These Tips Expand on the First Eleven
12. Use affirmations: Affirmations can
move you forward dramatically in achieving your goals. Put them in
the present tense as if you have already achieved them and say
them out loud! Also, create the affirmation with lots of details
and positive language rather than negative (no, not, can’t, never,
13. Join or create a support group:
Getting help from others is one of the secrets of successfully
reaching your goals. So be sure to find or create some sort of
support group of similarly minded peers.
You could decide to form a Goals Success
Group consisting of several people who decide to work together on
goals. Your job as a group member is to help and support the other
members’ goal setting efforts in any way that seems appropriate.
They should reciprocate. The authors have been meeting with a
Goals Success Group for over 6 years and it has really changed our
lives for the better.
14. Model the strategies of successful
people: Think of people you know or you know about who can serve
as models. Modeling your actions after someone who has already
achieved what you want can help you save time and prevent the
painful trial and error that you would have to endure without this
kind of help. They can provide an effective roadmap to move you
15. The 3 “R’s” - Review, reevaluate,
rewrite: Review your goals regularly and write the steps for the
day on your “to do list”. Reevaluate and rewrite your main goals
every three to six months. Because things change, you may find
that what you wanted a few months ago is not exactly what you want
now. Be sure to reevaluate sub-goals, steps and strategies.
16. Patience is a virtue: Don’t be too
impatient—some goals take longer to manifest. Delays in reaching
your goals do not imply that you won’t reach them. When you plant
a seed, you can’t keep digging it up every week to see if it has
sprouted, sometimes reaching goals is the same. You must believe
in what you want enough to keep pursuing your dream while putting
your attention on other things as well.
17. Keep your balance: Maintain a
lighthearted attitude while working on your goals. Although
commitment and persistence are important, balance in your life
will keep you motivated and enthused. Too much focused intensity
may keep you from opening up to new possibilities and can actually
hold you back.
18. Pay attention to hunches: Make a
commitment to pay attention to hunches and intuition when taking
actions towards your goal. Sometimes these are very subtle nudges
that move you in a beneficial direction you didn’t expect.
19. Be public with your goals: This may
create some pressure on you to keep going after what you want and
will probably help you take consistent action. Be sure to only
tell people who will be supportive towards your success that you
are absolutely committed to reaching your goal.
20. Rehearse and visualize your success:
Imagine having your new car, new house or vacation whatever your
vision is. Imagine with all your senses having already achieved
your goal. Think about how great that feels, looks and sounds.
(For more details, see Imagery and visualization section).
21. Use a “to do” list for taking daily
actions: Using a “to do” list and prioritizing your goals
regularly is a useful technique. Sometimes you will get bogged
down in day-to-day busyness and you might overlook the steps
needed to get to your goals. Be sure to integrate the goals into
your “to do” list daily or weekly (at least), then put the highest
priority goals at the top and take action on those first.
One of the secrets of successful people
is they take action on the most important things every day. Avoid
focusing a lot of attention on things that are not important.
Here’s a quote from Robert Allen (a best selling author and
motivation expert), who recommends facing the hardest things
first. “Don’t do first things first, do feared things first!” An
even more outrageous way to start the day from Allen is to “dig a
hole, throw in a crocodile and jump in!”
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Guide 22-24 - Self Appreciation