Long-term goals are powerful.
They give your life direction.
They act like a magnet to pull your thoughts, actions and habits towards a better future… while shutting out all the distractions along the way.
And, ideally, they provide you with the motivation and drive you need to really dig down and access all of your deepest levels of creativity and genius.
But sometimes they don’t.
In fact, there are some goals that just suck the life out of your motivation and creativity.
You’ll know it if you ever come across one.
It’s the type of goal that, when you imagine it, instead of feeling inspired and motivated, you’ll feel heavy, weighted down, and overwhelmed.
So what can you do with that type of goal?
Break it into smaller goals?
Because, if the big goal made you feel demotivated… breaking it into smaller pieces won’t change that.
The big goal will still be there, looming in the back of your mind, sabotaging your efforts along the way.
The best thing to do with goals like this is…
Scrap them entirely!
The best goal to have in this case is a daily routine that will allow you to get where you want to be, without having to think about getting there.
Let’s say you want to be a best-selling author, but the thought of writing and promoting your books seems like such a massive effort that just thinking about it knocks the wind out of your sails.
In this case, forget about writing books entirely.
Just focus on writing every day, and enjoying the process of writing.
Now the pressure is off.
You can have fun and develop the habits of a best-selling author by writing short stories each and every day.
And within 1 year… 2 years… or maybe more of writing every day, you’ll make so many leaps and bounds in your writing ability that becoming a best-selling author will just happen naturally.
This works great for fitness goals too.
If constantly monitoring your weight and always checking to see if you’re closer to your target is demotivating you, then throw out that goal!
Focus, instead, on just exercising daily.
Create the daily routine that will get you to your goal, and then forget about the goal. Then you’ll reach it easily, without all that pressure to get there.
Here’s how it works:
Normally, we’re told to set our goals and visualize them. This works because it sets your subconscious mind in motion to automatically change your daily habits and start you moving towards your long-term goal.
And that method works great for goals that motivate you right from the start.
But, it fails miserably when the goal seems impossible, or makes you feel deflated.
You do all the visualization and positive affirmations you can, but then, when you open your eyes and you haven’t reached your goal yet…
…Suddenly you’re only visualizing and affirming the lack of what you want. And you’ve just negated all the positive visualization.
In those cases, the daily routine method works by taking the focus off of the bigger goal and shifting it to the daily activity itself:
- Instead of visualizing yourself at your ideal weight, visualize yourself *doing* the daily exercises to get you there.
- Instead of visualizing yourself with a best-selling book, visualize yourself writing every day – and having fun doing it.
- Instead of visualizing yourself with a million dollar business, visualize yourself doing the daily tasks that will make that business a reality.
…And so on.
And, if you need a quick boost in determination to get the ball rolling, my Unstoppable Determination subliminal will jump-start your new routine.