Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Unleash the Power of Goal Setting (Fundamentals of Success #7)

When one of our best friends and her sister visited us last weekend, it unexpectedly turned out to be a great two days of not just our typical girl bonding and fun, but hair-raising and mind-blowing realizations as well of how we can pursue success in our respective lives. Thanks to Jack Canfield's book, The Success Principles, I once again took a peek at my past learning which I want to share with you here.

Andrew Carnegie (the richest man in America in the early 1900s) once said:
" If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes."

I went back to my past journals and looked at the goals I've written. The vision I have created for myself from when I was still very young had already come true:

my vision board from more than a decade ago

I am happily married to my one true love; I live in in a beautiful white house; I own a red car; I am surrounded by beautiful wooden furniture that I bought for our house; I travel a lot; I earn in $ and I've already attained my first million in cash.

Years have gone by and I've never really bothered enough to create new vision boards. But I do write my short-term goals in my yellow notebook and as I turned its pages to sometime in September this year when I began searching for more lucrative endeavors, I was happily surprised to see that the particular amount of money I wanted to earn on a monthly basis has already been reached and even surpassed.

Jack Canfield says in his book that to ensure that the goals you have unleash the power of your subconscious mind, it must meet two criteria:
  1. It must be stated in a way that you and anybody else could measure (hence, the very specific amount I stated in my goals notebook).
  2. It should contain a specific date (hence the time frame which I also wrote down).
Goals must be written out in clear, measurable details. For example, I will weigh 120 lbs. by Dec. 31, 2011 at 11:00 pm. It can't be just "I want to lose weight." It should be precise, detailed and measurable.

Goals need to stretch you. They should make you get out of your comfort zone so you can be a master at life. You will need to learn new skills, expand your vision of what's possible, build new relationships, and learn to overcome your fears, considerations and road blocks.

Create a breakthrough goal. This is a goal that makes you fearful and doubles your doubts and considerations. It represents a quantum leap in your career or personal life. It is a goal that will astound you beyond your wildest dreams. If you don't experience fear, considerations and road blocks, it just means that your goal is not that big enough to stretch you and make you grow. I already have mine and it's already in the works. I'm still working out the details of this new goal of mine but basically, it is about creating a sustainable enterprise of beautiful items I consider essential which can help beautify, nourish and enrich other people's lives.

Whatever your goals are, write them down on pieces of index cards and read them every chance you can get. Better yet, create a goals book. Then bring the most important goals with you and carry them in your wallet so when you feel lost and defeated, you can read them again to help motivate you and to keep you moving forward.

Constantly reading your goals is an act that activates the power of your desire. It is this act that increases the "structural tension" in your brain as psychologists call it. The brain will always want to close this gap between your present reality and your vision of the future. By repeatedly reviewing your goals, you are also increasing the structural tension which will ultimately help you achieve your goal.

If you are bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things --- you don't have enough goals.

This is according to Lou Holtz, the only coach in NCAA history to ever lead six different college teams to post season bowl games, and a man who also won a national championship and "coach of the year" honors.

So decide what you want, jot them all down, read your goals at least three times a day and each day, do something that moves you toward those goals. (^_^)


  1. Okay, I will achieve 145 lbs. by December 16, 2011 at exactly 12pm. Haha, thanks for sharing!

  2. Go go go, Nicely! You can do it! Write it down, read it every day and do something that will move you towards this goal every single day. Cheers! :)


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