1. Realistic & a Slight Stretch. Be reasonable in what you choose to
change. You're the one who has to implement this plan. Examine your motives
for this change. Is it for yourself, or to please others? Make your target
just a bit beyond what you think you are capable of.
2. Be Clear. As it says in the book, The Law of Attraction, make a
list of what you don't want as a step in creating your list of you do want.
Form a WRITTEN affirmation that is positive. Avoid the use of negative words (don't,
3. Be Specific & Flexible. Avoid comparative words (less, better,
more). One of the main advantages of establishing goals is that they
provide motivation and direction. If you fall short of your stated goal, don't
beat yourself up. Celebrate what you have achieved.
4. Paced & Measurable. One of the reasons many people don't bother
with setting goals is that the process to achieve them often seems daunting.
This is easily overcome by chunking goals into smaller units. For instance,
monthly or even weekly mini-goals can be more palatable.
5. Announce Your Goals. Find friends or colleagues who will support
you in your objectives. Share your plans and timelines. Now, your reputation
is on the line.
6. In Your Face. For the most part, the mind processes information
visually. In addition to whatever words you use to describe your goals, begin
cutting out representative pictures from magazines. Paste them on posters and
put them all over your world. That means bedroom, bathroom, car, desk, and
anywhere else you can think of. Information that is captured by your
peripheral vision is not usually analyzed by the conscious mind. This means
that as you walk by your posters, your peripheral vision will convey that data
directly to your subconscious mind, thereby reinforcing your goals. In
addition, even if you haven't been trained in self-hypnosis, you can relax
with soft music and visualize your goals. Make your visualizations as vivid as
7. Changing Habits. Many people think that it takes 21 to 30 days to
form a new habit. Actually you can establish a new habit in only 5 days. What
takes up to 30 days is the release of the old habit. Once the new habit is
formed, it competes with the old habit for dominance. Every time you exercise
the new habit it gets stronger, and the old one becomes weaker. The reverse is