Goals Session 2: Long-Term vs. Short-Term

In our last session, we discussed some of the reasons why people DON’T like goals. Hopefully you discovered a reason or two that might be getting in your way.  Self-awareness is key.

(If you missed that session, hit this link: Session 1 )

Today, I want to begin showing you what your goals are going to look like.  And remember, we’re taking baby steps.

The way I want you to think about goals from today forward:

  • A long-term goal is one year. 
  • A short-term goal is three months.

I prefer that you do short-term goals.

Don’t get me wrong . . .  If you’re putting money into an IRA to retire at age 65, I want you to continue doing this.  That goal may not be accomplished for years to come–That’s Fine!  But for our purposes, we’ll be working on three-month goals.

One reason to do short-term goals–I’ve found that over time most people can stay on track with something for about three months.  Then, they tend to get off track and they want to work on something else.  So I want you to set your goals on a quarterly basis.

Here’s another reason to do short-term goals.

Let’s say that it’s January 1st and I that I set a goal of losing 50 pounds by December 31st.  The problem is that our subconscious mind doesn’t buy into “50 pounds.”  It seems like too much weight and we get intimidated.  So we don’t try because we don’t want to fail.

But if you break the goal down into quarters, and you say you’ll lose 12 pounds from January 1st through March 31st—that sounds doable!  As a matter of fact, that’s only four pounds a month!  Anyone can do that!  Your subconscious mind will “buy” into that.

Then, if you multiply the 12 pounds per quarter by four quarters, you have 48 pounds.  So in essence, you’re hitting your goal of losing 50 pounds!

This is Powerful:

“Your subconscious mind will fight whatever it doesn’t believe!”

You want your subconscious mind to work with you on your goals, as it’s the largest, most powerful part of your brain.  It will help you win or cause you to fail.

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