Almost everyone I know dreams of having a better life. In order to attain that life, you must set some goals. However, setting those goals can sometimes be difficult. Below is a roadmap to help guide you in achieving your goals.
Did you know there are 7 steps to make achieving your goals easier?
I, as always, did much of my Christmas shopping online this year and it dawned on me that the process you can use to set and achieve your goals is very similar to placing an online order. Let me explain…
The 7 Steps To Achieving Your Goals
Step 1: Decide What You Want
Be quiet and take some time for yourself. We tend to forget to do this with the busy lives we lead. There is so much noise around us all the time. But when we take advantage of the quiet our minds can dig deep and think about what it is we really want. This is when our dreams and goals can become more apparent to us.
- Think about what matters to you the most.
- What are some of the things you can do that would enhance the quality of your life?
- Is there something in particular you want or need to accomplish?
- If you were guaranteed success what would you do?
- What is your passion?
By answering these questions, you will start to become aware of what your goals need to be and what to work towards.
Place Your Order/Set Your Goals
Just as you can’t expect an online company to send you what you wish to purchase before you have actually ordered an item, neither should you expect life to supply the resources to help you in achieving your goals. So, choose the outcome or goal that you need to achieve so that it can be ‘ordered’.
State what you desire to achieve in a positive manner. For example, “I want to reach 5,000 subscribers to my e-mail list in 2020”, and NOT “I want to gain new readers”. Be specific!
Step 2: Write Out Your Goal/Make It Tangible
Before you can place an order for any product, you have to find the right order page. This could mean you may have to find the right words into the search bar. So, just like ordering a product, write on paper exactly what you do want, and be as specific as possible. This is the second step towards achieving your goal.
Just as an online store will do, your subconscious mind is going to deliver exactly what your order. If your order is vague with an online store, they may ship you the wrong item. If our subconscious mind gets incomplete or mixed signals, the same thing will happen. And then we wonder why things did not turn out the way they should.
Think about ‘debt’ for example. If you do not have a clear idea of what debt means, just thinking about it can bring a constant supply of ‘mixed signals’. This especially happens if you are trying to eliminate it. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by setting goals.
Writing it Out
Now it is time to put it in writing. Let’s use the ‘increasing subscribers’ goal as an example. You could write it as: “January 10th, 2020: I have now increased my subscribers by 2500.”
When writing out a goal try writing it in the past tense as though it has already happened.
Physically writing it automatically takes you to ‘Life’s order page’. However, you are not done! The product you ordered isn’t on the way and being shipped until you have finished completing the order. There are still a few more steps – or ‘clicks’ – to go.
Step 3: Adding the Details/Your Shopping Cart
Now it is time to find the exact reasons that you want to achieve this goal.
Ask your self these questions:
- What is it going to accomplish for you?
- How will it benefit you?
- What will this make possible for you in the future?
In your online ordering experience, after you find the right product page, you may have options for the product you chose. These may include color, and size. You will make your choices and click “Add to Shopping Cart.”
This step is comparable to the step of adding detail to your goal statement. This is where you need to spend some time creating a detailed description of the goal you are wanting to achieve.
Step 4: Visualize Your Destination/Your Shipping Address
Now that you have your ‘product’ in your ‘shopping cart’, you must direct the company where to send your product to, at your location. This now brings together two key pieces of information into one virtual place. Without giving a location, a company cannot send you your product because they have no idea where your product should go.
Goal setting is done exactly the same way. Just as the company and your address have to merge, the goal you wish to achieve needs to be merged with your personal information.
This same idea must take place with a representation of the goal you are working towards achieving. But how do you do this?
You must imagine yourself achieving that goal.
It might take a bit of time, but this is where you merge achieving your goal and your life as one. Your mind is like a virtual database. It is where it all will come together before ‘life’ can fill that order.
Imagining Your Goal
Think about your goal in the positive form. Think about what you are going to see, hear and feel when you achieve it. Then BELIEVE with all your heart and mind that you will reach your goal.
How will you know when you have achieved that goal? When you see, hear, and feel the things you thought above when you set the goal in the first place.
Make sure you continue to be very specific. If you tell me your goal is to be wealthy and I ask you what that looks like for you and your answer is “I will have more money”, does me giving you a quarter, (more money right?), make you wealthy? Be specific in your goal writing and the outcomes you desire.
Step 5: Getting Confirmation on Achieving your Goals
After entering your location you must pay for the product. For a physical product, you use your credit card to pay right? When setting a goal, the ‘price’ you pay is the actions you take and the hard work you contribute when working towards achieving your goals.
If you really spend some time imagining the images and thoughts in your mind, and feel the excitement and enjoy gratitude for success when you do achieve your goal, then you will have paid for your goal. Those feelings that develop inside of you is your ‘confirmation’.
Step 6: Expect Success/Order Arrival
After your bill is paid and you receive your order confirmation, your product will be on its way to your location. You will expect it and wait for it and even keep an eye out for it. You most definitely won’t want to cancel it right? And when it does arrive, you will be excited to answer the door!
Don’t let the anticipation distract you from your excitement if something goes wrong in the process. Sometimes our orders are late in arriving, or the wrong thing is sent to us, just as sometimes we aren’t able to complete a task or two on time. That’s okay! Don’t sweat it.
Just adjust your focus, finish the task and move forward. The end result will be the same. Even if achieving your goals happens later than planned, what is important is that it happened.
Step 7: Celebration When Achieving Your Goals!
Celebrate your successes. Don’t just celebrate the big goal either, instead, celebrate every milestone along the way. Allow yourself to feel good about every step you accomplished to achieve the overall goal or goals. You did it!
You deserve to be happy and proud of all you achieve.
Don’t just celebrate your wins, reward yourself. If you lost weight as per your goal, buy yourself a new outfit. If you stopped smoking, buy yourself a smoothie and enjoy a walk in the park! Just pick a reward, even if it is a simple one and reward yourself for a job well done.
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