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

About Fran

Career Counsellor who works from home, having "retired" in 2011. Member of Toastmasters and life-long learner.
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