Goal Setting and Manifesting
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When it comes to goal setting, we often think of New Years Resolutions and creating new goals that we want to achieve for the New Year. But despite our best intentions, most of our New Years goals are never realized.
Of the 40% of Americans that say they create New Years resolutions, only 8% actually make those goals a reality, according to research by the University of Scranton.
Why is that?
The reason why we set goals but don’t accomplish them has to do with a fundamental misunderstanding of how and why we’re able to set a goal, which is a thought in our mind, and execute the actions involved which turn that goal and manifest it, taking an image and turning it into a reality.
The misunderstanding really has nothing to do with our ability to set the goal, nothing to do with our willpower, and nothing to do with positive affirmations.
Maybe setting goals, willpower, and positive affirmations can have a profound effect when we’re not on auto-pilot, but the fact is, we’re almost always on auto-pilot!
This may come as a shock to you, but did you know that 90% of what we now know about the human brain has only been discovered in the last 5 years!?
The daily habits, actions, thoughts and behaviors that we have are NOT conscious endeavors.
What we do daily and how we operate from our brains 98% of the time comes from our subconscious faculties, and NOT our conscious mind! (according to the Mindset Performance Institute).
What does this mean?
This means that the whole time we’ve been trying to set goals, using positive affirmations, and using will power we’ve been all wrong!!
It’s no wonder so many of us get frustrated, give up, feel like we’re failing. We’re going about reaching our goals in a fundamentally incorrect way which is at odds with how we are hard-wired as human beings!
This isn’t to say goal-setting, positive affirmation, and will power can’t work entirely. They have their place. But they have their place in terms of setting direction…not in terms of long-term actions and patterns of behavior that get us to our actual goal, UNLESS the goals, affirmations, and willpower is brought into the subconscious mind where it can go to work for us.
Look at the subconscious and conscious mind using the analogy of a ship
The conscious mind is the ships captain. The captains job is to set the destination of the voyage (a goal). But once that course is set, he then must leave it up to the computerized controls and the engine room (the subconscious mind) to take him there!
It would be foolish of the captain to think it was he who actually got the ship to the destination. It is likewise foolish for us to think that our conscious mind is what gets us to our goals!
It is our subconscious mind, our drivers of habit, action, and patterned behaviors that will get us to our final destination and allow us to realize our goals and the great news is that once we start to understand this fully we can utilize this knowledge to our advantage to manifest any goal we desire in any realm of our lives – our fitness, our finances, our personal relationships, our education, our career, and social lives, and even our spiritual lives.
Let’s get a better understanding of the power of our subconscious mind as it compares to the conscious mind.
Question: Why don’t we ever reach our New Years Resolutions?!
Answer: We think about and set goals with our conscious mind, but we don’t give our subconscious mind the “guidance coordinates”! The mind doesn’t know how to get there, and it’s the subconscious mind, NOT the conscious mind, that controls 98% of all our behaviors, patterns and habits!!!
The subconscious mind is so powerful that it is working every moment, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Even when you are sleeping your subconscious mind is working on solving problems, locating solutions, and creating ways for you to reach your goals!
But then this begs the question, if our subconscious mind is this powerful, then why haven’t I reached my goals yet?!
The problem is, that we’ve given our subconscious mind unclear directions! In many cases we’ve punched in multiple coordinates into the subconscious super-computer and we’ve confused the system!
Think about this example. Let’s say your goal is to attract the man or woman of your dreams. Your conscious mind says you want someone who is attractive, who is funny, who is responsible with their finances and who is authentic, caring, and loving.
But why did you end up attracting into your life someone who is controlling, jealous, and at times even abusive!? You didn’t want that! You even wrote down the description of the type of person you wanted and still didn’t attract the right person! Where did you go wrong?
Well, remember what we said about punching in multiple coordinates into the subconscious mind? Well, perhaps some of your conscious goals of your mate trickled into your subconscious, after all, he or she may be pretty good looking…or have 1 or 2 of the traits you were locking for, right? But what about the other traits? Have you considered other coordinates you’ve punched in, some of them long ago, that may be over-riding the system and causing your to veer into a course you don’t want?
