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The Scientific Way To Achieve Your Goals

26 Oct 2011

The Scientific Way To Achieve Your Goals

Achieving Goals Can Be Effortless

I bet you’ve experienced times in your life where you achieve your goals and it was so easy that it seemed effortless. You established a goal and then it just seemed to arrive, as if you’d picked it out of a catalogue, placed your order and it was delivered to you at just the right time, all wrapped up and nicely packaged.

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And other goals that were not-so-easy

At other times you might have set a goal and trying to achieve it felt like you were scaling the face of Mount Everest – over broken glass – on your hands and knees!

How come some goals seem easy and pleasurable and others just make you want to give up? It could be that the easy and pleasurable goals fit the principles that quantum physicists have proven work. So now you can apply these same scientific principles to ensure you achieve your goals?

How to achieve your goals

Decide exactly what you want.

While this sounds straightforward – and it is – it’s also important to be clear in your own mind about your goal.

Make sure the goal is something you have control over.

If you don’t have any control over the goal – it’ll be doomed to failure before you even start. For example, ‘winning lotto’ is not something you generally have under your control. Neither is, ‘Having my partner take me out for dinner every week.’ (Unless you’re some kind of bully or Attila the Hun!)

Check that the goal is also compatible with other areas of your life.

Goals that are incompatible will often result in self-sabotage. Or, if you do achieve your goals you may create some problems in other aspects of your life.

State it positively and in the present tense.

It’s vital that you describe what you want, rather than what you don’t want. Focusing on any goal activates the Reticular Activating System (RAS). Your RAS is the automatic mechanism inside your brain that brings information that matches your thinking, to your attention. It means you’re more likely to notice opportunities that relate to what you’re thinking about. A simple example of this is when you buy a new car and suddenly you begin noticing all the other cars that are the same as yours.

If you think about what you don’t want, you’ll notice more of what you don’t want.

Positively stated goal: I’m enjoying having easily increased my output by streamlining how I do things. (The focus is on want you want)
Negatively stated goal: I’ve got rid of the $5000 debt I owe. (Focus is on the debt)

Write it down – otherwise it’s just a dream!

Research* shows that goals that are written down have a much greater chance of being achieved. Reading them regularly also contributes to them being achieved. Reading goals helps you ‘sensualise’ the outcome you want.

‘Sensualise’ it!

Another term, visualisation, is often used for this step, but vision is only one of your five senses. To make a goal come alive and feel compelling you need to use all your senses. So imagine having the goal NOW. You should feel like you’re participating in the movie scene that you’re creating in your mind.

Step into it and feel what it feels like to be successful in achieving your goal, physically as well as at a deep emotional level. What are you hearing, tasting and smelling as you vividly sensualise the experience of already having the goal? What are you saying to yourself? Repeat this step twice a day for a few minutes at a time, enjoying and relaxing into the process. In this way the goal stays at the forefront of your mind, it feels powerful and exciting.

Take inspired action.

Do something that will move you a step closer to achieving your goals. Be open to opportunities that come your way, that might lead you to your goal; an article you read, perhaps a gut feel, a ‘coincidence’, a meeting with someone. Take action on those things. It’s also important to take notes of any ideas you have that might lead you to your goal. Write them down, don’t rely on your memory. Write them down so you can act on them later.

Celebrate your achievements.

It‘s OK to be successful. Noticing and reminding yourself of your successes will build your self-esteem and confidence in achieving other goals.

If, at this point you’re starting to think that this is all ‘new age’ mumbo jumbo, let me quickly assure you that it’s not. Quantum physicists have proven that the way you think about your goals affects not only your ability to achieve your goals but also the speed with which you can achieve them.

This article is not the place for a long discourse on quantum physics so if you’re interested in the science behind this article you may like to start with the DVD, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” Suffice it to say here, that the more clearly and compellingly you can represent the goal (i.e. ‘sensualise’ it) the easier it will be to realise it.

Think back to the goal that you achieved easily and I bet it met many, if not all of the criteria mentioned above?

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*Research by Gail Matthews PhD. Dominican University of California.

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