There is power in clarity. Clarity is a key power in goal-setting. If you are going to succeed at your goals, ensure that you are very clear on what it is that you seek. We have already established that goal-setting helps you determine what you specifically want to achieve, why the achievement is so important, who will help you achieve the goal, where you stand in relation to the goal you are trying to achieve, how you will plan on achieving the goal and when you anticipate to celebrate your victory of achievement.
There are three universal factors that will determine if your goals will get achieved or not:
The Mental Construct: Before you create a goal, you must imagine what you want to achieve and then create a mental picture of it. The mental picture is about something you want to be, to have or to do. Once you have created the picture, you can then work on getting that visual to life.
The second part of the mental construct is your mind-set. If you believe that you can do it, you will go all the way despite the challenges that you may encounter. The truth is; your thoughts are in your control. You choose to think whatever is going through your mind. Whenever you start thinking negative thoughts, remind yourself to, “STOP!” and then reframe that thought more positively. This will help you develop more positive thinking habits. Remember “Every action, thought or behaviour no matter how big it is, no matter how small it is, or how seemingly inconsequential it may seem, produces a bottom line outcome or result. That result is either going to be goal focused on leading you in the direction you want to go, or it’s going to be taking you away from your goals.” Gary Ryan Blair
The written: Goals begin to take shape when written on paper; the human mind cannot remember everything. Writing your goals gives you clarity and perspective. Write them down and do not compromise. Have a note book that is set aside to keep track of your progress. The process of working on your goals is a journey. You will want to write it down to appreciate your milestones. Keeping a record helps you visualize your progress and build momentum. Small victories add up and this increases your motivation as you can actually see yourself improving.
With every goal, there will be a beginning, a middle and an end.
At the beginning, everything will seem hard because it’s a new challenge; it’s a new space you are venturing into. Think about it this way: “a new goal equals to a new challenge; new level, new devil.” At every level, you will experience a different emotion, but in that process you will be growing. The middle level will likely be a little messy but keep going. Don’t stop; at the end you will have every reason to enjoy the victory.
Have you ever tried to help a child ride a bicycle? At the beginning, you have to support them, and when you let them go, they will probably ride for a minute before they fall. As they progress there will be episodes of wins and falls. They will ride a few metres, then fall and get hurt. At this point you have to encourage them to keep going. It is that practice that makes them confident to ride on their own. In the same way you will experience victories and obstacles, don’t stop, keep pushing, keep practicing and go for the prize.
The action– To escape from prison, you must first realize you are locked up. If you aren’t satisfied with the life you have now, then you have to convince yourself the pressure is already there and work towards a place of fulfilment.
Every activity you engage in is going to either drive you towards your goal or away from your goals. For example, if you often find yourself waking up at different times each morning, it is not good for your health. It’s a sign that your sleeping cycle is messed up, and that you are waking up when life demands it. This shows you resist life. You don’t want to wake up. Consciously designing a routine for your day sets you up for success. Because it’s a routine that actually energizes you and sets you up for success. Start with your morning routine. Choose a time and consistently wake up at that time. As soon as the alarm goes off, get your feet on the floor! And then reward yourself for doing so.
When you can manage to habituate yourself to a regular routine, you will be able to reinforce positive behaviours that get you closer to your goals.
If you really want to see progress, you must spend your day working on your progress. You must take the necessary steps to get to where you want to be.
Life will challenge you with annoying and devastating obstacles. Embrace them and keep the momentum. Inevitably, you can’t immediately accomplish every goal perfectly; but action leads to practice which leads to repetition and the result is mastery.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates.
If you really want to see progress you must spend your day working on your progress.
From the words of Gary Ryan Blair, the Goals guy, I challenge you to…
Take massive action to drive massive results
Commit to excellence to unleash your greatness
Create a sense of urgency to fast track your goals
Set big challenging goals to make your life a masterpiece.
Because if the goal doesn’t challenge you, it cannot change you.