To be successful, all goals need to be H.A.R.D (heartfelt, affirmed, required and difficult).
1. Build an emotional attachment to your goal
Whether your goal is to quit smoking, or double your income, an emotional connection to the goal is essential to make it a success. Ask yourself: do I really care about this? Resolving to quit smoking because you know you ‘should’ isn’t likely to be a powerful enough reason to make you stick with it. But, by connecting non-smoking to a longer life and the opportunity to see your children grow up, it will give the goal an emotional tie, thus making you more likely to be successful.
2. Affirm your resolutions
An affirmation is usually a sentence or phrase that you repeat regularly to make a formal declaration to yourself and the universe of your intention for it to be the truth. While some may say it is similar to “fake it till you make it,” I see it a bit more like holding the vision of what I know can be true. So when you say an affirmation of your goals, it sends a very clear message to your Reticular Activating System (RAS), which starts to filter and notice ways to help you achieve your goals. If ideal weight is your emphasis, you will suddenly begin to see every gym and weight loss product available. Here are a few positive affirmations to get you started:
- I easily see the lesson in all of this
- I am successful in everything I attempt
- I am a magnet for money and abundance
- I give myself permission to be all that I can be. I deserve the very best in life.
3. Set a realistic timeline
Force your goals into the ‘here and now’ by giving them a sense of urgency. This can be achieved by breaking them down into six month, three month, monthly and daily goals to keep you on track. If you have a yearly sales target of $5 million, it doesn’t create the same sense of urgency as $15,000 a week, or making five extra sales calls a day.
4. Make your goals challenging
There is a time and place to ‘play it safe’ and goal setting is not one of them. Instead of fearing that because your goal is too difficult you won’t be able to achieve it, think that by demanding more of yourself, you will be forced to harness your energy and engage with the goal at hand.