Your inner genius part 2: goals

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A writer who inspires me to write is Jack Canfield. His style is clear, simple and crisp. He is much more concerned about getting his ideas across than sounding flowery or lofty. When I read his books, I always feel inspired to write because his writing inspires me and makes me feel that I can accomplish my goals. This post is dedicated to him.

Someone might have a goal and dream of taking a fun vacation. They might state their goal as:

I want to take a vacation to a beautiful place.

But this is not specific enough to cause the subconscious mind to start working on the goal and seeing things that can be done to achieve the goal. A better goal would be:

I will take a cruise to the Bahamas from January 15th to 29th of 2013.

If you called a travel agent and said you wanted the first goal, they would have to ask you questions about when and where you wanted to go. They would need to know the specifics. Your brain needs specifics in order to start working on a goal and doing “magic” to get the goal accomplished.

In World War II soldiers were sent out to walk an area that was close to enemy territory on an island in the Pacific Ocean. They would be questioned after they came back to see if they had seen any clues that might show the enemy was planning a raid. It was found that if the soldiers were hypnotized they were able to recount much more information than when not under hypnosis. For example, under hypnosis a soldier might remember that he heard a noise that could have been an enemy soldier or he saw a broken shrub which could mean someone stepped on it.

This means that your subconscious deals with much more information than your conscious. So if you have a specific goal that you write down and think about twice a day every day, your subconscious will start to see ways to accomplish that goal that you never would have thought of otherwise.

Brain researchers estimate that your unconscious data base outweighs the conscious on an order exceeding ten million to one. This data base is the source of your hidden, natural genius. In other words, a part of you is much smarter than you are. The wise people regularly consult that smarter part. ~Michael J Gelb, Author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Goal: I want to spread hope to lots of people.
Better goal: I will use my blog to spread hope to 10,000 people by December 25, 2012.

Goal: I will make a lot of money this year
Better goal: I will make $100,000 by New Year’s Eve this year.
Better still: I will make $100,000 by December 23 this year (that way you can rest for the holiday instead of working up until New Year’s Eve).

Make a $100,000 check and post it somewhere you see every day. Try different ways of accomplishing the goal. If the first five dozen things you try don’t work, try a few dozen more. The more specific steps you try, the more chance of finding methods that make money.


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  3. very interesting post–I need to learn to set goals–and yes I believe the subconcious mind is smarter than my concious one. Whenever I play search and find games-I look over the picture carefully before I look at the list of things I am supposed to find and if I go on shall we say “remote control” my subconcious mind will show me where something is even though my concious mind is not sure–if that makes any sense:)

  4. I see what you mean now. I suppose it’s very important for us to start from somewhere when writing. I’ve received encouragements in my post (the one you commented on) and it’s a start. =) I think people who motivate us will always end up being a voice, though a small one, in our writing. Thanks for dropping by. I am reading around your blog =)

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