Forming A Clear Mental Picture of Your Goal

“You must form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself.”

— Wallace Wattles: American author

Goal setting is crucial to accomplishing great things in life. Like the oxygen to our dreams, goals are what take us forward in life. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Not only that, it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.

The common meaning of goal is something that any person wishes to achieve but only we ourselves can truly define our unique goals to ourselves.  The chances of a person achieving his/her goal can depend on various factors as shown by multiple research from various fields of study. While some pursuits of success are limited by certain factors, there are others whose success grows on different factors.

The most habitual mistake during the planning stage is to ignore the importance of setting goals. In fact, most who do not understand that specifying goals for both the short term and the long term cannot find purpose, meaning or even inspiration in their efforts to achieve the goals set.

Goals are not just tasks on a to-do-list which you can tick off once you’ve completed it. Goals can also be stepping stones to a bigger cause in life. Therefore, we should define our goals clearly enough before we set out on our journey.

The Key To Achieving Your Goals


Setting goals is important. But creating action items related to those goals is the key to making them a reality. It is much easier to perform smaller chunks of work than it is to wing it towards whatever goal you are striving for.

A blog or journal can really help you plan out your steps to reach your goal. You can keep a daily or weekly journal whatever works best for you. Many people start off by using a weekly journal and then switching to a daily one. As they find that writing down accomplishments and struggles is really helpful, plus it acts as a reference in case the situation happens again.

"You must form a clear and definite mental picture of what you want; you cannot transmit an idea unless you have it yourself." — Wallace Wattles: American author

Calendars and planners in all forms are available online. You can even download apps to your iPhone, iPad or other mobile device. This makes sure you can access your planner regardless of your location.

To your goal setting success

Fran Watson

P.S.  You can download a goal setting checklist right here Checklist

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Creating Powerful Goals

In reviewing information on creating powerful goals that I had in my files, I came upon this article by Mitch Meyerson and I realized why I have difficulty in achieving my goals as I read the first 3 questions.  This article provides excellent advice on creating your powerful goals.

10 Keys To Creating Powerful Goals

March 6th, 2010 | Author: Mitch Meyerson

I’ll bet you have heard most of your life that effective goal setting is essential for success.   Why then do so many of us fall short on this essential business and life skill?  The answer is complex and there are a variety of psychological reasons

However rather than digging into the “why”, we will first quickly assess where you stand then use the following 10 tips for developing more powerful goals. Start by asking yourself these 3 questions:

1) Do I have clear, written and measurable goals for my business and personal growth?

2) Have I created specific action steps required to achieve each goal?

3) Do I regularly track and measure the progress of each of my goals?

If your answer is no the ten keys below will help you to become more effective with your goal setting efforts and achieve more measurable results in your business.

“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” Brian Tracy

In my 2005 book Success Secrets of The Online Marketing Superstars I interviewed legendary author, Mark Victor Hansen about goals.  He is the co-author of the best selling series in history Chicken Soul For The Soul knows quite a lot about developing BIG goals.   Here are his tips about goal setting:

1) Your most important goals must be yours.

Not your spouse’s. Not your child’s. Not your employer’s. Yours. When you let other people determine your definition of success, you’re sabotaging your own future.

2)  Your goals must mean something to you.

When you write your goals, you must ask yourself, “What’s really important to me?” “What am I prepared to give up to make this happen?” Your reasons for charting a new course of action give you the drive and energy to get up every morning.

3) Your goals must be specific and measurable.

Vague generalizations and wishy-washy statements aren’t good enough.  Be very specific!

4) Your goals must be flexible.

A flexible plan keeps you from feeling suffocated and allows you to take advantage of genuine opportunities that walk in your future door.

5) Your goals must be challenging, exciting.

Force yourself to jump out of your comfort zone to acquire that energy and edge.

6) Your goals must be in alignment with your values.

Pay attention to your intuition, your gut. When you set a goal that contradicts your values, something inside will twinge. Pay attention.

7) Your goals must be well-balanced.

Make sure you include areas that allow time to relax, have fun and enjoy people in your closest circle.

8) Your goals must be realistic.

Be expansive but don’t be ridiculous. If you’re four feet tall, you will probably never play in the NBA. Also, be sure to allow yourself time to get there.

