Strange title for an article, but when ever we set up a series
of targets or goals this is exactly what is being undertaken.
This is basically a four step model which looks at taking
a more esoteric approach to the goal making procedure.
The process works in the following manner.
Step one: Define your goals,
With all goal making procedures. The goals must have
certain qualities which will make them more
They must be clearly defined, stated in positive way.
They must be realistic, and have a compelling reason
to drive them. They must be specific, to create intent.
As an example The goal I want to start my own business,
to be my own boss and take control over my time and
finances. Whilst this is a worthy example.
It is just a random series of statements with
very little substance or direction.
Lets reconstruct this so the picture has a greater
colour and depth. We do this by asking questions
So to be specific, what type of business is it going to be.
Is it something that falls within our current skill set.
Are the resources needed currently available to get it
started. If not are they easily obtainable.
Where will I be doing this business and with whom.
What time frame do I want this business to be operating
within. How do I fund the startup.
These are only some of the questions which will need to
be clarified before moving forward.
Once a clear picture has been established, then there must
be a compelling reason to move along the road and to stay
on it. This is totally unique to each person, but for this
example we will use the take control over my life by
working for myself.
We use this vision of our new life as the guiding light along
the journey towards our given goals.
How do we create such a vision and make it compelling
enough to drive us on. Look in your mind and find those
They could be anything from achieving financial
freedom, spend more quality time with family.
Working the hours you want.
The ability to travel more frequently.
No more 9 to 5 drudgery the list goes on.
However you decide, these motives are the ones you
choose to focus on to drive you forward towards achieving
So we’ve defined the goal, found the compelling
reasons to do it.
We need now to define the how it will be done, so we start
to create a route of the journey that must be taken
to make the goal a reality.
We do this by examining the answers to our
questions and decide on the following options.
A: Yes I can and will start a new business
B: The business is going to be an online marketing model
C: There are existing skill sets that can be used as a basis
on which to create this business.
D: Any new skills which may be required can be learned
and used as and when needed.
E: Funding can be found from existing resources whilst
the build up is under development. Further funding can
be applied for if needed at a later time.
F: The time frame for this to happen will be over a two
year period with certain tasks being completed at
different times over that period.
As can be seen with this idea we have moved from what
was a vague wish to a more detailed and mapped out alternative.
Offering a more realistic foundation on which
to create our new future.
Now we move onto the more esoteric side of the process.
Step two: Create an affirmation for each stage of the process.
Pardon? yep my thoughts exactly when I first encountered
the concept. But bear with me it becomes quite
clear as we progress.
Firstly what is an affirmation, well it simply a short
statement which is used to focus the mind on a specific
goal with an aim to achieve that goal.
It basically programs the subconscious to work on
the things we actually want. Not what it thinks we want.
I can recall in much earlier life standing in front of the
mirror and repeatedly saying to my reflection.
I am getting better everyday. After having my sister
see me doing it and the recollection of the giggling fit afterwards.
That memory kind of tarnished my use of affirmation
as a motivational tool for a very long while.
However it is used by people across all generations,
across the globe. So let’s look at it more closely.
Once again for an affirmation to work properly.
It needs to be subject specific, stated in a positive
manner and have emotional content. So how do we word
Using the answers from our earlier questions.
The affirmations could run along these lines.
I CHOOSE to set up and run an online marketing business
by this date in 2 years time. Starting NOW.
I HAVE ALL the necessary skills and resources to
accomplish this NOW.
I SHALL overcome all the problems that face me on
the way WITH EASE.
I INTEND to BENEFIT and LEARN from the discoveries
I make ALONG MY JOURNEY.
I WILL provide a new standard of life for MYSELF
and THOSE THAT MATTER to me.
As can be seen from these examples, they are
subject specific. Stated in the positive and have
The words in capitals are the hooks which
provide the emotional and positive influences.
The start of each sentence is a positive statement
of intent which creates belief and purpose.
The other statements are either calls to action or benefits
that will accomplished along the way, or at the end of the journey.
This then is how we create the tools to program our
subconscious minds to work on what we want it to.
Step three: Apply the programming.
There are many ideas and schemes on how to make
this work, from meditation to hypnosis. Trance states
The simple fact is it’s all of these. During the course of
our daily lives we all have moments of what is called in
NLP downtime. Simply moments where we go into
ourselves and close down. It is the minds way of taking
some time out to refresh itself, literally a moment of trance.
Affirmations can be stated at any time of the day,
whenever you have a quiet moment.
For many it is a ritual done in the early hours of the
morning or last thing at night.
In my personal practice it has not been unknown to
happen during physical activity.
What is important is to emphasise the elements
of each statement which provide the benefits
you want to achieve.
In so doing the subconscious mind will pick up
on that and focus specifically on delivering it’s solutions.
Based on those nuances.
Step four: Monitor your progress
You are asking the subconscious to mind to provide
answers and directions that guide you towards your goals.
You must be physically aware of the progress you are making.
If things are going well, maintain the methods you are using.
If they are not. It may be necessary to install a new set
This then is a simple four stage model of how we make
what we desire become the prime motivating focus of
the our subconscious mind.
Where it will provide solutions which both drive and
steer us towards fulfilling our goals, and manifesting
our hopes and dreams.
We hope you enjoyed this article.
The following links offer additional reading and insight
into NLP and some of it's uses.
NLP Kickstart Change
For parts one and two of this article see below
NLP My personal Interpretation
NLP Making Changes
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