The Power of Goal Setting
The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers. -Brian Tracy
Setting Objectives and Goals
Objectives, goal setting and a desire or an intention to meet those goals is undoubtedly the most imperative piece of the puzzle when attempting to achieve anything worthwhile in life. As Brian Tracy has outlined here, it is indeed the act of taking the first step and then following through, that will separate the winners from the losers.
Clearly defining what it is that you want is where it all starts and Weight Loss is no different! The potency of your objectives and the power of your intention will totally aid in the clarity and sharpness of outlining your goals. So, if you truly want to achieve permanent Weight Loss, you must completely see yourself ‘lean’ or ‘lighter’ with absolute lucidity! It can happen to you. You’ve heard it before; life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the trip, but know where you’re going, it’s easier to get there!
Brushing your teeth, washing your hair, ‘showing up’ at work regularly and sleeping are all habitual rituals. They are daily practices that promote or provide either assurance, insurance, functionality or the opportunity to continue to have or use something that you want to keep. Stop doing these rituals and decay, breakdown or unemployment occurs, which just causes a downward spiral of unpleasant events. Although this sounds a bit funny, the reality is your body functions or DIS-functions in the same way. Practice daily effective, proactive rituals and ta...da... you either attain, maintain or achieve the object or objective desired.
Exercise and nutrition are often perplexing topics, usually shrouded in mystery, but need not be. Knowledge and application of knowledge are not the same thing; they are quite separate and distinct. Knowing how to do something and doing it is where the line is drawn and having an intention, coupled with an objective, acts as the proverbial driver behind the wheel. Placing intention into the subconscious mind is like stepping on the gas pedal, which in turn produces action or OBJECTIVE.
Goals or objectives motivate you into action. They are the steam that wakes you up, gets you to work, helps you focus and aids in the process of achievement. Emotion married to objective is fuel for accomplishment. Develop a sense of purpose, a reason why, and combine that purpose with your desire and your emotionally stimulated intention. Put this desire, intention and purpose in writing and since we’re talking about Weight Loss, this could be that exact desire.
If you know what to do, but you can’t seem to get yourself to do it, you’ve probably been giving negative or conflicting messages to your subconscious mind. The behaviours that are produced by subconscious conditioning are more commonly referred to as habits. Fortunately, you can re-program your subconscious mind with positive instructions and become a creature of positive habit, just as easily as you can become a victim of negative habits. It all begins with a conscious decision and written objectives.
The theme here is to take control of your own mind. Success will be found when you become proactive about your ‘destination’ and take the proper steps required to ‘arrive’. It is truly about the tremendous power of self-control and self-reliance. These are inner resources, which you already possess, which you have always possessed. You may not have realized that you have these abilities, but they are there.
Change can happen, but first you must decide that change is what you indeed want and move with reckless abandon toward that change. With all the necessary tools and the proper mindset in place you can achieve anything and I mean anything!