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The alarm goes off at 5.30am at two different houses. It’s a cold and wet Melbourne morning, which is unusual for the first week of February. Bob turns off his alarm and thinks to himself “It’s cold, dark and wet. Do I get out of bed and go to the gym?” In another house not far away Bill thinks exactly the same thing. Fifteen minutes later ….

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Fifteen minutes later Bob is at the gym and Bill is still in bed. What happened to Bill's goal setting and time management? We’ll hear a little more about Bob and Bill (not their real names!) later. Let’s look at what happened.

Both Bob and Bill made a New Years resolution to improve their health. BUT....
New years resolutions are made to be __________. (broken). Why does everyone know what goes in the blank?

Research from the Jack Zuefelt at DNA of Success shows that 7 or 8 out of 10 things a person writes on a goal list will NEVER happen. Everyone has goals they didn't finish and many they didn't even start on. You see goal setting and time management are intricately linked.

For nearly a century we have been taught that we have the power within us to do, have or become what ever we want. It's true we do have that power.
But where is the switch?

Our dreams and aspirations will be achieved but only if a certain, vital ingredient is there. If it is not there the dreams and aspirations are destined to be unfulfilled.

That vital ingredient is what we call ALIGNMENT. It means that your beliefs, inner desires and goals are all connected (rather than in conflict). When you have alignment you know you have identified an AUTHENTIC desires and you create TRUE GOALS.

If you rate your motivation level (honestly) for each of your goals your TRUE GOALS based on AUTHENTIC desires rate at 100%.

What happens when you try to get the discipline to do something if you don't really want to. You can't -- and all the visualization and reading about it in how-to books will not give you discipline. When your goals, values and beliefs are aligned your will find time to work on your goals.

Conflict and confusion happen when you set goals from a surface level. Both goal setting and time management become ineffective. You don't achieve the goal but you still waste time struggling with trying to get to the goal.  Let’s go back to Bill and Bob to look at this.

Bob and Bill are both overweight (like most of the population), unfit and stressed from their high pressure jobs. They are successful, but struggle to “find time” to do things they would like to do!

Bob has lost 4 kilos since New Year. His cholesterol is lower and he is more active with his kids. Nothing has changed for Bill.

What is the difference?

In setting his goals Bob went to a deeper level than ever before. He realized that being healthy had been something that he talked about, but was never connected to. He looked had looked at health from a surface level “I should get fitter” rather than what it meant to his life to change.

Now he looked at health in terms of “how long before I die, if I don’t change?”. He turned this in to a positive goal - I want to live for another 50 years to see my kids grow up, get married and so on. Bob was connected to his true goal in whole new way.

When things were tough, like a cold wet morning when he planned to go to the gym, Bob focused on 2 things. He focused on the rewards of being healthy – a long happy life. Second, he focused on the fact that he knew once he is at the gym he feels good and full of energy for the rest of the day. When you see the benefits like this your goal setting and time management connect so you actually spend time on your goals, like Bob spent time at the gym.

What did Bill focus on? Well with no real deep desire, he focused on how cold it was outside and how warm it was in bed. He focused on his “surface level” thoughts of “I don’t want to get out of my warm bed”. So he stays in bed and nothing changes!

To identify a true goal follow this process. WRITE out the answer to the question, “What do I want that I am not getting today?” When you have written the answer ask yourself “If I had that what would it give me that I'm not getting?” Keep asking "and what would that give me that I'm not getting".

When you get to the Authentic Desire you will always have some kind of an emotional experience. You may feel joy. You may feel tremendous assurance and have total confidence that you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. You may even start to tear up or cry. You may just breathe a deep sigh signifying that "Yes that's what I really want". You'll just know when you get there.

Your True Goal is then the specific short term outcome you want from that desire.

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