Your Brain on Goals

Updated: Apr 7

You already have the best asset for success. The biggest influence on whether you'll achieve your goals lies with your brain. You can use scientists' understanding of how the brain works to set your goals and achieve them.

Science tells us that serotonin and dopamine are neurotransmitters that the brain produces when we succeed in achieving our goals. There is evidence that reward-setting behavior increases levels of these neurotransmitters. Achieving a goal will release those feel-good chemicals in your brain. So the more you do it, the better you will feel.

Similar results are achieved by setting up a positive mindset feedback loop. The following five techniques will program your brain with positive statements and thoughts, which will result in a positive and focused mindset.

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1. Positive thinking is key!

Load your brain with positive thoughts, words, and actions to keep it focused on achievement. Acknowledge all your accomplishments, regardless of how small they are. By creating a positive feedback loop, you can boost your self-confidence, increase your serotonin levels, and motivate yourself to succeed even more.

2. Visualize accomplishment

Use your brain’s innate capacity to create and visualize alternative scenarios. Imagine what it feels like to achieve your goals – see yourself winning, being congratulated, feeling proud that you did it. You’re giving your mind a blueprint of what you want.

3. Set small step goals

Aim high, but don't forget to include smaller, intermediate steps to keep your brain motivated and focused. As with any project, break it down as much as you need to so that it feels manageable. You will have the energy to finish what you're trying to accomplish if you can see the logic behind what you're doing. When you keep checking off tasks and achievements, you will know that you are making progress.

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4. Boost your brain's positive chemicals

Serotonin and dopamine are the brain's pleasure chemicals, and they get a major boost from achievement. When you accomplish a goal, your brain gets flooded with feel-good chemicals and energy.

5. Stay on message

You will have a harder time succeeding if you believe the negative voice telling you, "There's no way you can win that marathon, write that novel, or get that promotion." Send a clear message to your subconscious about your goal, and stay on track. If you have conflicting messages, all your effort will be lost. Keep the programming clear to keep your brain focused.

The brain is an incredibly powerful organ. It's one of the most powerful tools you have for achieving your goals. When you understand the complex interactions between chemicals and mindset, you can rewire your brain to become your success powerhouse.

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