Making your New Year’s Goals
New Year’s is a time when many resolutions are made. They are also the time when many resolutions are left unachieved. The resolutions you choose to make are goals. You must write your specific goals on paper if you want to win the game of life.
People usually talk about their so-called goals but, unfortunately, are not committed to attaining them. Because when those goals are not written, they just casually drift by. Successful people write their specific dreams and goals into reality. Everyone I know who is successful has come to learn and understand the power of writing goals.
As a , I never used to write my goals. I used to think, “Hey, I don’t need to write my goals down. I’m bright enough to keep them in my head. I’ll remember it,” I used to boast. Sure, I did remember my goals, but the question I have learned to ask is, “How often during the day am I thinking about my goals?”
What I found was that a month would go by and I would get so preoccupied with the bills, the cat, the internet connection, my friend’s girlfriend problems, the gym, my car—whatever you can think of, it was on my mind—then at the end of the month when I would get some breathing time, I’d look back and go, “Wow, that was one heck of a wasted month.”
We all have things happening all the time, and since we can only attend to one thing at a time in our heads, the goal is straight out the door. This can drag on for weeks, months, and even years. Only after a while do we realize that we have deviated completely from our goals. Most people are left wondering how last year went by so quickly. Successful people know that every day spent focusing on the end reward moves them one step closer to attaining their goals and living their dream lives.
Take a second now, grab a piece of paper, and write down ten goals, big or small, that you would like to achieve in the next twelve months (this will give you a head start to January the 1st).Do this exercise now. Write your ten goals down—write ’em, write ’em, write ’em.
You should make this list, not because Kevin is saying so but because, when you write down your goals, you have made a commitment, albeit to yourself. You have written something down and your subconscious is now telling you to go and make it happen. When you read your goals (to yourself; no one else has to hear them), you are taking your thoughts from your conscious mind to your subconscious mind. Put simply without getting clinical, the conscious mind controls such activities as kicking a ball. Your subconscious mind controls your breathing and your heart beat.
Training your subconscious mind will help you to attain your dreams. Your subconscious mind never sleeps, so when you write your goals down and read them, you are putting your mind into training mode. Just imagine having a powerhouse working towards your goals twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the power of which you will only realize when you practice what you are listening too.
Now when you have your goals written down and you’ve placed them where they will be seen often throughout your day, you will be constantly reminded of what your priority in life is. You get to ask yourself the question and, right then and there, you can make the decision to keep on track. Constantly looking at your written goals is a path-correcting mechanism. Ants do it all the time; they use the sun as their navigation tool so as to get where they want to go. They move in figure eights and constantly use the sun and its angle as a guide to their destination. So, for lack of a better metaphor, be anent.
You must also attach an emotional element to your goals. If your goals lack an emotional connection, then your desire will not last the test of time. For example, if you start a business with the intention of earning one thousand dollars a week, unless you have an emotional connection, the chances are you will crumble. Yet if you had a target of hitting one thousand dollars a week because it would mean you can help your family with day-to-day living and remove their stress (if seeing them in stress really hurts you), then you will have a strong desire that will withstand the test of time. Your desire will only get stronger.
It’s the burning desire that will get you out of bed. It is this burning desire that will occupy every spare moment you have. It will be the last thing you think of before going to sleep, and it will be the first thing you think of when you wake. If you have a goal, and you don’t think about it with excitement, then your desire is not strong enough. The key is to have a strong reason for needing to achieve this goal and to ask yourself exactly what the consequences of not achieving it are. Have a clear image in your mind of what it feels like to have achieved the goal. Picture it; smell it; taste it. Now that you have your goal in the forefront of your mind, ask yourself, “What do I need to do to get there?”
Having your dreams and goals in front of you all the time will transform what is a fiction today into a reality tomorrow.
Kevin Abdulrahman is an International Author of a series of books that are being translated into several languages and [+ Conference Speaker Kuala Lumpur+] Selling Educational Institute (DSEI) & . Kevin’s articles are regularly published in magazines, reports, newsletters and newspapers, constantly being used as resources all over the world. He helps winning organizations universities, sports teams and individuals create breakthrough results.
New Yearâ€™s is a time when many resolutions are made. They are also the time when many resolutions are left unachieved. The resolutions you choose to make are goals. You must write your specific goals on paper if you want to win the game of life.