PPP 013: How to Set Goals That Motivate You

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In this episode of the Passive Profits Podcast, I go through some simple things you can do to set goals that actually motivate you, and some tips on ways of writing them down so that they’re always accessible.

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How to Set Goals That Motivate You

Setting goals is a big deal… you need to be doing it.

The most profound thing I’ve noticed about goals and goal-setting, which is closer to a phenomenon, is that someone who is obsessed with hitting a goal can literally will them self to reach it. I’ve seen this first hand countless times, and I’ve also done it myself…

I’ve got two good stories about this… so listen to the podcast if you want to hear them- I’m not going to type them out here.

Okay… let’s get into the ‘how-to’

First of all, I’ve read a lot about goal setting and there are simple explanations and there are incredibly complicated explanations and methods.

I’ve kind of got my own system for goal setting, and it’s been working 😉

The Foundation: Tony Robbins has two books that are both excellent sources on goal setting and achieving your desired life. But, when I said there are incredibly complicated ways of setting goals, he gives you some of those… submodalities and NLP- very cool stuff but there’s one technique in particular that’s simple and has worked wonders for me. Basically what you do is identify  your top 3-5 goals. In other words, figure out what 3 to 5 things that if you did or accomplished would make the biggest difference in your life. Then, for each goal, you’re going to write out 5 things or reasons why it would change your life for the better and how it would benefit you. Then, you write out 5 detailed reasons or things that will or won’t happen that are bad if you don’t accomplish that goal.

Once you’ve done that, you then write out a detailed plan of how you will hit that goal. The follow up to this is that you read these statements to yourself every morning. This is incredibly powerful for cementing in your brain what your goals are, and more importantly, the ‘why’ behind them.

Get Inside Your Own Mind: Save this one for a day when you have a few hours… but this is so revealing and helpful that you should do it as soon as possible. The book “Think and Grow Rich” should already be on your desk. If it isn’t, order it now. Without preaching about how great every one of its chapters are, the most helpful chapter in my opinion, is the last chapter, “The Six Ghosts of Fear”. When you read this, you’ll wonder how Napolean Hill knew you so well, and the inner slacker that’s constantly trying to prevent you from getting your work done. But that’s not all… at the end of the chapter, he lists out quite a few questions that he advises you sit down and answer with as much brutal honesty as possible. And I’m telling you to do the same thing… Sit down, and write out a very honest answer to every single one of the questions. This will results in quite a bit of writing, so this I don’t recommend you read every day, but go over weekly to keep your inner slacker/limiting beliefs in check.

Nate River’s Goal-Setting Tips

Now I’ll tell you exactly how I do my own goal setting and mental pushups each day. First, I setup a Blogger blog and set it to private so that no one can see it but me. You can make yours public and do whatever you want obviously.

First off, I recommend writing out the previous two exercises I just mentioned in your blog. This way everything is all in the same place, and you can access it from anywhere. So you’ll have one page where you wrote out your biggest goals and 5 reasons why you need to accomplish them and 5 bad things that will happen if you don’t. Then you’ll have another page where you write out your answers to Napolean Hill’s self-grilling questions.

Now we’ll go over some of the stuff that I personally do that really helps me stay focused.

Affirmations: I have another page where I type out my five affirmations every morning. The point of typing them out each time is to hammer them into your head, especially your subconscious. You can read more about affirmations in the chapter called “Auto-Suggestion” in Think and Grow Rich.

Goal Pictures: This is a fun one, and is easy to look at everyday. Just go online and find a picture that represents things you want or want to do. Don’t put any text on this page, just pictures… and go crazy… the more pictures the more motivated you’ll be to jump into your work that day.

Goal Rewards: This is a post where you list out something like, “when I hit my first $1,000 in a month I’ll buy myself this”, “when I hit my first $3,ooo in a month I’ll by myself this”… This is another layer of motivation for obvious reasons.

Financial Statement: Another big tip you’ll get from Think and Grow Rich is to write out a statement of your financial objective and read it to yourself morning and night. So, I have another page for that.

Ideal Day: This exercise includes writing out your ideal day… it can be as crazy or as low-key as you want.

Journal: Every week I write a new post in my “goal blog” where I review myself and what I did the past week, and what I accomplished and what I need to improve on. This is very therapeutic and helps to solidify your work ethic/goal-hitting-ability/whatever else you want to call it.

Income Report: Every month I go back and do my accounting for the month… this part I actually track in Excel but once I have totals I just make a quick post in my goal blog.

