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A Harvard University study showed that people who applied goal setting with well worked-out mental goals out-performed people without goals by two to one. However people who had actually written them down outperformed the mental setters by five to one!
Another more defining study was done by Yale University.
Researches surveyed the graduating seniors of the class of 1953. They wanted to determine whom and how many had a specific written road-map for their future. Collating this information they then left this research on the shelf for twenty years. When they went back in 1973 to interview the surviving members of the class of 1953 they found some quite remarkable results.
The original 3% with specific written goals for their future had accumulated more personal financial wealth than the other 97% of the class combined!
The blatantly obvious conclusion was that:
1. Goals work
2. Almost nobody uses them
Whenever you see anything worthwhile or incredible being done anywhere, it is because someone has literally attacked the task with a goal fuelled by a passion, total belief and commitment! We have all seen interviews with great sporting achievers on TV. Invariably they all mention the importance of goals. Many of us seem however, not to know how to set and accomplish our own goals.
How to set, write down & achieve the future you want
1. Determine your definite chief aim (Interest)
2. Develop your burning Desire (Specific)
3. Determine if you will pay the Price (Attainable)
4. Write it down (Realistic)
5. Visualize it with pleasure (Enjoyable)
6. Date it (Time)
7. Plan it (Measurable)
8. Surround yourself with the right support
9. Action and Persistence
1) INTEREST - Determine your definite chief aim to goal set for.
• Career / Family
• Personal presentation / Self confidence / Public Speaking
• Time Management
• Wealth / Health / Retirement
• Knowledge / Cultural
• Material / Possessions
• Spiritual / Ethical
This will now determine your focus for the goal you want to set.
2. SPECIFIC - Develop your burning Desire
You must have a desire or develop a desire that is specific to achieving your goal above all else. A desire must be fuelled with intensity. It must become a passion. It
converts questions of WHY into benefits and advantages. You can literally smell them, taste them, and touch them. It’s something that keeps you awake at night. It gets you up in the morning; it dominates your conversation, your actions, and your thoughts.
Being specific targets your brain. You must believe it is possible at a cellular level. Seeing is your eyes way to believing but believing is your brains way to seeing.
Brain research can now show our thought process on a TV screen. Impulses are transmitted through an electro chemical process across tiny synapses in our brain.
(Millions of these could fit on a pinhead and they serve the purpose of separating our brain cells.)
When our thoughts are supported with a burning desire reinforced by specific personal benefits, they form a deep routed one-way sign in our head that becomes our habit.
Physiologists say that with this intensity of application it takes 21 days to develop a new habit. Personally I have found that it can take more time than this, however
persistance does and will pay off.
This 'one-way' sign is then “illuminated” any time we employ our desire. A burning desire is your engine room of automatic motivation.
Pavlov proved this with dogs
Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849-1936), a Nobel Prize winner in 1904 famous for his Classical Conditioning experiments, noticed that dogs would salivate at the sight of their owners after coming home from work. He wanted to know if he could get them to salivate with the pairing of a particular stimulus. For this he decided to ring a bell when he fed the dogs in an experiment that he termed Classical conditioning.
After doing this repeatedly, eventually the dogs adopted a conditioned response of salivation when being fed. Pavlov then removed the food when ringing the bell and the dogs would salivate. Hence the dog learned to associate food with the bell.
Classical Conditioning explains why people react to a particular song or smell or emotional situations of fear and anxiety. – And this can still happen many years after the experience!
What does this mean for everyday life?
Harnessing this knowledge and empowering our thoughts to be a “Pavlov’s bell”, empowers us to adopt a Conditioned Response of desire motivating us towards our goal.
3) ATTAINABLE - Determine if you will pay the Price
Are you prepared to do what it takes to achieve your goal? Wanting to play piano like a concert pianist for example is an admiral goal. However, the price of achieving this goal will be many hours of practice every day for many years.
This will mean a host of sacrifices of a social, personal, and family nature and total commitment. It is the price necessary to become a concert pianist.
Determine if you will pay the price to achieve your goal.
4) REALISTIC - Write your goal down.
By writing your goal down you now see the written word. Seeing is our eyes way of believing. It converts a statement of speech to something real. Our brain then needs to make sense of this input information and converts the written word into images and pictures. If the brain can see it and then believe it, then you can achieve it. It is this process that will decide if your goal is realistic to you. It is the engine room of achievement!
