A lot has been said on the importance of setting goals, so it’s nothing new. However there’s a certain way to set goals. Goals get you thinking in the right way to wealth, they focus your thoughts. There is a right way and a wrong way to set goals. Format them in the right way; keep your images and motivations consistent and not random.

If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll end up exactly there (where?). If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. If you have no specific goals, you will get no specific results. Your thoughts and the images in your mind manifest into your reality. Your thoughts and images are the blueprint by which your world is designed and created by and for you. Goals are planned thoughts, directed thoughts. Without planned and directed thought, your life will be unplanned and undirected, seemingly haphazard and seemingly unreliable.

Know where you’re going, and know the answers as to how you’ll get there will come to you on their own time. Don’t worry about it. Simply believe that you’ll get there. Your ideas, visions, and dreams, whatever they may be, are the prophecies of what you’ll one day become and achieve. You can predict your outer life tomorrow by looking at your inner self today. You can change your tomorrow by changing your inner self today.

Take goals seriously. One university in the USA traced the lives of one graduating class. Three percent of that class had their own written goals at the start of the study. By the end of the twenty years, that 3 percent who started with written goals and plans were worth more financially than the other 97 percent combined. They also reported more satisfaction and joy with their lives.

The visionaries and dreamers of the world are the saviors and driving force behind it. These are the inventors, artists, philosophers, educators, sages, business people, designers, scientists, leaders, and so on—anyone who dreams big and creates. The world is created for better or worse because of the dreamers and visionaries.

Have a vision, believe in that vision, and you will without fail realize it to the extent that you believe you will. Everything is in your favor. So dream very big! Dream very, very big! Conformity can be your worst enemy. If you do what the crowd does, you will get what the crowd gets. Every day, people get up in the morning; go to work like everyone else, and do things like everyone else. But ask them why they do it, and they just do not really know. They just work hard all day because everyone else does, and their reason for working is usually to pay their bills and provide for themselves and their family.

If you’re thirty years old, working hard like everyone else, like the rest of the crowd, and that is all you’re doing, you can easily tell, roughly, where you will be in life when you turn fifty by looking at the fifty-years-old crowd today. Are most fifty-year-olds today financially independent or wealthy? No, they’re not. The vast majority of people today are not wealthy or financially independent. But they could be. If only they just didn’t follow the crowd just because “it’s the way it is done.”

To get something better than the crowd gets you have to do one thing different: and that is to have specific goals, reasons, visions, and wealth consciousness. Realistically speaking, you can be self-made wealthy and financially independent even at eighteen years of age or less. It all depends on how early, strongly, accurately, and believingly you start your goal setting, envisioning, and wealth-consciousness building. Hard work alone is not the key to wealth. People have gotten wealthy with and without hard work. Wealth consciousness as a whole is the key. And goal setting in the right way is the map.

There is a mistake some people make when they achieve their goals. This mistake takes them back down. Let’s say that a person has a goal of having a million dollars in their bank account soon, and presently they have four thousand dollars in there. So they do all the right things, they set their goals, visualize, get certain, act, and do all that. They keep their vision of that million high, and they achieve it.

Then their account shows one million dollars, and they get happy, of course, then they start the mistake. And that mistake is that they now start looking at the bank account, trying to maintain their precious old goal, worrying when it drops below their goal level, and so on. They switch their sight from that of an unachieved higher goal, and they start looking at the achieved past goal. They start living in the past, trying to maintain the past. Then they start worrying, and it goes on like that until they lose that million. They stop doing what they were doing right in the first place to get to their goal, and they start living as they used to.

Set your goals higher than your present reality. This doesn’t mean that you’re never to be satisfied with your achievements or that you should get greedy. On the contrary, it means you should enjoy every day without worry. You shouldn’t worry about losing what you’ve got. You shouldn’t worry about maintaining what you already have. Make your goal, achieve it, enjoy achieving it and reaching it, but when you do reach it, don’t switch to worrying about keeping it. Instead, set a new higher goal and keep your eyes and your mind focused on it; enjoy your old successes without worrying about maintaining them. In any case, it is folly to worry as the worry itself is what would bring you down. Wealth consciousness and all its activities are a lifestyle, not something you do occasionally. Your thoughts, your being, and your goals should always be on the next grander version of you, not the past version. Whatever you wish to achieve, hypnosis and hypnotherapy can help.

Rick Collingwood – Australia’s Premiere Clinical Hypnotist and Hypnosis Trainer.

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