9) Your goals must include contribution.

Unfortunately, many people get so wrapped up in pursuing their goals that they don’t have time in their lives to give something back to society. Build this into your goals program.

10) Your goals need to be supported.

Either selectivity share a few of your dreams with a number of people, or share all of your dreams with a select few people. In either case, you’re creating a web of support and accountability for yourself.

Open your mind to all the possibilities. Start each goal with “I am” or “I will.” Don’t even think about restricting yourself!

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Your Coaching Action Step: Review the list above and write 5-7 specific 3 month goals (e.g. 10 new clients, 1000 new subscribers to my mailing list) then write the specific steps you will take to get there and track your progress every day!

by Mitch Meyerson

Thanks Mitch

My goal for today and the next two or three days is to reread this list in order to create my powerful goals as to date they have been a little wishy-washy.  I wrote them down, but did not develop a plan to achieve them.

To building creative and powerful goals

Fran Watson

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Another Day of Working On Goals

Another Day of Working on goals – Yesterday’s goal was creating a memorable birthday party for my mother who turned 98.  She wanted a parade, so we created a parade of family members with balloons and drums and music.

 

She also got to meet her newest grandchild who is just 5 weeks old.  They had a special moment together.

We took a picture of the 4 generations – Mom, Me, My son & his wife, and the baby.

Today’s goal was to work on some Lead Generation info, attend a webinar on 5 Tiny Tweaks to make to build your audience and work with my 5 career clients.  I also slipped in a visit to my mom this morning.

How are you doing on your goals?  Please comment below.

Fran

Setting Goals www.franwatson.ca

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Procrastination and Goal Setting

Procrastination is a killer when it comes to goal setting.  It is so easy to just write everything down and look at it, but in order to achieve your goals, you need to take action and that’s when procrastination can set in.

Brian Tracy said: “Committing your goals to paper increases the likelihood of your achieving them by one-thousand percent!”, so if you have written your goals down as I have, you are headed in the right direction.  However there is more to achieving them than that.

Brian Tracy gives this advice:  “Rewrite your major goals every day, in the present tense, exactly as if they already existed.”  When I look back at my list of goals, I have been accomplishing some of the minor ones, but the major goals of creating a product, setting up a funnel, etc. have been left.  Procrastination.

Goal Setting

I have been working through my list, listening to podcasts (great information, but not requiring a lot of effort on my part), reading tips (again, not requiring me to really DO anything), but last night I finally sat down and reworked something that I had in my file about Goal Chunking.  There is more to be done, but at least I got started.  Today I will create the link for the download and that will be on my blog tomorrow so that you will have a chance to check it out.

No More Procrastination

Onward and upward…have you started working on your goals yet?

Fran Watson

Setting Goals www.franwatson.ca

P.S.  Here is a quick sample of what I am working on BreakBigGoalsIntoChunksNew

 

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Goal Achievements Day 4

Goals Achieved Day 4

Listened to another podcast from ScrewTheCommute.com – Daniel Hall  https://screwthecommute.com/episodes/6-daniel-hall/

Cool Tip from this podcast  – setting up a Micro-mini membership site using Amazon’s Kindle  – danielhallpresents/getcode  Something to add to my list…

Yesterday I attended a live streaming of the International Speech Contest and was very impressed by the quality of speeches.  It was tough to choose, but history was made as the top 3 winners were all women.

Today I also attended Tom’s training session on How to Make Money by Speaking… which is my other interest…   https://www.greatinternetmarketing.com/contestmay2016/TopTenWaysToMakeMoneySpeaking2014.pdf

I actually bought one of Tom’s packages many years ago – Make Em Laugh.  He is the one who actually got me interested in public speaking.

Some great ideas on how to use content:  “Books ebooks CDs DVDs MP3 audio files laminated cards pamphlets online video membership sites tele classes paid newsletters both online and physical webinars consulting coaching mentorship programs all of these ways to sell your knowledge show your depth of knowledge way better than a few minute demo video. So they stimulate speaking engagements.”

Okay.. so now my brain is on overload with all the info Tom Antion provided.  Time to decide what I am going to focus on for tomorrow.  I think it will be putting emails (at least  a month’s worth) into my GetResponse.

