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Goals and dreams are individual and unique to each person.

Within this, there are key principles that allow the process of goal setting to work universally.

To be effective, our goals must fill us with a feeling of positive emotion. Without intense emotion, we have difficulty breaking the idea through our subconscious mind. Your subconscious is aware of everything around you and bombarded with millions of images and stimuli. Our subconscious acts as a filter to separate what is important.

Think about the thousands upon thousands of images and conversations and input going on around you. If your subconscious was not working, you would literally go insane with the overload of the stimuli. To effectively break through the clutter and the protective barriers nature installed, we must have a steady repetition of the stimuli we want to input with high emotional intensity. The more of our senses we can employ in this the more effective the programming.

This is why goals must be clearly defined and positive. It is difficult to imagine a negative goal and it is impossible to visualize a vague undirected goal. You would never visualize a vacation without clearly thinking in terms of your destination. At this moment, can you clearly articulate your major goal in one sentence?

You don’t have to set a hundred goals, just set one, follow the process and achieve it. Take that success and invest it back into your next goal and then repeat. Remember, success does not come in one event; it is an accumulation of events over time.

In his groundbreaking book, Lead The Field, Earl Nightingale refers to an article written for the Saturday Review by Herbert Otto, a prominent psychologist and chairman of the National Center for the Exploration of Human Potential.

In this study, famous and world-renowned scientists and thinkers commented on how little of our capacity for thought and creation is ever really utilized. Recognized experts like Margaret Mead and Abraham Maslow agreed that most humans use less than 10 percent of our capacity and ability. Mr. Otto himself remarked, “My own estimate is 5% or less.” Our goals are in the future. We are where we are.

Our mission, should we choose to accept it, is to bridge the gap between where we are now and where we want to be in the future. Earl Nightingale succinctly boils down our results to, “We become what we think about.”

This post is an excerpt from the book Stack the Logs! written by Kahuna Business Group’s Founder/ CEO Frank F. Lunn.

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