Three Golden Rules Of Goal Setting and Motivation

Three Golden Rules Of Goal Setting and Motivation

Everyone knows that goal setting is an important instrument in your success principles tool box. However, the traditional advice on goal setting has a number of flaws and can actually set you back and move you further away from your goal rather than getting you closer to it.

The resulting delays and frustration may even make you give up on a worthwhile goal that could bring you pleasure and success if you went about goal setting in the right way.

Here are the three golden rules. We will look at each of them in more detail.

1. Know thyself
2. Your are your success benchmark
3. Keep the path and your goals flexible

Know thyself

This is perhaps the most important rule of the three golden rules. It is also the one rule which is neglected and misunderstood by many. So, what do I| mean by this statement know thyself?

I am talking about your ability to be totally honest with yourself. In order to be total honest with yourself you need to look inwards and you need to understand your true nature, also referred to as your authentic self. Both traits, honesty and the ability to look inwards are lacking in most people, simply because they have never been trained to systematically develop those traits.

In a society that focus on action the importance of the inner path is neglected. Sure, you will be able to achieve your goals eventually, when you follow the western traditional action fixated way, but you are expending unnecessary energy and force to bulldoze your way to success. By the time you reach the finishing line you are exhausted and less likely to maintain your performance at a time when it is important that you keep high levels of motivation and enthusiasm.

The path to total self honesty is via increased self awareness. Strangely enough when you learn to witness yourself you also develop the ability to go inside. The two go hand in glove. You can learn to develop those qualities and my workshops and retreats will help you do exactly that.

You are the benchmark against which you measure your progress

Life is not a competition, but an ocean of oneness in which each wave has to perform its nature given part. The same applies to your path as you walk towards your goal. You are an integral part of the whole and not a separate part that functions independently. If you view everyone around you as competition you are creating a negative force field around you which hinders you rather than propelling you towards your goal.

The only way to measure achievement is against yourself. Compare were you were yesterday, last week, month or year and note how far you have come. This is the only reliable benchmark to work with. If you know your self intimately, you also know which adjustments you need to make.

Everyone is different, if you measure your progress against the performance of your boss who has been doing his job for the last 30 years, who may have had a very different education, different life experiences and different beliefs and value systems from you, your comparison will be inaccurate and based on a partial view of the picture. When you compare yourself to other people what you see of the other people is only ever the very tip of the personality iceberg, the complete persona is well hidden from view. The real structure is beyond the surface, you never get to see it.

You cannot know how another person's internal reality is made up, no matter how much you admire their outward performance and appearance. Even if you know them well, there are countless hidden aspects to their personality which are beyond your grasp. Any comparison with other people creates a separation from you and your goal. It produces self judgement and self criticism. Both drive you away instead of driving you seamlessly towards your goal. because when you measure yourself against another person you are looking at an illusion of a fixed reality, which ultimately is pretty meaningless.

I could also say that everything that creates disharmony and thus increases the waves in the ocean of your being produces delays and set backs on your journey to achieve your goals.

And finally, be flexible. The goal is not the end point

Any goal ultimately is an illusion, because it assumes that you have reached a destination once you have achieved the goal. You will never reach any destination. This statement is one of live's fundamental truths. A goal is no more than a signpost along the way which lets you know that you are on the right track. I could also compare goal setting to making the decision to go from London to Rome.

It is good to know that you want to go to Rome, and you can make a plan depending on your priorities as to how you might want to get there. Alas, if you understand how universal laws manifest your goals you will know that the field is infinite and no matter how imaginative you are your conscious mind is only able to ever see a tiny part of the infinite manifestation possibilities.

Add to that the fact that there are no beginnings or endings; these are just models that help us to live in our reality, you will see how any goal that is too specific or fixed limits your chances to achieve your optimum potential. I know that this is a very tough concept for many people to grasp. In my workshops and retreats you will understand this principle in much more depth and learn concise techniques to set and work with your goals. The techniques allow you to maximise universal laws and use them in your favour. while also maintaining flexibility to allow opportunities along the way to come to you.

Just imagine, you are on the way to Rome and a fantastic opportunity presents itself in Florence. What are you going to do? The opportunity in Florence may be even bigger and greater than the one in Rome. Alas, you do not know this in advance, and you certainly would miss out on the opportunity all together if you hopped on the aero plane with your blinkers on, spoke to nobody on your flight and stoically ignored any distraction. You will arrive in Rome having achieved just what you set out to do, but soon feeling empty, exhausted and looking for the next signpost...

You see, life, goal setting, your reality, in fact, everything we deal with in our lifetime is relative. There are no absolutes in life. Yes, we need road maps, they are incredibly useful. They are, however, not the territory, but a mere representation of an ideal that helps us to navigate through life.

Be like the willow and learn to bend with the wind graciously, you will not only achieve your goals faster, you will have the energy to enjoy them and who knows what you might discover along the way...