It’s important to have lots of goals…dozens of them… hundreds, even… big and small, short term and long term. But to effectively and quickly achieve the goals that are most important to you, you must prioritize and focus. You need a way to stay centered on your #1 most important goal for each 12-week period and to get that goal burned into your subconscious mind. A goal card is the ultimate way to do that.
Here’s what I want you to do: Take your 12-week (90 day) goal – which is the primary goal you should focus the most attention on at any given time – and transfer it, in “affirmation” format, to a small goal card. Use card stock, like an index card. If you have a laminator, then laminate it for longevity purposes because you’re going to be handling it daily. You could also put it in a clear plastic credit card sleeve.
You must write your 90-day goal statement as an AFFIRMATION. This is covered
in detail in chapter one of my “Burn The Fat” manual, yet only a handful of my clients write their goals in “affirmation” format the first time around. Most people resist and object at first because it sounds weird, but the way you write your goal is vitally important, so pay close attention here:
1) Start the goal card by writing your deadline at the top:
For example: By August 15th, 2004 (or whatever your deadline is).
This is the only part of your goal card that is written in future tense, and it’s only for urgency, it’s not part of your actual goal statement. All goals must have deadlines because it’s a psychological law that work always expands to fill the time allowed.
(2) Next, begin your goal affirmation statement by writing it in personal tense (“I”)
(3) Continue writing your goal in present tense (“I AM”)
(3) Write your goal with positive emotion (“I AM so happy”)
(4) Write your goal with gratitude (“I AM so happy and thankful”)
(5) Give added emphasis to personal and present tense (“I AM so happy and thankful now that I AM…”)
(6) Finish by filling in the blank with your goal. The goal MUST be stated in the positive. In other words, you must write what you want to achieve, not what you want to avoid (how lean you want to become, not how much fat you want to get rid of). Be as clear and specific as possible and feel free to embellish and add as much additional 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.
Your subconscious mind takes everything literally – to a degree of subtlety that probably not one in ten thousand people understand. The subconscious accepts commands most easily when they are given in the present tense, personal, positive format and when they are read and visualized repeatedly with faith, emotion, gratitude and an already-having-received attitude (and especially when you’re in a physically relaxed state).
When a suggestion is accepted by your subconscious, this sets your body into
motion and your automatic behaviors (habits) begin to change. When your behavior changes, your results begin to change.
Be open and do what I suggest. Write out your goal card! Read it at least twice a day – morning and night. Read it more often if you can. Carry your goal card with you everywhere you go. Keep it in your pocket at all times. Feel naked without it. Any time you have a spare moment – at a stoplight, waiting for an appointment, while you eat breakfast, heck, even when you go to the bathroom – reach into your pocket and pull out your goal card.
Every time you read it or even touch it, think about your goal and visualize the end result you desire. Flash the picture of you at your perfect weight with your ideal body onto the screen of your mind. See yourself the way you ultimately want to look. Imagine that you’re already there. Then watch it happen! It will and it must, for that is the law of your mind.