A Guest Post by Eric Burdon
You most certainly know a thing or two about goal setting. New year resolutions, birthday promises, you name it. However, how do you actually approach goal achieving?
In today's guest post my friend Eric Burdon explains in deeper details the GOYA
principle which I spoke about several weeks ago. Follow these 5 simple steps and you will start achieving
your goals better and easier than ever before.
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The law of attraction is something that I only heard of a few years ago, however when I first interpreted the law I saw it like this. To this day I still explain the law of attraction as this:
We, as people, attract all sorts of things to our lives. You can attract what you desire if you believe you have the tools necessary to get there. However you must also take action to get there.
This sounds very similar, in fact the same, as the GOYA principle. A principle I heard of only a month ago. It’s short for Get Off Your Ass.
It was introduced to me by Meg, who wrote a piece on the law of attraction and the GOYA principle on my blog here. It was written so well (Thank you, ,Eric! :) - Meg ) I felt it was appropriate for me to write further about this law. Primarily because this law is very similar to how I think and how I see the world around me. You could say I’ve been using the GOYA principle before I knew what it was.
So What Does The GOYA Principle Entail?
Meg presented in the end 5 steps to take to practice the GOYA principle with the law of attraction. In short they are summarized as follows:
- Write down the big goal.
- Break it down into parts.
- Choose a reward.
- Take action.
- And then celebrate the success once you get there.
In this post I’ll be going through each step and provide you tools and tips. These resources will allow you to see the GOYA principle in a new light. But also to use it more effectively.
These are things that may seem obvious; however they took me a few years to realize. Not to mention clicked in and actually used as well. Still I am grateful for them.
Alright! Let’s begin!
Write down the big goal
Whether it’s writing a book, earning a large sum of money from your art, or looking to have better health, it’s important to write down your goal. Not only that but to remind yourself what the goal is. Same goes for writing the goal down repeatedly.
Dr. Gail Matthews did a study on those who wrote down goals and found that when you write a goal down on a regular basis, you are 42% more likely to achieve it!
So needless to say, it’s pretty important.
A few other things I’ve been talking about recently with people and in my writing is having a why. It’s a simple question, however it can drive more meaning and you understand yourself more as well.
It’s especially true in the case for Millennials like myself. I studied to be an accountant because I didn’t really know where I wanted to go in life.
I didn’t have a why back then. It was only until I started setting goals, and starting to ask myself why I was doing this that I started to realize I had different interests.
So write a big goal and ask
“Why this specific goal?”
Break it down into parts
One thing that I’m doing now is setting weekly goals with a friend. He’s my accountability partner in short. However recently I suggested we start to expand our goals. Instead of setting weekly goals we set a year end goal plus a why.
We worked backwards from weekly, to a quarterly goal and then the big however long it takes goal. However with you in this step you are working the other way around.
So say you want to be losing weight, say 25 pounds over the course of the year. You would set quarterly, or at the least, monthly targets. You could even boil it down to a weekly target.
The point is that you turn something that seems overwhelming and you break it down into tiny little pieces. A big goal can be very overwhelming; however it can all be broken down to a few small daily habits that take you minutes to complete.
Choose a reward
The third step is to have an incentive. Now as I mentioned above you have a why, and I seriously encourage you to have a why. It’s that important because it can be used in a sense of a reward.
Say you want to lose weight because you’re not able to do the things you used to do. Say you really enjoy hiking and there’s a beautiful trail you remember you used to go to all the time. That in itself can be a reward for you.
It doesn’t have to be something physical, in fact I would encourage it not be anything sort of tangible or physical. There’s less space for it to be something bad (like rewarding yourself to a bunch of sweets after you hit your target weight).
In the end you want to reward yourself with something positive for doing
something good for you. A lot of people get into the head-space that if they do something good for a while they can treat themselves to something not as good.
Mind you, it’s not going to be the end of the world or set you way back or anything. I think it’s important to do something that makes you feel better when doing good because it's more rewarding. It’s more fulfilling because you’re not caving into the habit that you were trying to break as “a reward.”
Now that you have everything written down, the next part is obviously to take action. Again with your why, you want to be reminding yourself of it. Watching motivational and inspirational content can only get a person so far.
In the end, it is entirely up to you to look after yourself and drive yourself further.
Some things you can do to further motivate yourself are putting your goals in an obvious place. For me, my weekly goals are always on my desk a simple glance to the right. I know some people would even have motivational posters placed in their bedroom reminding them of their goal.
Hell, you could make a poster of the big goal you want to achieve. Here’s a site where you can create a poster out of a series of sheets of paper. Just have to tape it all together afterwards.
Celebrate the success
And once you achieve your goal, follow through with that reward. Even though the reward is great and well earned, what is far more important is what you learned from the process.
For myself I learned a lot through setting goals. When I first started my goals lacked a lot of structure, but it’s only been now that I’ve been achieving my goals consistently. For that I am grateful for.
So whether the reward is enjoying your wealth or being able to do what you used to do, express gratitude for it. As an extra thing in your celebration.
Then set higher goals
Still enjoy your celebration, but remember you achieved this through hard work and effort. I believe it’s important that as people we continue to strive for higher. Set higher goals and push your limits.
In the end, goals are what pushes us to be better. It allows us to learn more about ourselves. It also it gets us off our asses and do something.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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- What is your Why?
- What is one of your big goals you want to achieve?
- How can you break it into smaller steps?
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