These days, a lot of people are talking about the Law of Attraction, and depending on who you listen to, they say that the Law of Attraction replaces the process of goal setting! Perhaps those people are focused enough to project their energy to make that work but for most of us the process of goal setting is still necessary because it helps us focus and fine-tune our attention — and intention — as well as our attracting energy. There are specific steps to goal setting, in my experience, and here are the 3 biggest mistakes that people make during the process and what to do instead.
Mistake #1 – Failing to write down your goals! Figuring out what your goals are is one thing, but writing them down let’s you hone in on the specifics of what you want. For instance, “I want to be rich” is not very specific, but thinking and writing down what “rich” means to you — how much money is that and what you might do or buy with it — adds some concrete form in your mind. When you fail to write your goals, you deprive your mind of fuel to burn in reaching them.
What to do instead: Grab a pad and a pen and manually Write down your top 5 goals and what achieving them will mean in your life, to you, your spouse or family, friends you might help, so your mind knows exactly what you want and can start to create it for you. Manually writing them creates a kinesthetic link between your mind and body which strengthens the connection.
Mistake #2 — Failing to put your goals where you can see them constantly! When you go on cross country trip, do you look at the map once at the beginning of the trip and then forget about it until you get where you going? or look at the initial route on the GPS and then put it in the glove box? Of course not. So what makes you think that you can write your goals down and then not look at them again until you’ve reached your goal? It won’t happen.
What to do instead: Your goals need to be visible! You need to check that map and review it often; make sure you’re on the right path, recover from any detours and make sure you’re still headed where you THINK you’re headed. Refresh your vision at least daily, and preferably several times daily, to stay focused, remember what the dream looks like, and keep the Law of attraction working in your favor.
Mistake #3 — Failing to take the time to live your success. Looking at the list only gets you so far and the law of attraction is not activated by a casual familiarity; the Law of Attraction is activated and fed by a burning desire!
What to do instead: Spend time with your dream, daily! Contemplate it, imagine it, participate in it in your mind. SEE that house; walk through every room in your mind. Go to the car dealer and sit behind the wheel of your dream. Smell it, feel it, KNOW what it feels like. Imagine that you already have it and how it feels to have it in your possession, because research has shown that the mind cannot tell the difference between what is real, or what is vividly imagined. Live in your dream, in your mind, often. Look, feel and act “as if” you already have it.
If you’re making any of these dream-stealing mistakes, now you know how to correct them: intensely and positively! See you next time.