5 Steps Forward in Accomplishing Your Goals
January is a time in our lives when we decide we need a change. Whether your new year’s resolution or goal is growing the business, changing careers, losing weight or paying off debt — the list goes on. Change is the thing we fear the most and is what we have to go through to achieve our goals.
Whatever the change, we set goals and work toward them. Progress is made and then we slip back to where we started. This typically happens all the time. It’s not that you lack motivation or willpower. So, what is it that hinders our success in goal accomplishment?
Subconscious brain function is key
The primary reason that so many people don’t achieve their goals is that they think goal achieving is a conscious brain function, when in fact goal setting is conscious and goal achieving is a subconscious function.
Successful people are masters at setting and achieving goals
Here are five goal-achieving steps to help you accomplish your goals:
- Write your goals in detail. The act of writing down your goals sets the process in motion and provokes emotion which is essential to activating a new belief system. The key is to be specific and clear about what you want. The more detailed information you induce, the more you can imagine yourself into the probability of that outcome. By being emotionally detailed you will activate your subconscious brain to work for you in the most efficient way possible.
- Align your goals with your values. Most people do not do what they value first and therefore experience a lack of motivation. When you create a list of your values and then align your goals with them; you will have a sense of being on purpose and be intrinsically motivated.
- Every goal must have two things. You first need a detailed plan to achieve your goal (conscious brain) and second the mindset (subconscious brain.) It’s the combination of both of these that will help you achieve your goals as opposed to just setting goals. To activate your subconscious brain — consider 5 minutes of meditation a day focusing on your intended goals. Another method is visualization in which you imagine a vivid picture in your mind’s eye of what you will be thinking, feeling, hearing, experiencing having achieved your goal. Positive affirmations stated out loud “as if they already are true” is a great way to override the subconscious brain defaults and accelerate a new way of thinking.
- Review your goals daily. This is an important part of achieving your goals and it must become routine. My preference is to write my goals every morning. Visualize how your life will look and feel accomplishing your goals. And then at the end of the day, repeat the process. This process sets your subconscious brain in motion through visualization to move toward your goals on a daily basis.
- Don’t get discouraged. You will either achieve your goals as you imagine or receive insights into what may be necessary to reach your goals. This is not a setback, rather it is feedback of what you may need to do more of, less of, or nothing at all. That insight is all part of forward progression. Stay focused on what you want to achieve regardless of the challenge. And always celebrate your small successes and keep stepping forward. This support will anchor positive emotions that are vital to changing the subconscious.
No one knows for sure how long it will take to accomplish your goal or incubate an idea. Apply these five steps to your goal achieving process will certainly help you develop the right mindset and strategies to accomplish your goals faster.