Have you ever had a goal that you just couldn't seem to get started on? Maybe it's something you've always wanted to do, like learn a new skill or start a new project, but you just can't seem to take that first step. If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Starting a new goal can be daunting, but breaking it down into small, achievable steps can make it much more manageable.
In this post, we'll walk you through the Goal Smasher Ditto, a simple exercise that can help you get the ball rolling on your goals while utilizing your RAS (Reticular Activating System) to notice opportunities to achieve your goal.
Step 1: Define Your Goal The first step is to define your goal in one sentence. Make sure it's specific, measurable, and realistic. This will help you focus your efforts and make progress towards achieving your goal.
For example, let's say your goal is to learn how to play the guitar.
Step 2: Identify Three Small Steps The next step is to identify three very small steps that you can take to get started on your goal. These steps should be achievable within the next 24 hours. By breaking your goal down into small, manageable steps, you can build momentum and make progress towards achieving your goal.
But here's the key to making this exercise work: as you take these small steps, pay attention to the opportunities around you that can help you achieve your goal. This is where your RAS comes in. Your brain is constantly filtering out information that it deems unimportant, but by focusing on your goal, you can train your RAS to notice opportunities that will bring you closer to achieving it.
For our guitar example, three small steps could be:
Research beginner guitar lessons online.
Find a local music store and inquire about beginner guitar classes.
Ask a friend who plays guitar for any tips or advice.
As you take these small steps, pay attention to the opportunities around you that can help you achieve your goal. Maybe you'll see a flyer for a beginner guitar workshop at your local library, or a friend will recommend a great guitar teacher. By training your RAS to notice opportunities, you'll be more likely to find them.
Step 3: Write It Down The final step is to write down your goal and the three small steps you identified. Use a notebook, sticky note, or your phone to record your plan. Writing down your plan embeds the lesson deeper into your brain and can activate your RAS, making you more likely to notice opportunities to achieve your goal.
By taking these small steps and training your RAS to notice opportunities, you can build momentum and start making progress towards your goal. Even if you can't achieve your entire goal in one day, you'll be one step closer than you were yesterday. And as you continue to take small steps and notice opportunities, you'll build momentum and make progress towards achieving your goal.
So go ahead, give the Goal Smasher Ditto a try, and see what kind of progress you can make towards your goals by using your RAS to notice opportunities around you.
Happy goal smashing!