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There is a theory that when you have set yourself some powerful and challenging goals you should keep them to yourself or at least only share them with a small select group of people.

I can see why that would work. There’s nothing worse than telling someone about your fantastic goals only to be shot down in flames by a low achieving energy vampire telling you there’s no way you’re going to do that! If you hear that too many times its easy to forget the whole thing and give up!

On the other hand, if you have set your goals from purpose, and you have a powerful and compelling vision for how amazing your life will be as these goals fall into place then why should anyone be able to shake you from your mission? And if they do pull you down it means you need to go back to your purpose and vision and strengthen them. Its like strengthening your foundations.

I think you should put your goals out there! The world needs to hear from people with fantastic goals and beautiful visions. It needs to hear that great things are possible. And if that challenges a few miserable people so what?

In fact your grand goals are more likely to inspire other people into action. And you never know, the more people you tell the more likely it is that someone will say “I know how to help you do that!”

What do you think? Do you keep your goals close or let them out to play?

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It doesn’t matter where you are in an organization or even if that organization is just your family, it’s never to early, or for that matter to late, to start behaving like a leader.

In fact in the workplace the earlier you start exhibiting leadership qualities the faster, more easily and higher you will ascend the career ladder.

Here’s a couple of things you can start doing immediately:

Set clear and definite goals and be able to explain them and the reasons for them to any member of your team. Tell every member of the team what your expectations are in terms of activities, results and outcomes including deadlines and targets and get their agreement at the start of a project.

Provide all the support necessary to achieve the goal and instruct every team member to use that support as soon as they need it, including training, mentoring and coaching where necessary. If a team member feels unable to come to you for support you are not being a good leader.

At the outset, set out and agree with your team the “rules of play” including the consequences of failure and make sure those rules are enforced fairly.

A lot of leaders think knowledge is power and try to keep information to themselves. This is not leadership, this is playing power games and a sure sign of insecurity. A really great leader will allow and expect a free flow of information, both positive and negative. Trying to control information is SO last century!

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If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you going to know when you get there?

Its really hard, if not impossible to visualise something you can’t see. If I asked to to close your eyes and visualise your front door you could probably do it no problem, but if I asked you to visualise a heffalump, unless you were very familiar with Winnie The Pooh, you would probably have a hard time!

That’s why its so important to create a vision board or a treasure map. It will make it so much easier for you to picture where it is you’re heading to, and what’s more, when you get there you will recognise it!

Think about the last time you took a car journey to an unfamiliar place – you may have had a map but if you’d never been along that road before everything would be unfamiliar and you would have no idea where you were on the journey, other than a rough idea from the map. Now imagine the map had pictures of landmarks all along the way, and descriptions of what to look out for and notes about how long it would take you to get to the next landmark. How much more interesting would the journey be? And if you happened to stray off the right road, how much more quickly would it be obvious that you’d gone wrong?

That’s what your treasure map does for you. Its a powerful tool and its great fun to make and it will make your journey so much more rewarding!

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Unless, that is, you are imagineering!

Exaggeration is a great technique for making your visioning process ultra-effective and for ensuring that the programming goes deep, deep into your subconscious and superconscious mind, which is where all creativity comes from.

Take the inspiring vision you have for your future and paint it in the brightest colours, the loudest sounds, the most powerful smells and textures. Make everything hyper-real. So if your vision is for a beautiful white yacht on a blue ocean make it the bluest ocean you can imagine, and make the yacht glitter and sparkle in the sun, feel how it surges through the water, imagine the sounds of the waves and the creak of the sails drowning out all the doubts in your mind. The more powerful your vision the more firmly it embeds itself in your subconscious.

Its a bit like turning up the radio when your favourite music comes on – the higher the volume the deeper the vibrations and the more powerfully the music affects you. So turn up the volume on your vision and let the vibrations really move you!

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The answer to this question is remarkably simple – you should only do the things you need to do to get the results you truly want. Anything else, unless it’s pure fun, is just a waste of energy.

If you are constantly berating yourself for the things that you are not doing, if you are always telling yourself you should be, think, act in a certain way, you should buy a certain car, or shoes, or get a promotion or a bigger house, or lose weight, its time to stop and ask yourself why are you still telling yourself you should do it? Why are you not just doing it? If you have had that “should” thought then its clear that on some level you did want that result, the question to ask yourself now is “Is that still true?”. Sometimes our priorities change and we don’t adjust our thinking at the same time. If the answer is “yes” then you have to ask yourself why you are not taking the action needed – maybe you need to go and redraw your plan to make the action steps more achievable, or maybe you need to check in with your vision so you can get excited about it again.

Or maybe its just the the real answer is “no”. Maybe that goal is just not relevant in your life any more, maybe you have evolved beyond it!

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Goal setting is actually really easy. Well, it is if you know how! The trouble is most of us never get taught how to do it successfully so we have to just muddle around until we find a way that gets us close to the results we’re looking for.

But goal setting is as easy as ABC.

A is for Aspire – you must set goals which are aspirational, which take you beyond where you’ve been before and which excite and inspire you. Otherwise all the hard work is not going to be worth it and you will find it too easy to give up. So set yourself big crazy aspirational goals and make yourself stretch for them.

B is for Believe – you must believe that your goals are achievable even if you don’t yet know how. If you have an unshakable belief that you will be successful then you will keep going now matter what obstacles you face. What would you dare to do if you knew you could not fail? You create belief by constantly revisiting your vision.

C is for Create – all the greatest goals in the world will come to nothing if you don’t take action to create the circumstances to realise them. Even if at the very beginning you are not sure what it is you will have to do, do something, anything – create some energy and as you move towards your goals the way will get clearer. When you first start out working towards a big exciting goal you will not have all the resources you need, part of your job is to create them, but you can only do this when you are in action.

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Visualise

There’s a technique used by all of the world’s top sports people which can also be used very effectively for all kinds of goal setting and that is visualisation. There’s lots of different ways of visualising but the method I find most powerful is one which engages all of your senses. That way you can get a true three dimensional picture of what it is you are aiming for which energises your subconscious mind.

Find a quiet comfortable place to sit where you won’t be disturbed and close your eyes and focus on your vision for your amazing life. If you’re a visual thinker you will probably find this quite easy, but not everyone is a visual thinker – for some of us, when we close our eyes its just dark in there! But that’s fine – you have plenty of other senses you can use. Perhaps you are sitting in your fabulous new car, think of the sound of the engine, the creak of the leather, the feel of the seats, that wonderful new car smell – the more senses you can engage the more powerful your visualisation will be.

Everything that has ever been created was first created in someone’s mind, so the more powerful your visualisations the more quickly and easily you can bring your vision from the realm of your imagination into reality.

Einstein said “Imagination is more important than knowledge” and he knew a thing or two!

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