10. Science of goal achievement
How to set goals.
Date: 4/9/2009 7:25:58 PM ( 10 y ) ... viewed 1551 times
Two simple but incredibly powerful tools you can start using
Just minutes from now to achieve any Fitness goal you've ever imagined
Someone once said, "Success is setting goals. Everything else is just commentary." I wholeheartedly agree. Your success rate increases astronomically when you set goals properly.
Why don't more people set goals? Beats me. A mystery of life.
Five percent of the world sets written goals and succeeds. The other 95% refuse to set goals and they fail; it's as simple as that.
There is a science to achieving goals. If you want to be a success, it's your responsibility and duty to learn how your mind works and take conscious control over the programming that goes into your mental goal achieving "super-computer" known as your subconscious mind.
If you choose not to set goals in an orderly, scientific fashion, that's certainly your prerogative, but then by default, you've set a goal for non-achievement. If you fail to give specific instructions to your subconscious, or if you unintentionally give the wrong instructions, you're using the power of goals in reverse.
Your subconscious mind works by law, which means that if you set your goals in a manner that's in harmony with mental laws, you'll achieve those goals with mathematical certainty. Your goal setting mechanism is infallible and it cannot be turned off. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, awake or sleeping. Your subconscious is completely impartial: Whatever commands you plant in your subconscious (or allow to be planted there), will inevitably be expressed in your body (as fitness, health or disease) and through your body (as behavior, habits, and action...positive or negative).
If you want to change your body and your life, but you're not getting the results you want, then you probably: (A) didn't set goals at all, (B) you set goals improperly (not working in harmony with your subconscious "computer"), (C) you set goals, but lost sight of them (You lacked consistency and persistence), or (D) you set goals, but didn’t take the efficient daily action.
Right now I'd like to share with you two powerful tools that can assist you in setting and achieving your goals. Don't underestimate the apparent simplicity of the principle at work in both of these tools. It's so simple, you're likely to shrug it off as trite and inconsequential, but unless you're already 100% completely thrilled with your present results, then I would strongly advise you against doing that. Every part of this formula you're about to read is necessary and has a purpose. Be open-minded and do not deviate from these instructions.
THE GOAL CARD: A SIMPLE BUT INCREDIBLY POWERFUL TOOL
FOR REACHING YOUR GOALS
It's important to have lots of goals...dozens of them... hundreds, even... big and small, short term and long term... but to effectively and quickly achieve those that are most important to you, you must prioritize and focus. You need a way to stay centered on your #1 most important goal for each 12-week period and to get that goal burned into your subconscious mind. A goal card is the ultimate way to do that:
Here's what I want you to do: Take your 12-week (90 day) goal - which is the primary goal you should focus the most attention on at any given time - and transfer it, in "affirmation" format, to a small goal card. Use card stock, like an index card. If you have a laminator, then laminate it for longevity purposes because you're going to be handling it daily. You could also put it in a clear plastic credit card sleeve.
You must write your 90-day goal statement as an AFFIRMATION.
Most people resist and object at first because it sounds weird, but the way you write your goal is vitally important, so pay close attention here: .
1)Start the goal card by writing your deadline at the top:
For example: By August 15th, 2006 (or whatever your deadline is).
This is the only part of your goal card that is written in future tense, and it's only for urgency, it's not part of your actual goal statement. All goals must have deadlines because it's a psychological law that work always expands to fill the time allowed.
(2)Next, begin your goal affirmation statement by writing it in personal tense ("r')
(3) Continue writing your goal in present tense ("I AM")
(3)Write your goal with positive emotion ("I AM so happy")
(4) Write your goal with gratitude ("I AM so happy and thankful')
(5) Give added emphasis to personal and present tense ("I AM so happy and thankful now that I AM...")
(6) Finish by filling in the blank with your goal. The goal MUST be stated in the positive. In other words, you must write what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid (how successful you want to be, not how much you don’t want to be a failure).
Be as clear and specific as possible and feel free to embellish and add as much additional emotion to your affirmation statement as possible. Ideally, when you read it, it should make a picture pop into your mind.
For example, if your goal is to make $1000 in your first month your goal statement might look like this:
By August 15th, 2006:
I am so happy and thankful now that I am starting on my way to EcoQuest. It fits
perfectly into my schedule. I am really on my way and working really hard at what I like best and I can clearly see my results everyday knocking down one thing at a time and taking it one day at a time and everyone else notices my awesome results too.
This might sound silly, but affirmations like these are the ultimate secret to impressing what you want upon your subconscious mind. This is the way your brain works and nothing will ever change that. We humans are simply "wired" this way.
"But why do I need to write down my goals? I know what I want. "
"Why do I have to keep reading it over and over again? I don't have time. "
"Writing my goals as affirmation statements in the present tense seems weird; I just can't do that because it's like lying to myself."
"I did write down my goals, but I didn't read my affirmations every day." "
"I read my affirmations for a while, but I stopped after a few weeks because nothing was happening.”
"The whole thing just seems kind of juvenile.”
We’ve heard everyone of these excuses more times than we care to say, and without exception, all these people were struggling. The 5% who had an open mind listened and faithfully put this formula to work achieved more in less time than they ever had in their lives.
Here's why goal-affirmation statements need to be written and read in such a certain way:
Your subconscious mind takes everything literally - to a degree of subtlety that probably not one in ten thousand people understand. The subconscious only accepts commands given to it in the present tense, personal, positive format and it accepts them most readily when read and visualized repeatedly with faith, emotion, gratitude and an already-having-received attitude - and especially when you're in a physically relaxed state.
When the suggestion is accepted by your subconscious, this sets your body into motion and your automatic behaviors (habits) begin to change. When your behavior changes, your results begin to change.
Be open and do what I suggest. Write out your goal card! Read it at least twice a day - morning and night. Read it more often if you can. Carry your goal card with you everywhere you go. Keep it in your pocket at all times. Feel naked without it. Any time you have a spare moment - at a stoplight, waiting for an appointment, while you eat breakfast, heck, even when you go to the bathroom - reach into your pocket and pull out your goal card.
Every time you read it or even touch it, think about your goal and visualize the end result you desire. Flash the picture of you at your perfect weight with your ideal body onto the screen of your mind. See yourself the way you ultimately want to look. Imagine that you're already there. Then watch it happen! It will and it must, for that is the law of your mind.
P.S. If still you're skeptical about these techniques, I understand completely because I reacted the same way when I was first exposed to these ideas. Just remember, you can’t hit a target you can’t see, and if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time!
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