How to Achieve Goals In A Recession

You need a 7 Day BrainwashThe problem with believing you’re in a recession is that you start to feel that you cannot achieve your goals. Recession – or any of the negative words that are associated with it – is in fact in the mind of the beholder.

You don’t need to be an economist to see that things are not all black. In fact things are never all black, any more than they are ever all white. Stop and reflect for a moment on some of the industries and people that will thrive in a recession.

If you want to achieve goals you’ve got to believe there’s a way. You have to know in your heart that you can do it and that the odds are not stacked against you. If your goal is to climb Everest, you have to believe you can get there or there’s no sense in taking a single step up that mountain.

In fact, in the current financial climate, setting and achieving goals should become even more a way of life! When winter or war comes, for example, people gather together for comfort and support. In economic bad times, what better moment to gather a team of willing helpers?

Apart from anything else, you need to believe in yourself. Set the goal that you will find a way, and you’ll achieve that goal. On the other hand, if you start with self doubt and fear, setting goals will feel futile. You must get clear that the resource that has always achieved all the goals in your life has been you – not your bank balance or your job!

Set the goal that you can always think of something that others will want to pay you for. There’s only one you, and if you remain upbeat and positive, people will want not only your help – they’ll hire you for your genial personality! Never was there a better time to reinstate “whistle while you work!” (There’s a goal you can easily achieve!)

As a little food for thought, here are some examples of industries that are probably going to thrive in a recession. If you owned such a business, what goal setting would you be doing now?

The car repair industry. Fewer people are going to buy new cars for a while, so keeping the old ones on the road becomes paramount. Mechanics and second hand car sales people are probably going to easily achieve their business goals in the coming months!

How about the cheaper end of the beauty and glamour industries? Everyone wants to feel good, and a new hair-do doesn’t cost a lot. If you like wearing make-up, a new lipstick or nail polish can lift the spirits in a jiffy for the price of a cup of coffee or thereabouts. If your goal is for a quick pick-me-up, there’s one way to achieve it, whilst helping the beautician, hairdresser or cosmetics salesperson to keep their job!

Rental things – especially real estate – will flourish, won’t it? How about home entertainment? Cheaper than a night on the town! The whole family can rent a blockbuster DVD when it would have cost four seats at the movies not to mention outrageously priced popcorn! Goal achieved? Keeping the family spirits up.

Network marketing companies always do well in a recession as people search around frantically for ways to make money in their spare time.

Now, I didn’t set out to write a list and I’m not an economist. (Thank heavens for that – they hardly can take credit for keeping us out of trouble, can they?) The reason I wanted to point these observations out to you is not because I want you to change your job – I want you to change your mind! Personal and professional goals are just as achievable in the present climate as they are at other times. You simply have to apply your adaptability skills – a resource with which you have been equipped since birth.

When people are down, more than ever they need people who are up. Why were musicals so popular during the depression of the 1920s and through the war years? Because they made people feel good, that’s why.

If you want to achieve more goals, smile at more people. Be optimistic – life will go on, and rollercoasters are for riding – so point out to yourself and to the frightened people you meet that they have almost certainly already survived many of life’s challenges. You have the resources and so do they to achieve whatever goals they set themselves.

You cannot achieve your goals by joining people in their fear. No one is helped or served by that. Think outside the box, remember at all times that you are your own greatest resource and you will be not only inspired but you will become an inspiration.

Whatever you do, don’t give up! Keep on setting and achieving goals for the rest of your life!

It’s the way you look at life, not what you have

You need a 7 Day BrainwashG’day! Another day of life begins, isn’t that wonderful?

What do you mean, you don’t think it’s so great? Do you realize, it matters not one bit if you’re rich or poor, abundance is a feeling. Even billionaires are poor if they want more than they have, yet a poor person can be feel wealthy by simply having a few pennies more than they need today.

I once heard of a man who spent his life living on the streets of Calcutta. He owned nothing but the rags he slept in. Each day, he would be given a supply of tiny wooden sticks, a pot of dark goo, and a metal tray. He would dip the sticks into the goo, and leave them on the tray to dry. He was making matches. Throughout the day, people would come by and buy his matches. By evening he would have just enough money for a hot meal and a drink. Then he would go back to his place on the street, and sleep curled up in his rags. Every day he would go through the same routine.

One day, a visiting American journalist interviewed this man. To his amazement, he found him just as knowledgeable about world affairs as himself, not to mention multi-lingual. Astonished, the journalist asked, “Why don’t you travel to the West? You could get a good job, and earn a great deal of money.”

