Why Do It? Compelling Event? For stretch goals that require a degree of effort, you will need both your conscious mind and your subconscious mind working together to achieve it.
It's not uncommon for the conscious mind to want something and the subconscious mind to be programmed to get something different. When this happens, the goal can be unwittingly sabotaged by old mental conditioning that hasn't been replaced with new thought patterns that can support the goal.
Thoughts energized by emotions in a physically and mentally relaxed state directly influence previous programmed habits being carried out by the subconscious mind.
One way you can do this is by daydreaming. Find a place where you won't be disturbed for 2 - 5 minutes, relax and daydream about achieving your goal. Use full sensory imagery. Repeat this exercise for 30 consecutive days.
Another way is to read your goal statement just before you go to sleep at night and let yourself experience the full sensory imagery plus the emotions of joy that will come when you achieve your goal. Keep the end result of the goal in front of you as often as you can. Review your list of goals first thing in the morning. Keep things (photos) of your goals in places where you can see them.
The "Law of Dominant Thought" says that what you keep on the forefront of your mind constantly and consistently is what you will begin to unconsciously move toward. Action follows thought.
When your mind enthusiastically (emotion) wraps around and idea, it creates the circumstances for it to be realized. You must, however, recognize the opportunity and take action.
"Attitude Inoculation " is a process that enables you to strengthen a belief and turn it into an attitude! How? Take any belief or a behavior and challenge it with the question "why?" When you do this you automatically elicit the defense emotion. The more you defend an idea, belief or behavior, the more entrenched it becomes and the more resistant to change it becomes. This is how you create attitudes.
Challenge yourself with the question "WHY?"
- "Why do I want to achieve this goal?"
- "Why is this goal important to me?"
- "What will I get out of it?"
- "What will happen if I don't achieve it?"
- "Why don't I want that?"
Imagery of the end result plus directly linked emotions (positive or negative) will provide the motivation needed to sustain a prolonged effort.
The "Law of Attraction" states that "like attracts like" so what you continually think about, imagine and experience with emotion creates a vibration frequency that continues to grow with time. That vibration then resonates with similar things vibrating at a similar frequency and the two eventually will come together (often 30 days after consistent emotionally charged clearly imagined outcomes). One will cause the manifestation of the other.
Goal Statements that rhyme: A little known fact rarely brought out when discussing goals is that goal statements that rhyme engage the right hemisphere of the brain more so than those that don't. Chants, songs, music, and rhymes can also elicit emotions. This provides a more whole brain approach, especially when adding full sensory imagery and emotion.