Life Performance Blog: The Power Of Goal Setting

Updated: Jan 19, 2021

You see things, and you say, “Why?” But I dream things that never were, and I say, “Why not?” - George Bernard Shaw

Setting Goals has been proven many times to be a fundamental aspect of achieving success.

Goal setting works on various levels; big goals which are often called Visions, things that need to be achieved to ensure that you move towards the Vision which we call Outcomes and the small things that you need to be doing now, which we call Actions. These are all goals, they just vary in size.

The Vision is ultimately what you want to have but success is rarely achieved by taking one great leap. More normally it is about taking small incremental steps and doing this on a continuous basis.

To some people, this can be a bit demoralising because we all want immediate gratification. Once you understand that you are unlikely to achieve everything you desire straight away and that you are on a journey then you begin to set your expectations at the correct level.

You might well have heard of the concept ‘the power of positive thinking’ and the amazing results that some people attribute to it. This concept has recently been expanded on in the lm ‘The Secret’, which I do recommend you download from the internet.

To some people, it represents a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but once you look behind the science of it you can see why it makes sense.

Each of us has an estimated 2 million pieces of information coming into our minds everyone second. Stop reading now and listen, do you hear all the sounds around you?

They were there before and your senses were picking them up, but you were filtering them out from your conscious. Until I directed you to them you weren’t aware of them.

Stored in the hypothalamus part of your brain is the Reticular Activating System (RAS), this is like a filter and whatever you place your attention on, it identifies which of those bits within the 2 million pieces of information that you are receiving, relates to what you are focussing on.

Put simply, if you believe life is good and things are going your way, you will come across information that supports that.