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Power Thinking Tools - Goal Tending
Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, C.Ht

Want to break away from the pack? Then do know that it's not enough to have a goal. Once a goal is chosen, it must be detailed & groomed. That's what goal tending is all about. This article takes the reader through this process & on the way to experiencing the high level achievements that come only from working in this precise way.

We will continue right along in our work of goal definition. Most of us have only minimal ideas of what our perceived goals look like & unfortunately the subconscious mind needs these definitions to bring in the ideal goal state. The mind works back- wards. Once it sees the ideal completed image, it will go ahead & lay the ground-work. You will notice a big difference as you begin to apply these tools. The steps to your goals will seem to appear by themselves, as if the goal has taken on it's own life & in a way it has done so.

No matter what area of your life you are working on, the steps remain the same. I find it beneficial to work with both pen & inner theater. If you have not read the first part of this series, you might want to do so. Here is the link. This series of articles will help you move in the direction of high level goal performance. Achieving goals is not an accident or a matter of luck. It is a matter of knowing what to do & then doing it.

Seeing the Positive in your Goal

See the goal completed in your mind's eye! Return to the inner theater & observe the goal on the stage just as if you were watching the performance. This is called detachment & allows us to move past old obstacles that have been disallowing us to see our goal in all it's glory. You might even choose to go up on the theater stage & look closer. I like to image myself as the writer/director/producer of the goal performance. I may even place myself right into the image of the person playing me in the goal. This allows me to really experience what this is all about. More about that later. For now, let's focus on getting all the details in the mind's eye & then on paper. I suggest you work daily on your goal description, just as if you were a painter going back & enhancing your work. Never mind the excuse that you don't have time for all of this. The best time managers are those that spend good planning time. There is no- thing more time-efficient than good sound planning!

List the benefits in achieving your goal! While this seems quite simple, most people shy away from this important part of goal setting & while they may pull up one or perhaps two benefits, these are usually very general & not goal specific. The subconscious mind has difficulty working with non-specific images. For instance the goal to "be happy" is far too general. What does "be happy" look like? "Happy in relation to what?" I'm sure you get the point. The same holds true for financial goals. "Financially sound or prosperous" means little to the subconscious mind. See yourself with the benefits in hand. Place them on the stage of the theater & get involved with them first hand. Get in that new car, or try on that new silk suit. Feel how comfortable it is on your new, slim body. Feel that bonus check in your hands & observe how your boss' hand feels as he/she shakes yours.

Litmus test the positives! Make sure you are imaging "your positives" & not those of someone else. In order to stay motivated for change, we must have enough self-positives or reasons for wanting to succeed. For most of us, we just haven't taken the time to do this part of the work. Our thought processes often block us from self-examination. We tend to have run-away-brain-syndrome with the thoughts streaming through at record speed. It is important to work on slowing the thoughts & this is achieved with specific meditative tools such as focus, flexibility, emotional management & other forms of awareness meditation. For now, simply go back to the inner theater & ask the subconscious librarian to SHOW YOU the benefits for you in relation to this goal. You might also pull out that pen of yours & start listing these. Later you can go back & fill in the details.

See the big picture completed ! Write a paragraph or two about how it will be to have achieved your goal. See the change or goal as a journey, not just an event. See how it touches other parts of your life. This is the big picture. Now walk down your future path & observe how the past goal has impacted these times of your life. For example, notice how you have stopped smoking & now go down the future path observing the impact of this lifestyle change. You might want to try just the opposite. See yourself continuing to smoke & now make that journey. Big difference! Be sure to stop in at other areas of your life as well in relation to both sides of this coin. The big picture will change in all areas! No doubt about it!

See the little steps as exciting! Learn to enhance these powerful emotional states. For example, if one of your goals is to improve your nutrition, each time you visit the supermarket, see yourself as doing something very important in relation to your goal & enhance your enthusiasm for each & every forward movement. Many of us save "exciting" as if we were going to run out of this powerful emotion. The more you utilize it, the more you will have. Your subconscious mind is a servo-mechanism, much like radar. Whatever you play out in your mind & body, the more you get. Positive excitement over small accomplishments is a very powerful motivator & will speed you along your path to success.

Connect the goal to other positive changes ! Notice how the goal is interconnected with other benefits. For example, as your body burns fat, your concentration increases. This is a fact. Your ability to think in this way will add to your inner motivation, making the goal easier to achieve. Suppose your goal is to develop a new work project. See the positive outcomes connected to your relationships, your home & even your self- image. It is a great idea to ask your subconscious mind to show you more of this. To do so, simply go to the theater your mind & make your requests. You will begin to see the connected goals presenting themselves.

Practice positive Imagery! Spend some time in positive visualization each day, seeing your goals & changes coming to life. Your imagination is a valuable tool & gets better with use. It only takes a moment to get to the inner theater or workshop. You can travel there on the back of any thought process that you find in your mind. Simply catch it & relax deeply. Tilt your eyes up just about twenty degrees & there you are. This is called "interactive self-hypnosis" & was designed by the author of this article.

Start a positive imagery journal! Whenever you add more senses to your goal development & goal definition the better. A good project is to collect pictures from magazines, etc. & make a positive goal collage. Allow this to be a growing project. Notice how more & more images come to your attention as you work in this way. This is an example of your subconscious mind bringing goal related things to your attention. Your sub- conscious librarian is working as your personal assistant, taking you closer to your goal in each moment.

Begin to see the goal as a "living thing" ! Develop a personal relationship with the goal & allow it to help move you past roadblocks. Ask it's advice. This is best done in the theater of the mind. Hold meetings with the goal & utilize your pen & paper in this exercise. This type of writing & working is right brain work. This is the way we communicate with the sub- conscious mind & get its help at very high levels.

Mind-Opening Questions

Take some quiet time for yourself & relax deeply before exploring the questions. If you hurry or strive, you will not be accessing your subconscious mind librarian.

1. What are some of the things you learned from the above article that will help you in your personal life goals?

2. What are some things you learned that will help you in the development of your work-related goals?

3. Have you noticed any changes in other areas of your life as you apply these tools to your current goals?

4. What positive changes would like to achieve that are not a part of your current goal work? How would you connect the current goal benefits to these changes?

5. Find a magazine that you don't usually read. As you look through it, notice where your attention goes. Now connect these "sightings" to your current goals. If possible, cut out phrases, or pictures that you noticed & place them in your collage. These are subconscious mind gifts & will benefit you in many different ways.

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Elizabeth Bohorquez, RN, SRN, CPH is a Clinical Medical Hypnotist, President & Program Designer for Sarasota Medical & Sports Hypnosis Institute located in Sarasota, FL & online at www.hypnosis-audio.com and www.sugar-addiction.com. She specializes in the management of stress& related disorders with her original programs of Interactive Self-Hypnosis & high level nutrition as applied to mind function.

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