Now that you know how to define your goals and also want it badly, the second part of this blog series will dive right into believing it and writing it down on paper so that you can achieve your goals. In this blog post, you will learn how to imagine that you’ve already achieved your goal even though you’ve just begun the process of setting it up.
Step 3: Write it down
The next step would be to write down your goals and then split them up in an organized manner. Here are the categories you can file your goals under – although it is very obvious to some, its still beneficial to know that goals can be created for any part of your life, not just for business or work.
- Home & Family
- Personal Growth
- Health & Fitness
- Financial & Wealth
- Work & Career
Step 4: Split it up
Sample Goal: “Save $5,000 to create an emergency fund”
Did you know that according to a 2011 survey by the National Foundation for credit counseling, 64% of Americans don’t have enough cash on hand to handle a $1,000 emergency? Woah!
Sample Action Plan: Main goal “Save $5,000 to create an emergency fund in 6 months (183 days)
Create a workable savings plan (17 days)
- Read and research ways to save money
- Track my current spending
- Decide on unnecessary expenses to cut back
- Create a list of things to do to save money
Save $2500 in 3 months (91 days)
- Open and create a savings account
- Setup an automatic transfer of 20% of pay check to savings account
- Do a part-time job or side project to earn more income
- Track how much money I have saved for the week (recurring)
Save another $2500 by the end of the 6th month (74 days)
- Sell stuff I no longer use on craigslist or eBay
- Stop using credit cards
- Trim my monthly expenses
- Shop and wait for better deals on major purchases
- Track how much money I have used for the week (recurring)
So as you can see above, writing and splitting your goals up AFTER you have defined them is very easy to do. Now, depending on what criteria your goals fit into, you will need to take some time and think about all of this with a pen and paper. Then go back and split them up like the above example.
Step 5: Believe it
Assuming that you’ve already defined your goal and split it up – the next challenge is to believe it. The most powerful formula for obtaining anything you want in life including your goals will be to believe that it is already here. This is precisely the reason why I have a vision board right above my desk so that every day, I get to see it multiple times per day.
By looking at my vision board, I am constantly reminded of my goals and I am turbo charging things by not only reading my goals daily but also imagining the end result by believing that it is already here. Here are some recommendations for believing that you’ve already reached your goals:
- Read your goals three or more times per day. Once when you wake, once during the middle of your day and finally, once before you go to sleep. The last part is the most important because the last thing you read, watch or listen to before bedtime will prepare your sub-conscious mind and body for happiness, unhappiness, success or failure. Reading your goals daily will help you become proactive and more productive towards its attainment.
- Create affirmations for your goals such as “It is the end of July and my book is on the Amazon best seller list” or “it is the end of July and I have lost 50 pounds and no longer take medications for my high blood pressure.” Reading this the first 20 times will not make you believe it but read it 4 times per day for the next 30 days and you will notice that your mind starts to actually believing it as if it is really happening. Self talk no matter how negative or positive makes the mind believe itself to be true. The same is true about what other people say about us if it’s constantly repeated – our minds begin to think it is real.
- Create a vision board and view it multiple times per day. Now, imagine yourself in the images. Imagine the good feelings, the sights and the sounds – imagine yourself in the images as if you were there. There is a great quote by Albert Einstein – “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” If you can imagine it, it is REAL
I hope you enjoyed second the part in the goal setting series. Let me know if you have any comments, suggestions or any take-aways from reading this. Continue on to reading Part-Three by clicking here.