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Practice Positive Self-Direction

Positive self direction is the power of purpose.

Everyone has a purpose.  For some it is to get that new car or home, for others it is to get away on vacation or a special trip.  For still others it could be revenge,  getting even.  Then there are those whose goal is  just getting through the day.  As a result, they generate just enough energy and initiative to get through that day.

Regardless of your purpose, you will achieve it sooner and perhaps more easily if you take the time to write it down. Clearly defined, written goals make purpose achievable.

Your sub-conscious and your inner robot, which constantly monitor and adjust to keep you headed in the direction of your thoughts, respond inevitably to instruction.  Achievement is almost automatic when your goal becomes an inner commitment.  What you think about expands.

Many people never achieve their goals, if they set them, because they never write them down, clearly defined, with action steps to achieve their end. Their objective remains on what some have called  “Someday Isle”, the real fantasy island.  Perhaps they don’t seriously believe that their goals are achievable.

Turn imagination into reality, turn fantasy into fact, turn dreams into actual plans.  If you will do this one thing, write down your goals, it will keep you focused on where you want to be.

Like a moving plane or ship, which constantly make small adjustments in course; although your destination is still over the horizon, you will self-correct when you drift off-course and will ultimately arrive at your safe harbor.  Give yourself a game plan for your life.

The definition of success is the progressive day-by-day realization of your goals.  A goal which is ill-defined or too far out of sight will not grab hold of your subconscious guiding mechanism and much precious time will be used wandering aimlessly or, at best, in the general direction of your ultimate destination. Too much wandering, and you will run out of gas before reaching that safe harbor.  Avoid meaningless escape-oriented time-wasting activities.

If you know where you’re going and keep that destination bright before you, you’ll get there.  If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up on the path to nowhere in particular.  It’s been said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.  When you don’t have your own goal, it is easy to be seduced by the goals of another.

Where there is life, there is hope. Where there is hope, there are dreams.  Where there are vivid dreams, repeated, there are goals.  Your specific  goals will help you define the action steps from here to there in intricate detail.

Many people stifle their dreams believing them to be out of reach. Their self-image does not extend beyond their limited horizon. Instead of seeking ways to make their goals come true, they make lists of reasons why their dreams wouldn’t work out in the first place. These people view goal setting as a tedious waste of time.

These are the people who surrender their lives to escape from the dreams they never dreamed and the goals they never set.  Instead, they will watch others enjoying the achievement of their career goals on TV.  You’ve got to have a dream if you’re going to make a dream come true.

Since we are always moving in the direction of our currently dominant thought, whatever we are thinking of, we are always unconsciously moving towards the achievement of that thought.

Positive self-direction is setting goals which are profitable to you.  They should be specific because the subconscious acts like a homing device to achieve your dominant thought.  Like a computer,  with your subconscious guidance what you get is what you set, but it needs specific data.   Be specific in your goals.

Not “enough money”, but “$5000 per month”.   Not “thinner”, but “lose 20 pounds before next month”.  The more defined, the better the aim.

Positive self direction (planning) is the key to turning imagination into reality. The achievement of one major goal is the seed which sows many more and multiplies the open doors to success almost spontaneously.

Goal setting and achieving secrets:

1-Set short-range incremental goals.  Yard-by-yard it’s hard, inch-by-inch it’s a cinch.

2-Set lower level goals.  Goals that are easy to accomplish, which will build on the achievement of each to end up at your objective.

3-Get reinforcement.   Join a group interested in the same objective, discuss your goals and the plans to get there with others who will support and encourage you.

Rarely are these the people who are closest to you. It is ironic that the ones who love you most are the very people who will rain on your parade, not from a desire to see you fail, but most often because they don’t want you to suffer disappointment. When possible, find someone who is doing or has done what you desire. When that person is not available, find a book detailing the history of how they did it.

You don’t need to blaze a trail, you can follow in the footsteps of another who has been there before you.

4-Reward yourself. Do something to celebrate  your achievement. Dinner out, an new outfit, some kind of reward from you to you for achieving your goal.   Make it a ceremony of achievement.  This trait of  positive self-direction is developed over time with repetition and reward.


copyright 2011 Gracie


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