Before you start working on your challenging goals you Need A Strong WHY.
If you have a winning mindset then you will always be looking to set new goals for yourself to improve your life.
You know that setting challenging goals will move you out of your comfort zone and help you to grow as a person.
Achieving the goals that you set will reaffirm the belief in your subconscious mind that you can do anything.
The problem is that when you set challenging goals for yourself they will not be easy to achieve.
They wouldn’t be challenging if you could achieve them without breaking a sweat would they?
This means that you are in for some tough times ahead in the pursuit of your goals.
You need a strong WHY
This is the real reason (or reasons) why you are pursuing the goal in the first place.
Nobody wants to lose weight because they want to fit into their old clothes, They want to lose weight because they will look so much better and attract a lot of attention.
So when you are writing your WHY statement (yes you need to write it down) it is essential that you are completely honest with yourself.
The best way to find out the real reason why you want to achieve a goal is to ask yourself why you really want to achieve it.
Your subconscious will not lie to you.
It will tell you that you want to earn an additional $50,000 over the next year because you want to impress your partner, your family or your friends for example.
The money itself is not that important.
It is the power that the money will give you that is the driving force.
When you are writing your WHY statement ask yourself how you will feel when you have achieved your goal.
Visualize that you already have the extra money or that you have already lost the weight.
How do you feel about this?
Make these feelings strong by imagining yourself walking into a room with your pockets stuffed with money or your new sexy figure.
What will be the reaction of your friends or whoever it is that you want to impress?
Write down all of the emotions that you experience in your WHY statement.
This is very important and will go a long way to help you to achieve your goal.
Refer to your WHY statement every day
When you get out of bed in the morning you need to read your WHY statement.
If it is very strong then it will inspire you for the day ahead.
It is essential that you start the day off in the right frame of mind and a strong WHY statement will certainly do this for you.
You do not have to read your WHY statement out loud if you don’t want to – reading it in your head is OK.
The most important thing is that it inspires you and evokes strong emotion so that you will be chomping at the bit to get started.
As you pursue your challenging goals then there will be obstacles that you have to overcome to progress.
Some of these obstacles are likely to be major ones that you have never encountered before.
If these things overwhelm you it will be easy for you to lose your motivation.
Get out your WHY statement and inspire yourself to carry on.
The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind
You have two minds which are your conscious and subconscious.
Your conscious mind deals with your daily interactions with the world.
It provides you with information via your 5 senses:
You have thoughts swirling around in your conscious mind all the time you are awake.
These thoughts can be negative and harmful to you or positive and empowering.
The way that you react to a specific situation is partly due to your conscious mind and a lot to do with your subconscious mind.
Your Subconscious Mind
You store all of your beliefs and life habits in your subconscious mind.
Some of these beliefs and habits serve you well and others hold you back in life.
A belief that tells you not to leap off of tall buildings is clearly something that you want to hang on to.
But a belief that tells you that you are never going to be successful is something that you want to change.
Your subconscious mind allows you to do many things on autopilot.
For example, you don’t need to use your conscious mind to remind you to breathe do you?
If this was the case you would never be able to sleep as your conscious mind shuts down during sleep.
But your subconscious mind can also work against you as it will push you to do other things on autopilot that are not helpful such as drinking too much alcohol or doing drugs.
It can also produce negative thoughts in your head based on your past.
If you want to achieve a goal but failed in the past with this then it can tell you that you will not be able to do it.
You can Reprogram your Subconscious Mind
The good news is that you are not stuck with all of the negative beliefs and habits that exist in your subconscious mind.
You can reprogram your subconscious to empower you rather than hinder you.
This all starts by controlling what enters your subconscious from your conscious mind.
It really is a “garbage in garbage out” scenario.
If you continually feed your subconscious with negativity through the thoughts in your conscious mind then your subconscious will work against you.
Your subconscious mind does not distinguish between positive and negative thoughts.
It just accepts what your conscious mind feeds it.
The same is true for limiting beliefs.
Maybe you were told as a child that “money doesn’t grow on trees”.
This is a classic saying that many people tell their children.
The problem here is that this can lead your subconscious to hold the belief that money is always going to be difficult for you.
Control your Thoughts
If you want to develop a winning mindset then you have to control your thoughts.
You want to ensure that only positive and empowering thoughts permeate through to your subconscious.
Your conscious mind is the gatekeeper to your subconscious and if you focus on something often enough with your conscious mind then this will feed your subconscious.
So if you keep experiencing negative thoughts in your mind then you need to neutralize these with positive thoughts.
For example, if you receive the thought that you cannot do something then counter this with a positive thought like “I can do anything”.
After a while your subconscious will change this negative belief.