How To Achieve Your Desires With A Goal Achievement System

Have you ever gotten overly enthused about a million-dollar idea only to see it fizzle? Often, a lack of a systematic procedure to take that idea and convert it into a reality resulted in failure rather than the idea itself.

I’m about to teach you how to use the Goal Achievement System to establish “mental gas stations” (GAS). The GAS will allow you to replenish your motivation and achieve incredible outcomes you never thought possible. This is equivalent to driving nationwide without ever topping up your gas tank. You will only get so far and never reach your end destination.

This method is versatile. You don’t need a million-dollar idea, and you can have a different goal in mind, such as losing weight. For this post, we will use weight reduction as an example, but this approach may be applied to any type of objective.

The first step in the system is to set a clear aim. A problem that is well expressed is half solved. We’re going to make a basic ambiguous goal, the kind we’re used to establishing, into a clearly stated challenge.

1. Establish a precise goal. You cannot be vague. If you tell yourself, “I’m going to lose weight,” does that mean you’ll lose 5 pounds or 30? Make your point. If you only drop 2 pounds, your mind will undoubtedly give you that satisfying sensation because it indicates you have shed weight.

“I plan to shed 30 pounds.”

2. Set a deadline for yourself. Humans are chronic procrastinators! Because there is no finish line, if you announce, “I am going to lose 30 pounds,” you may easily convince yourself that you are on the right road a year later and 10 pounds lighter. At the same time, even if you GAIN 10 pounds, you have not technically failed to meet your target because it will never be due.

Imagine your boss telling you, “I’d like you to turn in that report before you die.” Would you go through with it? Most likely not. When you tell yourself, “I’m going to lose 30 pounds in 10 weeks,” you put a little more pressure on yourself and compel yourself to act.

3. Apply it to motivation. Motivation comes in two varieties. Away From Motivation and Towards Motivation Away From Motivation is the act of doing something to NOT do, be, or feel something else. If you tell yourself, “I want to lose weight because I DON’T want to be obese,” your mind concentrates on what you don’t want since the human neurological system cannot comprehend a negative thought without first focusing on what you don’t want.

“Don’t worry about Benjamin Franklin’s face on the $100 bill,” for example. Did a picture pass in your mind briefly before you shoved it out? Away from motivation generally results in our doing just enough to avoid feeling that way. You may drop 15 pounds and feel ‘not fat,’ which will keep you content but not entirely satisfied. Instead, employ Toward motivation, which allows you to establish a positive benchmark and constantly strive to improve. “I’m going to drop 30 pounds in 10 weeks to look better, feel better, and be healthier.” Which one do you prefer?

4. Visualize yourself in the future after you’ve accomplished your goal. You can do this daily exercise to help inspire yourself towards your goal. Examine your calendar to determine the exact date 10 weeks later. Close your eyes and repeat to yourself, “Today is December 5, and I weigh 30 pounds less. I feel terrific and look a lot better. People have commented on how I appear healthier and am a more pleasant person to be around.

As people compliment you on your ‘new you,’ see yourself as that skinnier you and link yourself with that image as if you are viewing the world through your own eyes. Take a moment to appreciate the excitement and energy. Smile. You will make it. I can now accomplish things I’ve always wanted to do but have been hampered by my weight.”

5. Write out your new goal from step 4 and post it somewhere visible. Personally, I enjoy using sticky notes. I like to write down my goals and display them on my computer screen, so I see them several times a day. So, write out your goal and post it somewhere where you can see it at least once daily.

“Today is December 5, and I weigh 30 pounds less. I feel terrific and look a lot better. People have commented on how I appear healthier and am a more pleasant person to be around. I can now accomplish things I’ve always wanted to do but have been hampered by my weight.” When you see your goal, you can recall your experience from Part 4, which will invigorate and excite you.

Congratulations! Part I of the Goal Achievement System is now complete.