How about your relationship with your mother, father, or other close relative? Do you think that has anything to do with your subconscious programming? How about your first boyfriend or girlfriend? How about the time you were cheated on as a teenager? What “imprinted feelings” were imprinted into your subconscious during other past relationships? Did you ever create a powerful story in your mind on how a particular drama in a relationship would play out…possibly over and over again, creating a movie about it in your mind?
Do you now see the many different instructions your subconscious mind has been receiving? It’s no wonder you’re not getting what you want in life! You’ve programmed into your subconscious multiple messages that are in conflict with each other!
Now it make sense why you often go two steps forward and one step backward or in some cases around and around in circles where you feel like you’re running in a hamsters wheel instead of actually getting anywhere!
Question: So now that we know it’s our subconscious mind that gets us to our goals, how can we “program our ships coordinates” into our minds super-computer so that we get to our goals on autopilot?
Answer: We need to create a series of ways – a portfolio – of subconscious programming, and enter it into our minds in a way that can be received and used by the subconscious mind.
Our mindset portfolio can consist of some or all of the following neurotechnology:
A Vision Board - Your subconscious works in the language of images. By imprinting mental images of what you want, you begin to activate your RAS (Reticular Activation System). Your RAS is a bundle of nerves at the base of your brain that filters the images of what you program yourself to see, thereby attracting those things into your life. Have you ever bought a new vehicle and then suddenly started seeing them everywhere on the road? Was it that they weren’t there before? Obviously not. However, now that you bought the vehicle you’ve seen it over and over and over again during the searching, buying, and then actually using the vehicle. It’s been programmed into your RAS and you now see the vehicle everywhere you go! …and now that you see it, you’re attracting it! That is, you’ve brought into into your field of consciousness and that’s how RAS works with everything! Creating a vision board works the same way.
The Incantation - Tony Robbins uses this one. It’s kind of like an affirmation but you use an incredible amount of feeling and body movement behind it to make it work into the subconscious mind at a very deep level. Remember, for an incantation to work it must be done with emotional intensity, energy, and conviction. This is why it’s so much more powerful than an affirmation, which often stops at the conscious level of the mind.
Here’s an example of one of Tony Robbins incantations that he, himself uses, and when he does it, he shouts it out with an amazing amount of emotional intensity and conviction!:
“I now command my subconscious mind to direct me in helping as many people as possible today to better their lives, by giving me the strength, the emotion, the persuasion, the humor, the brevity, whatever it takes to show these people and get these people to change their life now!”
Audio programming – Record affirmations on the audio recorder of your smart phone, then listen to it twice per day as you drive to and from work. The important thing is to be in a receptive state when listening to your affirmations and to repeat them over and over again. You can even listen to them at a level underneath your actual hearing because your subconscious can actually pick up audio that you can’t hear at a conscious level. There’s a website called subliminalrecorder.com where you can record your own subliminal messages and put them on MP3 or CD.
The “Mental Movie” using Meditation and Visualization – When you meditate you tap into a receptive state where your subconscious is accessible to you. After you’ve taken some time to gain a meditative state, usually by focusing on your breathing or by keeping your mind focused on one thing, then take time to visualize. When you visualize you create and play a “mental movie” in your mind, and you imprint a deep subconscious program. The more lifelike your mental movie the better. Ad in sounds, color, depth, and feeling into your “mental movie” as you play it over and over again in your mind. By doing this, you set your RAS to seek out the things you want, and you re-calibrate your psycho-cybernetic system so you feel as though the direction you are going in is completely normal for you and you will accept what you’ve programmed into your subconscious.
Feel the fear and do it anyway
When you first start using incantations, vision boards, and the “mental movie” you may feel fear, anxiety, doubt, and discomfort. Understand that this is completely normal. Everyone has a built-in thermostat in their mind called the psycho-cybernetic system that keeps you at equilibrium. This keeps things going smoothly in your life, but it also prevents you from transcending to new heights and breaking through the glass ceiling that’s holding you back. If you get the “Retreat!” response, know that you are on the right track, and that your psycho-cybernetic system is in great working order and doing it’s job. Your reply to that message of retreat should be “I know, it’s okay, that’s exactly where we want to be headed. Full speed ahead!!” Feel the fear and do it anyway!!