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The Sacred Goal
How to Achieve your Goals in 9 Simple Steps
Use this guide if you are serious about changing your life.
Changing your life in a significant way is very hard. If it were easy, you would see around you only accomplished people who were at a healthy weight and made good money.
Is that what you see around you? Me neither.
Most people do not make goals and so their life never changes very much. Or, if they do make goals, they do not execute them in an effective manner. Even more people make resolutions each new year and then drop their resolutions later.
The reason people's lives don't change very much is because we are creatures of habit and we live in a same habitual way day in and day out unending. Without a sacred goal, we do not make effective change in our lives, and so we find ourselves several years later with still the tubby tummy and without having accomplished our dreams.
It takes action and energy to change your life. You have to not only really want to change, you must take the action necessary to make change a part of your life. A part of your new daily habitual way of living.
The good news is that even though changing your life is hard, the actual effective goal setting and achieving process is simple.
What is a Sacred Goal?
A sacred goal has nothing to do with religion. A sacred goal is a goal that you are passionate about and that you make a top priority in your life.
What does this mean for you as far as goal setting goes?
It means you must make your goal a top priority in your life in order to actually achieve it.
How do you do that?
Dream vs. Goal vs. Sacred Goal
A Sacred Goal
Often won't happen
Sacred Goal. You Need One.
Step 1 ~ Choose Your Goal
Your goal should be:
- Something you're passionate about
There is no point picking a goal that is too easy to accomplish. That is not a goal. It is also pointless to pick a goal that is impossible to accomplish. It is not physically possible to lose 50 pounds in one week. Pick a goal that is achievable but that is challenging.
It is also very important to pick a goal that is something you are passionate about. Just because you are pressured to become a lawyer or doctor by your family doesn't mean that it is the right goal for you. Find a goal that fits in with your dreams. Use your dreams to inspire you to achieve great goals. These are your dreams and your goals, not someone else's, so make sure your goal matters to you.
Step 2 ~ Write Your Goal Down
There have already been enough studies that have been done that show that writing down your goals makes it much more likely that they'll be accomplished.
Take time to word your goal correctly, use the present tense, and ensure you have an end date.
You are going to spend a lot of time with this goal, so make sure you word your goal just right. Do not be sloppy in this task because you are feeding your mind with your goal and you want your whole mind, conscious and unconscious to work for you.
That is why you want to word your goal in the present tense. Your subconscious mind will have faith that the goal can be accomplished, and will assist you in achieving it by giving you even more ideas as to its completion.
So avoid vague goals. Be specific. I will lose 5 pounds within 2 months of today (and date it) is better than I will lose weight.
An end date for your goal will keep your eye on the ball through the ups and downs of life.
By writing down your goal you are telling your future self how it's going to be. You're not going to be one of those who live habitually in the same way without causing change in his or her life.
You are going to take the time to write down your goals and imprint them into your memory.
Check Out Bucketlist
There are a number of free sites on the web where you can make your own bucketlist. Bucketlist.org is great for keeping inspired and keeping your goals top on your mind. After you accomplish an item on your bucketlist you share it with family and friends.
Don't you think a sacred goal would be on your bucketlist?
Step 3 ~ Make Your Goal Sacred
Make your goal sacred. Do something to make your goal feel sacred to you.
You can write it on parchment paper. You can use a computer program and print it out on nice paper. You can frame your goal in a nice frame. You can write it on a pretty postcard and keep the postcard with you. Or write it nicely on a business card and keep it in your wallet so you have constant access to it. You can make a collage of your goal with pictures from magazines or with pictures that you take yourself. What about start a blog about your goal?
The point is to treat your goal with respect.
While it may seem silly to go through such lengths, it really is not if you want to achieve your goal.
What do you think gets accomplished more often -- an ordinary goal that is not written down and can easily be forgotten... or a sacred goal that is attended to with respect and diligence?
Step 4 ~ Daily Ritual
Read your goal at least twice a day and feel inspired by it.
Remember how I said people are habitual? If you want to change your life you have to start taking action. You have to start making change a habit.
If you do not have the energy to read your goal twice a day regularly, how much do you really want this goal?
By reading your goal twice a day you will have it memorized in no time. You will also keep your goal on your mind and make it a top priority in your life.
By reading your goal twice a day you will begin to think about your goal regularly and feel inspired by it regularly.
This inspiration feeling is the difference between taking action and getting sucked into the habitual way of life that you lived previously.
