We all have dreams and desires. However, not everyone allows themselves to believe their dreams are truly possible for them to achieve…
What would you do if you new you couldn’t fail?
Take a moment and just fantasize. Let your mind entertain all possibilities. All the great creatives throughout history used this creative state of daydreaming to formulate goals and ideas.
Albert Einstein, Michael Angelo, Mozart, Walt Disney all referred to the daydream state or reverie as a source of ideas. What they were doing was a form of self-hypnosis or visualization.
For anything to happen in the real world, it first has to happen in the imaginary world. Stop for a moment and look around you. Everything that has been created once started as a thought in someones head.
The more you think thoughts of success, the more you become successful. In order for you to improve your life you need to improve your thoughts.
Everyone should partake in this creative activity of designing goals. Goals are very important…
Viktor Frankl, the famous psychologist who wrote Man’s Search For Meaning, talked about his experiences in a concentration camp in World War II. He made a personal study of why only 1 in 28 people survived. He observed that the ones who made it through were not necessarily the fittest, the healthiest or the most intelligent. Mostly, those that survived, he believed, has a purpose to live. A goal.
Goals are what kept them going. When the mind has a target, it can focus and direct itself until it reaches its goal. If you have no targets, then your energy is dissipated.
If you have no plan, then you plan to fail.
Most people fail to set clear and specific goals that will create the life they wish to have. Less than 3% of Americans write down their goals. The rest stumble through life leaving their destiny to chance and wondering why they never get anywhere.
When you have a goal, you have a purpose and a direction. Your mind needs that.
10 Steps To Successful Goal Setting:
- Ask yourself, “What do I really want?”
- Brainstorm & write down everything that comes to mind.
- No need to be too specific yet, just get an outline.
- If you struggle to find an answer, ask yourself “What would I do if I new I couldn’t fail?”
- Don’t worry about how it’s going to happen, just let the creative process unfold.
- Consider the main areas of your life: family, relationships, career, spiritual, health, financial, contribution…
- Prioritize. Which goals are your top 3?
- Go through your answers from Step 1 and pick the three goals that are most important to you.
- Discover your values.
- Imagine having achieved one of your goals.
- Ask yourself, “What does achieving this goal give me?”
- Examine your answer to this question to discover your values, the underlying reasons why you want to achieve this goal.
- For example, if your goal is to be wealthy, one possible reason you want to achieve this goal could be that it will make you feel more secure. Therefore, security is one of your values.
- Once you have a list of all of your values, look at the list and ask “What is important to me about all of these values?”. This allows you to discover what is your most fundamental value, the very core of what drives you in life.
- Discover your life’s purpose.
- Ask yourself, “What do I love to do so much that I’d pay to do it?”
- Ask yourself, “What do I really feel passionate about?”
- Ask yourself, “Who are the people from history I truly admire and why?”
- Ask yourself, “If I could achieve anything I want this lifetime, what would it be?”
- How will you know when you’ve achieved your goal?
- Be specific as to how you can measure the achievement of your goals.
- Use sensory based information. What will you see when you achieve your goal? What will you hear? What will you feel? What will you smell and taste?
- Break down your goals into smaller goals that can act as sign-posts along the way so you know if you’re on track. These may be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly.
- Appropriateness check.
- Project yourself into the future and check to see that achieving your goals is genuinely for your good and doesn’t harm others.
- Check to see that your goals are in your control and don’t depend on others changing in order to make you happy.
- Timeline of events.
- Get an idea of how long it will take for you to achieve your goal.
- Working backwards from the big outcome of your goal, figure out the major steps that will need to take place on the way to you achieving your goal and write them down. Get a clear image of these steps.
- Overcoming obstacles.
- Ask yourself, “What’s likely to get in the way of me achieving my goal?”
- By knowing the obstacles and problems your likely to face in advanced, you’ll find it easier to overcome them.
- Write them all down and then ask yourself, “What am I going to need to do to overcome these obstacles? Who will I have to become?”
- Remember a time in the past or imagine what it would be like to be the kind of person that has the character traits to easily overcome these obstacles.
- Make a list of your resources.
- Acknowledge all the resources you already possess that will help you achieve your goals. This may include friends, books, money, knowledge, skills, technology. Write down everything you can possibly think of.
- Design your ideal day.
- Take each of your goals and design them into your ideal day. How does it start? What kind of people do you have around you? What places do you go to? What things do you own? How do you feel?
- Include as much detail as possible and make sure the day you are designing feels really good.
Now that you know exactly what life looks like for you having achieved your goals, you can use these details to condition your subconscious mind to expect to achieve success. At least twice a day, take the time to vividly imagine and immerse yourself in the experience of achieving and living your goals.
Your subconscious mind only want to make you happy, but you must let it know what you want again and again everyday. Turn your goals into an obsession and that will guide you to a destiny of success, abundance and fulfilment.