When I discussed NLP Success Principle #1 - Know Your Outcome early in July, we looked at the importance of knowing and defining your desired outcome. Hopefully, by now you can see the need for any journey to have a start and finish line (we looked at this in my previous post), and that the same principle applies to our goals and the journey to our desired outcome.
In order to ensure that we set a clear and achievable outcome, we need to create a crystal clear picture in our minds of what that outcome will look like.
Any goal we set, must be so clear. It must be so vivid that you can see, feel, smell, how it will feel that moment when you achieve your goal. Ask yourself what you are feeling? Repeat this simple exercise a few times, and see how you can clarify your vision of your desired outcome. Use your imagination, and make sure that you remove any negative thoughts when doing this.
By excluding negative thoughts, or not thinking of our potential to fail, is by no means a denial of reality. You will face obstacles. Guaranteed. But while we are setting our desired outcome, why on earth would we include the negative bits in what we want to work towards?
“The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.” John C. Maxwell.
When you are done, note down the specific words that best describe that outcome. You can also take note of the state (emotional state). This will come in handy when we work through the process of setting our S.M.A.R.T goals later.
Do not be limited to one massive earth-shattering goal. Take time and explore in your imagination your fit body and the rock-hard six-pack, explore the new home you built, with the kids and pets on the lawn, explore the successful business you are building, complete with employees, customers, and the growing bank account.
I feel a small disclaimer is needed here... Creating our vision of that moment when we have achieved our desired outcome, does not in some magic way force God or the universe to magically make our vision come into existence. But it sure gives you something to work towards, doesn't it?
It will take hard work, constant adjustments, and reminders that we are making progress. But if you have a sense of what achieving that goal will feel like, and you truly desire to experience that, then you are set to crush any obstacles in your way and achieve that ultimate goal!
I always find this exercise invigorating, and often even after my goals are set I repeat the exercise, as a reminder of what I am working towards.
In our next post, we look at how we will know that we are on track.
A Biblical View
This is a new section that I will include in all future posts. As Christians, we must always see that what we are doing or working towards is in line with what God has purposed us to do.
Philippians 3:13-14: Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
Paul wrote the above to the church in Philippi while in prison. It always amazes me how Paul is able to look forward, encouraging others, while himself in a situation that would have most of us succumbing to depression and self-pity.
Being aware of his current gloomy circumstances, Paul still had in mind the goal/outcome that was placed on his heart by God.
For us, it also becomes easier to focus on our goals and outcomes, when we ensure they are aligned with the calling God has placed on our hearts.