1. Know what you want.
This is an important step because you will not put your heart and soul into working to get something that you do not really want. You need to find out what is really important to you. Just because society or someone close to you thinks you should act in a certain way or achieve certain goals will not drive you, unless they are your goals. Mind you, these will often coincide as you work towards some of your own goals.
2. Begin by making a list of the things you really want.
If you are having trouble identifying what they are, start with a wish list and write down all the things you would like. Sometimes, thinking about what you don’t want can help. For example, you do not want to be stuck in your job for the rest of your life or you do not want to be constantly worrying about money or you do not want to be overweight.
Pick the one goal that is the most important to you – the one goal you can pursue with passion. It may be more than one, as some will work hand in hand. For example, financial success and job success may go together.
Be as specific and as detailed as you can be. A general term such as ‘financial success’ means very little to your mind. It needs specifics that it can grasp and visualize. You need specifics so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve.
3. Write down what you have to do to achieve that goal.
You might want to progress in your job. What will you need to do that? Will you need to take a course to get additional qualifications? If so, is this achievable or it is better to look for a better job with your existing training or qualification? Note the obstacles and roadblocks you are likely to encounter. Prepare yourself to deal with these.
4. Visualize yourself having achieved your goal.
Imagine what it will be like when you have a better job or have more money or own that house. Put yourself in the picture with as much detail as possible. Your mind cannot tell the difference between the fiction and the reality.
Real life experiments have born this out. You may have heard the stories of sports teams practising mentally and practising physically. One team actually did better after they had a practice session in their mind than they did after an actual practice session. This technique is used in medicine to help people grow their muscles after they have been bed-ridden. They can imagine their muscles growing bigger and stronger.
There are plenty of stories of people curing themselves of disease by imagining themselves getting better. The power of mind is indeed very powerful. Use it to help you get what you want.
5. The final step, and the most important one, is to take the first step now.
Find out what you have to do to change your life from the one you have, to the one you want, and then achieve your goals.