As I mentioned on Monday, I listened to a brilliant podcast last weekend about goal setting and how to achieve any goal you set. I had heard most of it before but it was done in such a concise way I thought I’d share it with you.
Firstly, studies show you are are 24 x more likely to achieve a goal if you write it down and secondly, most people don’t set goals.
The average person doesn’t set any goals and I’m assuming you would rather not be average?
That said, let’s get into it.
1. Your goal has to be specific.
You must state exactly what you want. “I want to lose weight for the summer” will not do. The brain likes details and will respond best when given a direct command.
“I want to lose 10kg” is far more powerful. A vague thought or comment about losing weight is just a dream or a wish.
Share your goal with someone you respect and someone that will hold you to it. This is very powerful. This person will hold your feet to the fire and the very act of sharing this goal will make you work harder on that goal, purely not to fail in front of that person.
3. Write, read and visualise that goal on a daily basis.
This is the toughest one for most and something that I should do more. The RAS or reticular activation system is a mechanism in the brain that mediates the overall level of consciousness.
Have you ever bought a new car and then every second car you see is the same as your one? How annoying?
You are now aware of this make and model.
Those cars were always there, you brain just filters the “stuff” that isn’t important to you.
By writing, reading and saying aloud your goal it tells your brain that this is important.
Resources, people, scenarios and things appear to show up to help in achieving your goal.
It’s not magic.
They were always there but now you are open to receiving “the magic” that is all around. Extremely powerful.
It’s almost like a reverse conspiracy. Stuff just seems to go right 🙂
4. Date and a deadline.
Linked closely to point no 1.
I want to lose 10kg by June 1st.
In fact, what’s even better is stating “I weigh 10kg less on June 1st or I weigh 60kg (from 70kg) on June 1st.
Specificity and a deadline is a must.
5. Expect it to happen.
You have to believe you can achieve your goal. You don’t know how just yet but you must believe you can achieve it. You must believe it’s possible.
“I want to lose 40kg by June 1st”
Is it possible? Maybe. But it might be better to keep the goal but move the finish date.
Make the goals lofty but not so far beyond normal comprehension that you know in your heart you will never achieve.
There are 5 key points to look at when writing your goals but the most important factor behind this is…
…having a big fat compelling reason WHY.
Why do you want to lose weight?
Why do you need to improve your health, your marriage, your finances, your whatever!?
Your reason why is the driving force.
It pulls you towards your goal rather than you pushing all the time.
Pushing is great. You need to knuckle down, work hard but pushing all the time is hard and tiring.
Being pulled by your big fat WHY is needed.
Your why gets you out of bed to get to the gym on a cold morning.
Your why takes you to a whole different level and can really amplify the effect of your goal setting.
If you like this, take it and use it. If you don’t, discard it and use a formula that works for you.
Happy Wednesday everybody.
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PS. a tiny part of me wanted to put “happy hump day” but then a large part of me said “don’t you bloody well dare”
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