Goal setting has been a bane of mine. I never wanted to limit what might be possible. I've considered myself flexible as to "my good", yet usually very aware of what I don't want (usually something currently in my experience). Who knew that this same mindset would delay self improvement. I found out the hard way that with no specific goals you get no specific results. No time management techniques function well under these conditions.
The remedy I've found comes not from having no goals (and only hoping for better conditions), but having hundreds of goals filling my awareness... constantly.
Below you'll find the technique that opened my eyes to this realization. The process of goal setting allows you to choose where you want to go in life. It allows you to see what you have to concentrate on to achieve your objective. Goal setting provides the long term vision and the short term motivation.
The first step in goal setting is to get in touch with what you really want out of life. It may be a lifetime goal or one for a year, month or week ahead. But make sure it is a "Core Desire" in order to access the "Conquering Force".
Express your desire as a statement of fact in the present tense. See yourself with the goal already accomplished. How are you feeling now that you have accomplished it? What are you doing? What are your surroundings? What are people saying to you? Do not generalize in your vision - include tangible details of time, place, facts, figures, persons.
Focus your energy... create a stable sense of inner peace. Imagine what you will BECOME as a result of your goal setting efforts. This will switch on the neural circuits of success. Engage the images and visions several times daily... then let go.
The idea is... planned and directed thoughts without which your life will be unplanned and undirected.
Goal setting focuses your thoughts...keep your images consistent and non-random. These are the prophesies of what you shall one day become.
David Cameron Gikandi focuses on setting goals for the next 30 years. Sounds way out, but follow along...
1. List what you would like to have, do and be between now and the next 30 years. List everything you can think of, small and large. Places to visit, things to have, residences, experiences, partners, skills to acquire, things to do, people to meet, projects, charities, health, habits - everything!... respect every area of your life... family and home; finance and career; spiritual and ethical; physical and health; social and cultural; mental and educational... a list of what would give you the most incredible life of your liking, whether you think you can achieve it or not. A life that is unbelievably fantastic for you...at least 100 things... easy to do for 30 years... 5000 things aren't too many... even small details.
2. For each thing listed, write the reasons why you wish to have it. What will you do with each item. Put drama into it. Reasons empower your goal and make them easier to imagine, visualize and attain. They give life to it and make the subconscious accept it better.
3. Start a goal and visualizations journal. Get clippings from magazines, brochures, the internet, photos, etc., of the items in your goals and stick them in your journal. Place pictures of the things you wish to have... cars, stocks, buildings, boats, land, travel, clothes or anything else. Refer to it often - twice a day is recommended.
A journal greatly helps you discover and create yourself accurately. Write down ideas, inspirations etc. Record important thoughts that occur to you, plus experiences, and conditions. Record as much as possible in your goal setting journal at the end of each day or whenever is convenient...
The more real and detailed your visualization and imagination, the faster and more accurately you will realize your goals. Pictures are very important to have in your life.
4. Everyday, read your list, look at your pictures, and then spend at least 20 minutes twice a day imagining, animating, and visualizing in detail all your goals. If you meditate, which it is highly recommended, do your goals and visualizations in meditation as well. Meditation puts you closest to The Source, the best place you can plant your seed of visions...
5. Then here, now, do something that takes you closer to your goal. There is always something to do now, however small. This brings your goal setting to life. This will open the next step to you, a step that may be unseen until that first act is taken. Act deliberately and with awareness so that each act takes you closer to your goals... Act with purpose.
6. Do everything with gratitude. Think, speak and act with gratitude, the gratitude of knowing you are guaranteed success if you act in the way of these laws. Gratitude is a statement of certainty. That is power. Be genuinely grateful and excited about the fact that you already have your goals realized, for they will be by universal law, guaranteed, and so they are. This type of gratitude works wonders.
7. Enjoy your fruits, enjoy experiencing your goals when they manifest into your reality! They are sure to do so.
The rational of this method of goal setting... hundreds, even thousands of goals, all visualized as here, now is that...
1). Goals are images of the mind, the stuff that the Universe uses to create. So the more you have, the more you give the universe to work with.
2). Goals have a tendency to 'just come true' in the most unexpected times and sequences. The more goals you have, the richer you life experience will be.
3). When you reach a goal, its power disappears. You no longer have a driving, "Conquering Force" and the universe no longer has anything to work with.
Lack of goals can be dangerous to health. So the more goals you have the better. A person with 1 goal will achieve less than one with 100, and so on.
How do you generate thousands of goals? Think of the details and of everything. List everything, even the small things like 'have lilies in the garden', 'decorate my grandmother's house for her', 'fly on the concord', 'stay at the Ritz', 'donate to the wildlife', 'lots of satisfied customers', or even a super successful web business etc., etc.
Approch goal setting as if anything is possible. Make everyday an adventure-filled quest.
Seeking visualized goals is a powerful, natural tendency - like the tendency of plants to seek the light - an insistent drive that can crack the hardest granite. If you don't have a clear image of where you want to go, this creative urge will be frustrated and you may experience your life as meaningless or directionless.
As you continue this process you will find yourself acting in ways compatible with creating your vision; ideas and resources will fall into place. Coincidences will happen when your goals are rich.
Design your life using goals, visualizations, imagination, and plans, all done consistently, daily, clearly, accurately and with lots of details. The more goals you have, the more you let life work through.
If you have very few other goals and images in your mind, if you hardly think of anything else except money, there will not be much 'material' for life to work with. Abundance means plenty of everything. Money is only a small part of wealth.
Goals should be on the value and the exchanges not the money. Lack of lifestyle visualization is why many people 'fail' to achieve their financial goals. It is very hard to visualize and hold fast in your mind a billion dollars. This is often goal setting sabotage But it is extremely easy to visualize the lifestyle and business of a billionaire.
Goal setting and achieving goals that fulfill your needs are essential to health and happiness. Striving towards your goals is a statement to life that you are taking charge, rather than life taking charge of you.
Visualizing a goal is more important than knowing every detail or even any details of how you will achieve it. The first step for a painter is to visualize the end result, at least in concept. The means of achieving that result are extremely variable - different materials and styles, for example. Goal setting is a lot like this.
It is also important to focus as ruthlessly and honestly as possible on the current reality. By comparing your progress with the vision, the next steps will become apparent - this is a process and cannot be entirely predicted at the outset. Goal setting isn't that cut and dried. Since creating is a process, the vision itself may be revised - you may discover that you now want something very different from what you set out to get. This is, really, the fun and the game of life! This is Higher Self Improvement.