Setting goals is an essential part of achieving your dreams. Goals focus your mind and harness the power of it to guide you in the direction of where it is that you want to go. You’ve heard the expression “If you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there”. To get to where you want you must have clearly marked out goals. I write about this more in depth in The Primer but will give a quick overview of goal writing here. The clearer that your goals are the more likely you will be to know in what direction to go in. Just writing down your goals won’t achieve them for you. But they do focus your mind which is very powerful.
Write it down
First things first you need to write you goals down. You cannot just have them in the back of your mind. You must have them written down. The act of writing something down helps cement it in the brain. Watch a video and try to remember it then watch another video and take notes. Which one will you have gotten more information from? Writing does a great job of focusing the mind on information.
Take ten things that you want to accomplish and write them down. Take your time and truly think about this. This is going to have a large impact on your future. I would recommend having at the very least a health, wealth, spiritual, and relationship (meaning relations to women not having a girlfriend/wife necessarily) goals. Make these specific and clear. Clarity is power.
The next thing you must do is keep these goals in the forefront of your mind. You cannot write them down one time and expect them to continue being your focus. Imagine this. You are exploring the American wilderness in the early 1800’s. You were given a rough map by trackers who had been through the area earlier. This map is your only lifeline. Would you look at it one time and expect to know it? Or would you constantly memorize every detail in that map in case it was lost?
You would constantly keep the path in your mind. Until it was drilled so deep into your subconscious recalling it would be automatic and even then you would look at it more because after all it is your lifeline. After writing down your goals you must review them everyday. I would read them when you wake up in the morning and before you go the bed at night. Don’t just glance over them although sometimes that may be all you can do. Really focus on them, meditate on them.
In addition to meditating on them you must visualize them. You do not have to do this everyday but the more you do it the more it will benefit you. I would recommend at least three times a week carving out fifteen to twenty minutes to sit down and visualize your goals. To visualize your goals mean to think about their accomplishment. To envision your life at their completion
So if your goal was to become a multimillionaire what would that be like? What would you be doing? Where would you live? What would your goals be then? What type of car would you drive? How would that change your business? How would that change your life? Visualize what this would be like the feelings you would feel, the thoughts that you would think, and the things that you would do. Take your time with this. I would recommend being in the dark and solitude, though you can do this anywhere.
The final part is to consistently meditate and visualize your goals. Do this once and nothing will happen. Do it for a month and you will find some benefit in it. Do it for a year and your life will be different. Do it for ten years and your life will be greater than you could have imagined. Like going to the gym consistency is the key. Over intense visualization sessions over extreme meditation. Consistency is more important than them all. Without it you will go nowhere with you can go anywhere.
Take this day by day. It’s not something that going to change your life overnight. It is a habit to acquire. Stick with it and you will reap the rewards. Remember without goals the powers of your mind will drift aimlessly about. Your mind is a very powerful tool but it needs a direction to go in. Artillery only works when it has coordinates to zero in on. Artillery going every which way is just as much as a liability as an asset. Not a perfect metaphor but you get the idea. Write down your goals, meditate on them, visualize them, and do so consistently and you will harness your mind in the direction of your dreams.