The little Indian looked at him quizzically. “What for?” he asked. “I have everything I need here. The world comes to me. I have enough to eat and a place to sleep, and I provide a service people need.”

The journalist was stumped. “But what if one day you didn’t make enough money for your meal?” he enquired.

“Then I’d be hungry.”

“And if that happened day after day?” The journalist was perplexed.

“Then I would die,” said the match-maker. “One day I shall die anyway. I think you are the one with the problems.”

Doing yoga to deal with stress

You need a 7 Day BrainwashYoga can be a great aid to help in the fight against stress. Hugely popular, it is far more than the exercise system that many people think it is. Because it is so gentle on the body, with each movement (asana) being considered and focussed upon before the move is attempted, it is slow, peaceful and relaxing and in a way, utilises many of the techniques of meditation.

Yoga is not about stressing out the body to achieve some of the more advanced moves that is often linked to yoga practice; it is about the individual working at their own pace and achieving many benefits and progressing at a pace that suits.

Stretching helps to relieve any tension that is held within individual muscle groups and the postures work on improving muscle strength and flexibility. Don’t forget that stress doesn’t just impact people mentally and emotionally but muscles store tension too. Other benefits include improved lung capacity (with regular yogic breathing techniques) and a sharper more positive focus and a sense of inner peace and calmness.

Ideally, attending a local class is highly beneficial as the teacher can ensure that the body alignment is in the correct position but there are many excellent yoga DVD’s, books or articles that can be sourced on the Internet. With so many styles to choose from, there literally is a style to suit everyone and the health and stress management benefits are far-reaching.

Once peace and inner contentment is established, meditation can be incorporated within the sessions and this increases the benefits further.

A regular daily practice of twenty minutes is sufficient at first.

The Goal Striving Paradox

You need a 7 Day BrainwashI remember when I was doing a lot of work as an independent consultant, when I first started I was starving for business. I wanted to get clients and close deals SO badly that my prospects could feel it. I’m sure you’ve been in the presence of a pushy sales rep and you would agree you felt immediately repelled from that person.

It happens in the dating world all the time when you see someone who is desperate to find a partner or long term relationship. The new “prospect” immediately feels the neediness from this person and it often turns them off once and for all.

Going back to my consulting example, As I changed my approach and took the “take it or leave it” attitude where I literally separated myself from caring whether I got the deal or not, business started to flow. In fact, the less I cared about landing the deal, the easier it was to close.

This is what I call the goal striving paradox. The more you want something, the more it feels like a real need for your life. And the more you need it, the more you focus on its absence… or a sense of lack. A perpetual state of striving is really what it is.

In many cases, you may actually start feeling terrible about the goal because your happiness is now contingent on you achieving this thing… and the longer it takes, the more concerned you become.

The trick for brining your goals into reality is to remove this “striving” factor.

Instead of setting a goal with the “if… then” mentality of “If I achieve this thing… then I’ll be happy”. You set your goals from a place of detachment. If you reach the goal, great. And if not, that’s cool too.

I’m not saying you remove your desire to improve the results in your life. What I am saying is that you set your goals, and then you focus on your goals daily from the perspective of already being happy, appreciative and content with where you are today.

This is quite easy to do. Look at your life right now and take note of all the good things you have going on. It could be your happy family, supportive friends, the recent recovery from illness of a loved one, the healthy meals you are able to eat on a daily basis, your own health.

You might also want to make a list of all of your previous accomplishments. What are some things you have already achieved that you can dwell on and feel awesome about.

Staying in that zone, you can then work passionately towards your new goals. Instead of needing this goal like a pushy sales rep needs your deal, you simply focus on your new goal… It will arrive in due time to reinforce the feeling of success that you have already created in your own mind.

The “Need” to be Right

You need a 7 Day BrainwashOur world is full of variety. On any given day we can have both positive and negative experiences. Many of these experiences ultimately influence the way we see the world and the opinions we form about how the world works.

Everyone lives in the context of their own perspective. While one person may look at a snow storm and be excited about the possibilities to get out and have fun, another person might be full of fear because they had previously been involved in a driving accident caused by dangerous winter driving conditions.

The events and circumstances are neutral. Our opinions about them are not!

Since we all have our own way of seeing the world, conflict with family, friends, colleagues, etc… is inevitable. There is absolutely no way that you are going to process every event in the same way as the people in your life. When these conflicts and differences of opinion arise, are you prepared to deal with them?

