You can find tons of articles online and elsewhere about setting goals. This article goes a step further by telling you how to achieve goals.
That means not just writing your goals down, but also following through on them. Taking baby steps until you get what you want.
Always remember: You may not get EXACTLY what you want, but you can get the idea of what you want—or something a lot better.
A personal story
With the Vortex-Success Project, my initial goal was to spread my subliminal programs around the world and help 1 million people change their negative patterns. Today, my recordings have touched the lives of more than 20 million people, and my reach keeps growing.
Your goals are always dynamic. Once you achieve them, you move on to the next ones.
Earl Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” If you constantly apply your mind and actions to a well-defined purpose, you’re already a success.
When I first started Vortex, I didn’t expect to receive countless emails from people every day, thanking me for my work. I didn’t expect to record my programs with advanced software. I just worked with what I had.
As time went by, I improved my means and became better at what I do. I studied the mind and the Law of Attraction. I religiously followed up-to-date research in psychology.
My point is that you don’t have to know all your methods right now. Just keep on moving. Start with what you have, and the rest of the pieces will come to you later on.
Why is it important to have goals
Imagine you’re walking down the street. Suddenly, a car pulls up next to you. The driver opens the window and asks, “Excuse me, but how do I get there?”
I’m convinced that your first question will be, “Where do you want to go?”
Sounds funny, right? Yet so many people are drifting aimlessly through life without a clue about where they want to go. Then they wonder why they never made it anywhere.
The remedy is very simple: Set goals. Otherwise, it doesn’t matter which direction you choose, because you’ll never get where you want to be.
Write down your goals
Why? It’s been scientifically proven that those who put their goals in writing have 10 times higher income than those who don’t.
The way I see it, when I write my goals, I’m making a commitment to myself. If I can’t dedicate one or two hours to writing them, then I probably won’t find the necessary time and energy to actually work on achieving goals.
How to actually achieve your goals
Choose a goal that resonates with your values — something you’re passionate about. If you set a goal simply to please or impress someone else, your subconscious will always block you from reaching whatever you claim to seek.
Plan strategies and tactics.
The strategy is the general form of the action, and the tactics are the actual steps you’re going to take.
For example, if your goal is to be a successful real estate agent who sells 10 houses a month, your strategy can be to build community connections.
The tactics are the actual steps to achieve this strategy:
• Participate in community events.
• Get to know the organizations around you.
• Get involved in the local church.
• Organize donation events.
• Offer collaborations to other businesses and private people.
• Talk to 20 random people a day when you’re running errands.
And so forth.
Ask yourself, “What do I need to learn, develop, and gain to achieve my goal?” Make a list of the talents and skills you need to make your goal come true. This will require you to evolve out of your comfort zone.
You don’t have to do everything by yourself. Get help from people who have the natural gifts that will assist you. If you don’t have money to invest, exchange services instead of money.
Neil Patel wrote an interesting blog post about creating an online marketing plan, but his ideas about goals, strategies, and tactics apply to almost any area of life.
Always be optimistic.
Optimism is a mindset of “Everything is going to be fine.” You can’t fake optimism or force it. It’s a way of thinking that happens naturally when you believe in yourself and have confidence in yourself and the universe.
If you feel that you’re lacking in confidence, take heart. Not all of us had good modeling from our parents, but self-confidence is a skill that can be learned at any age.
My Self-Confidence Meditation Package will help you reprogram your subconscious mind so you can learn to love yourself, become assertive, and much more. You don’t have to spend hours reading or attending classes. Simply slip on your headphones and let the positive subliminal messages retrain your brain.
Overcome fear of failure.
Fear is the No. 1 factor that blocks you from pursuing your dreams. But failure is a key part of the journey. Instead of worrying about something that’s integral to your success, focus on how to become better and move forward.
If fear is paralyzing you, then go back to the “Confidence” section. It’s necessary that you build those mental and emotional confidence muscles, because they’re crucial to achieving goals.
Author and speaker Isaiah Hankel talks about challenging yourself. Don’t choose goals that don’t spark a little fear in you. Instead, choose goals that challenge you.
Don’t force your ideas about how to achieve goals. Instead, let them flow to you. In my experience, the best ideas appear to me effortlessly when I don’t obsess about coming up with them.
Usually, this happens when I’m biking by the river, hiking, or snowboarding. When I’m engaged in a physical activity, enjoying just being in the moment, my brain produces zero resistance to valuable new moneymaking ideas.
I allow ideas to pop up without pushing them away or thinking, “Oh, that won’t work.” Studies have shown that when you’re in action, the most creative ideas just show up.
Don’t panic if you don’t see immediate results. Keep on moving. Let your passions be your motive instead of fear and instant gratification.
As you maintain a high positive vibration through connecting to the emotions of eagerness, excitement, and clarity, you WILL see results. It’s just a matter of time.
Steve Pavlina talks about a vibrational alignment with your goals. It’s highly important that you match with what you want by emitting a similar frequency.
Leave room for flexibility.
Don’t change your goals, but adapt your methods when necessary. Amy Parmenter shares her insights about flexibility as a key to achieving your goals.
Keep a diary.
Write down the action you need to take, when you’re going to start it, and how long it will take you to do it.
When I wrote my four free Law of Attraction guides, I planned them first, calculated the time it would take me to write them, and noted exactly when I wanted to work on them (two hours a day for a month.)
The actual time was about a month and a half, but if I hadn’t written some time frame in my diary and followed it, the project could have taken a lot longer. Kara, from bohoberry.com, shares with you handful of tips of how to organize your goals and get things done.
Share your goals.
Michael Hyatt talks about the importance of going public with your commitments. Share your goals with other people. Don’t just keep them to yourself. Telling other people about your plans gives you an extra incentive to work harder at achieving goals.
In closing, please note that in this article, I’ve talked exclusively about PRACTICAL ways of achieving your goals without mentioning other helpful goal-setting techniques:
• Tuning into the energy of abundance.
• Removing obstacles such as procrastination.
• Writing gratitude lists.
All of these emotional exercises are JUST AS IMPORTANT to achieving goals, so I encourage you to look into them as well.