Setting and Achieving Your Goals

We all need goals. Goals give us something to aim for and as a result increase our productivity so we end up spending more time doing important things and less time doing unimportant things.

The problem here is that many of us don’t know what we want to achieve in our life. Or, if we do know, we haven’t written it down and that makes it very hard to actually go about achieving our goals.

How to set yourself goals:

Think up– Grab a piece of paper and start scrawling any ideas down. Maybe you want to be a doctor living in a penthouse in New York? Maybe getting married living in a cottage on the outskirts of a village takes your fancy? Think of what is important to you and the many areas in your life such as profession, education, family, travel, charity etc. You don’t need to have goals in all these areas. These are just ideas to get you started.

Review– Take a second look at all the jotting you did and trim it down to what you really want to achieve. But you may also want to expand your list. That’s fair enough, just make sure that everything you have written down you really desire.

What, When, How and Why– What exactly do you want to achieve? When is the deadline? How do you want to achieve? Why do you want to achieve your goals? For every one of your goals ask yourself those four questions. Write down your answers in detail.

Break it down– Now that you know your goals and your deadline you can take the babysteps needed to actually achieve your goals. Write out all the necessary steps you need to take. Don’t be afraid. Breaking it down helps you to focus on the small steps otherwise you run a high risk of losing motivation and slacking off. Every day focus on the small steps. Remember each step brings you a foot closer to your goals.

Write it out– On the nicest piece of paper you can find, in big handwriting, write out your goals, your answers to the four questions, and all the necessary steps. Post it somewhere where you will always see it. Perhaps on your fridge, on the side of your desk, or above your bed. You could even create a collage with different pictures representing each one of your goals. Be creative!

Visualize– The easiest way to reach your goals is to pretend you have already achieved them. Visualize what you want. Do this over and over again and you´ll keep your focus.

It is never too late to start. Right now, here today. There is no better time than today. Just do it!

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Activity: Call a friend

 

Call up a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while and have a good long talk. Record it in your gratitude journal- you have friends who you can have lengthy chitchats with.

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Global Rich List– Where do you sit on the global rich list? Very neat site.

Butter Bee Happy– Online gratitude journal

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The Power of Gratitude

 

Meister eckhart: If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice

Gratitude is a very powerful feeling and something you can start to feel right now. The Universal Law of Attraction says that we attract what we think about and focus on. Its pretty simple-focusing on your blessings will attract more blessings into your life.

Instead of putting all your energy into thinking of what you don’t have and your problems, focus and be thankful for what you do have. We have all been given so much if we just allow ourselves to see it. It is so important to focus on what you have and not on what you don’t have. We must train our minds to see blessings instead of disappointments. When you start to feel different about what you have, you will attract more good things into your life. Maybe you’re grateful for the car you are able to buy, or the flat you’re renting, or the education you’ve been given. You might prefer something else, but if you start to be grateful for what you already have you might get that something pretty soon.

Research has shown that people who tend to experience gratitude more frequently than do others also tend to be happier, more helpful and forgiving, and less depressed than their less grateful counterparts. Think about it- if you’re not appreciative of what you have now, what makes you think you will be appreciative if you have more?

Tips for cultivating gratitude:

Say thank you– Appreciate the people in your life and say thank you often. Thank your parents, your brothers & sisters, your teachers, your friends, your husband, your wife, the woman behind the cosmetics counter, the postman etc. Send thank you notes regularly. I love buying beautiful thank you cards and sending them out.

Keep a gratitude journal-Start your own daily gratitude journal. Go out today and buy yourself a beautiful book. Maybe a book with a beautiful cover or intricate details-whatever takes your fancy. Do you prefer a ruled book or blank book? You choose. Now every night before you head for bed record 5 things you are grateful for. Think deeply about each area of your life-your education, your career, your life, your health and your relationships.  Write in detail the good things that come to your mind as you think. It is crucial to remember to only write down things you are sincerely grateful for or the result won’t be there. Whether it’s the wonderful friends you have or the fact that someone held open the door for you today. The more grateful you are, the more you will be given. After a few months, as you look through your journal your focus will be shifted to all the things you have. You have so much to be grateful for. Focus on the abundance rather than the lack in your life. You’ll be amazed at the satisfaction this brings into your life. 

Book of positive aspects– Buy a separate book to write down all the positive things about different areas of your life. Continually add to your book as more positive things come up. Over the course of time, you will have a book filled with the positive things in your life and you can go back to it whenever you feel you need a little push.

Avoid using ”at least”– If you’ve ever sat down to your gratitude journal to see yourself writing sometihng along the lines of ”at least I have a roof over my head” you’ll know exactly what I mean. This happens when you’re actually feeling negative about your life and you’re trying to look on the bright side of things. Please don’t do it. You can enjoy this state of gratitude temporarily but overall it’s not going to get you anywhere and you will still be stuck in the slump of things. Try and look at the broader picture and be truly grateful for things like peace, health, family, electricity and loved ones. These may seem so obvious but from time to time we really need to step back and look at our lives and be thankful for all these things. Become grateful for your life, your very own existence with all its twists and turns. When you feel thankful for existence itself the Law of Attraction hears you and will be activated because you are continuously giving out gratitude and you will be attracting similar things back to you.  

Ruth Ann Schabacker: Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons

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