First Steps to Goal Setting

Start with a Vision

Imagine that you’ve already reached your goal, and step into that reality. Notice how you feel, notice what’s different in your life. You may want to close your eyes for a moment to take everything in. Rejoice in your victory, feel the excitement, and feel the sense of accomplishment. Allow your imagination to see, hear and feel everything and write it down.

This creative exercise will allow you to step into the future, and actually, re-program your subconscious mind into believing it has already achieved it.  When you practice this technique for 10 minutes every day, you’ll be amazed at the insights and clarity you’ll gain. You’ll also find it easier to move through your steps.

Know Your Why

The first thing you need before you achieve any goal is a compelling reason why. Your reason has to be clear in your mind, so you have enough motivation to move towards your goal. Your willpower is an energy, that is directly related to how precise, and how strong is your reason why. Here are a few questions to ask yourself:

What is the most compelling reason for reaching your goal? What will you gain? What will you feel having achieved it? How does this benefit your life? Be very specific.

What happens if you don’t get it? What could go wrong?

The answers to these questions will help you write a mission statement, which states your goal and your reason why. Your mission statement should be written as a positive affirmation in the present tense. In doing so, you begin training your sub-conscious mind to make it a reality for you.

Eg: I weigh 60kg, and this allows me to be, feel energetic, sexy and confident. In achieving this goal, I gain back my health and vitality.

Write Your Goal

Now you are ready to write your goal down on paper. By committing them to paper, you increase the likelihood that you will follow through.

Start by putting where you are presently at the top of the list. Then, write down where you want to be at the bottom of the list. Begin adding steps in order from top to bottom. You may find it easier to reverse engineer your goal. So in that case, you would add steps from the bottom up.

After you write down the steps. Look at where you are now, and immediately take action on your first step. If for any reason, this is not possible, then add in smaller steps and take action on one of them. After one is completed, check it off your list. Whatever you do, do not go to step 2 until you’ve completed your first step.

It goes without saying, that you’ll need to get yourself a diary, to program in your new goals. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” So plan carefully, and most of all have fun reaching your goals.

 

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