[*The Power of Mini Goals: Achieve more, do more and succeed more *]
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Praise for Mini Goals on Fire
“Dylan Loh has mastered the art of setting, executing on, and achieving short-term (or “mini”) goals. In this short eBook, he’s outlined a process anyone can use to achieve their short-term goals, and in due process, develop confidence and momentum in their lives.”
—Benjamin Hardy, strategist and adviser of startup founders and contributor at Fast Company, Inc., HuffPost, and others
“Dylan is very candid with his own life and how these principles have impacted him. Not only does he lay out an effective system for setting and accomplishing goals, he goes above and beyond his responsibility as an author in insuring his readers are fully empowered in doing so.”
—Sammy Uyama, Author of ‘How to Love Your To-Do List’
“Dylan has presented effective and efficient methods to set mini goals that will set you on the path to achievement. The specific points and chapter exercises offer simple instructions to follow. Clarity, one step at a time, and positive expectation are key elements. These two excerpts sum up the book nicely:
(1) Mini goals build up the capacities, the experience and the know-how to take on greater, more ambitious life goals later on.]
(2) This process of introspection and identification will set you and your subconscious brain working tirelessly towards achieving your goals. It also has a strong re-reinforcing principle. The process of setting goals, identifying, taking action and achieving will continually reinforce and strengthen each of the parts of the entire mini-goal setting process. This short read offers sensible points to practice immediately. It serves as a good reminder and incentive to make those dreams and goals become real.”]
—Virginia Reeves, author of the book series, Permission Granted Today.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Crafting Mini Goals
Chapter 3: The Identifying Process
Chapter 4: Taking Action
Chapter 5: Mind the Chain
Chapter 6: The Clarity Principle
Chapter 7: Conclusion
I’m super excited to be sharing what I know with you so that you can:
1. Set super effective mini life goals
2. Realize and accomplish these goals
3. Achieve more, do more and enjoy more in life!
That’s my promise to you – that you’ll come out of this free book on goal setting as a more goal-oriented person. That said, I need you to work TOGETHER with me.
So that means you need to do 2 simple things:
(a) Diligently [*READ *]every chapter delivered here
(b) COMPLETE the ‘mini-assignments’ given to you
Can we do that?
Before I begin the lessons, I want to do a quick introduction of myself.
My name is Dylan and I am currently pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge. I’ve managed to live the life of my dreams and I attribute it to one (and only one) factor – the ability to plan goals, execute those plans and to reach those goals.
Nothing too complicated, really.
Sure, there are certainly a lot of steps to fill in but, really, it all boils down to an effective goal planning system. In short, if you have the ability to plan goals, you have the ability to win.
I run a successful Internet marketing business (since 2004), a food and beverage business and am doing research right now at a world class University.
I’ve travelled around Europe thrice and am now living there (or ‘here’ should I say)
[Been planning for this since I was 16, exceeding my initial goal set]
St John’s College. Cambridge University.
Standing Precariously. Montenegro
- Got my Mini Cooper S at age 24 fully paid for. (Cars are expensive in Singapore!) It’s not the ‘standard’ flashy sports cars but, hey, it was always my dream car.
[Created this as a goal when I was 22]
- Bought my first condo when I was 26 years old and another one when I was 27.
My first one in the East side of Singapore
My second one in Malaysia
View overlooking the pool
[All part of my goal to have 5 rent generating properties before I’m 35]
Of course, not all goals are monetary related (nor should they be!) as you shall see below:
- Got my Masters in International Relations and am currently doing a PhD in the same field at a world-class institution.
[Part of my long term life goals to pursue my passion]
- Have a successful relationship with friends, family and loved ones
[Part of my long term life goals]
- Meditate every day.
[Part of my long term life goals]
A note is in order here: I am listing some of these met goals not to boast. In fact, compared to many of the ‘goal setting gurus’ out there, my ‘achievements’ pale in comparison and they are really quite puny and I mean that honestly.[_ _]
I didn’t start a multi-million dollar company, I don’t have a Lamborghini, I don’t travel first class nor stay in 5 star hotels (in fact, I actually like staying in budget places – you meet lots of interesting people there!) to give a few examples. I’m still a student and I’m not ‘retired.
But that’s the whole point – ‘goals’ and ‘success’ do not need necessarily involve making millions or living in a mansion. Goals and success can be small, modest events that you are comfortable with and not what you think should be according to society’s norms. More importantly, I believe that goals should not and must not solely be about making money or being ‘richer’.
