Success and achievement
How do you achieve success and meet your goals?
Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
The Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Alice: “I don’t much care where.”
The Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”
Alice: …”So long as I get somewhere.”
The Cheshire Cat: “Oh, you’re sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Success has been described as the ‘satisfactory accomplishment of a sought after goal’. Striving for something that is important to you, based on your needs, aspirations and skills, can bring happiness and success. This is because you are functioning as you are meant to function, i.e. as goal seeking achiever.
Most people only ever use a fraction of their talents and abilities, merely scratching the surface of the potential they have within themselves. They do not make the progress they would like to make and are in fact fully capable of making. So why can it be so difficult to achieve success and meet your goals
I have found that one of the main reasons for people not getting what they want and not succeeding in making the most of their opportunities is a lack of clearly defined goals. It would seem to make sense that if you do not know where you are going then you are unlikely to know how to get there.
Some years ago I attended a Master Class run by Michael Joseph, Principal of the London College of Clinical Hypnosis which introduced me to the concept of Goal Directed hypnotherapy.
The objective of Goal Directed Hypnotherapy is to enable you to achieve success and meet your ambitions by employing the power of your subconscious mind. It was originally developed for the benefit of high powered executives in ‘target driven’ companies and organisations. More recently it has been to suit the needs of individuals who want to become more successful whether it be on a personal or professional level.
There are three steps in the process. The first stage works by first deciding on, and then installing a desired outcome (your “Clear Goal”) in the subconscious mind when you are hypnotised or when you practise self hypnosis. Obviously the goal should be SMART; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and finally Timebound.
By making a clear and vivid mental image of your goal in your mind’s eye, as if it is already accomplished, and reinforcing that in hypnosis, you will increase your chances of success several times over.
The next steps are to do the same with the immediate tasks and consistent activities which are essential for you to achieve your desired outcome.
Often people never even get started on a project due to fear and procrastination. Therefore the second part in the process is to decide on and install those immediate tasks which will help you to get going and eliminate any self limiting doubts.
Realising that hard work is one of the necessary ingredients of success is important. So by hypnotically installing those consistent activities which are critical to meeting your goal, you will keep working and focussed, almost automatically. This will help you, especially during challenging or difficult patches when in the past your motivation may have waned.
The final piece in the process is to integrate all three aspects in your subconscious mind.
These are the immediate tasks which are essential to getting started, the consistent activities which are the hard work element of the task and of course the achievement of the goal itself.
To achieve success and meet your goals involves more than just a wish or a dream, hard work alone, or the courage to start your projects. You need to integrate and put into practise all three strategies for true and lasting success.