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Some of you may have made some New Year’s resolutions, maybe you are sticking to them maybe you have not?
I personally did not set any as I prefer to set goals that are in alignment with want I really want to happen in my life and making them S.M.A.R.T goals, if that’s something of interest to you, see my last blog for more details. One of my goals that I’ve set for this year is to be more active and productive on my blog and podcast as most of last year went past very fast as I spent time studying everything that interested me and helping others make changes to their own lives. So with that in mind let me begin….. I thought I would start off with one idea that is of great value and so much more powerful than you would ever think and that’s…
In the self-help world and the world of helping yourself you will hear and see the word Gratitude a lot and the fact is that Gratitude is so much more powerful than you may think. People, Leaders and Gurus will all talk about how powerful gratitude is and how it is a game changer and it really is.
You may hear and see people taking about “The Secret” and the “Law of Attraction” the power of positive thought and how that can change the way you live your life and more importantly the way you feel about the life you live, you see the truth is most people don’t look more than a week or two ahead, or even a day or two ahead, they don’t set goals, outcomes and they don’t have a positive intent to back it all up, and they don’t feel gratitude every day, even when their life may be going just how they would like it to go, I know this doesn’t apply to everybody as you may be very future minded and if you are then that’s fantastic but if you’re not don’t blame yourself just realise you can change your life and it is so much easier than you may think!
The truth is with a small amount of work on your behalf you can get amazing results it’s not just about saying it once and it all starts to happen, it’s about making it a life pattern and feeling grateful even when all hell is breaking loose!
That may sound and look like you will have to put a lot of effort in yet the mind learns at an unconscious level and can make this as effortless as remembering to brush your teeth, so now you can see why some people will say it doesn’t work for them they will say I tried it and it did not work for me, but did they really?
You will hear and see some people talking about the law of attraction how they tried it and how it did not work for them. They probably thought about a sports car and winning the lottery, owning the mansion and probably let that run though their mind once or twice and then thought that it would just appear out of thin air…..! they may have said they were grateful a few times then went right back to their old reality and they may end up saying “well it might work for others but it hasn’t worked for me!”
If you wanted to learn to climb mountains you wouldn’t start on Everest would you? So with that in mind, how would you like to change your life for the better and start getting more of the life that you truly deserve? Well if you do I’ve got one word for you……. “Gratitude” if done right it really is a game changer!
Now where to start……
Get a pen and a note pad now set aside one hour of your time, sit down and take four nice deep breaths and relax, now begin to write down any and everything that you can feel grateful for and as you do this feel the Gratitude, continue to do this until the hour is up.
Now depending on how great you feel about your life now or not, your list will be either long or short and that does not matter as it’s a living list that you add too and the more you feel grateful the more grateful you become.
The next thing you want to do when you have written your list, is just before you go to bed that night and every night from that night on read through your list and feel the Gratitude and I mean feel it, see it, taste it, hear it, there is a lot to feel grateful for after all you are so much more than you think you are in fact whatever you think you are, you will be that and so much more too.
Now add to your list as and when you can, do this every night before you go to bed. Read though your list and add at least one new thing. Then again every morning, read them, feel the Gratitude and add to the list even if it’s only a few new ones, do this everyday and make it a habit because when you do this and you really feel the gratitude your life and your world will become a better place and so much more
If you’re having trouble finding things to feel Gratitude for start by asking yourself these questions and write down your answers Ask yourself what is it that really matters to you? What can you appreciate about yourself and the world around you? How do you know when your happy what tells you your happy? What happens in your life every day that you may take for granted? Some words from a great mentor of mine come to mind…
Stop looking for what is a problem and start noticing what is not a problem in your life.
Because that’s where the answers are.
Five steps that will help you set your goals with a great outcome in mind
Know your outcome.
Ask yourself these questions
What is it that you want to achieve?
Be specific ……
How will you know that you have achieved it?
What will you see, hear and feel when you achieve your outcome?
Is this outcome for you or is it for others?
Is this outcome self-maintained or do you need others to achieve this outcome?
Do you know someone who has already achieved this outcome before?
What resources do you have and what resources do you need to achieve this outcome?
Where are you now and where do you need to be in relation to achieving this outcome?
Does this outcome increase choice in your life?
Is there more than one way to get this outcome?
What will you lose and what will you gain by achieving this outcome?
What will this outcome bring to your life that was not there already?
Ask yourself these questions until you have a well-defined outcome.
Make your goals S. M. A. R. T Goals
M. Measurable, meaningful to you
A. As if now and achievable
R. Realistic and responsible
T. Timed, towards what you want
Get the last step… Of your outcome
What will you see?
What will you feel?
What will you hear both internally and externally?
How will you know that it has really happened?
“What has to happen so that you know that you got it?”
Make an internal representation…
“See, hear, feel, taste and smell what that last step will be like”
Step into that internal representation see it through your own eyes.
The more real and the more intense the better the internal representation will be.
Now step out of that internal representation and hold it in your hands like you’re looking at a movie of yourself on a iPad or similar device.
Now to take that outcome and put it into your future at the time and date of your choosing.
Imagine floating out of your body, right up into the air, right above now and then begin to float right out into the future taking with you your internal representation, float right to the time and date that you have set for your outcome.
Energise and empower your internal representation with four deep breaths, breath in through your nose and out from your mouth and blow all of that energy into that internal representation, now allow that internal representation to float right down from your hand and right in to your timeline at the time and date that you decided, now watch as the events rewind like a movie and re-evaluate themselves to support your goals all the way from then all the way back to now…. Notice every image with clarity as you focus your attention on the event that is unfolding within your mind, knowing that this is your future, believe that as if it has already happened because when you do this you can begin to take control of your future and that can only be a good thing can’t it?
Now when you’re ready begin to float back to now and right back into your body and back into now knowing your outcome is right there in your future just waiting to happen.
Remember all learning is unconscious.
The fact is all learning is unconscious, remember when you were learning to ride your bike you may have fallen off a few times and maybe you thought at that time that you may never learn how to ride it.
Then the next time as if by magic you got better and better and you didn’t have to think about it anymore, that learning was unconscious wasn’t it?
You did not have to think about all the actions like balancing and pedalling and looking where you were going all at the same time?
Because your unconscious mind was already taking care of that for you just like the breath that you have just taken or that blink of your eye lids it’s all automated at an unconscious level.
The conscious mind is the goal setter and the unconscious mind is the goal getter
So start setting your goals to achieve the outcomes that are just perfect for you because you can