Want to know how to achieve your goals? Here’s a secret only a select few writers know: writing poetry can help you achieve your goals in life.
Weird, huh? But let’s forget all about the poetry bit for just one moment.
How to Achieve Your Goals Using Your Imagination
What if I said that using your imagination is one of the best ways how to achieve your goals?
The traditional goal-setting activity used in self development asks a person to vividly imagine what it would feel like to achieve their goals. For instance, if your goal were to lose weight, you might imagine that you were on a night out wearing a tight pair of jeans, feeling thin and healthy and feeling pretty darn good about yourself.
By imagining your success in this way you get your mind thinking positively about the attainment of your goal, which not only produces a lot of motivation but also forces your brain to find creative ways in which to make your imagined success come to reality.
It would take quite a lot of science and psychology to explain exactly how this goal setting exercise works, but what it all comes down to is this: your brain actively sets about making your imaginations real. So the way how to achieve your goals in life is to imagine you already have achieved your goals. If you believe entirely negative things about life, your brain will find ways to validate that belief. If you believe life is great, your brain will set about finding ways to substantiate the belief that life is great.
It was Einstein who said “Imagination is the preview of life’s coming attractions” and, not surprisingly, he was right (and surely can’t be too much doubt that Einstein knew how to achieve your goals). Your brain will do its best to turn your imagination into reality.
The only problem is that most people don’t have amazing imaginations.
There’s a good chance you haven’t really used your imagination very much since you were a young child. In which case, quite naturally, your imagination is not particularly strong at the time being.
And so we’re left with a quandary: How to achieve your goals—which demands good use of your imagination—when you simply don’t have a good imagination. The answer lies in art.
All forms of art are excellent for getting people to use their imaginations. Whether you’re painting or drawing or acting or writing, if you’re creating art, you’re using your imagination. Any time you express your life goal through art you set your imagination and your mind along the positive track to attaining your stated goal.
How to Achieve Your Goals By Expressing Them
Poetry offers several core benefits that other forms of art do not, making it one of the best ways how to achieve your goals.
Poetry is limiting: In poetry, you have to express yourself under limitations. There are limits to line length, poem length and also, with technical poems, there are limits regarding rhyme and metre (we won’t worry about this last point here though).
Expressing your goal within a limited word count forces you to really focus on exactly what you want. You don’t have the space (in terms of words) to be umming-and-ahhing. Poetry forces you to choose and then express precisely what it is you want.
Poetry makes you think outside the box: With poetry, you’re continually using metaphors, similes and more to find new ways to express your thoughts. This is helpful with goal setting because it can help you to look at your goal in new ways, which in turns gets your creative brain working. All thesethings are hugely helpful in focussing your mind on how to achieve your goals.
Poems stay in your memory: If you’re into self improvement / self development then you’ll be perfectly aware of affirmations. Affirmations are statement you repeat to yourself that express your goal. For instance, if your goal is to lose weight and be healthy you might think to yourself “I am losing weight and feeling healthy.” This creates a habitual positive thought that helps motivate you.
So why use poetry for this? Because poems stick in your mind, much in the same way as song lyrics do. You’ll naturally find yourself thinking about your poem, and because your poem expresses your goal, you’ll be continually thinking positive about achieving your goal.
How to achieve your goals: The Exercise
The introduction to this exercise was quite lengthy, but I’m hoping that now we understand exactly why poetry is a powerful way to express your life goals so we can get right on with the exercise. You won’t quite grasp how to achieve your goals through writing until you try it, so give it a shot!
The exercise itself is simple. Just follow these steps
1) Create a mental picture of what it would look like and feel like to achieve your goal.
2) Express this mental picture in a ten line poem.
3) Read the poem over. Does it accurately express what you want? If not, change it. Make sure every line of your poem perfectly expresses what you want.
That’s it! Simple. And you won’t know how powerful this exercise is until you do it. So go. . . do it. . . this is how to achieve your goals through writing!