In our NLP Practitioner Training we always get very excited when we share with you a very specific formula of the importance of

NLP Practitioner - Create Goals in a Way that Cause Them to Happen

NLP Practitioner - Create Goals in a Way that Cause Them to Happen

goals. What a well formed goal is and how to set them using a process that will cause them to happen.

Many people have already heard of S.M.A.R.T  Goals and there’s lots of value in understanding using this process. The question is – How can we set goals that we can believe in? How do we create certainty and confidence to ensure that we cause our goal to happen?

The benefit of achieving our desired goals and outcomes in life provide us with an great sense of self worth and a sense of tremendous satisfaction. The process of achievement teaches us and installs into our neurology (in our thinking) the unconscious habit that will allow us to accomplish anything. It is very empowering to discover we have value and are in control of our own happiness, our destiny and can design our future the way we want it, instead of excepting something less.

The important factors in setting S.M.A.R.T goals actually include three easy and vital components. All too often people set goals only using a couple of these steps and very few people are aware of all these essential criteria.

S.M.A.R.T – what does it mean? Here’s the big picture first

S – Specific and Simple

M – Measurable and Meaningful to you

A – As if now and All areas of life

R – Realistic and Responsible

T – Timed and Toward what you want


Step one is to do some brain storming and write down on a sheet of paper ALL the things that you have ever imagined that you wanted to have, to do or to be in life. Go for it! No restrictions ( no one need see what you write) no limits and no thoughts of “how” to achieve it.

Step two is the tailoring stage. Take a goal ( you can do the others later) and rewrite it so it fits the framework of the SMART formula. Each goal needs to be:

Specific / Simple – So “I want my business to be highly successful” – that’s not specific enough. The goal must be written in a way that anyone can read through it and will be unable to misinterpret it. The next step of making it measurable will also allow you to get more specific around what you are looking to achieve

Measurable / Meaningful to you – How will you know you’ve got it? What’s the measure that’s going to tell you that you got it? It could be reading a positive review from a journalist in a business publication, maybe it’s ranking in the fortune 500 or it is the EBITDA that tells you.

As if now –You language the end statement that represents the goal in a way that tells you it has already happened. “I have” “I am doing” “I am being”

Realistic –  And this does require an element of conscious mind real world evidence to suggest that the goal is achievable in the stated time frame

Timed – Put the actual date, day, month, year and even time that your goal has been achieved has to be in your goal statement. Eg “It is the 16th June 2015 and I have……..”

NOTE. Couple of important points to note with your goal statements that we want to share with you. The goal must be stated in the positive, so no negations like “I don’t want to be in debit anymore”.  Also No Comparatives (ie better than, more than, greater than etc..) Eg “I am making more money” and no nouns that refer to anything that you don’t want. Another (extreme example) would be “the business is doing much better now and we no longer need our overdraft”

Step three the is the vital final and secret step that sooooo many people miss! That is the run your clearly defined well written goal through what we call the Certainty Model. You want to read your goal through to yourself and pay very close attention to whether or not you BELIEVE it to be possible, remember our unconscious mind delivers us what we believe in, so if you are not 100% congruent with the goal that you have set, that means you have doubt and your focus will be driven by the doubts that you feel and your results will be whatever you are focused on. To develop belief you either need to let go of negative emotions and limiting decisions that are stopping you achieving your goal and or re-write your goal in smaller steps so you can believe in it now and build from there.

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