How to Get Goal Setting to Work

In my last article on “Why goal setting doesn’t work” I talked about the reason goal setting doesn’t usually work is that because you set goals from the tiny percentage of your brain where you make logical choices. And to truly achieve your goals you need to get your goal, or vision, locked into the subconscious mind that controls your actions without you thinking about it.

So today I want to share with you how you might go about actually doing this.

The main key is to turn on your reticular activating system (what?!).

The RAS is a mechanism in your brain that filters through the crazy amounts of information that is in your environment and tells you what is relevant to you at the time according to the priority system your brain has set up.

For example…have you ever noticed that when you want to buy a gadget say an iPhone, or new TV, you start to notice the people that have what you want.

Or when you want to buy a car you suddenly begin seeing that car everywhere!

The reason this happens is that you have told your RAS that this phone or this car is important and therefore needs to be noticed. It isn’t that those cars weren’t driving around before or people never had that phone. It’s just that your RAS wasn’t turned on to that so you never noticed it before.

So what does this have to do with Goal Setting?


If you can program your RAS to be turned on to the resources you need to accomplish/finish your goal. You’re halfway there to actually being someone who lives out their dreams.

Why Goal Setting Doesn’t Always Work

During my research on Goal Setting and success, I ran across an interesting statistic.

The place in our brain that allows us to choose things, ie Goals, really only occupies 4-6 percent of our brain activity.

The other 94 percent of brain activity controls what we do on a subconscious level. Meaning we just do this stuff without even thinking about it. For example, breathing. The entire time you have spent reading this article so far you probably haven’t had to decide when and how long to breathe. You just did it!

Now….goal setting has to do with that 4% of brain activity. You choose to set a goal. You decide this is something important for you to do.

And if you neglect the other 96% of brain activity you probably won’t ever actually accomplish those goals.

Because you haven’t implanted that goal as a priority in the 96% of your brain. And until that goal is seen as something your subconscious brain needs to be guiding you to do. You won’t do it!

Unless, of course, you have crazy willpower (which some of you have…). The other people who have quit their workout regimen by Valentine’s Day in February know what I’m talking about.

You set goals that are important to you… just don’t ever do them.

So in this series, I’m going to talk about Goal Setting and how to get your goals into that place in your brain so you actually live your goals out!

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