So this is definitely not your typical ‘guru’ book. And I certainly don’t claim to be one! I’m just a typical guy who has managed to and I’ll show you how you can do that too.
Ultimately what this book will do is to help you achieve more, do more and succeed more[+ according to your conditions.+]
Have I ever set goals that I failed to realize? Heck, yes!
(Will talk about in a later chapter)
Have I gained more, lived more, achieved more and enjoyed more because of goals? Yes! And you can too!
This chapter is straightforward and will touch on 3 things: Why bother with ‘Mini goals’, [how to craft mini goals _]and a _little assignment to end this chapter.
All too often, we get caught up in crafting big, general life goals stretching over decades, that we miss out on the smaller, bite sized goals that happen between now and those big life goals.
Creating mini-goals will get you fully into the groove of goal setting so much so that it will become [_a way of life. _]It will also help you work more productively and live life more successfully – you’ll start seeing positive transformations in your life in as quick as a week.
Subconsciously, mini-goals are extremely powerful because they plant a seed in your mind. And this ‘seed’ will work the subconscious part of your brain instantly, in the background, to help you reach the more-than-achievable mini-goals.
Most importantly, mini goals build up the capacities, the [_experience _]and the [_know-how _]to take on greater, more ambitious life goals later on.
It takes a shorter term view compared to big life goals but is equally important in helping you ace your life and realize your dreams – whatever they may be.
Small mini goals
Now, here’s the part where I’ll need you to go grab a pen and paper.
I’ll wait so go grab it now!
First Assignment of the Course
Great! I need you to write down the following:
Can you see 2 ‘elements’ emerging from the goal ‘template’ above? I’ll[_ _]tell you what it is in the next chapter and why it is so important
Make sure 1 goal is related to , 1 is related to and 1 is related to .
Do not over-analyse this exercise – at least not now. The main point of this assignment is simply for you to get in the act of planning and setting goals.
Q: How long should I spend on this exercise?
A: Nothing more than just 5 minutes. It should be as intuitive as possible – literally the first things that pop into your head.
Q: How realistic should my goals be?
A: As realistic as possible. Do not worry about the means (just yet) but focus purely on the goals.
Q: What should I do next after setting the 3 mini goals?
A: Nothing for now…all you’ve to do is [read *]the 3 goals out to yourself *at least once a day.
Here’s your second homework of the course – I want you to [*email me right now ([email protected]) *]and tell me 3 things:
– Why did you read this book? I know it’s free but other than that, what else motivated you to pick it up and read it?
– What are the 3 mini-goals you’ve set for yourself?
– Why did you set those 3 goals?
Although I won’t be able to reply to each and every single email – I’ll share the results with you after you sign up to the mailing list at the end of the book.
I have, of course already received some emails and can reveal something about them.
Some were weird.
(You really don’t want to know!)
Some were wildly unrealistic.
(Dropped them a polite email)
But, thankfully, most were achievable, [*specific *]and, I have to admit, pretty good!
Before I get into this chapter lesson on the ‘identifying process’….
…let me reveal the answer to the question I posed in the previous chapter when I asked you the about the ‘common’ theme that emerged from the mini-goal template I provided you with.
Go on, scroll up or swipe back to the page with the ‘goal template’ and see if you can tell me what it is.
Did you manage to find it?
The answer is this: SPECIFICITY!
In other words:
This specificity has 2 elements: the goal itself and the end date.
[ Example ]
Statement #1: I want to make lots of money.
Statement #2: I want to make $20,000
(not good enough)
Statement #3: I want to make $20,000 by 2018
(we’re getting there!)
Statement #4: I will make $20,000 by December 2018 by way of investments, freelancing and starting a new business.
(Now, we’re talking!)
Notice, the intent, the specificity and the means in that last statement. Compare and contrast that to the first statement! The unfortunate thing is, most people are stuck in ‘Statement #1’ and ’Statement #2’ modes.
The result? They get vague and inconsistent outcomes. My goal in this mini book is to get you to a ‘Statement #4’ mode. And I bet you that as long as you stick consistently to this mode, you’ll see improved, more consistent and more profitable outcomes!
OK, now that we’ve got that ‘lesson within a lesson’ done, let’s start with this chapter’s module: ‘The Identifying Process’
The identifying process basically involves answering a set of 4 inter-related questions:
(1) What is needed to achieve your mini-goals?
