We are all creators. Most of us simply aren’t sure what being a creator is. Many of you are creating your past – again and again, and it doesn’t look creative at all. Some of you are passively creating, where you are not aware of the random nature of your thoughts, emotions and ideas. In this situation, it’s just a bit of a free-for-all all-in-the-creation stakes. Alternatively, you can be a deliberate creator. In this way, you can easily manifest your goals. If you know how. Many of us in our lack of understanding of the nature of how we effectively create simply procrastinate and become stuck. Even worse we give up on our goals and dreams.
I have experienced first-hand, people who don’t move forward because they feel there is always more preparation to be done; when deadlines are missed because some other factor comes into play they want to make sure everything is lined up before they move on. Such environments simply call time on innovation, motivation and enthusiasm, because nothing is achieved. However, we can move on from stuckness or procrastinating using some simple principles which if followed will help to manifest our goals. Here is how.
10 Principles To Manifest Your Goals
Here are my 10 principles, which if followed will help you manifest your goals.
1. Develop a clear vision
I’m not naturally a visionary person, but when I’m able to visualise achieving my goals then I am powerfully increasing the odds of manifesting them. It’s like setting a sat nav in your brain. Conjuring up an image or a scenario of what you want is like programming in your destination and telling your sat nav to get there. How you get there is not the focus, it’s just getting there. This is where the power of articulating the outcome you want to achieve helps drive and create the vision.
2. Setbacks are simply learning curves
We all experience setbacks. But we can welcome setbacks. Often these represent the doubts or gaps we have when formulating our vision and outcomes, By considering setbacks we are strengthening your resilience and resolve. If you can develop the mindset that setbacks are simply opportunities to make improvements then you will recover much more quickly. Not allowing despair or doubt, will accelerate growth.
3. Listen to your intuition
Your inner guidance is there to help you. You must listen to it. Intuition can come in all sorts of ways, and sometimes it’s just about what you are feeling that is the message. A lack of progress or huge resistance is a big sign that you could be working on the wrong thing and not taking the course which takes you to your outcomes. If you continually feel uninspired, stressed and pressurised then you are definitely on the wrong track.
4. Create a great team
You really can’t do it on your own. You need help to achieve excellence whether through employees, partnerships, contractors, a support network, friends and family.
5. Look after yourself
You need to take time out to rest, connect with others and do other things. Health is one of the biggest prerequisites for manifesting your goals. Ill health can be one of your biggest stumbling blocks if ill health prevails.
6. Be clear about your priorities and values
You will manifest your goals if your vision is clear and you are taking steps to move towards it. However, If for example a family crisis comes along and you need to delay then don’t agonise over your decision. You must not compromise your priorities and values. You will still get where you need to be by being true to yourself.
7. Plot small milestones and celebrate success
It is easy to forget all the hard work and successes you have had along the way. Sometimes you can get so focused on what’s not achieved, you don’t realise how much you have achieved.
8. Forgive yourself
When you set out on the road to manifest your goals, you put your head above the parapet. You are not always going to feel like following your path. When you want to rebel, forgive yourself and get away from it for as long as it takes to get back into the right mindset.
9. Don’t cling to results
You are going to get the right results at the right time. Even if you believe they are poor, they are simply results. Poor results can give you a nudge and be an indicator to say you need to look again. Your journey is about progression and constant re-evaluation.
10. Get it into perspective
In his book “An Untethered Soul” Michael Singer helps the reader get their life in perspective by saying “You’re sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere”. That’s not to minimise your efforts towards manifesting your goals, but realising there is a much grander scheme helps you to enjoy the journey rather than focusing on the destination.
The Power of Motivation in Goal Setting
You’ve likely encountered the SMART goal framework. Yet, setting such goals is only the beginning. The real challenge lies in their achievement. This raises a critical question: are SMART goals sufficient, or do we need SMARTER goals to succeed truly?
Crafting Goals That Drive You
The secret to goal achievement lies in setting targets that genuinely motivate you. You’re more likely to reach a goal that excites you. So, ask yourself if your goals are:
- Specific, not vague
- Personally meaningful, not dull
- Challenging, not easy
Vague goals often lead to uncertain outcomes. By setting goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound (SMART), you create a clear roadmap. But to truly excel, your goals must also be inspiring.
Motivation Meets Success
Even SMART goals can fall flat if they lack personal significance. To elevate your goals, infuse them with meaning and challenge. Consider what personally drives you:
- Personal development
- Passions and strengths
- Making a difference
John Ruskin once said, “The highest reward for man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.” This wisdom underscores the importance of setting goals that not only challenge you but also contribute to your personal growth.
The Essence of SHARP Actions
Clarity in your goals is crucial, but action is the bridge to achievement. Beyond being SMART, your goals must be SHARP:
- Simple to understand and remember
- Have a clear plan of action
- Action-oriented steps towards the goal
- Regularly reviewed and assessed
- Progress-focused to ensure continual advancement
Integrating SMART with SHARP
Being both SMART and SHARP enhances not just the pursuit but the quality of your goals. To stay on track, consistently ask yourself:
- Does this action align with my goal?
- What small steps will have the biggest impact?
Embrace the 80/20 principle, focusing on the vital few actions that drive most of your progress. Identify the key 20% efforts that will yield 80% of your results.
Conclusion: The Synergy of SMART-er and SHARP Goals
Whether your goals are SMART or SMART-er, they remain hypothetical until you take SHARP action. Are your goals truly SMART enough? Only your actions will tell. Remember, the essence of goal setting is not just listing desires but actively pursuing them with precision and passion.
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