So there you are with your Goals staring at you from the fridge and you are left wondering - what next? Well, first, you did set your goals didn't you? You did make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Tabled).
And you did put them on the fridge or somewhere you will be regularly confronted with them.
If you didn't, then that's what you need to do before you go any further.
However, if you did set your goals and have them displayed somewhere prominent, you are well on the way to achieving them.
It is by the regular reviewing of what is really important to you (your Goals) that you will 'upset' your brain in a most interesting and positively helpful way.
You must now begin to dream your dream - imagine each day what it looks like to have fulfilled your goal.
Use your imagination to literally see yourself crossing the finishing line, or receiving the award, or the equivalent moment of achievement related to your goal.
Get into the habit of doing this regularly; ideally, every day.
What happens, according to Jack Black, is that you will create in your mind what is known as 'gestalt' - a sort of helpful imbalance.
This imbalance is caused by your conscious mind looking out onto the present reality of your life and realizing that it is not consistent with the imagined goal.
And it is this helpful imbalance that will cause you to recognize opportunities you would otherwise have missed.
The second thing to do is to decide upon some course of action which will enable you to make some progress toward the goal.
Here you can help to develop your Proactive capacity by brainstorming the question, 'what actions can I take to move me closer to my goal?' You can brainstorm with other people or just by yourself.
The important thing is to try to come up with fresh ideas.
Here's an interesting idea for achieving the freshness you are looking for: after you have brainstormed the question for about 30 minutes, you will have emptied your conscious mind of all the rather 'normal' answers to the question.
This is useful because what you are looking for is something fresh and you need to get the more usual stuff out of the way.
The following day, conduct another brainstorming session on exactly the same question.
This session may or may not yield the sort of results you are looking for; if it does not, do it again the next day, and the next.
Just 30 minutes per day for 1 week.
Remember that you are looking for fresh, breakthrough ideas; you don't need many, you need one quality idea that you will choose to pursue, so stick with the brainstorming until you find it.
The third step is action: get on with whatever you have decided is the quality idea you need to pursue.
It may be something that can be done quickly; if so, get it done and go back to brainstorming for another quality idea.
If your breakthrough idea amounts to pursuing some lengthy course of action, then get cracking.
Each day use your imagination to visualize the completed goal and then ensure that you are engaged in taking some action towards its accomplishment.
Fourthly, you must notice the effect(s) of your action.
Is it achieving the result(s) you anticipated or is it not? That's what you need to know.
If you are making good progress, then you may wish to continue with that course of action; if you are not making the progress you need, then - here is a wonderful NLP principle - you simply abandon that course of action and find another, more profitable course of action to pursue.
You don't abandon the goal; you simply change the route you are taking to get there.
So, if necessary, it's back to brainstorming for another quality idea; then back to action.
And you can keep repeating this process until something gives.
NLP tells us that there is 'no failure - only feedback'.
That means, if we find that something doesn't work - fine - that's useful feedback! We can get on with something more profitable.
When Thomas Edison, probably the greatest inventor to have lived, invented the electric light-bulb, what do you suppose happened? Do you think he had a brainwave in the middle of the night, woke up and designed the perfect filament and lo - there was electric light? No - that's not what he did.
He tried thousands and thousands of combinations of gasses and elements until he eventually came up with the approach that worked.
And, by following the approach outlined here, you can effectively do the same.
So keep at it - until you succeed.