There is a simple little book by an unknown author and it describes a process of acquiring what you want out of life. Here is the process: you make a list of what you want and order it from most important and on down. Then you read the list three times a day. The title of this little book is called, "It Works."
Now, why do you think the author titled the book, "It Works"?
That's right. So read your goal at least two times every day.
Make Your Brain Work For You
Step 5 ~ The Power of Your Brain
Step 4 is to think about your goal near constantly. This should be easy and fun for you to do. If you're not passionate about your goal then this isn't the right goal for you.
By think I mean to visualize yourself having accomplished the goal and to think about what it means for you to accomplish this goal.
So if your goal is about losing weight, then you will try to think of yourself as slender and fitting into smaller clothes and how you will look. You would see a cute outfit and imagine yourself wearing it.
If your goal is to become a doctor, then you would think about the importance of studying for your college course rather than watching a mindless TV program.
If your goal is to make more money, then you would try to think up ways to do that and keep your mind open to opportunities that might come your way where you could earn more money.
By thinking about your goal regularly, you keep your mind tuned to the world out there and can take opportunities that come up to start manifesting your goal.
Step 6 ~ Break it Down
Break your big goal down into do-able steps with appropriate time lines. For instance, if your goal is to become a dentist and you haven't even enrolled in college, then your first goal is to start researching colleges and finding out what the requirements are to become a dentist. If your overall goal is to lose 50 pounds, then your first smaller goal might be to cut out the fat in your diet in one week. Your second smaller goal might be to start an exercise program.
Make sure each smaller goal:
- is attainable
- has an end date
Step 7 ~ Action!
Take action toward your goal. This is the most important step. Take action toward each small goal of your main goal.
We live in a cause and effect world.
Dreaming about a better life will not give you a better life.
Writing down goals about a better life will not give you a better life.
Only taking action will cause your world to change!
That is why it is so important to follow the steps in this guide. By making the goal sacred you will want to accomplish it because it will be the top priority of your life.
By reading your goal every day, twice a day, you will continue to keep your goal sacred and to keep yourself inspired.
By thinking about your goal almost all the time not only will you never forget it, but you will stop letting life's other demands get in the way of accomplishing your goals.
If you are ready to change your life check out my favorite way to make and track my sacred goals at the guide linked above.
Step 8 ~ Track, Record, and Update
Track and record your progress so you always know how well you're doing getting closer to your goal.
As you get closer to your goal, update your goal so that you are always on top of things.
For instance, if your sacred goal was initially to pay off all your debt in two years, but because of your commitment and enthusiasm you have gotten yourself a second job, then rewrite that second goal! You can now accomplish your goal in less time so have your new, sacred goal reflect that.
Researchers have also found out that those who measure and track their progress are more likely to accomplish their goals.
Do you want results or do you just kinda sorta want your goal?
Track and measure your progress. It keeps your eye on the ball and your motivation high.
Step 9 ~ Reward!
Attaining your sacred goal is often its own reward, but to get through the hurdles that life can throw in your way, make sure to reward yourself for accomplishing the smaller goals that make up your sacred goal.
Good rewards might include a night out on the town with a loved one, getting a massage, or even simply watching a favorite movie. It's up to you.
Personally, I like going to live concerts. :)
Now that you're inspired and thinking about what your sacred goal will be it's time to remember:
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Walter Elias, aka "Walt Disney"
I will leave you with a personal story.
All my life I've wanted to act, and it wasn't until I got to college that I worked up the courage to actually go to auditions. My very first play was a small independent production with a ensemble cast. We worked hard and rehearsed madly, but some of the cast still did not have their lines down as we got to opening night. I found a postcard with a quote on it which I kept posted backstage for all of us. The postcard read:
That quality of mind which shows itself in facing danger without fear or shrinking
For our preview audience, the night before our grand opening, some of the actors made mistakes. I was back stage and I wondered how we were going to get through this. But my dream was to act and I read the postcard again. We went out there and we improvised and got through.
The next night, for our grand opening, we were flawless.
So what does courage have to do with dreams, goal-setting, and sacred goals?
You will need courage as you pursue your sacred goal. You might think it's a dream to get that girl as a girlfriend, or to make enough money to retire early or to lose 80 pounds, or whatever your heart's desire is...and you may give up before you even attempt your goal because of fear.
You need to face your fears and go after your dreams.
Make a sacred goal and accomplish it by following the steps in this guide.
Change. Your. Life.