We explored the five components to consider whenever setting a goal:
- When, Where and With Whom.
Now we will finally use that information to set definitive goals.
The goal card is a potent and straightforward tool for writing and reaching your goals.
As you’ve learned, it’s essential to have goals . . . big and small, short-term and long-term, to enable you to achieve what you want. You’ve also learned that you must prioritize them on your list to reach the utmost importance goals quickly.
It would help if you had a way to stay centered on your most important goal(s), to get that goal burned into your subconscious mind. You can achieve this by having your goal(s) permanently available at arm’s reach. A goal card is a great way to do that.
For your goal cards consider using card stock, like an index card:
Write your deadline (the “When”) at the top.
For example: By August 15th of next year (or whenever your deadline is)
(Note: This is the only part of your goal card that is written in the future tense, and it’s only for urgency. It’s not part of your goal statement.)
[The deadline you’ve created fosters a sense of urgency or purpose, which in turn will serve as an important motivator, and prevents inertia or procrastination]
- Begin your goal statement by writing it in personal tense (“I”)
- Continue writing your goal in the present tense (“I AM”)
- Write your goal with positive language and emotion (“I AM so happy”)
- Write your goal with gratitude (“I AM so happy and grateful”)
- Give added emphasis to personal and present tense (“I AM so happy and thankful now that I AM . . .”)
- Finish by filling in your goal, keeping the “Who,” “Why,” “How,” “What,” “Where,” “When,” and “With Whom” and your personal values list and mission and vision statements in mind.
Remember that you MUST state the goal in the positive. In other words, you must write what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid (how fit you want to become, not how much fat you want to get rid of).
Be as clear and specific as possible (“I will have supper with my family three nights a week” rather than “I will be home earlier”), and feel free to enrich and add as much emotion to your affirmation statement as possible. Ideally, when you read it, it should stir up a feeling and make a picture pop into your mind.
For instance, if your goal is to run a full marathon for the first time in your life, your goal statement might look like this:
By August 15th of next year,
I am so happy and grateful now that I can run a full marathon in Boston. My body is in great shape. I look radiant and very healthy, and I feel fantastic too. Everybody I speak with says they notice a positive change in me.
This might sound silly, but affirmationsaffirmations like these help to impress what you want upon your subconscious mind.
Goal Card Assignment
For each of your most important goals, transfer it, in affirmation format, to a goal card.
If you have a laminator, you may want to laminate your goal card for longevity purposes.
Keep your goal cards in front of you, attach them to your wall, desk, or computer if you wish to inspire you to take daily action.
Ensure the goal you work on is a key goal. Reaching it should contribute to your happiness in a meaningful manner. Keep in mind that not all goals are created equal. Some are hardly important on the large scale of your happiness while others may highly contribute to it. A mere handful of your goals brings you a disproportionately large amount of joy. Without goals, if you do achieve anything of value, it will be, by chance, pure luck. Most of all, you can end up putting out a lot of time and effort for very little return.