The Success Principles by Jack Canfield: Principle 7

By Sheikh Idris Watts

Principle 7: Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting

Whatever goal you give to your subconscious, it will work night and day to achieve. To make sure a goal unleashes the power of your subconscious mind, it must meet two criteria:

· How much?
· When?

It must be stated in a way that you and anybody else could measure it: saying, “I will lose 10 pounds” is not as powerful as, “I will weigh 135 pounds by 5PM on June 30.”

Be as specific with all aspects of your goals – include the make, model, color, year and features … the size, weight, shape and form… and any other details. Vague goals produce vague results.

Write your goal down in detail. When you write it down, your subconscious will know what to work on and which opportunities to hone in on to help you reach your goal. Make sure your goals stretch you and require that you grow to achieve them. They should make you a little uncomfortable. The ultimate goal is to master life and to do this you will need new skills, expand your vision of what’s possible, build new relationships, and learn to overcome your fears, considerations and roadblocks.

Once you have written your goals, both large and small, the next step is to activate the creative powers of your subconscious mind by reviewing your list two or three times a day. Read the list out loud with passion. Picture each goal as if it was already completed and how you would feel once it was. Review them on waking up and before going to bed. Write them down on small cards and keep them with you. Put them in your daily planner or your calendar. This method is very powerful. Do not underestimate it. Maybe get a goal book where you write down new goals as they come along. Keep it on the back of a card in your wallet. You should have around 101 goals you want to achieve in your life before you die. Every time you achieve one, tick it off and write victory next to it.

If you are bored with life, if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things – you don’t have enough goals.

When you set goals, three things will appear that stop most people:

· Considerations
· Fears
· Roadblocks

Considerations: These are all the reasons that come to your mind about why you shouldn’t attempt it.

“I’ll have to work twice as hard!”
“My wife is going to kill me!”
“I can’t see it ever happening!”
“People might not listen or might laugh at me!”

These are good because they show you how you have been subconsciously stopping yourself all along. Now they have appeared, you can deal with them, confront them and move past them.

Fears: These are feelings such as rejection, fear of failure, fear of making a fool of yourself or getting hurt. They are not unusual; rather, they are part of the process.

Roadblocks: These are external circumstances outside of you such as lack of money, nobody wants to help etc… These are what life throws at you which you need to deal with in order to move forward. Most people see them as a stopping sign but you must see them as a normal part of the process that will always appear. You have to deal with them. They have to appear, because when you set a goal that is big enough to stretch you and make you grow, you will need to be tested.

You have to welcome all three and not let them hold you back. They are there to make you stronger. All material gain can fade and disappear but the skills and development you go through when facing these trails in life will always be with you in life so embrace them because they are your friends and want good for you. You can lose all material things but you cannot lose the skills and mastery – what you learn and who you become in the process of achieving your goals. We are on this earth to become masters of skills and achieve our full potential.

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