Why Clarity in Objective is Critical to Goal Achievement
Have you completed your life vision challenge? If not – Lets do that now. Your life vision includes your principles and values, which will then guide you in developing your 100-list which ultimately becomes your vision for your life. Bringing clarity to who you are, who you want to become, what you want to have, be, do and give back.
There are countless stories of people who have achieved their goals, reached what society says is the ultimate success, only to be miserable. A few come to mind, Elvis Presley, Lady Gaga, Woody Harrelson. These people could have anything, go anywhere, be with anyone – and yet still we know they were grossly unhappy. Speculators say it was because their life was out of balance, they spent too much time in one area, and left others to wither. They went after something they didn’t really want – the fame, perhaps. They worked for something that took them away from themselves, away from what they really valued. Perhaps a combination of the three, or others we will never know. They may not even know, themselves.
But what we do know, is that to feel fulfilled, self-satisfied, happy with goal achievement, it must be something we really want, we need to keep integrity within ourselves as we pursue it, and we must achieve it while maintaining balance with other areas of our lives that we value. When we put effort into achieving a goal, it is important to make sure we are moving in the direction that is right for our own unique selves. If you haven’t yet – do complete the life vision challenge before moving on.
We know why clarity of vision is important – important to make sure the smaller goals we are working on leave us feeling fulfilled and that the person we become in pursuit of those goals is who we want to be and in sync with our values.
Clear and concise goals have a somewhat different purpose. One of those is to clearly communicate with your subconscious mind just what it is you want. The subconscious mind is a powerful tool which has significant effect on all actions. 95% of your brain activity happens beyond your conscious awareness. A majority of the time you are on autopilot and not consciously making decisions. Obviously we can’t, nor do we want, to make conscious decisions about every minute thing all day every day. Simple actions like walking down the stairs would consume us. What we do want, is to use our subconscious mind in such a way that it is working in the direction of our declared goals.
There are many ways to accomplish this, to influence and direct your subconscious. We will explore those in future posts but for the purposes of this article the one we will focus on is clarity.
Clarity in your objective. What is it you really want; be as specific as possible.
If you say, I want more money in my savings account, your subconscious can respond with – okay, you have a dollar. We’re done here.
If you say, I want $100,000 in my savings account, your subconscious will work towards that end. Keep the desire in front of you, and therefore in front of your subconscious, and your subconscious will alert you to opportunity you may not normally see, provide ideas for you to consider, and will continue endless efforts until you hit that target. For more insight into how your mind works take a few minutes to read '2 Quality Mind Hacks'.
Your challenge for today is to take action. Take your top goals from the 100-list worksheet you completed in 5 steps to vision clarity and create a specific outcome for each one. We will work on other aspects of goal setting in future posts, but for now focus on bringing clarity through specificity to what you want.
Know that feeling resistance to getting started is common and there is something you can do about it. See The Art of Letting Go - a step-by-step guide to the Sedona Method. And schedule your complimentary session for one-on-one personalized assistance and let's get started on your journey to success. Success by design.
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Linda Short of Elle Short Coaching is a certified health and life coach specializing in goal achievement. As a goal achievement coach, I help people struggling with where they are to create their own life story and take action toward their life vision. So that they can get unstuck, find joy in each and every day, and live their best life.