1) I’ve set goals and done pretty good when having done so. How can I continue to set goals so it becomes a habit? (Audio MP-3 link) Coaching Tele-Seminar FAQ’s
Well Kevin, that’s a great question to get us started on this tele-seminar. I would suggest that our listeners grab a paper and pen to take notes so they can really absorb this material and get the most out of this call. Before we get started, I want to state that setting goals are very important in achieving success however setting intentions are actually more powerful than setting goals in achieving “sustained success”. In another Tele-seminar I will get into greater detail as to why this is true. The topic of intentions goes beyond the scope of what we can cover in this call, and deserves special attention, so I will be focusing on setting goals for this purpose of this call. I look forward to the opportunity to be able to share this information with you in another call
Let me begin with your first question by suggesting that you set aside some time at the end of the day to write down the six most important activities that will bring you closer to your overall goals. You will want to limit it to only six. This will allow you to stay focused and build momentum so it becomes a habit. As you may be aware, a habit usually takes about 21 days to develop, so the more you repeat an activity the more it will become part of your natural daily activity. There is also some recent evidence coming out of studies done at NASA that say it takes 30 days to develop a habit. So I would use 30 days as a reference point for developing a habit. Jack Canfield goes into greater detail about these studies and the power of visualization. Jack says.
“I really am a big believer in visualizing the qualities you want to have and expressing them fully in life. I found a recent study that
NASA did, where they had the astronauts wear concave lenses for 30 days, which made the world appear upside down. But after 30
days, all the astronauts’ brains started to flip the image right-side up again, even though they were still wearing these concave lenses 24
hours a day.
The neuroscientists are now telling us it takes about 30 days to create a new neuro-pathway in the brain. I think that’s also true for
a new self image, and when that new self image starts to be repetitively visualized, then those behaviors start to become more
naturally activated, and we start to do things and almost shock ourselves. So that’s been my experience now, about a month
minimum, and then you start to see some pretty amazing results”
When I first heard Jack talk about this study I was amazed at how the brain flipped the image right-side up again after 30 days and was able to create a new neuro-pathway in the brain. Our mind is so powerful. Many experts estimate that we only use about 5-10% of our minds capacity. Today you’ll be learning some specific strategies on how to tap into a greater percentage your minds capacity. An important activity you can engage in on a daily basis is to ask yourself empowering questions like“Is this activity bringing me closer or further away from my intention. If the answer is yes, then by all means, move ahead with this activity. If the answer is no, then you may want to eliminate it. You can also ask yourself whether the activity is serving you or not. When you create a new habit that works or does not work for you, you weave strands of cable into the neural networks of your brain that makes the new habit stronger. It’s similar to muscle memory too, like when your muscle get stronger from exercising it changes to that new added strength.
Can you give me some examples of success habits that we would want to begin to cultivate to accelerate our growth?
Sure, here are some success habits Janet and Chris Atwood list in their book:
- Take time daily to review your top 5 passions
- Choose in favor of your passions whenever your faced with decisions
- Take responsibility for the life you have created
- Take time daily for prayer or meditation
- Get regular exercise
- Give to charities on a regular basis
- Eat healthy foods
- Speak positively and uplift others
This should give you a good basis to thinking about perhaps even more examples of success habits that you can put to use. Here are also three empowering thoughts you can start your day with. By transforming these thoughts into habitual ways of thinking, you will accelerate your growth.
1. Be in a state of gratitude
2. Offer to do something for someone else as you begin your day.
3. Realize that financial independence is on its way.
Now, you will want to list your six daily activities by priority, so that the first one on your list will be your top priority and so on. If there are any activities that you don’t get to by the end of the day you can add it to the list for the next day. If you haven’t written a purpose statement for your life, I would strongly suggest that you do this. Having a purpose statement will provide an anchor to your goals as you’ll see later in this call. An excellent resource to find out more about purpose statements, goals, priorities, and habits is a book written by Dr Stephen Covey called the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. I will be giving you the steps on how to create a purpose statement later in this call. I would recommend that you make a list of the six most important things to do before bedtime. This is because you will be planting these activities into your subconscious mind, which is where the real magic and effectiveness resides. The subconscious mind is always working. It is responsible for making your heart beat as well as many other automatic functions in the body. It is always looking for solutions to challenges you may have. It records everything that goes on in your world. The subconscious mind is where you want to program your intentions into. Unfortunately many of us were influenced by some negative programming from our early childhood which has carried over into our adult life. The good news is that the negative programming can be replaced by empowering affirmations by tapping into the power of subconscious mind. As you go from wakefulness to sleep your brain waves slow down and your subconscious mind is in a more receptive state for programming. A good practice to get into is to read your intentions before you go to bed and wake up in the morning for maximum effectiveness. I would also recommend having a list of your top 10 goals written on the back of a card that you carry with you. I find listening to a recording of my top 10 intentions on my MP-3 player very helpful. If you have an “I phone” that would work as well. I leave the MP-3 player on my nightstand, so I can listen to it before bed and as I awake. If you practice these activities you will have developed effective habits that will change your life in dramatic ways. I encourage you to test this out for yourself. The results will speak for themselves.