Successful people agree on the need to have clearly defined goals. Evidence has long suggested that goals are more effective if they’re written down as this holds us accountable. However, we now also know that the subconscious brain functions primarily in images and emotions so, providing your brain with a visual image of your goal that evokes the feeling you’ll have when you have already attained it will be most effective. Reviewing this visual image repeatedly ensures maximum success and this can be done by using Goal lists and selecting items to show in your personal Begin My Day presentation.
Positioning your “Goals list” within LifeChanger close to your Day Planner and To Do list, will provide a frequent reminder of your goals, ensuring that you’re working toward them whenever possible. Setting notifications for tasks related to your goals can also be used to remind you to always be moving toward your goals. Each morning, after watching the Begin my Day presentation, brainstorm any future action steps that come to mind and enter them into your To Do list. Then plan your day. Make sure that your plan for each day includes at least one (and preferably 3 to 5) small actions that you can commit to completing that will take you towards your goals. Also ensure that important or complex tasks are assigned to your most productive zone in your Day Planner.
LifeChanger provides a platform for you to keep your goals in mind and arrange your action steps with an associated timeline using the “start date” and “due date” functions. You can capture your thoughts on future needed actions that occur to you before you’re in a position to do them. This allows you to consider what missing knowledge or skills you may need to work on acquiring in the meantime and shows you where there are gaps in your plan that will require future brainstorming.
Contrary to popular belief, when you first create a goal you do NOT need to know all the steps required to accomplish it. Using the methods described above, the steps will become apparent as you progress.
Below, you will find instructions for how to create goals and projects in LifeChanger and to set actions steps and timelines for their completion.
Where do I start?
Tap/click the button at the bottom right of LifeChanger to show the menu. Tap/click the blue Goals button.
Take me to the Goals page in the web version of LifeChanger now.
Create a new Goal
Tap/click the + button at the bottom of the Goals page. Enter a positive name for the Goal.
Knowing what your goal is is important, but even more effective is knowing why you want it and why you want to do it now. With these questions answered you can imagine what it would feel like to have successfully reached this Goal, which will put you in the right vibration to achieve it.
Take a minute to think about why you want the Goal to come true and enter it in the Why? section. If there are multiple reasons, enter them all. Repeat for Why NOW?
Obstacles. If you have a long-standing goal which you feel you really want, but you just can’t get done, it may be because of real or imagined obstacles.
“Physical obstacles” (such as the lack of a skill, or the lack of a resource) may be preventing you from moving forward. Having these missing tools defined allows you to set tasks to acquire the missing skill or resource, so that you can again start moving forward again.
Another reason we have difficulty “summoning the will-power” to move forward towards a goal, even one we REALLY want, is that our own subconscious is trying to prevent us from doing something that may put us, or our comfort zone at risk. These reasons can often be described as a perceived “personal cost”. For example, if I publish my research/book, I will lose my privacy, or I may be vulnerable to the judgement of others. If I make a lot of money, I may no longer fit in with my current circle of friends.
Another common reason for not having achieved a long standing goal is having a limiting belief, such as “I don’t deserve this” or “I’m not good enough“. Having these limiting beliefs written down allows you to ask yourself “Is that really true?”. Usually limiting beliefs are derived from ideas acquired in childhood and no longer appear true once brought to the light of day.
Tap on the Obstacles card on the Goals page and provide a name for each perceived obstacle and the possible solution(s).
Using will-power to complete action tasks uses an enormous amount of emotional energy, but if we can clearly see how our actions are taking us towards something we really want, then will is used instead of will-power and feels comparatively effortless. Tick the “Show in Begin my Day slideshow” box so you can get a daily reminder of what your goals are and why you want to achieve them, so that action tasks can be performed without the need for will-power.
Once you have clearly made an agreement with your own subconscious that you want this goal to be fulfilled, you can brainstorm actions required to achieve it. Some of these you will be able to do now; some will require other actions to be completed first, or for you to acquire more knowledge or skill. Once you have a list of action tasks, look for those that you’re able to start now/soon and copy them to your ToDo list or better yet, schedule them into your Day Planner. Set notifications for action steps that you know you will need to do later, so that they are brought to your attention at the right time.
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