(2) What are the obstacles present?
(3) What is the next exact step I need to take?
(4) Why did I choose those goals?
At this point in time, I’ll require you to take out your sheet of mini-goals and probe deeper.
What do you need (skills, time, effort, hard work, help from friends, money etc.) to achieve the 3 mini goals you’ve set for yourself?
What obstacles (laziness, lack of time, lack of motivation, lack of self-discipline, kids, work commitments etc.) could potentially hinder your achievements of those goals?
Be as brutally honest as possible with yourself.
And finally, what is the EXACT you’re going take next?
Just in case you didn’t notice, I said STEP not STEPS. I need you to really focus on the next immediate FIRST (single) step you need to take towards your 1st mini goal whatever it may be. For instance, if your 1st mini goal is to run at least three times in 7 days, the next immediate action step would be to ‘put on my running shoes’.
(You don’t actually have to do it NOW but you need to IDENTIFY it now so that it is crystal clear what you need to do NEXT!)
And yes, you’ll need to the answers to the question on that same sheet you wrote your mini goals. Highlight. , or CAPITALIZE the identified ‘next step’.
Thereafter plan when you want to take that immediate next step and DO IT.
Is it now? 5 hours later? Tomorrow?
Do this also for the other 2 mini goals, because remember, you’re concurrently pursuing 3 mini goals.
(By the way, you should know by now, I’m an advocate for writing things down – pen on paper – old school style. And it’s for very good reasons that I’ll reveal over the next few chapters)
This exercise above is extremely extremely important.
Because it allows you to identify and sharpen your mini goals further, identify potential obstacles, identify the means to reach your goal and, crucially, identify the next action step to take.
This process of introspection and identification will set you and your subconscious brain working tirelessly towards achieving your goals. It also has a strong re-reinforcing principle. The process of setting goals, identifying, taking action and achieving will continually reinforce and strengthen each of the parts of the entire mini-goal setting process.
So the more you do this, the more you will plan for the goals, the more you will take action and the more you’ll achieve. And the last I checked, there is no , and way to realizing all that you ever wanted through planning, setting and achieving goals!
Question #4 – ‘Why did I choose those goals’ involves answering questions on your Big Life Goals and if your mini-goals are [_congruent _]with your overall life goals.
(Hint: Yes, they should be!)
What if you’re an unmotivated lazy ass (that’s me sometimes)?
Chances are, we’ve all been through periods of laziness and procrastination. However, we’ve ALL been through periods where we are super productive and hyper motivated or what some people call ‘in the zone’.
And honestly, the problem with most people is not being motivated enough to take that first step…
(I’ve designed it such that most people will find it easy to undertake)
…it is with sustaining that motivation.
It is about consistent action…EVEN if you don’t ‘feel like it’.
It is essentially about ‘hacking’ your mind so that you bring the goods
and take action 24/7.
More on that in the next chapter.
Your assignment now is simple: do the aforementioned.
This chapter’s message is on ’. Sounds very simple and straightforward right? I hear you saying:
“What’s there to ‘learn’ or ‘know’ about taking action?”
Turns out there’s A LOT to learn about taking action.
(So much so that I’m going to touch on this in 2 separate chapters, this being the first one).
One of my favourite lines ever is from a book I read several years ago.
The title of the book summarizes and encapsulates the principles taught in one simple sentence – ‘Nothing Happens Until Something Moves’.
I thought it so brilliant as it is both profound and clear at the same time. This chapter’s principles are a little different from the rest. I’ll list a statement or quote that brings out the [_essence _]of the statements and expand on it.
This should be fun!
“‘Can’t’ is a bad word”
It really is, if pronounced a certain way, if you know what I’m saying.
More seriously though, do you ever notice how many times a day you use the word ‘can’t’?
How many times do you start a statement saying “I can’t”? How many times do you reply by saying “you can’t”?
Now, there are obvious things that you really can’t (or shouldn’t!) do such as flying, going invisible, doing morally hazardous stuff. But beyond the physically impossible, there really is nothing you cannot achieve. Put it another way – you can achieve everything you’ve always wanted to achieve.
And it’s mostly a matter of your mind rather than your circumstances (although your mind tricks you into believing so) that makes you think “I can’t” rather than “I CAN!”.
If you have a good idea or something you want to do/achieve in life but feel that you don’t have the right experience or skills to do something, go and gain some experience, look at it from a different angle or find a different opening to go in and let these form part of your goals!
