Achieving Goals Series 2 of 8: Goal Development



This week in my Achieving Goals Series I am focusing on goal development. The second Principle in my 8 Effect Goal Setting Model is Goal Development. Goal Development is describe as Having A Desire To Have Something Different Than Your Current Reality.  It is the desire for something different, than your current reality, that activates the Reticular Activating System (RAS).

The Reticular Activating System (RAS) tells our subconscious mind to be on the lookout for things, people, opportunities, or situations that will enable us to move toward a goal. The RAS is a part of the brain located in the brain stem and determines what we pay attention to when striving to achieve the goal.

In the 8 Effect Exercise, your role is to complete the sentence using your own words to help you understand the principle.  During the 8 Effect exercise remember to:

  • Relax.
  • Be Present.
  • Reflect on what it will feel like to achieve your goal using a positive emotion.
  • Reflect on what it will look like to achieve your goal.

Use your 8 Effect Exercise when you become stuck and are no longer moving towards your goal. Effective use of your 8 Effect will help you rewire your desires to achieve your goals when intention is not enough.

Example of a financial goal using The 8 Effect Exercise. Remember once you state your desire, the RAS will look for things that are important to the desired goal.

Example: My desire is to have an emergency fund.

Below is your 8 Effect Exercise for Goal Development.

My desire is to have    _________    ________   ______.


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