Do you ever view the setting of goals as accessible only to those driven entrepreneurs who seem to have been born with clear vision and a drive to match?

Have you thought to yourself that goals don't really apply to your life in the same way they might to a business endeavor?

Do you find the idea of goal-setting difficult or even overwhelming? Does the mere word GOAL make you shudder and want to pull the drapes?

Do you think your dreams are not really reachable and at the same time wonder why you aren't living the life you’d hoped for?

Think again.

Goals are nothing more than dreams that have been imagined in detail and given a timeline.

Can you imagine actually living the life you want? Can you picture it? What will it feel like when you bask in the powerful, confident, grateful feelings of having made your own dream happen? What will you be saying to yourself when you realize you've done exactly what you wanted to do, with enjoyment and enthusiasm?

I'd like to introduce you to a new method of setting and reaching goals using a process that is lighthearted, fun and inspiring. My personal experience is that using this process radically changes the results I achieve, with little forced will power, and far greater enthusiasm and true heart-felt desire.

There are two very different models for goal setting. The old standard is to stand in the present, thinking ahead to the time when we say we will achieve our desired outcome. We make a conscious plan of how to get there, and step by step we move in that direction, checking off the milestones as we reach them. This involves a steady outflow of willpower and conscious focus, which can be hard to maintain in the face of other priorities and urgencies. Often, movement toward the goal slackens as the reality of our busy, multi tasking life leaves less and less energy to stay focused on the goal. That sounds all too familiar, doesn't it?

A different, inner goal setting process has been developed, based on the new findings in the sciences of neurology, quantum physics and the biology of belief & environment, or epigenics. This process engages your unconscious mind, bringing both your conscious and your unconscious mind into alignment around what you want to achieve, and paving the way for inexorable movement in the direction of your dreams.

Imagining what the experience will be when we have achieved our goal - how it will look, feel, taste and smell, begins to open the gateway to ones spirit, which means new mental pictures and internal representations will begin to flow and our entire being will become engaged in moving toward the desired outcome.

Science tells us that our conscious mind is actually only responsible for 5 – 10 percent of our actions and decisions. When you consider those numbers, it's easy to see why we might get stuck sometimes, and wonder why we aren't achieving a goal we clearly, consciously desire. It's like a ship on the ocean – the captain of the ship is the one plotting the course and giving the orders. The crew is working in the background, turning the orders into action. If the captain gives an order that the crew believes will cause a ship wreck, they may not follow the orders, and the ship will flounder.

In this story, your conscious mind is the equivalent of the captain, with your unconscious acting as the crew. A big key to living a peaceful life is to make sure one keeps their inner captain and crew aligned. On the specific subject of setting goals and achieving dreams, it means envisioning and setting the goal on both the conscious and unconscious levels, so every part of you is focused on moving towards and achieving it. Doesn't it make sense to bring in the other 95% of our being? Imagine the power of your entire being moving toward your goals.

It helps to understand the work our unconscious mind does for us, in choosing what we see in the world. It's a big service: we are absolutely bombarded with information, all the time, and without our unconscious sorting and filtering, we'd be overwhelmed. In his book Finding Flow: Psychology of Engagement with Everyday Life, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi says that we are dealing with about two million bits of information coming at us at any one time. Our unconscious mind sifts that and selects somewhere around 5-9 chunks (about 120 bits) for conscious attention. This means that our mind is constantly deleting, generalizing and distorting information. As a result, our inner mind creates the world as we expect to see it, by locating and focusing on details that confirm our expectations.

It's a lot like a search engine on our computer – we see what we look for. If you search using the words "poverty" or "despair", imagine what the computer will show you. Enter the key words "positive change" and see what a different world view is delivered.

This service our unconscious performs is one we want to monitor, because those bits of information we actively focus on are what create our reality. One way we can monitor it is to watch our results, and pay attention to what they indicate about what we are focusing on. We can literally change our life – what we experience in the world – by what we look for. What we search for. The process I offer here is a way to direct our unconscious minds to focus on every resource and opportunity that will help achieve our goals. Movement towards those goals then becomes far less about applying will power, and much more about simply, largely unconsciously, noticing and moving in the direction desired.

So – how do we do this?

The first step is to create a clear goal, using a specific system that is based on how our unconscious works. The acronym for this system is CREATE, and includes these parts:

Concise and clear. Your unconscious mind has been likened to a 7 to 9 year old child who loves you very much. State your goal as simply as you can.

Realistic: Maintain a feeling of certainty that "I can make this happen." Keeping your goal realistic ensures success, success builds on success. Know yourself – if you have a history of achieving goals, you can stretch yourself farther than a person who hasn't yet been successful in setting and achieving something. Each time you gain success, you can stretch yourself a bit farther.

Ecological: Keep in mind the consequences – ask yourself, is this desire good for me, for others, and for the planet?

As Now: State your goal as if it is happening RIGHT NOW. This is critical to the process, because if you envision it in the future, that is where it will stay – always in the future, never here. Also, state your goal in the first person – "I am…"

Time: Assign a specific date on which you say this will occur.

Evidence: This is the magical piece - the final scene. How you know you've achieved this? For example, if you have a goal of being an inspiring speaker and giving a great presentation, your evidence may be something like: I've just finished my talk, and received a standing ovation. People are surrounding me at the podium, excitedly talking about how much impact this talk and this information has had on their way of viewing their world, and they are so excited to feel so positive as they leave the room. I feel great, knowing I have helped spread peace and hope to these people, and through them, to the world.

Be sure to state your goal in positive language. For example, if you want to get your financial house in order, and think "I want to get out of debt" – you are focusing on debt. Because your unconscious mind does not hear negatives, it will move you toward what you are focusing on – more debt. So, as you design your goal, state it positively. Rather than "being out of debt," speak of "achieving financial security."

Go ahead now and design a goal for yourself, using the CREATE system. It will sound something like: "It is now March 2, 2010. I am sitting behind the table at my first book signing, and people are lined up out the door, waiting to get my book. I feel both peaceful and powerful and incredibly happy, knowing that I have done everything it took to get my first book published. I am so excited – I could shout to the sky: " I DID it!"

If it helps you to have a template, you can fill in these blanks:
It is now _____ and I am _____. I see ___, I feel___, I hear___, and I am saying ____ to myself.

Now, step into that picture, and experience it through all of your senses. What do you see, what sounds are around you, what are the feelings? Now turn those pictures, those sounds, and those feelings up, intensify the colors – make it even MORE real. Take it in, and really feel it.

Congratulations! Doesn't it feel different, just being in that moment?

Now, step out of the picture, but leave yourself in it – as if you are looking at the picture of yourself, in that moment of achieving your goal.

Hold on to that picture. Drink it in.

It’s great, isn’t it? And what if you can do more? What if you can take that picture, breathe your spirit into it and actually insert it into your future, so as far as your unconscious is concerned, it's really already happened – so it's just a matter of going there, to a place you've already been?

I have a tape of that process on my website, which you're welcome to use to install your goal. You can find that at It is a two part recording. Part I reviews the information in this article, and Part II is the process itself. It takes about 14 minutes to listen to Part II, the ‘install’ tape. As you become familiar with the process and learn to walk yourself through it, you'll find you can do this for yourself in just a few minutes. As I said above, my experience is that this radically changes the results I achieve, with less will power and far greater enthusiasm and true desire.

Author's Bio: 

Remember, in life we either have reasons and excuses, or we have results. Do you know what results YOU most want in your life, and are you moving towards them in the way you want? Join me on my next teleseminar series and gain great positive traction. Gain massive momentum in creating the life you really want.

Scout Wilkins
Master Results Coach

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