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Step 3 of Successfully Setting and Reaching Goals

You’ve completed Step 1:  You know exactly what you really really want.

You’ve completed Step 2:  You realigned priorities putting your goal at the top and then you identified things that will have to move down on the importance list in order to reach your goal.

Now for Step 3 of 6.  You’re doing great!  Pretty painless so far.

3. STATE POSITIVE GOALS USING POSITIVE WORDS WITH THE POSITIVE RESULT IN MIND

You’ve heard it before, but we’re saying it again.  Write it down.  The success rate for keeping a goal increases exponentially if you write it down!   Here’s a FREE goal setting guide to download and use for this process.

As for what you write down, you need to write down something that can be measured.  For example, it’s more effective to say, “I will lose 5 pounds and will weigh 140 by 1/31″ than it is to say “I want to lose weight.”  First of all, you have all ready determined to reach your goal by showing your commitment with the words “I will.”  Secondly, on January 31st, you will know if you have completed your goal if you step on the scale and see 140!  If you just say you want to lose weight, it sounds more like a wishy washy wish than a goal.  And, you open the door to lose weight and gain it back.  No thanks!

We respond to action words that state things in a positive way. In other words, use words that affirm and encourage.  Say “I will walk 3x/week to clear my mind, relax my frustrations, and stimulate my body.”  Or, “I will walk every day in January to have time to myself and rejuvenate my spirit.”  Using the above goal of losing weight, you could say “I will weigh 140 pounds by January 31st which will give me the confidence I need to be successful!”

Reminding yourself of the positive result within your written goal will subconsciously encourage you every time you read it.  So not only will you be able to know exactly what you’re aiming for, but you are reminding yourself of how awesome it will be to get there.

It’s time to start writing!

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