How to set goals that really work

NLP – Setting goals that work

It doesn’t matter what habits you want to change, these keys to successful goal setting are simple, easy to use and life changing. Find out how to avoid the most common mistakes which lead to giving up (again!) and how to draw new positive habits towards you. You’ll find yourself changing old, negative behaviours for new options.

These techniques are taken from clinically proven NLP practice and I’ve used them successfully with many NLP and Coaching clients to change all sorts of unwanted patterns such as drinking too much, overspending, overeating, self sabotage, anxiety and depression. As you start to use these tools, the changes you want happen very quickly because you are changing from the inside out.

NLP & Coaching: 12 goal setting techniques

1. Recognise the difference between what you want to happen and what you believe it will do for you.

2. Set the goal in clear realistic and recognisable terms in writing with an end in mind. You will then know when you have got what you want –and the feelings you want to have will follow.


Attainable – possible with what you already have

Measurable – quantifiable

Accurate – specific measurable

Zoned – end in mind

Exact – use all your senses

Write the Success Habits down and keep a journal or record of actions taken on a daily basis

4. Traps

– having too many goals – start with one
– only knowing what you don’t want – describe in detail exactly what you do want
– wanting things over which you have no control
– wanting an emotion – not an end result

5. Success Habits. Break the habit of not achieving goals by having something better to put in its place.

Doing nothing to change your life is simply a habit – nothing more.

Make a list of new daily Success Habits that are specific and measurable and put them in your diary. Schedule them in.

6. Mood triggers. Identify what, who and when you respond by over-eating or drinking or feeling negative. Interrupt the connection. Do something different.

7. Ask what else will change in my life when I succeed?

8. Variations in the journey to the goal are not setbacks – they are deviations- keep revising your route.

9. Fear of succeeding! Focus on the benefits of change not on possible problems

10. Have a daily walk of 10 minutes- this fires off serotonin, the feel good factor, in your brain

11. Drink plenty of water– often thirst is confused with hunger

12. Clear out reminders (anchors) of your old habits-this signals to your unconscious that you are ready to change old habits.

NLP & Hypnotherapy Southampton HampshireAbout The Author

Lorna Bevan is a qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP and EFT practitioner. Lorna is based in Southampton, Hampshire and draws clients from the New Forest, Winchester, Romsey, Dorset, Salisbury and Portsmouth.

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