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Prerequisite Qualities For Optimum Goal Setting

The minute you set a goal, you are creating a 'mini crisis' in your mind. You're telling your mind about a journey you are considering. In simple terms you are stating where you want to be in relation to where you are. And in between these two is a chasm, a gap.
As far as your mind is concerned, the ability to achieve your stated goal is mostly dependent on your mental qualities and skills. Selfish mind, right?
Maybe not, but the point is, this is the area on which your success hinges.

So, here are the mental qualities you need to optimise your success.

a. concentration
b. emotional balance
c. imagery and
d. perspective

Lets take a look at these in detail.

a. Concentration
Concentration is a process of paying atttention to certain things to the eclusion of others. The beautiful thing about it is that it is easy to concentrate. Simple! Focus on your goal, and all the unnecessary distractions drop out of your attention span naturally. This means you do not have to worry or focus on getting rid of the distractions.
I have heard it said that 'where thought is directed, energy flows'.

WORD OF CAUTION: Do not concentrate so intensely to the extent that you lose sight of the bigger picture. Focus, but e aware of what's changing around as far as your goal is concerned.

b. Emotional Balance
Emotional balance refers to how well you juggle too much effort (mental and physical) and too much relaxation. You do not want to be so focused, you experience burn-out along the way. And you do not want to take things so easy, you lose momentum!

How much are you prepared to put into those activities that help you achieve your goal, and what is hte effort required?
I suppose its much helpful to exert and relax adequately, stretch anc take a break!

c. Imagery
This is one critical quality that conventional methods of goal setting gloss over.
Rich imagery is central to the mental fqualities you require to optimise your success. What do I mean by 'rich imager'?

Rich imagery is made up of the qualities in your pictures, feelings and sounds. These qualities combine in different ways to enhance your images.

Here is a quick sampling of these qualities, referred to as submodalities in Neurolinguistic Programming

Submodalities for picture would be brightness, contrast and shade. Submodalities for feeling would be
texture, temperature, hardness and softness. And submodalities for sound would be volume, rhythm, timbre and tone

These submodalities make the imagery you choose to use, more effective. And you can adjust them as you want, to create a more richer experience.

In goal setting, imagery is used to precreate the achieved goal in your mind. Just like a dress rehearsal. If you can see it, you can have it!

To make the most of imagery
- be aware of the sounds, pictures, and feelings
- make them as clear and as vivid as possible
- add and adjust submodalities according to your preferences. The richer the better.
- immerse yourself in the experience

d. Perspective
The world you live in is a system. One thing that you are doing right now has far reaching implications than you may be aware of. And on top of that, you are being affected by a myriad of influences you may not be aware of.
What does this have to do with goal setting?

While you are going for your goal, concentrating intensely (I hope), maintaining the right emotional balance, and using imagery effectively, keep checking how your world is changing and how you are moving towards the future you are attempting to create.

It will be a disaster to try to do one good thing (setting your goals properly), only to spoil your efforts by pretending to be living in a vacuum.

There you have it folks, now you know the prerequisite qualities for optimum success in goal getting.

Now, before you expend any effort in chasing your passion and goal, do a quick check to see if you mentally have what it takes to get there.

About the Author

Ke o agile is an NLP Coach as well as editor/publisher of In TheZone (, an NLP focused ezine that coaches creating an abundance lifestyle. Ke o agile also blogs at


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