Subconscious Mind and Goals

The Subconscious Mind and Goal Setting

Your subconscious mind is your key to achieving your goals. Because by giving your subconscious a set of goals, you give it a clear direction. These goals are a road map for your subconscious mind. It will follow this road map and help you achieve what you want.

First let’s define first what a goal means.

A goal is like your shining star that serves as your guide in the attainment of a specific purpose or intention. It represents your hopes, dreams, and wants in life.

Why is it so important to have goals?

“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I will give you a man who will make history. Give me a man without a goal and I will give you a stock clerk.” – J.C. Penny

Indeed, J.C. Penny, a retail department store founder, couldn’t have said it better.

Goal setting helps you…

  • Become a better version of yourself.
  • Gain a clearer perspective.
  • To take concrete and relevant action.
  • Have hope and determination to achieve results.
  • Prioritize – know what to give up and what not to give up.

 Your Subconscious Mind Dictates the Success of Your Goals

It is not enough that your conscious mind recognizes what you want. You also have to have your subconscious working on achieving your goals. If your goals don’t match the beliefs ingrained in the subconscious, you will always have excuses not to do them.

For instance, you want to become a millionaire by the age of 30. However, your upbringing taught you that being rich will only transform you into a selfish and corrupt individual, so you have to avoid aspiring to be rich.

What will happen? Although your conscious mind knows what it wants, but the beliefs on your subconscious mind strongly oppose what you want, you won’t have the drive to pursue your goal. In fact, most people tend to procrastinate and divert their attention to other trivial pursuits.

So, what should you do to get your subconscious to help you?

First, when creating your intentions, be sure that they follow the S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bounded) format.

According to a review done by Edwin Locke regarding different studies linked to goal setting and task performance, 90% of them showed that goals that are “specific” and “challenging” lead to higher performance levels, when compared to those people with non-challenging goals or no goals at all.

Be sure to write down goals that bring forth strong emotions from you. Or as Napoleon Hill put it, a goal should create a “burning desire” in order to trigger your subconscious and get you moving.

You need to remind yourself each day of what needs to be done to move you closer to your dreams. You can say them either mentally or out loud.

Repetition gives your subconscious the impression that a particular thought is very important and should be accomplished.

Remember—we all need something to aim for, no matter how big or small, in order to live life to the fullest. That’s why you should always be setting clear goals and you’ll get your subconscious mind working to help you achieve your goals sooner.

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The only way to live a very successful life is to create goals. It’s preferable to create small goals that in due course lead to bigger goals. Unfortunately goal setting can be very time consuming so many people do not put in the proper effort. Too often we are plagued by distraction, lack of time, or fears. Visualization is one of the most powerful tools anyone can use. When you have implanted an image in your head, it stirs your subconscious to move you towards that direction.

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