Do put yourself ‘out there’ and be willing to take action so that YOU CAN! Instead of saying ‘I can’t’, why not try saying ‘well, how can I do this then?”
I’ve always dreamt of owning a business since I was a kid, When I was in primary school (or elementary school where you’re from) I use to hone my selling skills buying and re-selling ‘magic cards’
I would make a good $20-$30 per week.
Not bad for a kid, and if you adjust it for today’s rate, it is pretty decent.
Now, I remember my goal, then, was go make some extra pocket money and to gain some selling skills. However, the problem was that I’m not that interested in ‘Magic the Gathering’ at all.
(I had almost zero interest in the game).
I didn’t know the rules, the rarity of the cards, which cards were in demand and which weren’t.
Nevertheless, I knew there was a market for it because there were so many students playing it after school (and sometimes during lessons under the table!)
Normally, one would perhaps give up a venture like this due to one’s lack of experience and ‘inside knowledge’.
I could have said ‘I can’t’ but I said ‘How can I do this?’
I went to places where students gathered and played.
I made friends.
I spoke to people.
While I did not (and still do not) fully comprehend the rules of the game – I realized I do not need to understand that to be able to trade and sell. What I did was to sharpen my knowledge on which were the rare cards and which were the in-demand cards.
I bought entire ‘sets’, gave out for free the ‘common’ cards thus, gaining a reputation of sorts and created a ‘buzz’ for myself and sold the rare, uncommon cards at a handsome profit.
I threw myself ‘out there’.
I told myself ‘I can’
I went into this niche from a different angle – not as a player as most people typically do – but as an ‘expert’ in rare cards. Soon enough, people were seeking me out to trade cards and to buy cards from me.
Personal story ends
This small anecdote contains 3 important lessons:
(1) How you think determines how you act. If you think I can’t – you really can’t and won’t. If you think ‘I can!’, while no guarantee of eventual success, it will guarantee action and, at the very least, a chance at success.
In my example, if I had started out with ‘I can’t’, I definitely would not have taken any action and would not have gotten that extra $20 or so a week and I most definitely would not have gotten hooked on starting businesses.
(2) You don’t have to know everything about a particular topic before you can qualify as an ‘expert’ or enter a particular field. Sure, you must have some knowledge – but as long as you know more than some people in that field – there will be a demand and a gap for you to fill.
(3) Whether you can or you can’t, you’re RIGHT (Famous quote from Henry Ford)
It is important for you to realize you can CHOOSE to think whether you can or can’t. Yes – you do have a choice. By realizing that [_can’t _]is not automatic and by deliberating choosing ‘can’ – you’re opening up more opportunities for change and profit in your life.
“Take BOLD action”
Some of us are naturally attracted to risk while some of us are naturally risk-adverse.
I’m lucky in that I enjoy taking risks.
Not unnecessary risks but calculated risks.
If you’re risk-adverse, don’t worry, because making and taking BOLD ACTION is a choice, a trainable skill set and, most importantly, usually ‘unrisky’!
In fact, think of the opposite scenario of NOT taking bold action and some risks. Doing nothing actually INCREASES your chances of living a boring, dull, financially tight, unhappy and sluggish life.
Do you want to risk living a life like that?
Or do you want to live a happier, more productive, more profitable and more exciting life?
What Richard Branson Taught me
I recall a brilliant personal story by Branson through his book
In it he recounted the final episode of ‘The Rebel Millionaire’, a reality show he was involved in. He offered the ultimate winner – Shawn Nelson – a cheque for $1 million dollars.
But there was a catch.
He could take the cheque and leave with that $1 million, no strings attached OR he could toss a coin and lose everything OR win something even bigger – potentially a multi-million cheque.
Now put yourself in Nelson’s shoes. I want you to think about it for a moment and make a choice now.
What would you have done?
In the end, Shawn chose the cheque for $1 million dollars.
Did you choose that too?
You might have thought I would have taken the coin toss with my admission earlier that I’m a risk taker. But you would be wrong. I would have taken the $1 million dollar cheque myself as well. Indeed, Richard Branson’s words to Shawn Nelson were these:
“If you had gone for the coin toss, I would have lost all respect for you”
Why? Because the coin toss was something he could not control, it wasn’t a calculated risk, it was a pure gamble.
The Virgin group did not become the global conglomerate it is today by coin tosses but by taking calculated risks where there is some degree of control.
