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Paul Jerome acmc
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Developing a well-formed game plan

To begin moving towards our desired future we have to be able to gauge the distance and difference between where we are at the moment and our desired future. Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How can we get there? What stops us? What's in our way?

This technique gives us a clear way to think more about moving away from aversions and toward desired futures. This pattern identifies key components so that we can effectively identify our desired future and begin building that future now. This pattern empowers you to take complete responsibility for your game plan, establish milestones for measuring and confirming your progress, and giving you leverage on your preferred future.

1) State your goal in positive terms.
Where are you now? (Present Situation)
Where do you want to be? (Desired Situation)
What do you want in that desired situation?
What do you want to positively achieve or experience?
What are you going toward?

2) Specify your goal in sensory-based terms.
What will you see, hear and feel when you have it?
What steps or stages are involved in reaching this goal?
Have you used all of your senses in this description?

3) Identify the Context for this desired goal.
Where, when, how, with whom will you get this goal?
In what context or contexts is this goal appropriate?
What are the most fitting and appropriate contexts for this goal?

4) Identify the steps and stages involved in reaching this goal.
What are the steps involved in reaching this goal?
What are the stages involved?
Is this goal in small enough bits so that you feel that each piece is do-able?
Does the size of this goal seem overwhelming to you at all?

5) Self-initiated and maintained.
Is the goal something that you can initiate yourself and maintain?
Do you have it within your power and ability to reach this goal?
Is it within your control?
Can you initiate the actions to get started?
Can you maintain those actions or is it dependent upon what someone else needs to do?

6) Identify the resources you will need to achieve this goal.
What resources will you need in order to get this goal?
Who will you have to become?
Who else has achieved this goal?
Have you ever had or done this before?
Do you know anyone who has?
What prevents you from moving toward it and attaining it now?

7) Evidence Procedure.
How will you know that your goal has been realised?
What will let you know that you have attained your desired goal?
How do you know when to stop? When are you there?
When will you feel satisfied?

8) Make sure your goal is compelling and motivating.
Is the goal compelling?
Does it pull on you?
Will it get you up out of bed in the morning?
How much do you want this?
How much do you feel this as compelling from 0 to 10 if 10 is absolute?
How much do you need this to feel motivating?
What do you need to do to make it more sparkling for you?
What would make this really sparkle?

9) Quality Control your goal to make sure it is balanced and ecological.
Does the desired goal fit with you?
What will you gain through it?
What will you lose?
Is it achievable?
Does it respect your health, relationships, etc.?
Is there any part of you that objects to having this goal?

10) Put the goal in your future and try it on.
As you imagine a time and place in your future when this will become real to you... just allow yourself to go there now... in your mind... and be there... fully experiencing it and enjoying it... and just notice what it's like when you reach this goal. Notice how it feels, what things look like, sound like, what your world is like, how you are moving through it... and enjoy this... check it out on the inside to see if this is what you want... and be aware of how you might want to edit it and make sure that it really fits…

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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams...
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoureau

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