This is the 8 step plan for goal setting:
- Write your goals
- Assign a time frame
- The law of attraction
- Be an optimist
- Pray, meditate & visualize
- Design a vision board
- Create a plan
- Assign deadlines
Step 1: Write your goals
First of all, you'll want to get your thoughts out of your head and down on paper. Have you ever noticed that when you write your thoughts out, it allows you to organize your ideas? You are then able to make sense of all the brain scatter and regain a sense of clarity. Also it makes our thoughts and ideas become real, concrete tangible things. This is what we want our goals to become. There are different ways to do this. You can do the obvious, pen and paper. Or, you can create a mind-map, also known as brain storming. This can also be done on paper or you may download programs or apps that allow you to do this from a PC, an iPad, or an iPhone. You can check out MindNode, iThoughts, or Freemind to name a few.
Step 2: Assign time frames
The second step is to assign a time frame to each goal. Whether it's a month, six months, a year… whatever the case. This is another step in making your goals concrete. The time frames should not be related to your priorities. A priority list will only give you an idea of where you be investing most of your time and resources. The time frames will depend on the nature of the goals and the number of steps involved in achieving them. The time frame you give yourself should be reasonable. Not so far out that you put off work, but not so close that your left with stress and anxiety. If you're not sure how much time the goal will take, find people who have gone what you are trying to achieve. If you don't know anyone in your personal social circle, look on line for forums and bloggers.
Step 3: The law of attraction
The law of attraction states, that like attracts like. Meaning, you attract to your life whatever it is that you think about each day. For instance, if you constantly stress over financial problems and worry about debt, than you will continue to draw those negative circumstances to your life. However, if you focus on the positive aspects of your life and visualize an abundant future than you'll draw positive experiences and circumstances to your life like a magnet. This law works whether you want it to your not, and whether you believe in it or not. I can tell you from personal experience that the law of attraction is very real. If this is something you have never heard of before, I highly encourage you to watch the DVD titled "The Secret" or read the book.
Step 4- Be an optimist
This step ties into the law of attraction. Again, if your outlook on life is positive, you will continue to attract positive things. You will be surprised on the people, situations, and things you will draw into your life simply by having a positive outlook. It is impossible to control every unexpected circumstance that may arise but we can control the way we chose to react to things. There is a quote by Charles Swindoll that I would like to share with you:
The longer I live,the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church...a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you... we are in charge of our attitudes.
Step 5: Pray, meditate and visualize
Meditation brings clarity and focus. It is during this mental state when I am able to create a plan and achieve my goals. Also when we pray we are sending a personal and direct request to God for whatever it is that we are seeking. At the same time, we are sending a clear signal to the universe of what we want to manifest. This is because when we pray, we are thinking and visualizing of the thing that we are asking for. If we ask for what we want and have faith that it is coming, then our thoughts will generate emotions of excitement and anticipation. It's these emotion that our thoughts generate that ultimately put of the vibrations or energy needed to attract our dreams and hearts desires.
Step 6: Design a vision board
Please do not underestimate this step. Get yourself a large poster board and began attaching pictures, signs, flyers, vacation brochures, whatever images relate to your list of goals. Put the board somewhere that you will see every day. Look at the images, visualize yourself in them. Get excited in knowing that the images you see will be yours in good time. Just to give you an example of what I mean, let me share what I have added to my own vision board. One of my goals is to take a 14 day cruise to Alaska with my family.
So I requested a brochure from a popular cruise line, I cut out the front cover and attached it to my board. Another goal is to one day buy a beautiful spacious country home, where my family and I will have acres and acres of land. I found the perfect picture to match my desire on pinterest.com. I printed the image and attached it to my board. I also attached a picture of money, a spacious office, and… well you get the point. Again, this is all for the purpose of generating the right energy and vibrational frequency.
Step 7: Create a plan
Before I began to write out my plan, I like to breakdown each goal down using bullet points. Let me give you an example of what I mean. Say my first goal is to manifest abundance in my life. Well I have to really think about what abundance means to me in terms of what I want to achieve. And in doing this, I have to be specific. This step is not only going to help us create a plan, but in the visualization process as well. Okay so here is what my break down would look like:
Break Down: Goal #1: Abundance
Plan: Goal #2: Lose Weight (50 pounds)
- Financial freedom- $100,000 annual income, debt Free.
- Quality of life- Time spent with loved ones, vacations and cruises.
- My hearts desires- Spacious five bedroom country home, BMW
- Schedule appointment with nutritionist
- Began a 1200 calorie per day diet
- Exercise 2 hours per day, 5 days per week
- Run 1 mile 2 evenings per week
- Schedule a follow up visit with nutritionist
Step 8- Schedule deadlines
This goes back to the time line topic. If you don't have a deadline set for each aspect of your plan, then it is not concrete and you will be less likely to hold yourself accountable. So get out your datebook or calender and start scheduling those appointments, workouts, or whatever task you have assigned yourself. Again, be realistic about the amount of time you give yourself.
Here are 6 tips for staying on track:
- Celebrate accomplishments
- Take breaks
- Surround Yourself with Positive People
- Get 8 hours of sleep
- Eat healthy foods and exercise for an abundance of energy
Those are the 8 steps to planning and achieving your goals. I would love to answer any questions you may have about the goal setting process and how meditation can help. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
. For instant access to FREE guided meditations visit www.planningyourdreamlife.com and enter the membership access code "ThinkPositive".
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