Goal Setting: The Magic is in the List

stress reduction articlesBy Nicky Vanvalkenburgh

Have you set any goals recently? 

If you’ve ever read “personal achievement” books, you’ve probably encountered some bizarre advice on goal setting.

Stuart Goldsmith, in his book “The Midas Method,” suggests that we begin goal setting by making an invisible letter “g” in the air with our finger. He also suggests that you recite your goals out loud, and end your session by “erasing” the letter “g.” Mr. Goldsmith inisists this technique is a signal to your subconscious that you are doing something important.

Brian Tracy wrote a book called “Goals: How to Get Everything You Want Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible.” Mr Tracy suggests writing out your goals as if they have already happened. For instance, if you have a bad habit of being late, your goal is “I am on time everywhere I go.” That’s right. Mr Tracy believes the use of present tense will cause you to think and act differently.

Mr. Tracy also suggests that you mentally visualize an empty parking place when you go to Walmart. Mr. Tracy believes that doing this sets in motion “the law of attraction,” and will instantly give you a place to park.

There is plenty of advice out there on goal setting. The main thing is to do it. That's right, take action. One of the easiest way to start is by writing things down in a notebook or pad of paper.

At the beginning (or end) of each day, make a list of all the things that you need to do. Later on, you might add or modify your list, as new things come to mind.

After making your list, determine the most important thing that you need to do. What do you need to do first? If possible, number your items in order of importance.

Personally, I use this method both for my personal, family, school and work-related agenda. Following this method, in one month I have accomplished as many as 100 items from my lists. This simple practice also helps me keep my wits as a mother, wife and e ntrepreneur.

Of course, you can do the same. Brian Tracy was right when he said that goal setting will help you accomplish things faster than you ever thought possible. Write out your goals today, and set out to accomplish them. You'll be amazed at what happens.

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