What Can We Learn from the Scale of Certainty? We all know that turning our desires and dreams into Scale of Certainty reality requires action on our part. Have you ever felt from Tony Rush frustrated by knowing what actions you should be taking to reach a goal, but not having the motivation to actually do Experience Actions Taken what needs to be done to get there? The concept of the Non-Experience Certainty “Scale of Certainty” sheds some light on why we may behave this way. The underlying message is that the speed Expectancy at which we take action on a project, desire, or goal is determined by our level of certainty that we can actually reach that goal. Belief The Scale of Certainty is shown at left. The left side of the chart gives words that describe our feelings about Hope our ability to realize a goal. They run from total disbelief on Total Disbelief the low end through hope, belief, expectancy, and finally certainty. All of these states of mind occur while we’re on the “non-experience” side—we have yet to reach our goal. Note that certainty occurs right before we cross the threshold to “experience”—attaining the goal. We can choose any goal and think about the actions we would take toward that goal depending on our level of certainty. Let’s give it a try. The example on the right is extremely simple but gives a good illustration of the connection between our mental “state of Scale of Certainty from Tony Rush certainty” and the actions we take. Suppose the event you would like to see happen is having your Experience Sister coming to visit Actions Taken sister come over for a visit this evening. The chart describes what actions you might take based on Non-Experience Certainty Make coffee/snacks your level of certainty that this will occur. If your sister lives 5 hours away and has no reason to be in Expectancy Vacuum/clean bathrooms town tonight you would most likely be in total disbelief that she would visit you and you would do Belief Tidy up nothing. But suppose you find out she is in town; then she calls and says she might be able to stop Hope Observe-house is messy by; then she lets you know she’s on her way; and Total Disbelief Do nothing finally she calls to say she’s only 3 minutes from your house. Look at how the probable actions you would take at each level of certainty become more intense and purposeful as you become more convinced that she’s really going to come over. If you’re having trouble taking the actions you know you should be taking to reach your weight loss or health improvement goals, it may be worthwhile to look at it in the framework of the Scale of Certainty. Where do your feelings about your ability to reach your goal rate on the Scale of Certainty? If they’re low on the scale you may find yourself putting forth a half-hearted effort because you don’t really believe it will make a difference. You may find yourself thinking, “Why should I bother making this healthy choice today when I know I’m not going to stick with it?” But when you really start to believe you’re going to get there, those nagging doubts that throw you off-track don’t enter your mind anymore. You do what it takes to prepare to be the person you want to be. On a weight loss journey, it’s natural for your thoughts to revolve around things like what to eat, what not to eat, and burning calories. Instead of focusing solely on the nuts and bolts, it may be worthwhile to ask yourself, “What will it take to make me absolutely certain I will reach this goal?” Maybe it’s reaching some mini-goals along the path that give you inspiration to go further. Maybe it’s encouragement from others. Maybe it’s hearing or reading about other people who faced difficult obstacles and emerged victorious. Once you decide what will build your confidence you can focus some of your energy on seeking these things out. As we saw with the simple example of how the Scale of Certainty works, the actions required to reach your goal flow more easily when you’re certain of a good outcome.