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  1. 1. ==== ====Achieve All Your Goals Effortlessly With This Amazingly Powerful Brain Re-Training Software... ====Less than 3% of people write down their goals. We are statistically more likely to spend timeorganising exactly what we want from the supermarket instead of working out what we want fromlife. Crazy but true.The chances are that you commit most of your working day to helping your boss to achieve theirgoals, instead of spending time working on your own.One way to enhance the quality of your life is to learn how to apply an effective goal settingprogram. These tips will help you on your way to doing this.1. First of all why set goals?The biggest predictor of success is direction. If you dont have something to aim for in life, thechances are you will end up achieving very little. Almost every successful person in the worldstarted with a clearly defined goal in their mind of what it is they wanted to achieve. This providedthem with a fundamental sense of purpose and direction.The beauty of setting goals is that they help to streamline your life, adding a focal point andsomething tangible for you to work towards.In some ways goals are like beacons helping you to stride through life towards something thatholds special importance to you. What that special something is, is up to you.2. Working out what you wantIt amazes me how many people work towards goals that they dont really want.Usually the motivation to achieve these goals comes from a feeling that you should want them.Fame, recognition, and a high status job, are some of the modern day desires that societyconditions people to think that they want.It is important that all goals and aspirations come only from a place of wanting and not from aplace of should.When you cut out all the noise that society deafens you with, and directly ask yourself, "what is itthat you want?" honestly and whole heartedly, you are able to generate goals that come from aplace of inspiration, and not from a place of conditioning.It is from inspiration that all worthwhile goals are created. When you work from here your
  2. 2. commitment to your goals is full of desire, passion, and zest.Set goals based on your valuesWorking out what your goals are is often the hardest part of the goal setting procedure, and thepart which requires most thought.The first step to working out what you want is to establish what is important to you in life.If for example you value your friends and family above anything else, then it makes sense to set alife goal of spending as much quality time with these people as possible.If financial independence is valued highly you may chose to construct a goal that focuses onreaching a specific sum of money within a set time frame.Ask yourself a series of incisive questions that force you to address who you are and what isimportant to you in your life.Consider answering the questions below and start devising goals around the answers youproduce:What would you want to achieve if you knew you could not fail?If you could leave one message to the world what would it be?Who are you when you are at your best?If you had one day to live, what would you do?The responses to these questions should provide you with some information about what isimportant to you in your life and aid the goal setting process.3. How will you know when you have reached your goal?Your goal needs to be clear and precise so that you know exactly when you have reached it. Oneway to do this is to set the goal as a numerical figure. If you can produce a clear yes, or noresponse to whether you have reached your goal then you have successfully created ameasurable objective.For example, consider the goal of generating a financial target of ?100,000 by the end of the year.The numerical and precise nature of your goal allows you to effectively evaluate whether or notyou have successfully reached your target when the end of the year arrives.4. Does your goal make you go wow?It is important that the goal you set is wildly ambitious.Old schools of thought believe that goal setting should be realistic and attainable, avoiding
  3. 3. excessive ambition. On the surface this makes perfect sense, because you want to set goals thatyou have a good chance of hitting. And arguably, failing to hit your goals because of aiming toohigh may leave you feeling little despondent.The reason why I suggest that goals should be set as high and as ambitious as possible, isbecause there is no logical reason why you cannot achieve whatever it is that you want.It is only through your negative internal belief systems that you decide what is and what isntrealistic. Years of conditioning, of being told what you can and cannot achieve have encouragedus to construct a warped view of our true potential.This is why unrealistic and wild goals ironically are sometimes closer to what is realisticallypossible compared to your conditioned view on what is realistic.If you set the ambitious goal of making ?1,000,000 in 1 year, work with dedication and drive andend up making ?600,000, I am pretty sure that you will not feel despondent at the end of the year.It is certainly better than aiming to make ?50,000 within the year, and hitting the target easily,without having to push yourself in any way.Aim for the stars and you will catch the moon5. Have you written down your goal?Once you have precisely and clearly established what it is that you want to aim for, write it down.Your goal needs to be written down in a specific style in order to be successful.Although goals are inherently in the future write your goal in the present tense. For example;instead of writing I will have a successful business, write I have a successful business. This willadd immediate impact to the strength of your goal.The second point is to make sure when you write down your goal it is something you want insteadof something you dont want.If you focus your energies on what you dont want unfortunately you will attract what you dontwant into your life.It is always more powerful to move towards something, instead of away from something.For example wanting to make more money is much more effective than focusing on getting out ofdebt.6. Is any goal better than having none at all?Even if you do not master an effective goal setting program at your first attempt, devising a badgoal setting program is better than producing nothing.
  4. 4. Setting any kind of goal is better than relying on the lap of the gods to decide your fate.Teddy Roosevelt once said, in any moment of a decision, the best thing you can do is the rightthing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.Even if you obtain a goal that you realise you did not actually want, at least you are one stepcloser to finding what it is you really want. As Tom Watson (Founder of IBM) famously said; "if youwant to be a success, double your rate of failure."7. Have you fallen into the trap of setting too many goals?An easy trap to fall into is setting too many goals. Successful people usually only set one goal at atime. This focuses their efforts on one target, speeding up the actualisation of their goal. Once thefirst goal is completed, you can then look to tackle your next one.If you set too many goals in your life, the danger is that your focal powers will become so spreadout that you end up achieving nothing. As the old proverb states; "if you chase two rabbits both willescape."8. Are you in the right state?The meaning of the word goal is outlined as a clearly and well defined measurable state. Thegoals you aim to achieve in life-whether it is to marry and have a family, to build a multi-millionpound business, or own a mansion in the middle of the country are strong motivations because ofthe way you envisage they will make you feel once you have obtained them.If you believe that having a multi-million pound business will make you feel secure, powerful, andliberated, then these desired states are the driving force behind obtaining the goal..Physical experiences are a bit like vehicles that are designed to take you from your current state toyour desired state.Before setting out to make your dream become a reality it is important that you associate with theinternal state that you will experience once you have obtained your goal.For example if building a multi-million pound business will make you feel secure and liberated, it isimportant that you generate these emotional states before you begin building your empire.This will optimise and speed up the process of actualising your goal.9. Have you taken action?Unaccompanied, all the ideas in the world are worth nothing. However if you couple ideas withproductive action, then your innovations can begin to take form.It is common for people to spend a significant amount of time constructing worthwhile goals, but ifyou are not prepared to act on these intentions then nothing will ever be achieved.
  5. 5. All successful people have one thing in common; they get more done in the time given to them,than most people.Whatever lofty idea you have in mind, you must begin working towards it the moment that yourgoal has been set.It is important to develop a sense of accountability and commitment towards taking action,otherwise you may find that you talk yourself out of making your goals a reality.10. Do you have a deadline?Remember to give yourself a deadline to achieve your goal, otherwise you could end up spendinga lifetime working towards it. Without setting a deadline you run the risk of becoming aprocrastinator, always putting off the things you need to do. By constructing a concise time planyou streamline your focus, making sure that every second of your time up to this date is dedicatedand organised to achieving your aim.Remember: A goal is a dream with a deadlineConclusionIf you are going to be successful, you need to make sure that you live your life with a real sense ofpurpose and direction. Creating goals is one of the most effective ways to do this.Sam Kotadia is the managing director of Mindsport ltd. The company delivers extensive freeresources to help a global audience get an edge in the realms of sport, business and life. Allresources can be found at www.mindsportlive.comArticle Source: ====Achieve All Your Goals Effortlessly With This Amazingly Powerful Brain Re-Training Software... ====