Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #1-#3

  • If we desire to change our lives, we must first desire to change our thinking. Changing our thinking is a necessary ingredient to successfully accomplishing our goals. Successfully accomplishing our goals requires us to exercise the self-discipline to work the goal setting process.

    Whether we use Brian Tracy’s “12 Step” process discussed last week, another method, or a variation of our own, having the discipline to work through the goal setting process is directly connected to achieving our desired result.

    Entrepreneur and businessman Jim Rohn said, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.”

    I like bridges. I even like building bridges, though the only physical bridges I’ve actually built were designed for Tonka Trucks and Hot Wheels. Bridges can be much more than just physical structures spanning rivers and valleys. A friendly smile and hello can bridge the gap between strangers. Family reunions can build bridges between generations. Great story telling can bridge the hemisphere between reality and imagination.

    To our point today, discipline is the bridge built of actionable steps that will transform our desired goals into achieved results. Let’s look at the first three steps in Brian Tracy’s “12 Step Goal Setting Process.”

    STEP 1

    In STEP 1, we decide exactly what we want for each of the most important areas of our life. I define my key areas as: 1) Personal/Family, 2) Spiritual/Emotional Health, 3) Physical Health, and 4) Income/Career/Net Worth.

    Next, look out five years and visualize what your ideal life would be like. Create a perfect outlook for each key area. If you want to lose weight, visualize yourself at your new size and visualize all you can do by being in better shape. If you want to double your income, visualize that income level and visualize the things that income will allow you to do.

    CAUTION!!! Do not let fear or self-limiting beliefs hold you back. It too easy to say, “That’s not realistic. It will never work for me.” Turn that frown upside down with a big smile and repeat after me: “It is realistic! It will work for me!”

    STEP 2

    For STEP 2, we write down our goals. Goals written down take on a power of their own by making a connection between the hand and head. Brian Tracy calls this connection engaging the “psycho-neuro motor” which activates our visual, audio, and kinesthetic powers. Simply put, it makes our goals subconsciously become part of us.

    EXERCISE: Write down 3 goals in 30 seconds you would like to accomplish in the foreseeable future. Brian Tracy suggests 30 seconds will do the same as if we spent 30 minutes or 3 hours. Do this for each key life area.

    Goals must be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

    STEP 3

    STEP 3 is setting a deadline. We often tend to go from one project to the next, each needing to be done within a certain timeframe. While we often complain about this, the reality for most people is deadlines make us work better. Our mind uses deadlines, as Brian Tracy explains, as a “forcing system to drive [us], consciously and subconsciously toward achieving [our] goal on schedule.”

    Summarizing steps 1-3, we need to decide exactly what we want, write it down, and set a deadline. These are three active steps we can take today that will bring us closer to achieving our perfect outlook. Over the next three weeks, I’ll continue to share my thoughts on following the 12 step goal setting process.

    Have a great Monday, and happy New Year! Thanks for letting me share.

    Les Patterson

    p.s. Take 13 minutes today to start Steps 1-3 and watch a short video on the 5 Common Myths About Setting Goals.

    Les Patterson loves to share stories and the “Monday Morning Boost” is his way of sharing a story or two with family, friends, and clients. Les believes every person, business and organization has a story worth sharing. Since 1997 he has enjoyed finding compelling ways to share those stories through writing and producing radio commercials at the Cache Valley Media Group. Discover how he can help tell your story at www.CacheValleyMediaGroup.com. Feedback and comments are welcome at les@cvradio.com. ©2016, Les Patterson. All Rights Reserved. To UNSUBSCRIBE, reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your email will be removed.