Fairly self-explanatory and most people understand this concept.
Yet, goals are also elusive for many people and that’s what we want to explore here.
Why are simple concepts such as goals, goal setting, and goal achievement so elusive for so many?
To answer this question, we must first explore the context in which a goal is set, and contrast that with the context in which it is set, by successful achievers from all walks of life.
Many people have goals set for them by their family, employer, and other outside forces.
In addition, it is common that individuals set goals they know they must achieve in order to fulfill some kind of obligation.
What is missing in this picture? Passion is missing; a burning desire to accomplish the goal. We never accomplish goals that we are not passionate about. Instead, life usually finds a way to interfere.
Still, you are probably thinking that you cannot escape some of these goals that have been placed on you by your responsibilities and you are not likely to become passionate about filling out your boss’ expense report any time soon. We’re going to teach you a simple trick that we use to get passionate about any goal.
But first …
Successful achievers in all fields; be it business, relationships, finance, science, or any other field have one thing in common without exception. They have a passion for what they are doing. Let’s look at an example:
Do you think Donald Trump is passionate about real estate? Clearly, the man has a burning desire to create and participate in more real estate deals. Now, do you think he is also passionate about filling out the paperwork for loans and mortgages? Somehow that is doubtful.
You may be thinking “he has someone else do that stuff” and you are correct but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, if he had not filled out all of his paperwork in the early part of his career, he would not be in a position to hire someone else now. So how did he get himself to do it?
Donald, like all successful achievers found a way to create passion for the less meaningful task. This is done by placing a goal in the context of our burning desire. Another way to look at this is to reframe the reason for achieving the goal in order to align with that which you are passionate about.
Using the example of Mr. Trump, he connected the fact that completing the paperwork (which he had no passion for) moved him towards his passion of creating profitable real estate deals.
Herein, lies the secret to goal achievement! Your burning desire, your passion, is your vision for your life (or an aspect of your life) and your goals are tasks and objectives that move you closer to that vision. You must find a way to associate and frame every necessary goal to your passion.
Doing so will create a burning desire to accomplish the goal, because it is part of your passion.
As promised, we want to share with you a trick we use to create passion for our goals … even when those goals are not ones we created for ourselves. This trick can be used for things like work goals, family obligation goals, goals to get out of debt, or anything else that is a necessity goal but not one that you are passionate about.
1.Define the goal.
What is your goal? As an example, let’s say your boss has given you an assignment that you would rather not do. It is not something you are passionate about but you have to do it nonetheless. Let’s say you have to review and study the entire year’s marketing data and create a report.
2.Frame the goal to your passion.
To do this, you must first identify your passion. An example would be you are passionate about being retired by 50 which will allow you to spend time travelling with your family – lifelong dream of yours.
Reframing is a powerful tool if done correctly. Imagine you did the task well; in fact, you not only analyzed the data but created suggestions for improvement that were not required of you.
Why did you do this? Because you realized and aligned the goal with your passion. If you do this small task to the best of your ability, are you likelier to get a promotion or the boss’ favor? Yes! It is not guaranteed but it is certainly more likely than if you did the task poorly or were late in delivering.
And if you approach all of your work this way, how long will it be before “the powers that be” notice your high value. Aren’t you more likely to achieve your passion and dream if you do this task better, faster, and go above and beyond the call of duty?
3.Visualize the outcome of your passion through the accomplishment of the goal.
You begin to see that this goal, though not of your choosing, is a required step in the process to achieving your dream. You are one step closer.
How does it feel? Really visualize it – the excitement, the acknowledgement at the office, the pride of doing the job better than was ever expected of you, having more time after because you finished early, telling your family that you are doing everything to ensure your dream with them.
Where is your head, your eyes, how is your breathing. What are you hearing and seeing? Really visualize everything. Now, put your body in the same position, breath the same way, feel those emotions.
4.Anchor the new frame.
If you have done the visualization process you should be feeling good about your goal now. But this is not enough because feeling good now is only temporary. We now want to anchor. Anchoring is a technique where once we’re in a peak emotional and physical state, we do something to anchor the experience.
While in peak state you might squeeze your fist, or tap your shoulder, and any other physical activity that is unique to this instance.
Repeat the visualization and anchoring often the first few days (3-5 times per day) and then visualize and anchor each time you begin to work on your goal and after you have completed it for the day. Over time, it will become easier and easier to get into a “peak state,” find the passion, and be productive.
As you anchor, you will begin to notice that even this small physical gesture creates these same emotions in you.
Now you know one of the biggest missing ingredients in most goals. Find the passion, reframe the goal to align with the passion, and anchor the frame repeatedly. But reading isn’t enough either. You now have to apply this technique. Get going, do it, complete your goals, and live your dream!
Article by Michael Bloxton
About the Author : Life Coaching. President & CEO – OneMYnd, LLC
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