Having worked with many people over the years on setting and achieving goals, I’ve often found when asking people to write down what they would like to see, do, be, experience or have that they are stumped after naming 3. This is one of the main reasons why they aren’t drawing more into their lives.
We are goal-striving creatures. The fuel that pushes us forward comes from having something that we want to achieve. If someone is stuck or in a slump, quite often it’s because they don’t have a goal that inspires them or something big they are going after. The bigger the goal and the greater meaning achieving it have for them, the more energy they have for taking action.
Here are 5 questions to get your creative juices flowing and encourage you to choose some worthy goals. Write down your answers and put as much detail in it as you can.
- If money were flowing freely in your life, what would you do? Instead of having a goal of money, imagine you have all the money you could ever want and then state what you would do with it. This gets people over the hurdle of thinking they can’t do something because they don’t have money which keeps them in that trap. Think beyond where you are and make choices from that standpoint.
- What is the biggest desire you’ve had in your life? Everyone has something they’ve wanted to be, do or have but couldn’t really allow themselves to achieve it. Release any reason or excuse of why it’s not possible and write a story about what that would be as you see yourself being, doing or having it.
- As a dreamy-eyed child, what did you really want? Children are not afraid of expressing their desires; however, many adults will jump right in and tell them why it’s impossible. Soon the child stops dreaming so big and conforms to what the family believes is possible. Go back to that point and recall your big, wild dream. Write what it was and a story of you looking back after having achieved that desire.
- What do you love doing so much that you completely lose track of time? Some people can be hindered from dreaming of their desires because of their current responsibilities. Write about what inspires, excites and captivates you. Include your feelings and look for what else comes up as you visualize you doing what you love.
- What would you be doing if you knew you couldn’t fail? Many adults will speak about their fear of failure as a valid reason for remaining where they are or not stepping forward towards what they want. In essence, they are playing small and thinking they are being safe; however, they are missing out on the best part of life. Go beyond any fears or thoughts of failure by only visualizing success and write about what you would be, do or have. If some negative thought comes up while you are doing this, just remind yourself that success is the only option and clearly define what your success would look like.
Writing down your answers is an essential element to this exercise for the simple reason that writing causes thinking and helps to maintain focus. You may be surprised at what you find when you go back and review your answers.