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Updated on Jul 3, 2013

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Setting specific goals is very powerful. Writing down your “big picture” desires of where you want to be in ten years is critical. Today, you should stop and create a “dream sheet” of where you want to be and what you want to be doing in ten years. For now, ignore whether these dreams sound realistic or not. The key is to let your imagination run wild. Start dreaming now. Leave out no option. Deprive yourself of nothing. Make your list today!

Why is this exercise so important? Goal-setting creates the framework around which all other decisions can be made. Your goals become the standard upon which all options are evaluated. If a certain choice does not bring you closer to your goal, it should not be seriously considered. This simplifies what might have been a difficult decision. In short, we should reject all options that take us off the course that leads us to our goals. If you don’t make a specific choice about where you want to be, then you can’t make the daily decisions designed to get you there.

When you chart a new course on paper by writing down your goals, you give your mind a new pattern to follow. This is part of restructuring the “programs” in your mind. You can’t pursue a new direction until you allow yourself to do so in your mind. You’ve got to free yourself mentally to follow a new course. When you write down specific dreams and tangible goals, you give your mind guideposts to follow. You give your mind little handholds to reach for and hold onto one by one as you climb the mountain. When your mind starts following a new pattern, your actions follow. When your actions change, the results you get out of life also change.

“Sow a thought, and you reap an action;

sow an action, and you reap a habit;

sow a habit, and you reap a character;

sow a character, and you reap a destiny.”

Charles Reade

Writing down your thoughts is important because it transforms what is vague and general in your mind into specific bite-sized and attainable tasks. But you’ve got to be specific about what you write. Writing down on paper what is floating around in your mind is like trapping exotic butterflies and examining them up close in order to identify them. While they are flitting about, we only get passing glimpses of their beautiful colors and wing patterns. We sense that they are there, but we don’t know exactly what they are, where they came from or where they are going. They are more like a fantasy than a reality. When we capture these specific thoughts with pen and paper, we can examine them more clearly. You give your mind something concrete and “tangible” to focus on. Remember, what you focus on determines what you believe. If you are not focusing on something narrow and specific, then your beliefs will be vague and nebulous.

When you create a very specific picture in your head of who you want to be and what you want to accomplish, and focus on it every day, the mind does an amazing thing. It turns this image into a blueprint of what you will become. A perfect example comes from the life of well-known comedian George Lopez.

When he was only a child, George Lopez was abandoned first by his father and later by his mother. He was raised by an abusive grandmother and an alcoholic grandfather. On top of that, he was raised in poverty. To escape his misery, he chose to focus on comedy. He favorite comedian was Freddie Prinze, Everyday after school, he watched episodes of Chico and the Man. He hung a picture of Freddie Prinze on his bedroom wall and stared at it every night.

What he focused on began to shape what he believed. This was the First Law of Critical Focus at work. He began to say to himself, “I can be a comic. I can do what Freddie is doing. I want to make people laugh.” When he was still a teenager, he wrote these words on a scratch piece of paper: “I know at times I can’t make it but eventually I will. And I will hit the American people like a hammer. I will be the best.” These were powerful words because he spoke as if what he was saying was fact. He didn’t say “I hope to” or “I would like to.” If you look carefully at what he wrote above, you will see that he said used phrases such as, “I know . . .” He said, “I will . . .” “I will . . . ” “I will . . . ”

What he didn’t realize was that he was imprinting in his brain an exact image of what he would become, and he was burning it in deep – with words and pictures.

This imprint was burned so deeply into his mind that even though he bombed at club after club, and even after he had abandoned his dream for years and come back and quit again, the imprint was still there. It would ultimately determine who he would become – against all odds.

Eventually George Lopez went on to become one of the best-known comedians in all of America. He has performed for the President of the United States and other celebrities. He went on to have his own prime time comedy show, which was named after him, The George Lopez Show. He even wrote a book about his life called Why You Crying?

This was not a miracle. It was not the product of fate or divine intervention. It was the result of all of the principles explained in this book. What you focus on determines what you believe. What you believe determines what you expect out of life. What you expect determines what you see. What you see determines the options that are available to you. George Lopez set his destiny in motion when he chose to focus, over and over, day in and day out, on a specific, tangible and literal image (a photo) of who he wanted to become. Then he set that focus in concrete by using powerful words to seal it in. You too have the freedom to choose what to focus on no matter what is going on in the world around you. This is the Seventh Law of Critical Focus. You too can choose to use the power of your imagination to focus on a specific, tangible image of who you want to become. You have the power to choose the words you need to help you keep that focus.


Remember, if you are buying or selling real estate in Austin, please call Rose Castro at EXIT: Options Realty.
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