Is there really something to the notion that, if we hold a thought in our mind over time, we can eventually, almost magically, bring it to life? This has been called the "Law of Attraction" and people like the author Richard Bach and his book, Illusions, which helped popularize it.
There is certainly something to this idea, but it isn't magic. And it actually predated Richard Bach, going back as far as Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
The way it really works is that we are constantly making decisions in our lives, day in and day out, about how to spend our time and energy. When something is top of mind for us--when the thought is always right there--you will inevitably make decisions that bring you closer to making that thought a reality. No matter what you might want to achieve--a happy marriage, losing weight, more money in the bank, or running a PR in a marathon--the more you think about that thing, the closer you come to achieving it, because every little decision you make is in the right direction.
Goal setting with Post-It Notes
Go to your desk and open the drawer. Chances are you might have an unused stack of Post-It Notes in there. If not, go out to our local office supply store and buy a pack. Take care of them because they can help make your dreams come true.
To do that, make a list of the three to five big goals you want to achieve. While I've seen people have lists of goals that stretch to more than 20 items, I encourage you to stick to a manageable number. Now the key is that they are specific and based in time. While the picture above says lose weight, a better goal is lose 20 pounds by the end of the year.
Write each of those goals down on Post-It Notes and then, when you get home, stick each of them to your bathroom mirror. So, three goals means three Post-It notes.
Now, every day when you wake up and right before you go to bed, you'll be staring at those three to give goals--which will keep them at the top of your mind and help you make decisions to bring you closer to achieving them.
After you wake up, for instance, and brush your teeth, you'll already be thinking about what you need to do that day to make progress toward your goals. Then, later on at night, you will think about what you did that day--and what you can do tomorrow--to keep making progress.
You'll be absolutely amazed at how effective you'll become at chasing down your dreams. And I would wager that you will accomplish at least a few of them in less than 12 months. There is nothing like the feeling of accomplishment when you peel off a Post-It note from you mirror because you have achieved a long-term goal.
And you don't have to believe just me: there are thousands of people who will vouch for this technique in helping them achieve their goals and change their lives. All thanks to a few simple Post-It Notes.
So what do you have to lose? Grab some Post-It notes and make today the first day in your journey to making your dreams--no matter what they are--come true.