THE GOALS ARE TOO VAGUE, IMPOSSIBLE, OR WORSE
Goals are best defined in a way that is specific and concrete. You can ask yourself questions like, “What will I see that lets me know I have reached my outcome?” Let’s suppose your goal is financial independence. You will be able to see X dollars in investments, a monthly income from those investments or your business of X dollars, a house with the loan paid off, etc.
More questions to ask yourself include: How will you act differently? How will your daily activities reflect your financial independence?
The more precisely you define your outcome, the easier it will be for your unconscious mind to understand it and give you exactly what you want. For example, “I practice self hypnosis ten minutes every day” is much better than “I do something to achieve my goal on a regular basis”. “something to achieve my goal” is vague, while doing self hypnosis for a ten minutes daily is easily observable and measurable.
In my hypnosis practice in Atlanta, I have had clients ask for such poorly thought out goals as “Make me stop eating!” Their intention is to lose weight, of course. However, given that the unconscious mind takes suggestions literally, the flaw in their request is obvious. So, I asked them the obvious question, “If I were to do that, won’t you die?” And, the clients always responded, “I didn’t mean that”.
That goal was both impossible and certainly would have been unfortunate for them if they had gotten it.
Hint: Remember that the goal is not the method, and be careful to ask for exactly what you want and how you want it. You might get that goal exactly the way that you asked for it.