Most people don’t plan for the future

Why do you suppose that so many people never achieve their goals in life? The answer, unfortunately, is that they never set them. It’s so true — to the extent that only one in five Americans reach the age of 65 without having to depend on Social Security, and that includes people in supposedly high-paying professions like doctors and lawyers.

Most people don’t plan for the future at all. They work during the week and spend what they earned on the weekends. They waste their money, energy, and time.

That’s a great waste of a powerful, natural resource, the human mind. Did you know that once we set a target or goal, our mind becomes an automatic system that monitors feedback regarding that target? According to Dr. Maxwell Maltz in Psycho Cybernetics, once you set a goal, your mind adjusts your course depending on any new data it gets. It makes corrections so that you can stay on target. The more specific the goal is, the better the corrections are. Furthermore, our brains can’t tell the difference between an event that really took place and one that was vividly imagined. So, if you clearly and firmly set a goal, to your brain it is as if the goal has already been achieved.

Goal Setting

Take the time now to write a goal statement. Write it in the first person, using pronouns like “I,” “my,” “mine,” and “me.” Keep your goal statements short and to the point. Be emphatic. Be positive. For instance,”I am raising my self-esteem with positive statements and positive actions today.”

Remember, the more specific you make your goals, the better your chance to achieve them. These techniques may be helpful to you:

  • Set short range goals that will build toward your long-range goals. Start with short time periods, such as a week or a month and then build your long-term goals for six months, one year, or five years. When you use a specific timeframe, it helps you measure your success.
  • Set goals that inspire you, but that are also realistic and achievable. Set a series of goals so that you are going step-by-step. That way, it easier to adjust them as needed. Along the way. It also inspires confidence in you as you keep reaching your goals.
  • Share your goals with an individual or group who might have similar goals. It’s great reinforcement.
  • Celebrate achievement of your goals with rewards. It could be a small reward at each step along the way or a bigger reward like a trip or a dinner when you’ve achieved milestones.
  • Keep your goals somewhere where you can access them easily. Don’t write them and put them away somewhere since out of sight usually means out of mind.
  • Guard your goals. Don’t share them with negative people who probably won’t encourage you. Share them with positive people who wish you well.

Now that you know what a powerful tool goal setting is, why don’t you start making use of it today? It’s a powerful but easy way to help you achieve the success you want.

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