We all have our own goals in life. Whether you have them written somewhere or not, the first step you need to take to achieve your goals is to really be clear with what you want to in life. Whatever you want to attain, you have to keep in mind that it’s going to be a struggle at first. It’s going to be hard. It’s going to be nerve-wracking. At times, it’s going to be excruciatingly painful. Then, there will be times when you’ll feel nothing at all. Achieving your goals will be so hard that you will reach a point where you’ll become numb from being too tired for so long.
But that’s not the time that you’ll give up.
You will want to give up. You will want to put down everything and just walk away from it all.
You will become perpetually tired at some time. But you won’t ever give up.
You won’t ever give up because you will look back at all the times you’ve achieved something and remember how great those moments made you feel.
Oh, how wonderful it is to make one of your dreams come true. Right?
Although you had doubts at first, you knew in your mind that everything will work out. That all your hard work will pay off in the end.
Richard Branson didn’t let doubt stop him from creating an empire like Virgin Airways. Bill Gates didn’t let any negative thoughts overrule his life and ruin his plans. Although these great business tycoons may have had some doubts at first, they didn’t let these negativities stop them from achieving the status they have now.
To have an unerring sense of confidence in yourself is a crucial factor that can affect your journey to success. Believing in your capabilities and talents will go a long way.
You have to believe in yourself that whatever you have set your mind to is going to happen.
You NEED to have that belief in the deepest depths of your soul that you will succeed. You may fail several times along the way, but in the pit of your stomach, there has to be that solid feeling that WILL make it. This kind of faith in yourself will drive you and make you committed to seeing yourself through your goals.
How do you build that strong, unbreakable feeling within you?
You need to harness the power of VISUALIZATION.
This is one of the most effective techniques that will make the long and hard journey to success a tad more bearable.
The power of visualization is potent. You can use not only for your goals but also for any aspect of life.
Visualization is running a conversation in your head before you tell someone what’s on your mind. It’s seeing yourself perform at the best of your abilities in front of a large crowd. It’s believing that you’ll be able to build a multi-million dollar company from scratch.
Visualization is something that many people will find difficult to do. It’s natural for the mind to wander. But if you know what to do, you’ll be able to refocus and put all your effort in your dreams again.
Here’s how visualization works:
- Pick a goal that you want to achieve.
- Create a clear picture of such a goal in your mind.
- Use all of your senses to visualize or imagine yourself achieving such a goal. Picture yourself making your dreams a reality. Feel the joy of success with every fiber of your being. Know in your heart and mind that this particular goal is as good as achieved.
- Hold that image in your head for at least 10 minutes. Focus all your energy on it. Don’t entertain any doubts that will distract you from this train of thought.
By visualizing and concentrating on your goals every day, you are attracting positive energies from the universe that will help you achieve whatever it is you want. It’s like programming your subconscious for success.
Now, some people might not believe in your goals. You may get ridiculed or laughed at. Don’t mind them. Don’t let anything distract you from the end goal. Also, it would be best to keep your goals to yourself or only to a chosen few, so you don’t hear any bad comments from other people.
Once you have mastered the art of visualization, the next important step you need to take to achieve your goals faster is affirmation.
Affirmation is repeating the fulfillment of your goals to yourself over and over. It’s another way of programming your subconscious, the source of all actions.
How do you make affirmations about your goals?
Say, you want to lose weight. To affirm, you need to use positive language with definite targets and timescales. This means that “I want to lose some weight” doesn’t really work. Why? This is because your subconscious doesn’t feel the urge to leap into action because your goal is not specific. Your subconscious doesn’t recognize it as something urgent. This means that you could be losing “some weight”, which could be 10 pounds or 1 ounce.
Positive affirmation is saying, “I want to lose 10 kilos by the end of 2019.” This is the right way to send the right signal to your subconscious because it is specific on how much weight you want to lose and by when.
So if you make daily affirmations of things, like “I will make $1,000 today”, “I will sell two houses today”, and the like, then your subconscious will know exactly what to do to help you achieve them.
Taking baby steps
There’s nothing wrong with making an affirmation of something between the lines of “I want to earn an income of $1 million by the time I reach 40”. But it sounds so grandiose. It can sound daunting and exhausting even, which could make achieving this goal close to impossible.
But if you break down your goals – take baby steps – everything becomes more manageable. Once your goals become easier to handle, you’ll have more energy and more willingness to stay on course. Besides, the satisfaction you get from having these mini successes will drive you to work harder than you ever did for your dreams.