The GIO method is a way to journal/meditate to get into your most powerful state possible, to start your day with a solid foundation, to work towards the outcomes you want to achieve, and to put action behind those outcomes.
In this post, I’m going to break down the three phases of the GIO method, and give you actionable steps to take towards achieving the outcomes you desire. Let’s get started.
GIO Method: Outcome
In moving through the GIO method, I like to start with the O, which stands for outcome. What is it that you want to achieve? What is that north star that you’re following?
Your outcome has to be two things: It has to be clear and it has to be compelling. And when I say clear, I mean specific. Your outcome may start off as one thing, but over time, as you focus on it each and every morning — that’s why consistency is so key! — it will become more and more specific.
I have a journal and actually write down my outcome, which is just one sentence. My outcome is almost like my mission statement, so it really doesn’t change that much. It just gets more clear, more specific, and more compelling as I write it out every single day.
The more clear your outcome is, the more clearly you can visualize actually having that. And the more energy you put behind it, the more exciting it gets.
When your outcome is both clear and compelling, you have the first two of seven key ingredients for creating results. Those two key ingredients are: a thought and a feeling. A thought, in and of itself, has very little creative power; but when you pair it with a feeling and strong emotion, now it becomes extremely powerful.
GIO Method: Intention
That leads us into the next phase of the GIO method, which is the I, or intention.
What I mean by intention is action. Because once you have that thought and feeling that creates desire, then you have this intention to take action. These are outcome-focused activities, not just to-do list items to make you feel good for doing them!
So ask yourself: Now that you have this clear and compelling outcome, you have energy behind it, you’re focused on it, what actions are you going to take to make that happen?
When you are focusing on your intentions, here are three steps to take:
- What’s one thing I can do within the hour?
Start first thing in the morning, when you have that energy and focus on your outcome, and you aren’t distracted.
When you walk out the door and you start your day, you’ll be focused on numerous things — both planned and unanticipated — that come at you throughout the day. Right now, your total focus is on your outcome, and ready to build momentum.
That momentum is key. From the moment you wake up in the morning until the moment you go to bed at night, you’re continuously building momentum. But you’re either building it towards the outcomes you want to create or towards what circumstance dictates.
So do one thing at the start of your morning, within the hour — when your focus is concentrated on where you want it to be — to build momentum towards the outcome you desire.
- What’s one thing I can work on over the next 24 hours?
Set one intention that you’re going to work on over the next 24 hours. That way, throughout the day, you have another action item that you’re completing.
In doing steps one and two, that’s two things towards your desired outcome that you’ll get done within 24 hours.
- What’s one thing I can work on a little bit each day?
Set an intention to work on something — even if it’s just a little bit — each day, so that you’re building on something that gets continuously bigger throughout the course of the week.
So, as you can see, within the intent phase of the GIO method, you have a short-term, a mid-term, and a long-term intention that you’ll be completing towards your outcome.
GIO Method: Gratitude
Finally, the G in GIO is gratitude. What are you grateful for? What can you be thankful for? What can you not just think about being grateful for, but really, truly feel grateful for?
Gratitude is one of the most important, powerful emotions and states that you can feel and get into. Because when you’re in a true state of gratitude, you cannot feel a negative emotion.
When I think of gratitude, I break it down it down into three things:
- What’s one thing that I get today?
Ask yourself: What’s one thing that I will receive that I can be thankful for?
I like to make gratitude about the small things, because if you’re grateful for the small things, then you can be extremely grateful for the big things.
Also, gratitude is like a muscle. The more you get into a state of gratitude, the easier it becomes to get deeper into it, and the faster you can get there.
So if you intentionally practice being in gratitude for five minutes every morning, as I like to do, then throughout the day, when things happen, you’ll just automatically go to that place of gratitude without having to intentionally focus on making yourself go there.
So what’s one thing that you get every single day that you can focus on being grateful for today? Again, what are those small things you can be grateful for, so that the law of familiarity doesn’t set in?
- What is one thing I get to give every day?
It is in giving that we actually receive, and it is from growth and contribution that we gain fulfillment.
So what do you have to contribute to the world that fills you up inside? How can you feel grateful for that sense of fulfillment you receive from making the world a better place through your contribution?
- What is one thing that I am?
This is one of the most important questions to reflect on in this gratitude phase of the GIO method.
I love the phrase, “I am.” It’s such a powerful statement, because we’re constantly talking to ourselves throughout the day, but typically, we’re telling ourselves about all the bad things we’ve done.
I still do this all the time, too. But I am at the point now where I recognize it the second it happens, I forgive myself, and I change it. And that’s the first step, being able to acknowledge that negative self-talk.
So when you say things like, “Why does this always happen to me?” or “Why do I look this way? Why do I feel this way?”, why not step into your power and start to talk to yourself in ways that will build you up?
Become your biggest raving fan, and give yourself more love than anything else. You can only love other people to the extent that you love yourself. So fill yourself up first, and then you can go love other people.
You can tell yourself: “I am strong. I am powerful. I am unstoppable.” Choose whatever triggers your psychology, and whatever feels good to you. But say it often, say it with purpose, and say it with emotion. Use your physiology when you do, and put energy behind it.
I recommend doing that at least three times a day, and saying your chosen statement 10 times over and over again. The more consistently you do it, and the more emotion you put behind it, the more you’ll start to believe that and to show up as that.
Because when crisis hits or when something unforeseen happens, we always refer to our strongest conditioning. So if you can condition yourself to be unstoppable, to be bold, to be powerful, then that’s how you’re going to show up. Whereas, if you condition yourself to say, “It never works out for me. This always happen to me,” that’s what’s going to show up.
Remember, you always get through it, you always make it happen. You are powerful, you are perfect, you are a genius. Put that in your mind, and say it often, so that that’s the conditioning you go back to when you need it.
So that’s the GIO method, every single day. G-I-O: gratitude, intention, outcome. Do that every day to start your day, and it’ll build a solid foundation for that day.