Not many people are really clear about what they want to achieve. In many cases people have a vague idea of ​​what they want, but it lacks the clarity needed to effectively program it into the subconscious mind with self hypnosis. You need to get crystal clear about what you want before using self hypnosis to help you achieve it.

Look at it this way. Even if you place the most sophisticated building materials and equipment on a vacant lot, it does not do any good until you get an accurate picture of the home that you want to create. Without a detailed blueprint of the house that you want to build, all of those resources that you have will lay dormant and be totally useless.

So how do you do this?

The first step is that you want to make sure that your goal is something that you really want to achieve. Sometimes we fool ourselves into thinking that we want to do something, when deep down, we do not. This is usually because we are trying to do something to make someone else happy. For example, if your goal is to quit smoking, you need to make sure that you're doing it for yourself – not just to get someone off your back about quitting.

Next, it's time to tap into the essence of your goal. Imagine that you've already realized what you want for a moment and think about what reaching this goal will do for you. What are the advantages of achieving this goal? Will accomplishing this goal have benefits that affect other areas of your life? How will reaching this goal feel? Why is this goal important to you?

Once you know what you want, it's time to define your goal.

You've probably heard about the SMART goal setting strategy, if not, here's a quick overview. There are a number of slightly different variations to the SMART acronym, but they all seem to work well as a guide to setting your goals. The point is to move your goal from a wishy-washy ideal that's floating around into your head to something that's concrete and actionable.

Specific – have a clear picture of what you want achieve. Get down to the details.

Measurable – you must be able to tell when you've succeeded or how far you have come along in achieving your goal

Attainable – make sure your goals are actually possible for you to achieve

Reasonable – give yourself the time you will need to achieve your goal

Timely – give yourself a schedule or timeline to follow so you will be able to focus