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Before You Proceed… And TAKE ACTION: Advanced Goal Setting

Before we proceed to the next section, which is taking action, let’s discuss something about setting goals and seeing them through. Because, while everyone knows that goal-setting is the first essential for achieving the success you want, when things go wrong and we fail to achieve our goals, most people fail to see what else in the process went wrong…

And so, not only is it important for you to understand the value of goal-setting, but you also need to learn to avoid some not so obvious mistakes people make with this crucial step.

If you haven’t written your goals down since we began this course, or before, do so now… I will wait.

You must always write your goals down. A goal that you are carrying around in your head is not a goal…it is a wish, according to Jim Donovan. And here’s a quote from one of the richest people ever…

“Show me a stock clerk with goals and I’ll show you a man who can make history. Show me a man without goals and I’ll show you a stock clerk.” J.C. Penny

To make your goals stick we are going to employ a psychological trick you may be familiar with… we are going to activate the Reticular Activating System, or RAS…

You know how it works…

You just purchased a new car and then you start seeing your car everywhere you look;) …although you never noticed the car before. But now that you own that car it seems like everyone else owns one too;)…

You can substitute car in the above example with anything of value you just acquired… smartphone, an expensive watch, a new dress…

Your life tends to reflect what you consistently focus on. Read more on how the RAS works… and how you could be an innocent victim of its “well-intentioned” machinations here.

I’m sure you have written goals that you failed to achieve.  I know that I do… every New Years day. Fact is, goal-setting by itself is not enough.

Because, while it’s true that goals control your focus, and you get what you focus on,  having large global goals without putting in place specific daily objectives to make them a reality, the goals can quickly recede to the back of your mind – and out of focus…

You should therefore break your goals down into smaller, very specific daily goals or objectives. When you set these daily objectives, you will activate your daily reticular activating system.

By setting daily objectives you will find the daily focus on your big goal that a one year goal cannot provide.

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