While I do believe that a good debate can often lead to effective solutions of problems, many debates can turn sour and become more toxic than helpful. When this happens, it is important to recognize that the situation will likely end in a stale mate and that you don’t “need” to be right.

The “need to be right” can be harmful to your health. If you spend all of your focus and energy trying desperately to convince someone else that your perspective is the correct one, you are creating a huge amount of unneeded stress in your life. If you go into this mode of “needing to be right”, you should take a step back and ask yourself why. Why do I need to be right? Why do I need this other person to accept my way of thinking so badly?

This ultimately comes down to self esteem. If you believe in your heart that a certain perspective is 100% true, there is absolutely no need to force anyone else to agree with you. The sooner you can embrace this, the sooner you will reduce stress and create more happiness in your life.

Embrace the idea of not “needing to be right”. If someone is taking an aggressive stance with you and trying to force an opinion on you that you do not agree with, let it go! Let them be right in their head and you can confidently carry your own truth in your heart.

Multitasking Makes More Work For You

You need a 7 Day BrainwashEvery year that goes by, it seems as though our society is getting busier and busier. I hear comments from people in older generations saying that life was never this hectic when they were younger. With all of the advances in technology combined with the demands of family, career and so on, it is no wonder we live in such a “busy” culture.

Although the ongoing growth of technology has great benefits, it is sometimes hard to see how it also has negative implications. Specifically when it comes to time how we manage our time. Most people have advanced cell phones, laptops with internet connection, ipods, ipads, and a whole host of other electronic gadgets. Each one of these items serves a great purpose but also cause an enormous amount of distraction in our lives.

One thing I have been implementing in my life recently, that has been a huge benefit, is removing distractions. When you have a busy work load, the most important thing you can do is give yourself dedicated blocks of time to focus on completing it.

This means you remove interruptions like cell phones, email, browsing news or social media websites, (even traditional interruptions like chatty colleagues) etc… This way, you allow your mind to focus solely on the task at hand. For me, I do a lot of creative work that requires my concentration. I have found that I can accomplish more in one single 90 minute block of focussed work than I can in almost a full day of interrupted work.

I purposely remove myself from my distractions. I disconnect my internet connection, I turn off my phone, I even close any other programs that might be running on my computer. The only thing left for me to do is concentrate on the task at hand.

This can be applied in many situations both work related and otherwise. Any time you choose to remove focus from your main task at hand (i.e. multitasking), you are literally increasing your workload. The time it takes you to go back to your original job and get refocused ends up costing you a lot more time than it would have if you never allowed the interruption to happen.

If you are someone who considers themselves to be a good “multi-tasker”, take some time right to consider how many hours you are costing yourself each week by allowing your focus to move all over the place. It is very likely that you are spending more time than you need to complete many of your important work.

Once you do this analysis, make a commitment to focusing your energy on one major task at a time. You will be amazed at the results.

Improve Your Life Experiences

You need a 7 Day BrainwashIf you ever take a look at the people who seem to get the “most” out of life, it is usually the people who attempt the most. The first example that comes to my mind is in sports. In any team activity I have ever played, the best player on the team is usually the player who attempts the most shots or plays.

Being willing to attempt is one of the most important ingredients to success in all areas of life.

Unfortunately, many people are hindered by their overly cautious attitude. Whether they avoid speaking up in a board meeting, skip the sales call to the difficult buyer or shy away from asking an interesting person on a date, the end result is a lost opportunity.

The root cause of this overly-cautious, inhibited way of life usually comes down to learned behaviour. If you have always been a “conservative person” who analyzes every action and potential outcome before acting, you will continue to operate in this mode unless you consciously decide to change.

The people who take action and try new things are very often the most exciting people to be around. They have a rich variety of life experiences and other people are naturally magnetized to their stories of action, adventure, triumph and defeat.

If you feel frustrated or inhibited in one or more areas of your life then take a few minutes to consider what is really causing this result. How are you limiting yourself?

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a colleague in his sales division who constantly won all of the sales awards every year. The only thing this guy did differently than everyone else was that he simply tried more things. He would offer to meet clients in off hours, perform additional services beyond his call of duty and even introduce his clients to new people who they might be able to do business with.

This kind of person never waits for permission to try new things. They treat life as a series of mini-experiments and use the feedback from each action to evolve and adapt to their environment.

How much better would you feel if you ignored your inhibitions and just tried something totally new and different? This doesn’t require intense therapy or training. Join a social club or sports team, send a funny youtube video to your clients, take a photo of yourself doing something wacky and post it on Facebook, be the first person on the dance floor when you go to that next wedding.

