Have you ever considered what your life would become if you were in the habit of setting goals that are clear and compelling? What would happen if you became an expert on achieving goals? Perhaps, to a degree, you’ve already mastered the habit or perhaps you are stuck in a rut and need to find a new degree of freedom, either way, making distinctions on thinking about setting goals and achieving them can only benefit your life in the long run so I want to give you a hypnotist’s perspective on goal setting.
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Goal Setting Strategies
The best to way to approach goal setting is from the top down. No skyscraper has ever been built by assembling pieces steel, cement , plumbing and electrical wire together haphazardly and stumbling upon the successful completion of the building. Meticulous planning and a top down view were thought out before any work started. A blueprint has to be in the minds’ of the engineers, architects and other workers beforehand so that every stage of construction flows from the idea of the whole.
Crudely, if you’ve ever bought a lego set, you start with a picture of what you’re making and then you assemble the pieces according to the plan. It’s the final product that guides the way you assemble the pieces, not assembling the pieces until you happen to stumble upon the final product.
In my view, goal setting requires the same top down approach. What goals you set have to be guided and inspired by a mission, a purpose or at least an overall vision for your life. On your part, that’s going to require some thought about what your life really means to you.
What does it mean to be human?
What do you want to leave behind when you die?
What motivates you, inspires you and makes you happy?
What do you want to be, see, do and have during your life?
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Overall Goal Planning
Creating an overall life goal plan is the best way to apply the principle I just laid out and honestly, is one of the best personal development tips I ever got.
The easiest way is to work backwards. Travel far 10-30 years into the future and imagine what your life is like having everything you needed or wanted. Where do you live? What kind of people do you keep close to you? Are you married with children? What kind of creative work do you do? How are your finances? What magic moments have you experienced? Do you travel? Are you making a difference in the lives of others? What kind of character and attitude do you have? Have you become a better person?
My advice is for you to use ‘The Ideal Life Simulator’ , think about these questions and write down everything that comes to mind. This will represent what you want to build towards in the various categories and aspects of your life and will be your guiding principle for what you do in the shorter term. You should come out of this process with a page description in free flow of what your vision for your life is.
Get SMART: 3-5 year goals
Now that you have a vision for your life, it’s time to get technical and very specific. You must think about what you need to accomplish over the next 3-5 years so that you can move in the direction of your ultimate vision. How many 3-5 year goals you set is entirely up to you, be bold, be inspired and believe it’s possible.
I like to use the SMART goals format
S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Attainable
R = Relevant
T = Time-Bound
In addition, you need to write them out in the affirmative, as if you were already living them in the present moment. Write what you want, not what you don’t want. If I tell you don’t think of the pink elephant, what do you immediately imagine? A pink elephant. The idea is that when read through your goals at a later time, your imagination and emotions are immediately captured by what you want, not by what you wish to avoid!
Wrong: I want a business
SMART goal: I am building a real estate investment business by buying and managing 3 buildings over the next 3 years.
Your daily action steps
This phase is very flexible. It’s all about what you are going to do right now in order to achieve your 3-5 year goals as quickly as possible. You can use a calendar, agenda and to-do list to plan the actions you need to take. This is where you brainstorm all the actions you could take towards the achievement of your goal and organize your time so that you take those actions.
My modus operandi is to take a solid hour on Sunday evening, brainstorm all the possible actions I can take the following week (guided by the previous sets of plans) and then organize my week accordingly. Check out my time management system article for details.
The most important part is… Do what you planned!
An example of what you should end up with
Lifetime goal: In my vision for my life, I wrote that I wanted to be financially free, to have income coming in without having to trade my time for it, no matter what, month after month. I imagined that owning over 10 building of various sizes with multiple units (commercial and residential) would allow me to achieve the freedom I want.
My 3 year goal: I am buying 3 buildings, one each year, that generate a profit and allow me to learn the ins-and-outs of real estate investing.
My action steps:
- Schedule appointments with various Real Estate agents
2. Read a book on successful Real Estate Investment
3. Find a mentor to learn the ropes from
4. Visit the bank for finance options and be open to getting creative when it comes to finance
5. Do some market research (location, demographics, building prices, rent prices)
The last thing I want to leave you with is an idea of the different categories you’ll want to set goals in. These are just ideas, you can always add new ones and change them around.
- Relationships (Intimate, Friendships, Family)
- Contributions (Charitable, Political, Scientific)
- Fun, leisure, adventure
- Personality / Character
- Creative / Artistic
Goal setting is a work in progress so don’t get frustrated if you don’t meet all of them at once. It’s not necessary to compare your goals to other people’s, instead focus on surpassing yourself by getting a little bit better every day. Remember to use the SMART goals format to your advantage. Time to take the bull by the horns!