How about you?  What is your focus?

Fran Watson

Setting Goals www.franwatson.ca

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Day 3 of my Goal Setting Challenge

Day 3

What have I accomplished so far from my list of goals?

Jeff Herring’s interview fell right in line with my challenge as did The Strategy Hour which was on how to get customers.  Jeff offered a content download that I can use.

This morning I took a look at a product I purchased from Content Sparks and watched a video that showed me how to use this in order to create my own products, which is also one of the items on my list.

I have been thinking about priorities for my list and one of the things I need to do is to create a product that I can sell, so this is what I am going to work on today.

What are your priorities for the next week?

Fran

Setting Goals www.franwatson.ca

 

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Reviewing Goals part 2

It seems that this is the direction I should be heading as I got the following message on my Messenger:

http://www.mindmovies.com/blogroll/the-ultimate-guide-to-implementing-empowering-daily-rituals-for-success?28537&data1=mco_seq1&data4=mco_AR3blog

I spent 2 hours on the Facebook posts and have two of my pages up to September 30th

I will post more tomorrow.

Fran

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Reviewing Goals

Reviewing Goals

This morning I looked over the goals I had written out and I am going to work on two of them.  Facebook posts and listening to some podcasts by Tom Antion  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/screw-the-commute-podcast/id1406451900

Today is a client day, so I have talked to 2 clients and I have 2 more clients this afternoon, but I have a window of opportunity til 2 pm.  I still have to have breakfast as I started my clients at 9 pm and I slept in til 8:30 – a highly unusual occurrence for me, but it happened.

I still have to work on prioritizing my goals.  I will start on this tomorrow.

To overcoming challenges and working on goals.

Fran

BANABU (Building A New And Better Universe / Building A New And Better (yo)U

P.S.  Goal Setting/Reviewing Goals

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Goal Setting

I have been reading about goal setting and 30 day challenges and I know that it takes 30 days to create new habits, so this morning I made a decision.  I am challenging myself to work on my goals every single day for 30 days.  I thought I would start on the 1st of September, but then I thought why not start today.

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I found this picture this morning and there were a number of items on this list that spoke to me – #3 Get started on a project.  What have you been talking about doing but not begun yet (I don’t think I have enough paper or time to list all of that…)?  Set aside a day to plan it out and get started….

GOAL SETTING

Okay.  I sat down and started to list things that I want to/need to do over the next month.  I still need to put them into priority order, but here is my list:

  • prepare emails for Marketing and Public Speaking clients (get response)
  • Complete Facebook posts for VVA, Renfrew, Pembroke, SSTSS, Fran Watson
  • Link FB posts to challenge highlighting what I am learning
  • learn Instagram
  • write emails for marketing and public speaking
  • post weekly blogs
  • finish my poetry e-book
  • write short stories for book to go with some of the poems
  • clean up the shoe rack by the door
  • take bags of clothing to charity – SA or church
  • record books I want to sell using app on phone (buy full version)
  • create a minimum of 1 lead gen/sign up page/product – choose what it will be
  • listen to Tom Antion’s Screw The Commute Podcasts
  • listen to the Strategy Hour podcasts
  • create a podcast
  • create a slide presentation with me in it – public speaking tips
  • set up interview with Gail for authors book to be out in October
  • do final speech for advanced manual – VVA
  • go through box of papers from kitchen table
  • finish quilt binding
  • wash mom’s quilt (needs large washer)
  • recycle old Toastmasters material (speeches and books prior to 2017)
  • reading – make a list of books to read in the next 6 months  – 1 per week

Phew… I think that is enough for right now although I know I will be tempted to do #7 in the picture above.

My challenge in goal setting is to Read these goals every day and work on at least one item per day for an hour.

I will work on prioritizing them tomorrow.

Fran

P.S.  What challenges do you have? Do you want to join me in my challenge?  Post below.

Goal Setting Challenge

 

Let’s do this!!

 

 

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Broke? Here is some good advice

Hi

I just finished watching this video and was so impressed with it I wanted to share it.  Brendon Burchard gives some excellent advice.

To your financial success

Fran Watson

www.franwatson.ca

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