Having Goals for Making Money (or Anything Else)
"Cat: Where are you going?
Alice: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I do not know.
Cat: Then it does not matter which way you go. "
– Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Often the one thing which sets apart people who are successful and those who are not, is that the former will have clear goals in mind.
Without having a clear idea of what you want to achieve, you will lack the clarity and motivation to get to where you want to go. If you only have a vague idea of what you want, it's like traveling to an address which has the first two lines missing.
An all too often little known fact is that the conscious mind is but a small part of the mind as a whole. When you're solving a problem or being creative, it's the subconscious mind which is working away. The conscious mind is good at posing questions, it's the subconscious mind which can answer them.
Have you ever been trying to figure something out and the answer only appears once you stop thinking about it, or when you sleep on a problem, you wake up with the answer? Well that's the reason why – you've given your subconscious a chance to get the job done, without the conscious mind trying to steal the show.
We often miss-allocate our resources in that we try to consciously do things which the subconscious is best at doing.
Some people will claim that they are not creative, but you can bet your bottom dollar that they are capable of dreaming vivid dreams. Entire worlds and stories can be created without the merest sense of effort spending and this is possible because the conscious mind is completely out of the way.
Now, back to the topic in hand – setting goals for your financial success. In order for the subconscious mind to do what it does best, creatively bringing your dreams in to reality, you need to prime it by understanding and communicating exactly what you want.
In order to do this, the best thing to do is to write down specifically what you want to achieve. Write it as if it's already true, with as much detail as possible. Allow your subconscious to feel how it would feel, to experience it with as much richness as possible. Teach it what you want to experience and what you want to bring in to reality. Once you've written it down, re-read and re-write it until you're happy. If you can not think of what to write, just start and see what happens, or come back to it later after you've given yourself a break from thinking about it.
Once you're happy with your goals, make it a habit to read them every night before you sleep, and then again when you wake up in the morning.
For some further reading on understanding why this is so important, I fully recommend the following books:
The Biology of Belief – Bruce Lipton.
The Spontaneous Healing of Belief – Gregg Braden.