“Be bold and take risks but don’t gamble and don’t bet.”
Richard Branson story ends
“Continually Challenge Yourself”
One of the biggest secrets to taking sustained and consistent action is to continually challenge yourself.
It is really not that difficult to take the first few steps in any endeavour…
… how do you react when you face obstacles?
…what do you do when you feel bored?
…how do you respond when you feel unmotivated?
…how can you continue to act when you don’t get the desired results?
I’ll have to admit, it can get tough and there were several instances where, I too, felt like not taking action.
However, one of the key things (among others) that kept me going was to continually challenge myself and to keep things fresh and fun.
I would like to stress here that ‘challenge’ need not always be ‘challenging’. I’ll give an example later but first, let me demonstrate how I kept myself going with what some people might see as ‘tedious’ – crafting this exact course that you are part of. Each and every chapter is carefully written and meticulously edited, refined and re-edited to ensure maximum clarity and value for you.
On average, I take .
So how did I challenge myself and kept writing and crafting good content and to continually motivate myself?
- I goal-planned and goal-planned and goal-planned. Not so much to the point where it is excessive, but far enough and ambitious enough where, after seeing how it would pan out, be excited and motivated about it.
- Ensured that I crafted mini-goals that would help me achieve the completion of this course. ie. ‘Flesh out the topics and sub topics for lessons #1 and #2 by the end of this week” etc.
This ensures that I’ve a clear action plan: I know what to do now and I know what to do next. This conserves valuable energy into actually DOING things instead of thinking about doing things.
(The ‘thinking’ part is done, mostly, in the initial planning phase)
- Ensure that I took necessary and deliberate breaks in between and that these breaks formed part of my mini-goals as well!
The opposite of not-taking action is one of taking EXCESSIVE action.
Allow me to explain: at times, I felt like I could write the whole course in just 1 day. The motivation is strong (that is good), however, if I did that, it wouldn’t allow my mind and my creativity to ‘rest’ and rejuvenate.
I most certainly would have written in a tired, weary and frenzied manner which would most definitely would have been reflected in the end-product. Moreover, if I allowed myself to go all in at such a short period of time, I would have risked burning myself out and reduced the chances of sustained action.
Instead of merely sitting in front of the computer and typing, typing, typing…
I challenged myself by continually seeking feedback from industry experts on the content.
I made things fun by mixing up the mediums in which I recorded my content. (I wrote them down, drew mind maps, recorded myself speaking out the content, etc)
I kept my purpose and end goal very very clear so that I know what I was working towards and how this would pay off in the end.
Every time, I felt that I was losing motivation, I would re-focus on my purpose and goal of the course. Doing so will ensure that you ‘don’t break the chain’ (will explain this principle in the last lesson)
1) Look at your mini-goals
2) Ask yourself, ‘how can I make these mini goals more fun and more challenging?’
To use the example that I’ve always used, suppose your first mini goal is to ‘run at least three times a week’.
To make it challenging you could plan to:
‘track and improve the length by x miles or timing by x minutes each successive run’
To make it fun (and challenging too!) you could plan to:
‘find a running mate for at least one of the 3 runs’
3) Write down next to your mini goals the plans you’ve made.
Chapter 4: Watch this video
This chapter is different from the rest.
This session on ‘Taking Action’ takes place, not here, but in a video I’d like you to watch:
(It’s called ‘Caine’s Arcade’)
All I can say is…when I watched this the first time, I teared up.
It’s only 11 minutes long and its super fun to watch.
Enjoy the video and see what comes to your mind as you view it.
See what THREE things you can pick up in the video about TAKING ACTION.
Write them down and email me your responses. After you’re done watching the video come back here for the next chapter.
In the previous chapters, I told you I’d tell you more about ‘not breaking the chain’.
It is explained in detailed in this ‘Seinfeld Article’:
The article talks about how you can
- Stop procrastinating
- Be consistent with taking action
- Not break the ‘chain’
A really fascinating read.
Go ahead, read it, it won’t take more than 6 minutes.
Carrying on with the ‘take action’ theme, I’ll reveal how you can motivate yourself EVEN when you feel you’re in the doldrums.
([_ and it complements the article you've just read *perfectly* _])
There’s so many ‘tips’ and ‘tricks’ to get yourself fired up and motivated that sometimes one gets lost in all the ’13 ways to motivate yourself’ or ’5 secrets to motivation’.
