To achieve your goals in life and create your dream life, you must set goals for yourself. It is said that our brain is a goal-seeking device. Whatever goals you set, your subconscious mind will work on those until they are fulfilled!
But merely setting goals isn’t enough. It’s a kind of wishful thinking. If you are serious about achieving your goals, you must take a few necessary steps.
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – ANDREW CARNEGIE, the richest American in the early 1900s.
The 5 Steps to Achieve any Goal
1. Set A Specific Goal
There is a difference between a wish and a Goal. A wish could be “I want to be slim”. And if you believe that to be a Goal, you’re wrong!
On the other hand, if you say that ” I will weigh 55 Kgs. by 1st June 2020″ you are setting a goal for yourself.
Be as specific as possible with your goal. What exactly is that you want? If it’s a dream car, then do mention the make, model, colour, etc.
Success Coach Jack Canfield warns ” Remember, vague goals produce vague results.”
Always set a deadline. Your goal must have a time period. Be realistic about this period, though! Aim high but use some common sense. If you set a goal of earning ten times what you are obtaining now within a year, it would not be a realistic goal. You can either lower the ceiling of your earnings or increase the time-span. Give yourself the time to sit alone and set the goals.
2. Write Your Goals
The easiest way to achieve your goals is by writing them daily. The difference between a millionaire and a billionaire is that the billionaire writes his/her goals down twice a day!When you write down your goals every day, your Subconscious mind will know what to work on. It will bring opportunities, resources and people in your life that would help you to reach the goals. Also, take the time to read your goals several times a day! Mainly you must read them before going to sleep at night and after waking up in the morning. These are the times when the Subconscious mind is most impressionable.
3. Create a Plan
Now that you have made your list of goals and have also started reviewing them daily, you must take the next step. You must plan because without any plan. A goal is nothing! Spend time researching your goals. Google about your goal, ask a teacher or a friend or maybe a random person for information and inspiration. Read some books related to your goals. Find some people who have already done what you want to do. Just ask them! Ask and enquire a lot! Then think.
If you want to reach a certain Financial goal, maybe you need to find a freelancing opportunity along with the main job. Maybe you need to do some wise investments and also consult an investment planner. Or you have to start an entrepreneurial venture. Think and jot down all ideas. In this way create a workable plan for your goal.
4. Take Consistent Actions
After you have completed your planning, it’s time to take the necessary steps towards your plan. Most people sabotage themselves in this stage. They know what they want, they have figured out the plan but now they start to procrastinate!
If you are serious about achieving your goals, if you are committed to creating your dream life, you must be willing to do the hard work.
Now the thing is most people view their goal as a vast mountain and want to climb the top in a single day! And then they feel the fear and do nothing. Yes, they stop pursuing their goal. But you have to change your mindset. You have to realise that your goal needs the time for its fruition. Each goal has a time-frame.
For some goals, you need to hone your skills or join a class. Some goals like health-related ones often need a lifestyle change. You have to put your time, energy and effort to pursue your goals. Some of your goals might take a few weeks to complete others might take years. You must be willing to persevere to reach your goals.
Instead of seeing your goal as a colossal iceberg, chunk it down! Split your goal into small actionable pieces.
For instance, if you want to make a career in singing, take small steps towards that. Join a class, start a YouTube channel, attend music workshops, keep in touch with other struggling artists etc. etc. These are just examples, by the way! You might not want to do any of these. Just chalk out your own action steps and start doing them.
Also, you must take action daily! Consistent action however small, towards a specific goal would always yield results.
I would also suggest you practice the Rule of 5. This is the amazing rule is mentioned by Jack Canfield in his book, “The Success Principles“. According to the Rule of Five, do five specific things every day that moves you toward your goal!
5. Practice Affirmations And Visualization
To confirm your success, practice affirming and visualising your goals. If you have never heard about these techniques, allow me to elaborate.
Celebrities like Jim Carrey, Will Smith, Oprah Winfrey, Jay – Z, Lady Gaga, Tyler Perry, Kanye West, Arnold Schwarzenegger, LMFAO, Steve Harvey and many other super-successful people have admitted to having used affirmations and visualization to achieve their goals! An affirmation is a statement that describes your goal in it’s already completed state. For instance, your body-weight goal could become something like this – ” I am feeling so happy at my perfect body weight of 55 Kgs.” You have to repeat the statement again and again.
But How Do Affirmations Work to Achieve your Goals?
Fact is, we all have been conditioned in our childhood with thoughts, beliefs and ideas of our parents, teachers, peers and several other people. These are acting as our ‘internal programming‘. Many of these programs are negative and harmful to us. So, if you want to create a new life, you must as well change your limiting plans.
You cannot become a millionaire with a poverty mindset imprinted in your Subconscious. Similarly with all other goals!
Affirmation is a technique to bombard your Subconscious mind with new thoughts and ideas that would push you towards your goals! You must speak, read and listen to affirmations repeatedly.
Visualization is the technique in which in your mind’s eye, you see and feel that your goal is already achieved.
Visualization focuses our brain by programming it’s Reticular Activating System (RAS) to notice available resources that were previously unnoticed. By visualization you will attract people, resources and opportunities needed to achieve your goals.
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN