By Thomas Hadley
How do we set big goals and believe that we can achieve them? First of all, how do we SET big goals? One of the approaches we can take is to get into a “big goal mindset.” We can do this by moving ourselves into big goal environments with big goal people! When we stay in the environment that surrounds us day in and day out with all the things we are used to, we are not being stretched or inspired. Napoleon Hill refers to this as the concept of hypnotic rhythm. We can make the decision to break this rhythm and change our goals and expectations.
When we were kids, we were all inspired by a few movies we saw on the big screen or by our heroes on television. When we saw these heros, our minds shifted in what we believed to be possible in life. So in the process of setting big goals, we can get out of our comfort zone and spend time in environments that inspire and challenge us. Without this, it may be very difficult to set what we would think of as big goals.
Once we set a big goal, how do we attain the state of belief that we can achieve it? As Napoleon Hill says, “Faith is not something you get. It is something you already have. You might just be using it in reverse gear by believing in the things you fear.” This is really quite simple. When we were children, we had no trouble believing we could accomplish anything we dreamed of. My six year old daughter says that she is going to be a teacher and police officer (at the same time), and really believes it. Her belief is very high. Our belief will stay high when we are young until it gets banged up in life by disappointments or what some would call failures. This is where our belief takes a hit. So in order for us to get to the place of belief, we have to revisit the disappointments we have met with in the past and change the unhealthy perspective we have about them if they decreased our belief in our ability to achieve. How do we do that? There are many ways to address memories of disappointment from our past, but here are a few:
When we successfully address the memories that led to the loss of belief we had in our innocent, naïve years, we are free to believe we can accomplish any goal we set for ourselves. But there is a challenge to this. We must constantly be aware of our attitudes toward the small disappointments we meet with along the way. We will meet with situations that many people would call failures or disappointments. We must meet these circumstances with a state of mind that doesn’t perceive them as failures, but as opportunities that are helping us to course correct on our path to the achievement of even bigger goals.