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Having Goals May Just Be The Most Important Factor Of Your Life

How many times have you had a goal and weren't able to find the means to achieve it? Probably a lot. Many people have no idea how complicated and powerful the mind's influence actually is, which explains why the the problem isn't their ambitious nature but the level of specificity of the goal itself.

The mind is a super-computer that responds to the inner thoughts and commands that you give it. The two parts of the mind are: The conscious mind, which is the part you control, and the unconscious mind, which you do not control but still executes your commands.

This is why it is quite possible that an unconscious belief about yourself or something is actually preventing you from reaching your goals. For example, if you believe “money is the root of all evil”, then why would your unconscious mind ever allow something so evil to be abundant in your life? If you believe your metabolism is the reason why you are fat, then why you would your unconscious mind allow you to lose weight?

One of the most important factors about having a goal is that it must be aligned with your beliefs. It must directly correspond with the way your mind perceives the world to work. When you realize that a goal is possible, within the laws of physics and reality, you must make your goal extremely specific so the unconscious mind can help you achieve it.

For example, if you say to yourself, “I want to lose weight”, you are most likely going to be disappointed by the amount of weight you lose. In fact, you will probably veer from the course anyway since you actually don't have a finish line to run towards. The reason for this is because having no specific strategy or time frame yields no way of seeing gradual results. The weight you would lose would be minimal because your unconscious mind was never told how much weight it was supposed to lose specifically.

If your goal is not specific, then there is no actual goal, just a vague guideline for success. Let's say that you need to be at an appointment somewhere that you've never been before and your navigation says, “Just travel east and you'll run into your destination eventually.” Without specific directions, chances are your journey will be so frustrating that you will either get there too late and miss your appointment or just give up and go home.

In order to achieve a goal, it must be extremely specific. If you want to lose 15lbs, your goal should be stated as such, “I want to lose 15lbs by Jun 5th, 2013.” This gives your unconscious mind a specific deadline to work with and also helps it create suggestions for ideas that you can use consciously when building a strategy. This doesn't mean that you state your goal once and it automatically ensures success.  You must keep this goal in your mind so the constant thought of it keeps you on course.

With the goal set and the unconscious mind programmed, now it is time to create a strategy that will make sure you achieve it on time. Your strategy should break down every step that you need to take in chronological order so that each one is like a “mini-goal.”

The first few mini-goals may be difficult since they are outside of your comfort zone but these first steps are crucial. When things get tough is when you need to remind yourself of your deadline and how important it is for you to achieve your goal. As you achieve each mini-goal, it is like a small victory for you to celebrate. The more mini-goals you push yourself to accomplish, the more these actions become a behavioral pattern reinforced by positive feelings.

This is when your unconscious mind begins to take control of something which was difficult at first, but is now second nature to you. Your goal is now part of your daily routine, just like brushing your teeth. That is how your unconscious mind rewards you for your hard work and determination. Every day that goes by, you find yourself naturally gravitating to your next mini-goal until the day comes where you achieve your final goal.

So when constructing a goal, take a piece of paper and make sure you do the following:

1. Believe your goal is possible

2. Write down your goal in detail, with a specific deadline and outcome

3. Create a chronological strategy to achieve your goal by the deadline

4. Write down why it is important for you to achieve this goal

5. Write down how you will feel when you achieve it

6. Write down how your life will change when you achieve it

7.Should you feel the urge to veer from your goal or believe you can't do it, look at 1-6.
(This means keep the paper you wrote everything on and refer to it when needed.)

8. START NOW!!!

Angelo John Gage | Elite. 

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Angelo John Gage

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Angelo is a former United States Marine and Iraq war veteran. After completing his military service in 2006, he returned to civilian life and began a journey of self-discovery. Through his own trials and tribulations, he stumbled upon the field ...
Angelo is a former United States Marine and Iraq war veteran. After completing his military service in 2006, he returned to civilian life and began a journey of self-discovery. Through his own trials and tribulations, he stumbled upon the field ...

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