You already have the most powerful tool available to reach your goals: your mind. Your thoughts, imagination, attitudes, and drive are all there ready to be used to make your goals a reality.
Visualization is such an empowering technique and one we use all the time without realizing it. You visualize when you’re
All of these activities depend on having a vision or an idea of where you want to be, look, feel, or how you want your life to be.
Make this process conscious and use it as a planning tool or a motivating exercise. You can make your visualization a formal part of your goal-setting process.
Even when you are focusing on behavior-based goals, you want to start out by creating a goal that is more of a “big picture” – the end-of-the-rainbow scenario. One creative way to do this is to visualize what it is you want or need to come up with a picture that represents to you the outcome. Practice bringing up this picture in your mind, and get all of your senses involved. What types of sensory effects does this picture create for you? The more you can involve your entire brain in the process, the more realistic the big-picture goal will be.
When you’ve solidified your end goal, turn your attention to what types of actions you’ll need to take in order to secure that goal in your future. What kinds of skills and habits will you need to form, or build, and of these, which seem inherently more difficult to you, being the unique person that you are?
One of the scientifically proven ways to increase your success in achieving your goals is by giving...
You might not realize how important it is to write down your goals. Every year most people make a whole list of resolutions and then do little or nothing to keep them. How many people do you know who wish they could lose 20 pounds, or get a promotion, go on a round-the-world trip, or change careers? How many people do you know who stay stuck in their comfortable rut because they don’t have a plan to get out?
Achieving your goals is not down to innate talent or luck or being a better person. It comes down to planning and hard work. And the key to success is writing it all down.
A ten-year Harvard study on goal-setting showed that writing down your goals is critical. The study asked students if they had set clear, written goals and specific plans for their futures.
The study interviewed the students again after ten years. The 13 percent of the...
If you’re like most people, you need a clear, organized space to optimize your productivity. You need to be able to see what needs to be done and to give a project update without shuffling through piles of papers. To do this, you need to organize your space as efficiently as possible. Time for an office makeover! Here are five steps to re-organizing your office to put you back in control.
When we think of goal setting, we usually think of goals that envision a specific outcome. Some examples include:
Of course, these are just a few of the more common goals that people set for themselves. But what if we based our goals on changing behaviors instead of obtaining a specific outcome? Could we modify or completely change behaviors that would lead us to the desired outcome quicker, healthier, and with less stress? Some experts certainly think so.
Many times, when we set goals, we focus on the negative, i.e. what we don’t want rather than what we do want. Behavior-based goals focus more on the behaviors we want to strengthen rather than the negative actions we want to remove. In strengthening the positive behaviors, we change the way we act and react in many situations – not just situations surrounding a goal that is outcome-based. The ripple effect...
Every once in awhile, we all need to take the time to reevaluate our lives through self-reflection. Maybe you aren’t as happy as you used to be or feel like you are stuck somehow.
When was the last time you sat down and reflected on things—your relationships, your career path, and your happiness and well-being?
If we wish to live exceptional lives, we’ve got to get clear on who we want to be, what we want in different areas of our lives, and how we want to live our lives overall.
If you’re not getting clear on what you most want, your life experience will be a hodgepodge of random people and experiences- some good, some not so good, some just kind of “blah.”
But that’s not why you’re here, is it? You’re not here to live a so-so, humdrum kind of life. You aren’t here in this body, at this time, on this planet to merely go through the motions of life and to be at the mercy of the people and situations around you. Taking time...
For most, gratitude is a pure outright thank you. For others a half-hearted thank you text or card may seal the deal. But in psychology, it's is not just an offhand action. Gratitude is a positive emotion that goes a long way in contributing to happiness. The recognition entails more than feeling thankful for an act of kindness or condition because it consists of a deeper appreciation for someone or something. It affirms the graciousness of the giver. When we focus more on the many blessings in our lives, we are more contented, cheerful and generous. The feeling goes both ways. The giver derives immense joy from the act, and the receiver appreciates the kindness.
In a fast-paced world like ours, it is not unusual for daily blessings to go unnoticed. We often overlook the little acts of kindness we experience every day. Small acts of kindness shown daily culminate into a happier life. Whether receiving or giving gratitude, scientific studies prove that the result is immense...
Getting organized is one thing, staying organized is another challenge altogether. If you want to stay in control of your life, you need to form a few simple habits to change the way you think about your ‘stuff.’
Here are seven easy ways to stay organized.
Being afraid of change and new beginnings are perfectly normal. No matter how much you want to switch careers, move to a new city, or start a new relationship, something holds you back. It's your fear that keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest and making your dreams come true.
Remember, you have full control over your emotions. It's in your power to conquer fear and make things happen. Here are five steps you can take today to gain confidence and achieve the success you deserve:
What are you scared of moving forward? Is it that you might fail, the financial insecurity, or criticism? Define the risks you're so afraid of and write everything down. Be realistic and have the facts straight before taking the next step. It's in our nature to exacerbate risks and their consequences.
What's the worst thing that could happen if you fail? Would you lose your home, your job, or your friends? Sometimes, all you need to do to kick fear to...
You’ve probably heard about ‘digital detox,’ but you don’t have to go cold turkey to simplify your digital life. Streamlining the way you use technology can increase your productivity and turn your computer or smartphone back into a useful tool instead of a cluttered time-suck.
Here is how to take back control of your digital life by decluttering and organizing.