How to set goals

author: admin     date: 02 . 24 . 2012     discuss: 0 Comments

Setting goalsResults in life are self-generated. As I discussed in the post Judging the goals set by our mind, our brain has gotten used to note things that confirm our current expectations. Whether we think we are going to succeed or not, our mind will find the evidence to prove it. In other words, if you think you can, then you are right, if you think you can’t, then you are also right.

However, immediately after we started working towards any goal, especially long-term goals, the mind also starts looking for evidence to prove whether we are succeeding or not. The problem is that the subconscious is programmed to be negative, and most of the times it will tell you: I knew it! You are wasting your time; you will never attain “that.”

That is part of being human and having a mind. We probably cannot change that mind habit, but what we can do is to be aware of it. Emotions are the indicator. If thinking in our goal doesn’t feel good, we have to take a look at what is happening in our mind. Then we will probably find thoughts about how difficult is to achieve that thing; we will be better of giving up the goal, etc.

Using The Cleansing Process is always useful. As our subconscious is 100% reprogrammable, introducing positive thoughts and emotions related to the goal we want to achieve is necessary. Another important technique is to have realistic goals, so we can subdivide the task into small bits, then we can really measure our progress towards success.

Having a clearly defined outcome also allows us to define specific criteria to measure your progress. The best example I can find to explain how it works is money. Most people want to be a millionaire. But, what does it mean to be a millionaire to you? To have one million euro in your bank account, ten or one hundred millions?

Focusing in getting millions all at once isn’t realistic. What we can do is to break the task into small bits. What about focusing in your bank account exceeding one thousand euro at any time, once I have achieved this, then I can focus in always exceeding two thousand euro and so on. It is more realistic and it is easy to focus in having two thousand euro than two millions! Then if we keep measuring our progress, at some stage we will reach one million in our account!

That was just an example to illustrate how we can set goals than aren’t unrealistic. Understanding that the subconscious is always looking for evidence to prove if we are succeeding or not, and understanding the importance of setting realistic goals and breaking them into small tasks will definitely make the difference in our capacity to achieve what we are looking for.

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