Remember that a problem well described is a problem half addressed. You may not have lost any weight (or whatever goal you are attempting), but you are already halfway there. Believe me. An NFL coach who enters a game without a plan has already lost the game before the first kickoff. Part II will show you how to select all of the appropriate plays from your playbook so that you may turn your newly defined goal into a reality.

Part 1 of this post demonstrated how to correctly make objectives by being explicit, setting a timeframe, and making your goals positive. I also demonstrated a technique in which you imagine yourself after you’ve achieved your goal and imagine how it feels. Part 2 of this post will lead you through establishing a plan to reach your goal. Keep the following in mind while you develop this strategy:

“You can’t climb to the mountain’s summit by leaping—but you can if you take the stairs.” So, in essence, we are about to break down your mountain of a goal into tiny, attainable stages. We will continue with Part 1 of losing 30 pounds in 10 weeks for this exercise. Remember the objective you set for yourself? This is our ultimate accomplishment. This will be our mission statement. Here’s what we came up with the last time, and the one you wrote should be prominently shown.

“Today is December 5, and I weigh 30 pounds less. I feel terrific and look a lot better. People have commented on how I appear healthier and am a more pleasant person to be around. I can now accomplish things I’ve always wanted to do but have been hampered by my weight.”

So, how can we deconstruct this? Given that we have 10 weeks, the simplest approach is dividing this into 10 attainable milestones we must fulfill along the road. The mission would be completed if the tenth and final milestone was reached. We must now configure each milestone accordingly.

Please remember that reducing 30 pounds in 10 weeks is a tall order if you want six-pack abs. Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to do so in a healthy way. However, it is highly likely for someone who is significantly overweight. For the sake of this exercise, I’m losing weight. If you want to lose weight, I recommend talking to your doctor about what is really doable for you (and then trying to outdo what they say, of course).

Because we are using weight loss as our purpose, it is acceptable to not set equal milestones because losing the first 10 pounds is considerably simpler than losing the last 10 pounds. Weeks 1 and 2 results in a weekly weight loss of 4 pounds. Weeks 3 through 8 drop 3 pounds every week. In weeks 9 and 10, you drop 2 pounds per week. This timetable is one I would endorse.

Did you notice anything about these anniversaries? Pounds do not vanish in pieces simply because the number is reduced. Completing a milestone is not the same as leaping to the top of a mountain, but it is the equivalent of leaping to the top of a hill. As with our mission statement, we will continue to chunk down our milestones until we can break them down into smaller, more attainable targets. On the top line, I would propose jotting down each milestone on an index card (sticky notes work well too).

Break down your milestone into individually manageable goals on each index card. For example, on one card, you may include:

  • Week 1 Goal: Lose 4 Pounds
  • Monday: 1-mile run
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes of weight lifting
  • Wednesday: 1-mile run
  • Thursday: 30 minutes of weight lifting
  • Friday: 1.25-mile run
  • Saturday: 30 minutes of weight lifting
  • Sunday is a day off (feed healthily!)

You should consider creating a healthy sleeping pattern. If you’re feeling particularly diligent, you can break this down even further! You might wish to list what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Monday. Remember that the more explicit and detailed you are, the more likely you will reach your intended result.

Do you recall hearing about the straight-A kids that failed college? Do you understand why? Everything was planned for them in high school. They had English as the first period, Math as the second period, Chemistry as the third period, and so on. They adhered to a rigid schedule and could thrive in that environment, even if it was to avoid the negative consequences of skipping class (this is away from motivation, and we want to use it towards motivation – we want to look great and feel healthy).

When they arrived at college, however, they were given a lot more freedom, such as optional lectures and readings, and they couldn’t keep up because they lost the sense of an automated timetable, where everything was laid out for them. We can fight about other reasons, but I’m not going to get into that right now.

You may believe that this is a lot of labor. However, the time spent on this activity is merely a fraction of the time spent completing your task. What’s a half-hour extra the first week if you’re working 5 hours a week on your mission? I’ll give you a tip to get you started, so write it down. Goal #1: Create a milestone schedule! Remember that to be successful, you must first plan to be successful. 

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