The Effective Author: Got Goals?
© 2018 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
This time of year, there’s a lot of conversation about goals, what one’s goals should be, and whether we have set them for the next year. Many people set goals and call them “New Year’s Resolutions.” Have you ever noticed that most of these resolutions are forgotten within weeks, or even days, of New Year’s Day?
Studies say the goals that last have 3 components: they are believable, written, and backed up by specific planned action. Since most people make resolutions to lose weight, let’s look at the believability of that. If you want to lose 40 pounds ASAP, don’t make a resolution to lose 40 pounds within a week. Your backbrain cannot believe it! And you will certainly never get there. However, if you set the goal of losing, say, 5 pound within two weeks, your backbrain could probably believe that. And once you lose 5 pounds, you can always set a goal to lose another 5 pounds within 2 or 3 weeks. Once you do that, your backbrain will believe you could really lose 10 pounds, so you can keep going in increments. So in steps, you’ll lose the 40 pounds. Yay!
So what is the point of writing out your goals? When you write down your goal, together with your reason for achieving that goal (aka your Why), you are telling the Universe this is your intention. What you write down goes directly into your brain and is kept forefront more easily than intentions you only sort-of discuss with yourself. If you journal out what you want to achieve, why, how important it is, and what the positive effects will be, the Universe will line up with you and propel you to achieve that goal.
For increased success, as you journal out what you want to achieve, list the ways you will support yourself to reach your goal. What steps will you take? On what believable schedule will you take these steps? By when will you reach your goal? It has been said, “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” Will you journal out your dreams as goals and steps? Perhaps mark the steps on your master calendar? Now you are bringing your goals/resolutions/dreams to life. And you’re an even more Effective Authorsm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert with a natural healing practice. She also is an ordained minister whose passion is helping people find their Peace Within. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, and also Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire. IPW is available on Amazon in full-color glossy format. Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, also in full-color. For full-color PDF versions, contact her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.