The more an image is dramatized or driven by emotion, the more the brain will react and take notice.
Harry Lorain, the famous memory expert, proves this point by simply turning words and letters into pictures and dramatizing them. Numbers for example are given an identifying object much like a key on a piano is given a funny music symbol that represents it.
The number 1 might equal the picture of a tie. Three might be a picture of your grandma, 7 might be a cow. The more out of the ordinary these are the better it works! Then whenever he has to remember a number, he puts those numbers into an unusual picture that the brain naturally recognizes and remembers. 1, 3 & 7 for example could be remembered as a monster tie being wrapped around your grandmothers’ ankle and it then passes through the stomach of the cow.
Think this is weird? Burn it into your brain now and than ask yourself in a week what the numbers where. You’ll be amazed that you remember-: A monster tie is wrapped around your grandmothers’ ankle and it then passes through the stomach of the cow, 1-tie, 3-grandmother, 7-cow; 137!
It turns thoughts into something real and tangible that you can now see. The act of writing your goal down also creates self-commitment. Exactly why it commits people is still a little mystery. Mystery of not, creating a commitment by writing something down is not a ploy lost by trained sales organizations.
They have their sales person ask the client if they would fill out the paper work. By actually putting pen to paper, they feel as if they are the ones who write the contract.
This reinforces their commitment. The consequence of this sees less product returns to the company.
This now identified mystery is not lost either, on companies that run competitions with fabulous prizes which are open to everyone. All you need to do, the competition will state, is to WRITE DOWN in 25 words or less why you just love their product.
Usually, it will be the most over the top testimonial a contestant can conjure up, with expressions of feeling, love, and passion that becomes real to the writer. After all, they are in it for the prize so they take time to imagine what phrase or wording to use.
They internalise and make real their thoughts and subsequently believe their written statements. This in effect creates loyal customers!
Write your goals down, it works!
Written goals are directives to our brain. Our brain is similar in dimensions of ratio to that of an iceberg, 20% of which you see and 80% of which you don’t. Similarly 20% of our brain is for conscious thinking and 80% for our sub-conscious thinking.
The conscious mind can reason. It looks after you and tells you if somebody is standing on your foot, or if you have just lent on a hot stove or even if you are upset.
The sub-conscious mind cannot reason. However, it takes care of your heart beat, breathing and has the ability to do things like diverting blood flow to where it is needed in your body.
It simply does things that it is programmed to do and the beauty is that we can program our sub-conscious brain through our conscious.
So, put your words into pictures by writing your goals down. Be sure to make your programming positive because it is real to your sub-conscious. It believes exactly what it is told.
5) ENJOYABLE - Visualize your goal
By harnessing the power of the sub-conscious, we can mentally enjoy our goal and motivate ourselves towards our goal while doing what it takes to achieve our goal.
Technically, we see with our eyes but it is accurate to say that we visualize with our brains. For our eyes to see we need to open them. However, our brains can visualize
with our eyes open or shut!
Visualizing is the picture your brain sees and you have control of what you see! Having control of what you see allows you to feed the subconscious mind truckloads of positive images. Your physical actions will reflect your mental imaging. You can take yourself to your goal now.
Because we are attracted to our most dominant thought, we are naturally affected by what we think.
Visualization is a very powerful tool
To reinforce and demonstrate this technique, I will deliberately set what is an unpleasant experience for most. Get somebody to read this passage out for you so that you can really concentrate and go into visualization mode. To limit your distraction close your eyes now.
You are in your kitchen. You pick up a half green half yellow not quite ripe bitter, bitter, bitter lemon! Now cut it in half with a sharp knife. Take care not to cut yourself. Now take one half and slice a wedge off, just like the wedge you get in your fish and chips. Now pick up the wedge of lemon, open your mouth, bring the bitter lemon up to it, and now bite into the lemon.
Did your face screw up? Do you think visualization works now? You can go absolutely anywhere with visualization. See yourself where you want to be. Use your visualization to mirror your goals and you will access the power of your subconscious mind to propel you to achieving your goals.
