In order to accomplish your goals, they depend on your actions, and then your actions depend on your beliefs. In this case, you want to make sure your beliefs will help you accomplish your goals. If you have beliefs that do not support your goals, then how are you going to take the right actions?
For example, if you want to improve your math skill, then some of your beliefs should be to practice solving math problems or get a math tutor. However, if your belief is to read a science book to improve your math skill, then how can you ever improve? In this case, do your beliefs match your goals?
To help you determine if your beliefs match your goals or not, try taking the following action steps:
1. Discover what your goal is
Sometimes what you want to accomplish has more than one goal. For example, if your goal is weight loss to become a healthier person, then you have two goals, weight loss and becoming a healthier person. So you have to decide which one you do want to accomplish. You want to make sure you only focus on one goal at a time. Weight loss and becoming a healthier person are two different goals. You can lose weight and not become a healthier person.
2. Write down your beliefs that match your goal
For example, if your goal is to become a healthier person, then what are your beliefs in becoming a healthier person? Some ways to become a healthier person would be to develop a healthy diet, exercise, and reduce stress. However, if you apply unhealthy behaviors such as skipping meals or consuming unhealthy foods, then you are not becoming a healthier person. Those behaviors are just the opposite of what a healthy person is.
Whenever you have a positive goal, but apply negative behaviors, then you are contradicting yourself, which will prevent you to accomplish your goal. You cannot get a positive result through negative behaviors.
Another example is when your goal is to become a better parent. Most people believe that hitting or yelling to punish their children is appropriate to help their children learn. However, people know that hitting and yelling are not positive things, no matter what the situation is. Even though your children might listen to you when you hit or yell at them, you are not becoming a better parent. The only time when you become a better parent is when you apply positive skills, not negative.
Before you take action to fulfill your goal, make sure your beliefs match your goal. If it is a positive goal, make sure your beliefs are positive. When both of your goal and beliefs match, you will become successful. To help you develop positive beliefs, I recommend you to read the article “Follow your belief system.” This article will show you a simple method to help develop positive beliefs.