All you have to do is choose an area of your life that you feel is lacking and take a bold action to stir up your results.

Practice a new response

You need a 7 Day BrainwashSince we were kids, all of us have understood the value of practice. If you want to get good at hockey, reading, piano, singing, or any other engaged activity, you have to practice.

Practice is defined as the application of a skill repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. I think most people would agree that the highest achievers in an area of life are those who practice the most.

How does this apply to our every day lives?

If you think about your overall quality of life, it is basically made up by the accumulation of moments. Each moment you are expending energy in a certain way. Sometimes you are in a positive state and other times you are negative; and there a varying degrees of intensity in between.

Most of the time, we are all operating on auto-pilot. What I mean is that we are going about our day and we react and respond to events based on how we have conditioned ourselves to do so. If we have spent the majority of our lives practicing an anger response when things don’t go our way, we have become very proficient at being angry. Likewise, if you have spent the majority of your life reacting with laughter to various events and circumstances, you have become proficient at maintaining positivity.

This is a great place for any person to begin when it comes to improving their life so that it works… on all levels.

How do you do this?

Start by doing a basic assessment of your results. Are you constantly in a state of stress or anxiety? Do you constantly feel frustrated or upset? For any result that is not positive, examine what you have been practicing in that area of your life. If your current result is that you get angry and upset whenever the slightest thing goes wrong, think about how you can practice changing that result. You can actually begin looking for the next “opportunity” for something to go wrong so that you can practice a new response. Just like learning an instrument or sport, it may not go smoothly the first time but it is a start. Then you do it again and again and each repetition gives you an opportunity to get stronger.

In a relatively short period of time, you can develop an entirely new skill set that serves you better and improves the overall quality of your life. Try it. Challenge yourself. And see how your results change over time.

Get rid of negative beliefs

You need a 7 Day BrainwashOur beliefs form from a very early age, and can affect how we see ourselves and our place in society; you will have beliefs around how much money you will earn, beliefs about how you are as a parent, child, sibling or partner, beliefs about where you live and so on. Many of these beliefs will be subconscious- you won’t even know that they are there. If your intention contradicts this subconscious belief, then your subconscious mind will be sending out vibrations which will push it away and you will never attract it.

No matter what our beliefs are, we will always find evidence to support them- because we will attract it! If you believe that you are meant to be big, for example, you will remain overweight despite all attempts to diet, which reinforces this belief. If you believe that you are not smart enough to run your own business, all your attempts to start a business will fail, until eventually you say See? I told you I am not smart enough to run a business’.

Many people buy self help book after self help book, convinced that the next one will be the one which changes their life. However, whilst they are carrying limiting beliefs, nothing will change. They may get all fired up and make a good start, even seeing some improvement, but within a few weeks they will fall back into their old habits. In order to make the law of attraction work for you, it will be necessary to identify any negative beliefs and eradicate them.

Vision boards

You need a 7 Day BrainwashWhat is a vision board? It is a collection of pictures, words or photographs of all the things you want to attract into your life, usually fixed to a large sheet of card or pinned to a large cork board.

A vision board can be a very powerful tool to use to manifest your desires. It is best placed somewhere you are going to see it often, such as next to your computer monitor, in your bedroom or your kitchen. Some people choose to have more than one vision board, in different locations at home or work.

You should also spend some time looking at the images on your vision board- look at the images at least once a day and visualize having them in your life. Allow yourself to feel good and try to get into the feeling place of having them in your life right now.

What Images should be on Your Vision Board?

Think about what you want to manifest in every area of your life and find an image which you associate with actually having it. For example, if your goal is to own a certain make and model of car, find pictures of the exact car you want on the internet or in magazines. Put the picture on your vision board.

Want to travel? Look through brochures and on the internet and find pictures of the places you want to visit. Want to lose weight? Find photos of yourself at your ideal weight or else find images of people with the figure you want or pictures of clothes you will wear at your ideal weight. If you come across any quotes or poems you find particularly inspirational, or which make you feel good, put them on your board. If you can’t find an image you want, draw it- don’t be put off by thinking you can’t draw!

The images on your board should mean something to you, and should make you feel excited and positive about your intentions. A vision board is an evolving process; you may achieve one intention and need to update it, or you may realize that you no longer want a particular intention. Of course, you may find more intentions to add!

If you want to see examples of vision boards people have created, search Google images for vision boards’. Hopefully you will feel inspired to create your own!