’ve experienced get abolished over time. Their sense of reality is reduced until it reaches a point where they are just a human shell.
They are unable to remember or process perceptions, ideas, or sequences of things. Our sense of existence and place in the world relies on our ability to remember and do something with that memory.
However, we are lucky not to have Alzheimer’s. We remember ideas, how people view us, our experiences with the world and our personal evaluation of those experiences.
According to this study, a negative childhood can have an adverse impact on our adulthood as we hold onto perceptions made during those early moments in life. Cognitive therapy is aimed at changing those perceptions and transforming the associated thoughts into something less negative.
For many of us, our sense of self is a combination of other people’s expectations and generalized assumptions. Sometimes, we struggle to uncover our true selves. This is because we’re clouded by what we think others are thinking about us.
We fall into the trappings of working things out from their perspective — not because you want to, but because you don’t know any other way to see the world.
We get suckered into the perceptions of others and don’t know how to properly form our own. From this, we lack the ability to be objective — losing the ability to be realistic about ourselves, our goals and our dreams.
Strip yourself bare and get real in the mirror of life
Being hyperrealistic with your goals means you’re being completely honest with your current reality — as it is, for what it is.
You’re not filled with optimism, which can inflate your sense of potential. You’re not filled with pessimism, which can deflate your ego to a point where you do nothing.
You want to be just right in the equilibrium by being completely honest and real with yourself. This means you observe your current reality for what it is — not how you think it is or how it should be.
So how do you go about doing this?
First, you need to look at your goal.
- Is it to lose weight?
- Is it to write a book?
- Is it to disconnect yourself from the 9 to 5 and do something no one dreams of doing?
All these goals are feasible and achievable, as demonstrated by those that’s done it — but many of us fail, simply because we are unable to be realistic towards the actions required to achieve them.
How would you go about looking at these goals with hyperrealism?
If your goal is to lose weight, you need to look at the way you’re currently living. It’s common knowledge that an excess of calories leads to weight gain. Yet, many of us are in denial about our portion sizes and the types of calories we pack into our snacks and meals.
Or perhaps it’s to do with your ability to self-control, or lack of/misinformed dietary and nutritional knowledge.
If your goal is to write a book, are you actually writing? or just dreaming about the book tours and Stephen King’s level of fame and grandeur?
If your goal is to disconnect from a 9 to 5, are you ready to work for it? Or are you just dreaming about the beaches and freedom of time that comes with being untethered?
You need to take a step back, take a good look at your personal assumptions and judge it for what it is against what it actually takes.
What’s the real purpose of your goal?
Some of us fall into the trappings of setting our goals up for the wrong reasons.
These are vanity goals.
We want them for bragging rights.
Not because they somehow improve our sense of existence or personal satisfaction in some way.
When we create these shallow goals, our ability to perceive our reality is connected to the opinions of others. Our actions and process of decision making are guided by an external set of expectations that may or may not be misinterpreted.
To be hyperrealistic with your goals, you need to step away from the expectations of others and find your reason for doing them. You need to step away from the vanity, the perceived glamor, and prestige and do it for yourself.
Because if you really look at it, the most successful amongst us do it for themselves and no one else.
The cause and effect of doing
“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” ― Edgar Allan Poe
Hyperrealism is a form of art. It’s a genre that captures reality in such high definition precision that it can be mistaken for a photograph.
Except it’s not a photograph.
It’s a painting done by a very skilled artist who has taken years of object perception and practice to achieve such a result.
It looks like a photograph because the artist has worked consistently on their feedback loop — adjusting and refining their skills until they achieve the phographic-like result in their creations.
And that’s what many of us miss when it comes to trying to achieve our goals. We often give up on the first try, or take on too much than what we are physically and mentally capable of doing.
Or we don’t try at all.
Our optimism, pessimism, and experiences of failure stop us from getting to a point where we can objectively judge our situation and create goals to properly match our capacities.
The more we do and the more we adjust ourselves, the higher the likelihood of moving ourselves a little bit closer towards our goals. We get better with each adjustment and our ability to perceive reality for what it is gets better over time.
The ability to be hyperrealistic about your goals can help you determine the right steps to take.
We often do the wrong things, not because we want to — but because we’re unskilled towards achieving the things we want to achieve.
A goal is like a destination and a lot of the time, the roads we take towards them may not always be the right one. But the more roads we take, the higher the chances our ability to judge the right forks and turns increases.
This ability is linked to our ability to be hyperrealistic — to see our roads for what they are. When we strip away the perceptions of others and our preconceptions, we become like a hyperrealist artist — able to see the big picture of things while able to project ourselves down and get the finer details right.