They have plans to lose weight or give up alcohol, to get that dream job or to win the lottery and retire early.
You may even have been creative and put your goals on a vision board that sits in front of you all year reminding you of what might have been.
Yet, a year later, the same intentions come up again with another orbit of the Sun under your belt and perhaps a little more cynicism creeping in.
If this sounds like you it is worth understanding why your goals and ambitions are not fulfilled. There is only one reason.
The world does not conspire against us – we do
When we hit adversity, our goals get thrown out of the window while we deal with the latest crisis or drama. We run a script in our heads that life is hard and ‘it’s not meant to be’.
The disconnect here is simple. In order to achieve your dreams, we need to learn. By seeing anything that seemingly comes up that stops us hitting our goals as a blessing in disguise, we rise to a new level of both understanding and achievement.
This is not as simple as adopting a ‘glass half full’ mentality. This is about taking ownership of everything that happens around you.
Everything that happens around you is for a reason and you are its co-creator.
Now virtually every goal setting system is target-based. While there is nothing wrong with this on the surface, goals set in this manner are essentially
limited by our imagination, experience and the information to hand at the time they are set.
Therein lies the flaw.
For example you might write down a ‘smart’ goal like:
“By the end of June, I will have over £10,000 monthly income, net of tax, from 1000 sales of my new £10 product in my online store. Then, by the end of the year, I will be running my business from a beach in the Caribbean.”
Achieving all you can possibly dream and even more is simpler than being as specific and focused than this. There may be an easy way for example than getting this income than selling your products. For example, you could license them or white label them and bulk ship one order of 1000 units. There may be a better beach than the one in the Caribbean where you went on holiday.
So all we have to do is to base our goal setting on what we would like to learn. For example, a better goal would be:
“By the end of the year, I want to learn how to have a passive/compounding/ethical income such I can afford to live where I want to live/meet my ideal life partner/never work for anyone ever again.”
When you then align what you want to learn with what you want to achieve, something magical happens.
Firstly, you get presented with opportunities and challenges to help you grow as a person.
Secondly, the opportunities to help you achieve your goals start to appear as if by magic. You meet just the perfect people at the perfect time who can get you to where you want to be.
Thirdly, you achieve a level of results which are much better than you ever even imagined. Things happen quicker than you imagine.
We get in the way of our own success yet by stepping out of the loop and letting things arrive, we begin to reap untold benefits.
Learning based goal setting also works in groups and for businesses too!!
So write down three things you would like to learn this and watch new vistas open around you.
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