I’m going to cut through all that and reveal JUST ONE principle.
It has worked for me and for many of the successful people I know. It is the defining lever of motivation.
I call it the ‘t’.
In a nutshell it is this: if you publicly and positively commit to a goal, you will motivate yourself to achieve it.
- Positive Public Pressure -
Start announcing your goals to people publicly.
Tell your close friends, loved ones and family members. It is also important to let people outside your ‘inner circle’ know.
(I’ll explain that in a bit)
Basically you’ll need to:
- Email your co-workers and tell them your goals!
(“I’ll be going for a jog after work – this is to achieve my goal of running at least thrice a week!”)
- Talk to your neighbours and let them know what your goals are.
(“How are the kids? I’m taking tomorrow off because I want to focus on this online website I’m creating. I’m going to get it done by the end of the month”)
- Post on Facebook! This is perhaps the most powerful positive public pressure tactic.
(“I will travel to South East Asia by the year end and visit all 10 countries there! Anyone want to come with me?”)
- Create a ‘goal blog’ and blog about your goals, your plans and how you want to achieve it. I find this super super helpful because not only are you activating the ‘principle of positive commitment’, you’re also sharpening your actions, plans and goals further!
- Write your ‘mini goals’ in a post-it-note and stick it on your fridge or somewhere highly [*visible *]so that your family or visitors can it.
This way, not only are you constantly reminded about your goals, people will also start asking/talking about them leading you to further [_clarity _]on your goals and making your actions even more laser focused.
You do not have to be overt with stating your goals and you can couch it in ‘friendly’ or opinion seeking ways as shown above.
So why state your goals to people and the wider public you ask? It’s all for a very psychological reason.
The famous Psychologist, Robert Cialdini, explains its most clearly:
“If people commit, orally or in writing, to an idea or goal, they are more likely to honor that commitment because of establishing that idea or goal as being congruent with their self-image. Even if the original incentive or motivation is removed after they have already agreed, they will continue to honor the agreement.”
(read that one more time and let that sink in…)
In fact, there is no place bigger than Facebook – It has become an extension of self and of self-image. By publicizing your goals on Facebook (and elsewhere), you’re committing yourself to it.
And the public pressure and positive commitment to that stated goals will make you motivate yourself.
I’ve found this the MOST effective motivating principle.
Try it out for yourself.
The final assignment I’ve for you is this: to commit yourself positively to your goals.
A quick question: When was the last time you desired something so much, you thought about it day and night?
(Hold your answer, I’ll get back to that a little later in the lesson)
Today we talk about thoughts.
Thoughts determine your reality and all great things begin with a small, humble, thought.
It MIGHT seem like ‘outside’, ‘other’ factors determine your happiness or your mood, but really, your thoughts colour your world.
You can choose how you want to feel, how you want to see your world.
Once you start thinking differently, you start acting differently.
(Hence, ‘thoughts determine your reality’ and that’s why I’m firm believer in mindfulness.)
Mind you, the field of ‘thoughts’ and how to harness the power of thoughts to achieve success is a huge field so for this lesson, we’ll only need to concern ourselves with ONE key principle – ‘the clarity principle’ – that will help you visualize and actualize your goals and dreams:
The more clarity you have on your goal, the greater your chances of achieving it!
Sounds simple right?
However, most people usually[_ do not_] have clarity over their goals.
Remember, in earlier chapter, I talked about have specificity over your goals?
You need to go one step further than that so that you can gain control over your time, over your life, over your own life and over your success…
What Having Clarity Means
Put simply, it refers to clarity in goals, clarity on [thoughts *]and clarity in *action. We’ve already covered clarity in goals so now, you’ll need to develop clarity on thoughts and action.
How to Achieve Clarity in Thoughts and Action
First, you’ll need to start visualizing your goals as if you’ve already achieved them. These images need to be crystal clear and be as vivid as possible and you need to run through them every day.
(That’s the consistency part we’ll get to in a bit)
I also want to add that this is grounded in science and evidence: Scientists have found that mental practices are almost effective as true physical practice, and that doing both is more effective than either alone. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14998709)
Once again, doing this would tap into your subconscious powers and help you move ever closer to your goals! Of course, ‘nothing happens until something moves’ right? So you’ll need to take action – action that needs to be clear and focused as well.
