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Living Goals [POWERFUL Goal-Setting part 8] Monday April 6, 2015

Well, as I come to the end of my 8-part series on how to create goals you're likely to achieve, I arrive at my rest with my favourite criterion. This is that our goals need to be "Living".

At first, this may sound strange but its meaning is simply that goals must come "alive" to us on a daily basis. We are strange creatures. Our awareness of time is strongly focused on today, with a span reaching with some clarity to yesterday and tomorrow but not much further! It is as if a python had swallowed an elephant – there's a big bulge in the middle of our timeline! The returns diminish as we get further and further away from the central focus that is "today"!

It is almost as if our system really does reboot after every period of significant sleep, bringing a new locus of focus.

When I first began to realise the power of goal-setting, I went to town. I had a gorgeous binder full of fantastic images of what I'd like to have, be or do. The problem was that when I shut the cover on the folder, I shut the contents off from my mind. I closed the book.

Far better to re-energise your goals on a daily basis. And to do this, you just need a humble notebook. There is something visceral about jotting down a reminder of your key and core goals – great and small. We know that the memory traces are already in position, we just need to remind our consciousness that these are the destinations we wish to head towards, right here, right now. This strengthens the neural pathway to that dream, and makes it ever more a path of least resistance.

Then, instead of being "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" – the dreams will stay "insight, in-mind" – and you'll find that this is one way that dreams become reality.

So let it be written (daily), so let it be done (daily). [With a pencil??? They are so tactile!]


Whilst mnemonics may not be everyone's cup-of-tea, they do help me with this particular checklist-for-transformation. So here is a summary of our POWERFUL journey together over 8 posts.

P was for 'Positive' – framing our desires in terms of what we want rather than what we don't want.
O was for 'Own-Control' – choosing goals that we had the power to influence.
W was for the 'Win-Win' – making sure there was a big enough 'win' to motivate us to persevere.
E was for the 'Evidence' – the sensory signs that would let us know we were on or off track.
R was for 'Resource' but also for 'Resourcefulness' – that 'Resilience' that works with the 'win' to keep us going.
F was for 'Faith' – requiring an occasional jump when a humble step would seem far safer.
U was for 'Unique' – keeping our goals simple and single – the KISS principle.
L was for 'Living' – breathing life into our goals every day by taking the simple action of (re)writing them down on a humble note-pad.

May all your good dreams come true x

A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 7:09am

Hi Lex- thank you for this timely reminder coming as it has for me having absorbed the previous set of acronyms.Funny things these acronyms creating as they do an illusion that one has achieved some order.Unfortunately they do little for me apart from making me feel frustrated that I cannot remember them in a timely manner.However, I am sure many Moodscopers probably find them useful.I find myself disagreeing with the statement "Our awareness of time is strongly focused on today, with a span reaching with some clarity to yesterday and tomorrow but not much further!" To my mind we may be aware of physical time in today but our minds are more often in the time past filled with (usually) regrets and the future time full of (usually) fears.It needs a consistent effort and constant reminders to oneself if one intends to keep our clarity and focus on today.

The Entertrainer Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 10:44am

Great points, Anonymous. I shall reflect on my attitude to and perception of time. I have spent a lot of time in the past, regretting... but it is all fuzzy and not clear. For me, my only clarity is in a very small window around 'now'.

As for Acronyms, I wonder if they are more useful to the writer than to the reader? The POWERFUL Acronym has added a discipline and direction to these 8 posts but for me, and not for everyone else. My granddaughters decorated me with stickers a few weeks ago - all over my granddad cardigan. Was it great art? To me it was! Perhaps the beauty of acronyms are in the eye of the inventor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 12:02pm

So that's why I find it helpful to rewrite my daily to do lists each day (and even throughout the day)! And I am accused of procrastinating when I do so!
Thanks Lex
Frankie (now feeling really smug!)

Julia Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 2:18pm

Hi Lex. I was one of those who actually liked your acronym, mnemonics when you first blogged POWERFUL and would have liked you to have followed each blog up addressing clearly the next letter. But you can't please 'em all (even though you do actually manage to please us all very skilfully IMHO) I agree so much with your line that a good bout of sleep really allows us to refocus in a relaxing energetic positive way. I wish.... But keep up the powerful blogs Lex. I love them.

Laura Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 3:19pm

"...we just need to remind our consciousness that these are the destinations we wish to head towards, right here, right now. This strengthens the neural pathway to that dream, and makes it ever more a path of least resistance." Exactly, Lex. Stay in the moment - it's the only one we've got.

The Entertrainer Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 4:48pm

Hey Frankie, that smug look... looks good!!!

The Entertrainer Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 4:49pm

I might have something to help with the sleep, Julia... and I'm sure other Moodscopers have their own methods. Can we all share? Trouble sleeping is a big issue for many of us. (That's if I'm reading you correctly, Julia)

The Entertrainer Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 4:50pm

And, today, thankfully, Laura, it's a beautiful one - weather wise. I know that helps me and I hope it helps us all.

Anonymous Mon, Apr 6th 2015 @ 10:24pm

Hallo Lex, 'grandad cardigan' made me laugh. And it made me think of the buttons on my granda's cardigan and so thank you for that little head holiday. I think I could sleep round the clock and so I have to be pretty rigid about my sleep habits. I agree, I think we all have sleep issues of one kind or another. Wishing you a peaceful night, love ratg x.

The Entertrainer Tue, Apr 7th 2015 @ 3:54am

Really lovely to hear from you.
Strangely, I was w-i-d-e awake at 2am, and got up at 3am to do something more productive... like work on ideas to help some of us sleep! I might have a naughty-nap later!
You are often in my thoughts - wishing you peace too - let's share some inner peace. And here's a rambling thought: today, I'm going to give someone a peace of my mind.

Hopeful One Tue, Apr 7th 2015 @ 7:46am

Hi Julia and the Entertainer - for me it is 15 min of meditation sincerely done in a non judgmental way without fail everyday just before heading for bed all the while remembering that there is no such thing as good or bad meditation.Just meditation. I promise you will be out like the light 5 minutes after your head hits the pillow.You might wake up early but you will get a solid block of sleep .In sleep parlance quality trumps quantity every time.

Julia Tue, Apr 7th 2015 @ 12:40pm

Thank you Hopeful One. I will write to you again about this. It's very helpful

Anonymous Tue, Apr 7th 2015 @ 1:46pm

:-) you always make me smile Lex. A peace of your mind and not a what you did there! How was it? Love ratg.

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