How Goal Setting Actually Works by Darren Hardy

Darren Hardy - motivational expert and authorLet me reveal the mystery — secret — of goal-setting. You only see, experience and get what you look for. If you don’t know what to look for, you certainly won’t get it.

By our very nature, we are goal-seeking creatures. Your brain tries to align your outer world with what you are seeing and expecting in your inner world. When you instruct your brain to look for the things you want, you will begin to see them. In fact, the object of your desire has probably always existed all around you, but your mind and eyes weren’t open to it.

This is actually how the Law of Attraction really works. It is not some mysterious, esoteric voodoo, as it sometimes is described. It’s far simpler and more practical than that.

We are surrounded by billions of visual, audio and physical messages each day. To keep ourselves from going insane, we ignore 99.9 percent of them. You only really see, hear or experience those you focus your mind on.

Make sense? It’s not mysterious at all; it’s actually quite logical. Whatever your mind is thinking on the inside is what it will pay attention to on the outside. All of a sudden, you see it.

Having Clear Goals Change Your Perception of the World

Did you ever start car shopping and then you started to see the model and make of that car everywhere? Seems like there are tons of them on the street all of a sudden. More likely, they have been there all along, but you weren’t paying attention to them. Thus, they didn’t really exist to you before.

Defining Your Goals

When you define your goals, you give your brain something to focus on and look for. You give your mind a new set of eyes to see all the people, circumstances, conversations, resources and ideas. They help you go about matching up the outside with what you want on the inside, in other words, your goal. It is that simple, but the difference in how you see, experience and draw ideas, people and experiences into your life after you have clearly defined your goals is profound.

In the Living Your Best Year Ever program, I guide you through all the potential pitfalls to ensure you have the precise formula for achieving the boldest goals and wildest ambitions you can dream up! So take a moment right now to look in the mirror and say goodbye to your old self. Life will never be the same starting today.

I will warn you now, though. If you are going to take this journey with me, you will need to be serious. Be serious about significantly changing the trajectory of your life. Be serious about wanting to access your great, but maybe mostly dormant, potential and set it free. Be serious about challenging old thought and behavior patterns and declaring new choices. Now is the time to establish new behaviors, build new skills and take bold, new actions to realize your great goals today!

Are you up for the challenge? If you are serious and ready to commit to this process, I promise you it will be one of the most important decisions you will ever make for your life’s success. I can personally testify to this.
Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, is an accomplished entrepreneur, publisher and editorial director of SUCCESS magazine. He’s a peak performance expert and popular keynote speaker. Visit

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