If you haven’t caught our recent tweets with links to secret goal setting, follow us! What I love about having Emer on my team is that she is a goal setting shortcut sleuth. Here’s just a few secrets she recently found:
1. Imagination Focuses Your Brain Better to Hit the Target
New research published in Psychological Science shows that people who imagined a visual target before having to pick it out of a group of distracting items were faster at finding the target than those who did an actual practice run beforehand.
How can you apply this finding to your own goals? When you draw a picture of yourself achieving a goal and roll the tape of it in your imagination, seeing yourself walking through all the things you IMAGINE it will take to get there, you encode your neural pathways with the most direct route to achieve it.
Don’t take my word for it! Try it! Before you are getting ready to do something, do that old tried and true “visualize success” technique!
2. Be grateful and your goal achievement level goes up.
Students asked to keep a gratitude journal were found to have a higher satisfaction level, ability to engage better socially with peers, and better overall performance. Leaders who expressed gratitude to staff had better working relationships and fostered a culture of support and appreciation. Try keeping a gratitude journal. Write down 3 things you are grateful for before you fall asleep at night. Research shows that after only two weeks of writing your gratitudes, you’ll begin to see a change.
3. Believe you’ll achieve it, and you will.
Belief plays a huge role in your ability to achieve success. Not belief that something could happen, but belief that you can make it happen.
Albert Bandura proposed that individuals’ expectations are a major factor in determining goal setting, activity choice, willingness to expend effort, and persistence.
What do you truly believe about that goal you have drawn on your paper? Unpack it to make sure your belief in your own capability is solid.
If you are wanting to make a change of some kind then now is the time to get focused on you and that dream you have been thinking about. If you need a reboot, check out our FB page or twitter feed. We’re offering you consistent tips to help you step into that reality you have been dreaming about.
Big summer love to you!