In the words of Napoleon Hill: “Any definite chief aim that is deliberately fixed in the mind and held there, with the determination to realize it, finally saturates the entire subconscious mind until it automatically influences the physical action of the body toward the attainment of that purpose.” - The Law of success
6) TIME. Date your goal
Now that you know what you want and can powerfully visualize it, take perspective of where you are now, where you want to go, and what you want to achieve. Then set yourself a reasonable time limit to achieve this goal. It would be fantastic to make a million dollars or lose 50kg of fat in one week, but you just can’t do it in that time frame.
So be realistic or you set yourself up for failure before you start.
Be aware however, that a task will expand to fill the time allocated to it. Set a sensible period of time. This can be adjusted incrementally as you refine your plan. A time limit sets a psychological draw card and gives you a target that propels your actions; much like a honey pot for Bees!
7) MEASURABLE. Plan your goal
Planning gives you direction and a measuring stick of progress. Goals without a plan are like a 747 with no flight plan, or a weekend camper without clear directions.
Imagine this for a moment. You jump in the car for a quick weekend away to a camping ground you briefly heard about on the radio on the way home from work on Friday night. You’re all excited; in go the family and the dog.
You think you remember that the turn off is just past an old service station on the western freeway. Then it is about half an hours drive before you head north and keep going until you get to the sign that will direct you to the camping ground.
You keep driving long after you think that you should have come to the service station. You start to panic because you are starting to think that you have lost your way.
However, full of confidence you tell the family you know where you're going. You take a right, change the radio station, and keep on going. Unfortunately, you never reach your chosen camping ground destination but you satisfy yourself with an alternative. Similar to 97% of people in the Yale university study!
Too many of us don’t have a plan to tell us how we are going to achieve our goals. A goal without a detailed plan simply will not and cannot get you to your intended destination.
A plan will crystallize your thinking, increase your motivation, and get you to your intended destination.
1. Break down your goal into manageable chunks
2. Organize the chunks into a sensible flow chart
3. Work out what you have to do to achieve each step
4. Make sure it is not too rigid and factor in room for the unexpected
5. Be flexible with your approach to maximize time management
6. Refine your date
8) Surround yourself with the right support
1. Who we associate with
2. The experiences we have and
3. The books we read.
1) Help yourself here
Associate with positive people. While you may be able to help some people, don’t let some people help you! Unless they are going where you want to go, don’t let them keep you where you are. This world and we humans by definition are evolving and progressive. You will not serve the greater good to society or yourself remaining where you are.
You owe it to yourself to chase your goals as far removed as anyone might think they are from where you currently are.
Look for people that are where you want to be
• Get to know them, ask them questions or if they can help you achieve your goals
• Get their support, encouragement, and motivation
• Learn how to think like them
• Gain confidence by associating with success
• Develop your belief
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves, they have the first secret of success. Norman Vincent Peale
You don’t have to reinvent their wheel, just put a new tread on one for you. It will save you time, spur your enthusiasm and teach you first hand.
2) Take all of life’s experiences and challenges, good or bad and milk the experience for what it is worth.
Challenges give you the opportunity of learning from an experience, of actually going there; they feed your wisdom bank that you will call upon for every future experience that you encounter.
If you view all the things that happen to you, both good and bad, as opportunities, then you operate out of a higher level of consciousness. Les Brown
3) Books are the windows to knowledge
These will be one of the greatest and fastest sources of self-development that you will ever have. A book can give you a lifetime’s knowledge inside a week for an average reader. While ego will write some books and soul and experience will write others, either way you get the knowledge. Become a bookworm within your interests to build your
knowledge and feed your goals. Extend your repertoire of subjects to build your character. If you want it, you only have to look because it is in print.
9) Action and persistence
The eight previous steps are essential, but Goals without action are useless. Nothing will happen until you make it happen. Action creates momentum. Persistence of action will achieve results. Results will build your esteem and capacity to achieve more. Remember; you are not what you are going to do. You are what you have done.
Do not tell the world what you are going to do …. “SHOW” it! Napoleon Hill
Displaying goals where you can see them every day is important to refresh your focus. Saying positive affirmations to yourself can change your negative thought patterns and self talk which stop you achieving these goals.
In setting a goal to purchase your first investment property and needing to include a plan of saving a deposit which you can review here.
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