Monthly Plan: After I do my monthly accounting report for my business I then write out my next month’s plan.

Essential Books on Goal Setting and Achievement:

  1. Think and Grow Rich
  2. Unlimited Power
  3. 7 Habits of Highly Successful People
  4. The Psychology of Selling (very good tips on goals dealing specifically with income)
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28 Comments

  • Steven

    Reply Reply April 24, 2012

    Your right Nate, I liked it 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! I was laughing when you were talking about the sales guy, that was great!
    Will definitely be checking out the resources you recommend here and start to set some goals.

    Cheers,
    Steven

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 24, 2012

      Thanks Steven. Yeah I still can’t believe that kid when I think about it… Just proof it’s all about how bad you want something.

  • John

    Reply Reply April 24, 2012

    Great post Nate. I’ll be looking out for you on BTF in the forum. Meantime I hit the G+1 button here. How about using the G+1 widget here so we can add you to circles ( Too many people with your name on G+1 already so a little help would be all it takes 🙂

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 24, 2012

      Thanks John. You’re right I need to join Google+… I’ll get on that.

  • Jared

    Reply Reply April 24, 2012

    Thanks for the post Nate. I’ve read all of those books you mentioned and will definitely re-read the last chapter of Think and Grow Rich

    J

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      Glad you liked it Jared.

  • HT

    Reply Reply April 25, 2012

    Thanks Nate for the post. I like Tony Robbins and Napoleon Hill’s stuffs. I guess we all need to win the ‘inner game’ of blogging too, huh?

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      No problem- Yeah the inner game is just as important as knowing actual how-to stuff.

  • Irwin

    Reply Reply April 25, 2012

    Good post Nate. I need to keep consistent with the affirmations; I did it for a couple of days and it was working great, but then my old habits set in and I forgot all about it…

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      I’ve done the same things many times… but just keep coming back to them.

  • Logan

    Reply Reply April 25, 2012

    Great stuff Nate. I totally agree with you on this. I will see you……at the top!!

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      Thanks Logan.

  • I’ve always struggled with goal setting or keeping it consistent. I guess that’s the secret — like your mental push-ups.

    This hit a nerve “Then, you write out 5 detailed reasons or things that will or won’t happen that are bad if you don’t accomplish that goal”. Makes me wonder if I’m better motivated by the stick rather than the carrot.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 25, 2012

      Alan- That’s exactly why Tony has you do both, he points out that some people are more motivated by fear of loss than the want of gain… not wrong or right, that’s just the way it is.

  • Edward White

    Reply Reply April 25, 2012

    I like the mention of the leather chair. Funny you mention that, one my goals is to buy a high end office chair, since the one I sit on each day is flatter than a pancake. So I have a picture of a Aeon Office Chair(Its the one you see thats entirely made from mesh, and has a bunch of ergonomic settings).

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 29, 2012

      I just bought a new office chair that was spendy and it’s already up there with my iMac setup as best business purchases ever. It’s so nice to sit in all day.

  • Gerry

    Reply Reply April 26, 2012

    Thanks for this Nate – I’m going to give this a try!

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 29, 2012

      No problem Gerry- glad it was helpful.

  • Irwin

    Reply Reply April 27, 2012

    I just heard the related podcast – good stuff Nate!!!

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 29, 2012

      Thanks for listening Irwin, glad you liked it.

  • Nigel

    Reply Reply April 28, 2012

    I really enjoyed the pod cast Nate. Thanks for the tips

    Nigel

    • Nate

      Reply Reply April 29, 2012

      No problem Nigel- thanks for listening.

  • Appreciate this post. Let me try it out.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply May 14, 2012

      Thanks for reading.

  • Gill

    Reply Reply May 15, 2012

    I’ve never been much for this goal setting stuff, but I might give it a try. It might prove particularly helpful on those days when I find it difficult to get motivated.

    • Nate

      Reply Reply May 15, 2012

      It helps a lot- especially over time to keep you on track.

  • Patrick

    Reply Reply July 21, 2012

    Hey Nate,

    This podcast is great. I set up everything the other day, and I had a question about mainly what you post daily? I have mostly everything in pages, so I’m assuming you re type the affirmations page again to nail it into your head? Just need clarification really. I know it’s kind of a silly question, but I’d like to test and see if your way works for me. Thanks so much!

    • Nate

      Reply Reply July 21, 2012

      Patrick- yeah I retype the affirmations out, but then delete them so that I don’t have a page that’s incredibly long after a month. The writing out process daily really helps put them into your head versus just saying them to yourself daily.

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