1. Start by writing down your new goal. When writing your goal down you need to be very Concise and Specific. Be careful not to be too general. i.e. “I want to be a famous actor”, as opposed to, “I am now the lead female actress in a high grossing, action packed film.” One or two lines is sufficient. Any longer and it will lose it’s impact, and you won’t be able to remember it.
2. Write down all the ways your life will improve when you achieve your goal. Also, write down all the ways your life will stay the same, or become worse, if you don’t achieve your goal. This will give you some motivation to get started with your goal.
3. Your goal needs to be Measurable and Meaningful to you so that you will remain motivated whilst working towards it, not just when you achieve it. i.e. “ I have lost 20 kilos and I feel fantastically slim standing beside my partner on our wedding day.”
4. Your goal needs to be Realistic and Responsible. If you rarely achieve your goals, then you need to make smaller, more reachable goals, so that you can start feeling what it’s like to have some success in your life. If you normally achieve all your goals, then you need to set yourself a bigger goal and stretch yourself.
5. Your goal needs to be Ecological? This means checking that your goal is safe and good for you, your family and the planet. Also, does it violate any of your values?
6. Act and write your goal as though you already have it. Visualize it each night and feel the emotion of having it in your body. Share your goal with a friend and talk to them as if you are already living your dream. Find a coach or a dream partner to be accountable to.
Decide upon a Time and Date you want to achieve your Goal by. Write your goal in the Present Tense. “It is now 30th June, 2014 and I am happily and gratefully riding in my new black Mercedes Benz convertible.”
8. Describe your goal using all your Senses. i.e. “I feel the wind in my hair, I smell the leather seats, I see my name on the dashboard, and I can taste the sea salt. I drive it to my dad’s house and he says “Well done Son. You‘ve really made it.”
9. Break your goal down into small and easily achievable steps. Physically step out each sequence of your goal by walking it out on the floor. What’s the very first thing you need to complete? What’s the next thing? Keep stepping forward and writing down what you will need to do every step of the way until you achieve your goal. Get someone to help you with this, so they can write down each action step you need to take in order to achieve your goal.
10. Decide how, where and with whom you will celebrate with when each step is completed. What positive things will you tell yourself after completing each step and when you finally achieve your goal?
Get a Coach to help you achieve your goal and to be accountable to if you haven’t been able to achieve your goals in the past. Because, as Albert Einstein so wisely stated:
The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!
If you want a different result, you need to start by doing something different today. Start by asking yourself:
If I knew for sure that I couldn’t fail, what’s the first step I would be taking today towards achieving my goal?
Now go out and take that step!
Written by Sandy Therry – www.EmotionalHealingCentre.com.au