Setting goals has always been a mystery to why people don’t set them. Most people are too lazy to create a consistent habit of writing them down daily and some believe the process doesn’t’ work. While learning how the mind works, there’s a part of the brain called the “RAS”, Reticular Activating System that controls what we focus on. Think about the last time you bought a new car or a pair of shoes and how often you notice it while you were out. We can train our mind to focus only on activities and actions that will lead us to success. First, we have to define what success is and a game plan on how we can attain it. The brain is programmed to yearn for direction, continuous learning, a game plan and purposeful growth. They say the average human reads one book a year. How can we grow if were not learning?? As Jim Rohn once said, “Learning is the beginning to wealth”.
Whatever moves you to get out of the bed in the morning is connected to your passion. Setting goals, starts first with self-awareness and clarity on what you truly want in life. What 3 words do you want people to describe you as at your funeral? How much revenue do you need to live an enjoyable life when you retire? What is your dream job? What business have you always wanted to start? These questions can help you start the goal setting process. If your reasons are not big enough, your excuses will be. Below is the L.A.S.E.R goal setting technique that I’ve implemented to help become more focus and specific on attaining consistent results. This method is used by author Sir John Hargrave, who wrote the book Mind Hacking.
- Limited. An attainable small goal. Ex: Working on a project for an hour a day.
- Achievable. An easy goal that you can accomplish. I’m a firm believer of celebrating the small wins. Completing small successes helps your will power to achieve larger goals.
- Specific. A good goal is simple and clear. Setting a specific time daily (30 minutes), you will practice an instrument or learn a foreign language. Creates instant growth and confidence in wanting to pursue the activity.
- Evaluated. Write done your goals so you can measure your accomplishments. What doesn’t get measured, doesn’t improve.
- Repeatable. Repetition is the mother to learning. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence is not an act, but a habit.”-Aristotle
Try this goal setting method and see if it produces results in your life. You can’t progress without enduring the process. We all need targets to aim for to help us continually grow. If not, we are aimlessly living without a vision and purpose for our life. Start writing your goals down TODAY. Remember, indecision is the thief to opportunity.
Quote of the Day: “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”-Tony Robbins.