Success Guru Brian Tracy teaches that success belongs to those who can set and achieve goals. If you have written goals, the chance of you succeeding in life triples.
Once you have written down your goals, you can then design a plan to get there. Analysing our pathway to the achievement of a written goal requires a model for examining obstacles. NLP has a very well-developed tool for this called the SCORE Model.
So to start off this lesson, we are going to begin with setting SMART Goals, then we will follow up with Goal Analysis using the NLP SCORE Model.
So let’s begin.
Lesson #1: Envisioning a SMART Goal
SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Specific: The goal is clearly envisioned. You can see the specific details.
Measurable: The goal is quantifiable. You can count whether you are succeeding at it or not.
Achievable: The goal is within your reach and do-able to you. It is not too far beyond what you are capable of.
Realistic: The goal is do-able within the current constraints of your reality and environment. Is the goal realistic enough to be conducted within your current reality and environmental limitations?
Timely: Is it the right time to be performing this goal? Does the timing of events support your goal’s achievement?
For example: I wish to be a millionaire in 5 years time by e-commerce drop shipping and running my own online store.
I wish to be a millionaire (specific, measurable) in 5 years time (time-bound) by e-commerce drop shipping (realistic) and running my own online store (achievable).
Another example: I will shed 20 KG (specific, measurable) in three months (time-bound) after consuming Ageloc TR90 Weightloss Consumables (realistic) and exercising at the gym thrice a week (achievable).
Third example: I will pass my ACLP Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance Course with flying colours by daily study of 3 hours in mindful concentration.
Goal Setting requires Visioning. You need to visualise and see the goal’s outcome clearly in your mind’s eye. Try now: close your eyes and visualise succeeding at the goal in your mind.
Now that you can see the picture of success clearly in your envisioning, it’s time to create a pathway towards the achievement of your goal. To do this, we will use the NLP SCORE Model.
Lesson #2: SCORE a Goal.
SCORE stands for:
Basically, using the SCORE, you will examine the pathway toward the achievement of your goal, like how a doctor would analyze a patient. Use a pen and paper for this. Or an iPad with an Apple Pencil for drawing.
Symptom: What are the signs that there are problems or obstacles on the way to achieving your goals? For example, medical symptoms like red spots. In goal setting, symptoms can be things like feeling low confidence or a sense of hopelessness; being fat or flubby when you look in the mirror; feeling poor or running out of cash. These symptoms can be the triggers that signify you need a change.
Cause: What are the underlying causes for the symptoms? For example, the cause of red spots could be acne bacteria, measles, mumps etc. So likewise, the cause for feeling low confidence and hopelessness could be a childhood event in your past… a memory of being abandoned as a child. The underlying cause for excess body fat could be a love for fatty foods combined with long hours of sleeping. The underlying cause for running out of cash could be having to support a family of 12 on one person’s income. Knowing the cause for a symptom is the key to curing the problem.
Outcome: The outcome is the goal you have in mind. Based on the problem you are facing, what is the outcome you wish to achieve? The goal you have in mind. Visualise it. By setting the outcome, the obstacles to your goal will become apparent. You will be able to see what is blocking you from achieving your goal. Write down the names of these obstacles. Lay it out on a timeline. Show the obstacles you need to break through to achieve your goal.
Resource: A resource is the solution you will use to breakthrough an obstacle. Like anti-acne cream for fighting off pimples. TR90 Ageloc System for losing weight. A seminar on eCommerce Drop-shipping to make money. A gym membership to build your muscle and shape. These resources help you overcome your obstacles. You need to think and search for these solutions to help you overcome your problems. On the timeline, you write these resources next to the problem obstacles to note them as your solutions for breakthrough.
Effect: An effect is what happens when you apply the resource solution to the problem obstacle. The goal here is to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution you apply to the problem. One powerful way to evaluate effects is by drawing Systems Thinking diagrams made of causal loops and arrows. Research the topic ‘Systems Thinking’ on a Google Search.
The diagram maps the relations of weight-loss to diet and exercise. Eating healthier, combined with regular exercise, will push down your weight. The results you see in the mirror and on the weighing scale will give you the motivation to visit the gym more often and the motivation to consume your weight loss supplements and foods with discipline. The effect of this is a fast slimming to your ideal body shape.
Setting Your Goals
In review, what you have seen above is the way set and analyse your goals. The output you should have at the end of your brainstorming session is a SMART Goal, a Timeline with a SCORE Model, and a Systems Diagram for evaluating effects.
With your goals clearly stated and diagramed on a timeline, you have a rough plan you can use to overcome your challenges. Keep these diagrams on your iPad or in a Notebook. And use extra pages to write out a more detailed plan with action tasks planned out and placed on a To-Do list.
Measuring Progress and Correcting Course
Once you have written out your goal and drafted your plan, you need to measure progress towards your goal daily. You need to see if there is anything you should be doing differently to progress success at achieving your goal. This is where having a measurable goal is good. You can count whether you are making progress because you have a quantifiable goal like a plan to lose 20 KG in 3 months of diet, exercise, and slimming supplements. You can also correct course by taking up aerobics rather than weight-lifting (anaerobic) to burn fats faster rather than build bulk.
In achieving a goal, we may need to make many course corrections as new information becomes available and more accurate techniques are discovered.
Work on your goals like you are working on a professional project. Do analysis, do research, do charting and diagramming. May you reap the benefits of SMART Goal Setting and SCORE Your Goal.
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