Shocking Truths About Goal Setting

By admin / May 26, 2006
By: Sarah Smith
Category: Goal Setting

Have you been procrastinating about getting started? Do you find that all manner of things get in your way and stop you from actually sitting down and working out your goals? I don't just mean going through the motions. I mean REALLY sitting down and spending some time with yourself and clearly defining your goals. Working out what really excites you. Writing down what you truly want in your life. Why is it that so many of us know that setting our goals is paramount to obtaining them and yet we just don't do it?

Why is it so?

Reasons For Procrastination When It Comes To Setting Goals.

You don't truly believe it will help you.

You don't have time.

You don't know what to choose as your goals.

You don't know how to go about setting your goals.

You tried it before and it didn't work.

You're afraid of creating changes in case you end up in a worse place than you are now.

You're entirely happy with your life and you see no reason to change things.

If you understood what I now understand you would become highly motivated to do your goal setting. You'd be seeking out all sorts of avenues to help you to learn more about the process. You just wouldn't be able to help yourself. You'd probably even loose sleep over it just because of the pure excitement and the possibilities that lie ahead.

The fact is you can't have something you can't see. You need to be able to see your goals in your minds eye and in your heart to even begin to have a chance of hitting them. Your subconscious mind is your greatest ally.

Some Important Things You Need to Know About Your Subconscious Mind.

1 Did you know your subconscious mind loves to solve your problems?

It is happily sorting all sorts of information for you. It loves to resolve any conflicts. It will go out of its way to prove to you, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that what you truly believe is so. It has a set of checks and balances to make sure that your version of reality comes true. Reality is a huge subject. I don't want to get into the nitty gritty of what is or is not reality in this article. What I'm referring to here is what you specifically think of as your reality. For example, you may see your job as a dead end, your finances as in the red, your love life is the pits. You may even be saying things to yourself like I hate my job, I'm always in debt, and I'll never find my ideal life partner. The goals you set may be viewed as so far removed from your presently perceived reality that you just can't believe you'll ever attain them. If you believe that goal setting is useless because no matter what you do you never reach them. Guess what? Your subconscious mind is going to make sure that what you think is happening in your life will happen. You will continue to hate your job. You'll continue to struggle with your finances. You'll never find your ideal life partner and you'll never attain your goals.

This may sound trite but if you knew what I knew you would think this was amazing!

2 Did you know your subconscious mind doesn't understand jokes?

Seriously. It just doesn't get jokes. The consequence of this is you really need to be careful with your language. Watch what you say. If someone gives you a compliment on how well you seem to be doing you may be tempted to brush it off with words of false humility. You may find yourself saying, I don't know about that. I'm living hand to mouth really! Guess what! Your subconscious mind is going to step in there and before you know it that's what will be happening. So just be mindful of your language.

3 Did you know your subconscious mind acts on the strongest/most dominant program?

What you believe now will continue to be what you believe until you can replace it with a stronger pattern. There are ways of strengthening patterns.

Repetition is an important tool. The more the subconscious mind hears a particular thought the more it will incorporate it into your beliefs. For example if you're always saying negative things about yourself (I can't seem to save any money and I don't have time to set goals) the more likely it is that you'll believe this. If however you were to swap all negative thoughts with positive empowering thoughts the subconscious mind would believe you and make them true (I'm excellent at saving money and I'm excited about setting my goals because when I set a goal I attain it).

Making the new program vivid also strengthens new ideas. The more specific and vivid an idea or thought is the stronger it becomes. You must have a clear, detailed view of your goal. Actually see it as though it is already achieved. Have them in picture form as well. Stick them up on a board and view them several times daily. The more the better.

Strengthening the emotional aspect of your goal will also strengthen your ability to achieve your goals. Attach lots of emotions to your goal. Imagine exactly how it feels when you've reached your goal. How good does it feel when you are positive, happy and confident? How good does it feel when you're strolling along that beach and you are at your ideal body weight? What are you wearing? How do you feel about what you are wearing? In your mind practice being the person you wish to become. Before you know it you will become that person.

4 Did you know your subconscious mind can't tell the difference between real and imaginary?

Again you must practice seeing your goals every day so they become strengthened in your subconscious mind. Practice being there in your mind. Imagine all the feelings you'll be feeling and all the tasks you'll be involved in. What colours are around you? Who is with you? Make the images as real as you can. What smells are present? How does the texture of the fabric feel to your fingers? Go over board. You're really there so let your imagination go wild and be as detailed as if you were standing in that very place right now. Get as much power and presence into the scene as you can. This will strengthen your subconscious beliefs. It will do a much better job of creating this future for you if it can see it as if it were real

5 Did you know the more relaxed you are the more susceptible your subconscious mind is to suggestions?

Practice saying and visualizing your goals just before going to sleep and as soon as you wake up. Wake up a few minutes early if you have to because this is a powerful time to use your visualization skills. Do this EVERY day to increase the strength of your vision. Meditation is another time when your mind is relaxed and more susceptible to the ideas and goals you have for your future. Set aside even just 5 minutes each day to practice seeing your goals as clearly and as vividly as you can.

6 Did you know your subconscious mind is both a receiver and a broadcaster?

You are constantly sending out and receiving messages that you are completely unaware of. These messages will attract or repel things to or away from you. For example, have you ever been thinking about someone that you haven't thought of recently then before you know it they are on the phone and ringing you? Have you ever seen "that client" come through the door and you think oh NO not her/him. My day is ruined! then you smile and act as though that thought never entered your head. The interaction is as predicted. Keep this in mind. You attract or repel the people, things and conditions in your life because of your thoughts and what's in your subconscious mind.

7 Did you know that time means nothing to your subconscious mind?

Everything is in the NOW for the subconscious mind. It can produce the results you want in an astoundingly short period of time. However the time needed to make the changes you desire relates more to what you believe and how intensely you desire the outcome. If things don't seem to be changing in the way you want them or at a rate that you want them then you need to step back and examine your beliefs. Most likely it is something in your belief system that is holding you back from achieving your goals. You may be going through all the right motions but if you truly believe you're not worthy of acquiring the goal or you don't believe acquiring the goal is possible then you will continue to struggle and your subconscious mind will again prove to you what you believe to be true is so.

8 There are many things about the subconscious mind that we don't understand.

There is a dimension beyond our understanding. There is incredible power and mystery that we can't see or taste or smell or touch and yet we know this extra dimension exists. It may not even be the subconscious mind. Who knows? Some may say it is a doorway to an infinite intelligence or a higher power. Scholars and mystics and religious figures have debated this through the centuries. What I'm referring to is that which you may call intuition, a hunch, and a gut feeling. These are some of the physical responses that you can be aware of that connects you to this invisible force. We don't really need to define it much further but we do need to accept it almost on the same level that we accept faith. You need to be connected to it and trust that it will work to benefit you.

Sarah Smith is a student of Success University. Since joining this online university her whole attitude towards life has changed from the negative to the positive. She is learning the skills needed to be successful in all areas of her life including that elusive dream of financial independence and residual income. For more information view

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