Just a while ago, I asked you if you ever desired something so much so you thought about it day and night? If you answered ‘Yes’, good! Think back to how it felt, what imagery you used and how you thought about it. Get back that ‘feeling’ and apply it even to your mini-goals.
If you answered ‘No’, good! Now is the time to start thinking about and concern yourself with your goals with a certain level of conviction and consistency.
*** Homework Time ***
Your assignment here is really to think vividly, clearly and consistently your mini goals you’ve created.
(It’s not really a ‘homework’ per se, as you really should be doing it every day, at least once, until you hit your mini goals)
So, if one of your goals is a financial one, say ‘save $5000 by the end of the year by way of disciplined monthly savings of $X amount’. What you do is literally ‘see’ in your mind that $5000 already in your bank account (use whatever works best for you, bank statement, internet banking statements, etc).
Next, simply ‘sit in’ the feeling of having already achieved the goal. How does it feel? What do you tell your loved ones?
Finally, think about what you’re going to do with that extra $5k. Are you going to take a holiday? Buy some stocks? Invest in a personal development course?
Don’t be afraid to refine and sharpen your mental images each time you do this exercise.
Ever wondered how top athletes such as Tiger Woods (golf), Michael Phelps (swimming), Ronnie O’Sullivan (snooker) or Daniel Sturridge (football or ‘soccer’ to some) are able to bring their ‘A game’ almost all the time?
Is it God-given talent?
Hours of hard-core sweat and tears in training?
Or perhaps having the world-class coaches, personnel or facilities?
Yes, I’m pretty sure all those play a large part in their success.
However, one common thread stands out among sportsmen mentioned above: VISUALIZATION.
It is well known, for instance that Daniel Sturridge – the Liverpool FC and England footballer – watches the goals he has scored in the past on the bus/plane to his next match. This is to get him ‘in the zone’ and to visualize himself scoring goals.
(It must really work because he recently became Liverpool FC’s 4^th ^quickest striker ever to hit 50 goals.)
Or take a look at Olympic winner – Michael Phelps. His mental preparation is simply astounding. See what he can teach us about the power of visualization and mental strength:
How did you like the article? What did you pick up from it?
I thought the article brought out, brilliantly, how ‘clarity’, ‘focus’ and ‘mental strength’ can help one achieve all there is to achieve.
EVEN athletes with all their physical prowess need to build up their mental game to win big.
How much are you willing to give?
That said, I’ve to reiterate that building your mental game and visualizing your goals are only half of the equation.
The next half requires you to take ACTION.
I know I’ve stressed this multiple times already throughout this course but I cannot emphasize this enough.
After years of coaching and training students, I’ve observed that the number #1 reason why most people fail…
…is not due to their talent and skills.
…is not due to a lack of resources.
…is not because they do not have the tools.
It is almost always because they fail to take action or fail to take consistent action.
Too many people try giving 60% or 70% effort.
Two reasons why:
, many people *think* they can get away with or get what they want with as little as possible (be it effort, time, money, etc.)
(That is just human nature)
So while putting in 50% or 60% of your effort into something which may bring you success sometimes, admittedly - it is never going to bring lasting success.
, many people equate ‘more effort’ or ‘full effort’ with labour, sweat, time and pain and therefore tends to avoid doing or putting in more work.
(Generally, humans seek pleasure and avoid pain)
Given the choice of doing nothing/relaxing (pleasure) or doing more work (‘pain’), it is any wonder which your brain will choose?
The truth is giving 100% full effort and focus isn't that difficult.
It isn’t painful.
It is achievable and most, importantly, a trainable skill.
Here are 3 important things to take note on taking action:
(and a bit of a recap)
- Apply the power of positive pleasure
- Keep the consistency going. That means visualizing, reading and taking action regardless of how you’re ‘feeling’ or even if you’re having a bad day.
- Focus on the next action step. “What should I do next, now that I’ve done this”. This keeps your action steps small and look achievable while allowing you to to maintain a laser focus on the action you need to do next.
- Finally, and I think most importantly keep your mini goals (and life goals) meaningful.
It sure is good to have a goal of making a million dollars. But for what end? To what purpose?
Make sure that your goals tie into something ‘bigger’ then yourself and that it is invested with meaning, value and positivity! And with that, my friend, I’m closing the curtains on ‘The Power of Mini Goals’!
Please do let me know what you think of the course and how it has helped you set and achieve goals ok?
One last thing, while the ‘course’ has ended, so to speak, our conversation has not.
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