Submodalities are the HOW behind your thinking processes. The common modalities are visual, auditory and kinesthetic, known as sight, hearing and feeling in layman’s terms. So the submodalities make up the qualities of those pictures, sounds and feelings, for instance, their location, size, volume, intensity, texture and many more.
As a quick drill you can notice a food that you like. What mental picture does that form? Is it bright and three dimensional? Is it a still shot or a movie? Are you in the picture or not? Where do you see this?
Now contrast that to a food you don’t like. What mental picture does that form? Is it bright and three dimensional? Is it a still shot or a movie? Are you in the picture or not? Where do you see this?
You’ll most likely notice a few key differences that are the prime drivers of whether you’ll like a food or not. If you shifted these around in your mind, chances are your feelings about those food would change too.
This same process can be done with training goals. Yesterday I specifically worked on my one arm chinnup goal. Lately, it’s been diffused and scattered, and I wasn’t working towards it as best as I possibly could be. This all had a mental picture, sounds and feeling associated with it. And actually you can glimpse some of that from the words I wrote about it.
I contrasted that to a different time, my 505 lb. deadlift, when I had the goal and went after it with everything I had. Very different submodalities here and when I mapped them across my one arm chinnup goal now has those same qualities to it.
Along with that process I have a much better idea of how to attain the goal, and steps and sub-goals to hit along the way. When I woke up this morning, practicing on it was one of the first things I did.
This process is a very simple way to change how you think about anything. The hardest part is choosing to become aware.