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Did you know that most people have never made a list of their top ten goals in their life. How can you achieve your goals if you are not crystal clear about what your goals actually are?
In this post you will learn the most effective way to set goals and achieve them. All you need is a notebook, a pen and the technique described in this post.
The most effective way to set goals is to impress your goals deeply into your subconscious mind. The power of the subconscious mind is that it works 24 hours a day. By impressing your goals into your subconscious mind you enable this part of your brain to work on achieving your goals 24 hours a day.
So the million-dollar question is; how do you impress your goals deeply into your subconscious mind?
Many people set goals once a year, often at the beginning of a new year. Perhaps you too choose to write down your goals at the beginning of the year as part of your New Year resolutions? If you do this, it is certainly more powerful than not writing your goals down at all.
Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, did a study on goal setting with 267 participants. She found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals simply by writing them down.
However what if I told you that you can greatly improve this percentage and become even more likely to achieve your goals? Sounds interesting?
The simple trick is to write your goals down more often than just once a year, a lot more often in fact. Write down your goals every day!
Write down your list of 10-15 goals every day without reviewing the list from the day before. Over time you will find that this technique will help you clearly define your most important goals. After about a month or so, you will see the same goals appear on your list again and again. These are the goals you want to focus on.
The Power of the Subconscious Mind
Visit your favourite local stationary shop and buy yourself a nice notebook and start writing down your most important goals every night before you go to bed.
The benefit of writing down your goals every night before going to bed is that you will put your subconscious mind to work on how to bring your goals into reality. While you sleep your subconscious mind is still active. As mentioned above your subconscious mind works 24 hours day. That’s the power of the subconscious mind.
However, you need to know how to communicate with your subconscious mind. It's important to understand your subconscious mind will not take just any type of commands. You need to ensure you feed it the right type of commands.
Your goals must be written in positive, present and personal tenses. Always state your goals positively.
For example do not define your goals by just stating: “I will quit smoking” or “I will lose 6kgs”.
Instead define your goals by stating: “I am a non-smoker” or “I weigh 70kgs”.
Your goals must be positively stated because your subconscious mind cannot process a negative command. It is only receptive to a positive, present tense statement.
The trick is to write down your goals as though you have already accomplished them.
Instead of stating: “I will lose 6kgs in the next 3 months” you should say “I lose 2kgs per month”. Write down every goal beginning with the word “I” followed by a verb of some kind. Examples of this goal writing technique could be: “I run a full marathon” or “I eat the daily recommended serving of vegetables every day” or “I climb Mount Everest”.
To add power to your daily goals always put a deadline to the end of each of your goals. For example you might write: “I run a full marathon by 1 July 2018” or “I climb Mount Everest by 30 May 2020”.
When you start writing down your goals you may not exactly know how you will achieve your goals. That’s OK and not so important at this point. The key is that you write and re-write your goals every day in order to impress your goals deeply into your subconscious mind. This is where the power of this technique lies.
Your subconscious mind will start to attract tools, people, circumstances and ideas into your life that will help you achieve your goals.
Over time you will you move from positive thinking to truly knowing you can achieve your goals. You will develop a conviction deep within you that your goals are attainable, that you can do this.
From now on, if you use this goal-writing technique, you will be much more likely to reach your goals, so aim high!