We’ve all been there. We’ve set goals. We’ve had goals.
But we don’t reach them.
We don’t stay consistent with them.
And sometimes we just give up on them.
It’s the age old question to answer how to set the right kind of goals to achieve success.
In fact, many of us don’t make it past January 15th with our New Year goals.
But, you have goals, and you want to reach them. So what do you do?
You change your mindset.
For many of us, the barrier to achieving our goals is all in our mind. We create huge goals that are completely unrealistic and then we subconsciously remind ourselves they are unrealistic even while we still try to reach them.
Do you ever find that little voice in the back of your head telling you there’s no way you’re going to reach this goal? You’ve set it a thousand times before and it’s never worked.
You may not say it out loud, but we all have those negative thoughts creep in, sometimes every day.
So, how do you change your mindset to help you feel more positive and energetic about your goals?
You change your mindset by creating positive affirmations.
So, before we move on, quickly download your step by step guide to creating a powerful, positive affirmation because today we will learn all about how to use them the right way to reach your goals.
Ok, now that you have the guide to help you create your affirmation, let’s talk about how you can reach any goal you want by using that affirmation daily.
4 STEPS TO REACHING YOUR GOALS USING AFFIRMATIONS
SET A REALISTIC GOAL
VISUALIZE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THAT GOAL
CREATE & REPEAT YOUR AFFIRMATION DAILY
WORK OUT THE DETAILS
STEP 1: SET A REALISTIC GOAL
First things first, you must set a realistic goal. If you live in Antarctica and you want to run a marathon, but have no treadmill, you might have a tricky time getting any running in.
Ok, that’s an extreme example, but really, sometimes we set our goals based on extremes. It’s good to have goals and it’s good to have stretch goals, but be realistic. Losing 100 pounds in 6 weeks is not going to happen.
I recommend always having a stretch goal. A goal that seems almost impossible, but would be incredible if you reached it. Because that’s what helps us grow.
But… that’s not the goal that should be guiding your every day. Our mind reminds us that it’s too far off and that’s where the negative thinking begins.
Use that big, huge, hairy goal to guide you in setting smaller, more realistic ones that get you one step closer to the big one. Those are the goals that should guide you.
If you want to lose 100 pounds, start with a goal of losing 25 pounds. You have the 100 pound goal in the back of your mind, but you’re laser focused on the 25 pound goal, a goal that you can feel confident about and doesn’t just make you feel depressed.
So, set a realistic goal. Set a big one if you want, but also set smaller, more focused goals to guide your every day.
STEP 2: VISUALIZE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THAT GOAL
This is the fun part.
I want you to close your eyes and take as much time as you need visualizing what things will look like once you achieve that goal.
What do you feel like? What do you look like? What does your environment look like? How have you changed? What are the sights, smells, sounds, feelings that surround you? What do your relationships look like? What does your everyday look like? What is your routine? What do you do? Where do you go? Who do you meet? Etc, etc…
If your goal is to run a race, visualize yourself running across the finish line. Visualize the crowd. Visualize how you feel. Visualize who is surrounding you or who is cheering you one. Visualize your new routine, your new life, your new achievement. How do you feel? How are you different as a result of reaching this goal? What new confidence do you have?
If your goal is to get over or manage an injury, visualize your body moving the way you want it to. Visualize what kinds of activities you can do. Visualize how you feel. Visualize the changes you’ve made and the routines you follow to have a pain-free body. How do you feel as a result of working so hard to make this change in your life?
If you want, write these things down. There is power in writing them down and you can even go back to them when you’re having a particularly frustrating day.
You also need to visualize what kinds of qualities you need to develop. What qualities do you have when you run across that finish line? Have you developed confidence? Are you more persistent? Do you feel brave?
Start thinking of those strong words because they will be so important as you create your positive affirmation.
STEP 3: CREATE AND REPEAT YOUR AFFIRMATION DAILY
This is where the rubber meets the road.
You see, our minds are powerful. They are powerful for good and they are powerful for bad.
How many times have you found yourself doubting your abilities? Doubting that you are good enough? Doubting in your capacity to accomplish your goals?
Our minds are hardwired to protect us from injury. This means it requires work to change your focus to the positive.
It requires daily, consistent practice.
So, remember those strong words and phrases you came up with in your visualization? Grab your affirmation workbook and start writing them down. Start creating those words and phrases that fit the vision. Confident. Strong. Healthy. Fit. Brave. Beautiful. Etc.
Your affirmation workbook will help you create a phrase that will change your brain. You can literally hardwire your brain to consistently focus on the achievement of your goal.
The affirmation workbook will also guide you to make specific affirmations for specific goals or general affirmations or life statements/mottos.
With your goal, create a specific affirmation. Create the affirmation as if you’ve already achieved it using phrases like, “I am…”.
Once you’ve created your affirmation, write it down somewhere. Then repeat it often.
If possible, start by repeating it multiple times per day. The beginning stages of the goal process are often the most difficult. You’re going to need a boost often.
As it starts to become more a part of you, maybe you only need to repeat it twice per day, once upon waking and once before bed.
Or use your affirmation when you are having a particularly hard day, or when you feel you want to give up, or when your confidence is low, or whenever you need to shift your mindset.
You see, the mind is powerful. Use it for good. Use it for greatness. Use it for achievement.
The power of affirmations:
When you write it, the magic begins.
After you write it, you can start reading it.
When you start reading it, you’ll be able to start saying it.
When you start saying it, you start hearing it.
When you start hearing it, you start to believe it.
When you believe it, things begin to change.
When things begin to change, you will understand. And believe.
STEP 4: WORK OUT THE DETAILS
There’s a reason this step is last. It’s important to have a positive mindset before hashing out the details of your goal.
It’s important to have the dream in your head and the excitement flowing before moving on to this stage.
Because sometimes the details can seem daunting or overwhelming.
But, today I’m going to give you the best method for working out the details without it feeling overwhelming, boring, or frustrating.
The key? Work backwards.
Take that visualization of you achieving your goal. Remember the sights, the smells, the sounds, the feelings, etc.
Then work backward.
What kinds of things do you do regularly when you’ve reached your goal? Are you a regular exerciser? Do you plan your meals? Do you meditate daily? Do you write in a journal? Do you stretch every morning? Do you go to bed early? Do you wake up early?
Create a list of all the things you’re consistent with when you’ve reached your goal. Then start working backwards.
Break everything down into smaller, more manageable chunks.
If you want to lose weight, you know there will need to be nutrition and exercise changes. So, when you’ve reached your goal weight, you know you will likely be exercising 30-60 minutes daily to keep the weight off. Create a plan to help you work up to exercising 30-60 minutes daily.
My rule #1 is to START WHERE YOU ARE.
If you’re not exercising at all right now, try starting with 10 minutes every day. Then when you feel ready, work up to 15 minutes, then 20, then 30, and so on.
Same goes with meal planning. Start by planning 2 meals per week. Then work up to 5 or 6.
Make the steps as though they are almost impossible to fail at.
Give yourself some confidence by creating steps that you know you can follow through with.
Because what happens when you try to change everything at once? You come crashing down. We’ve all been there.
So, start basic and you can always move up from there.
There you have it! These 4 steps will help you absolutely crush your goals. Creating and repeating your affirmations daily will give you confidence, boost your self-esteem, and help you realize that you are powerful beyond belief.
You can totally do this, my friend.
Follow the steps and achieve your dreams!