The ten goal exercise

The ten goal exercise is the most powerful technique I know to program the subconscious part of your mind to achieve big goals.

This is how it works:

  • Take a blank sheet of paper.
  • Write down your top 10 goals.
  • Starting with ‘I.’
  • In the present tense, as if you already have achieved the goal
  • Positively worded (not: ‘I have quit my job,’ but ‘I have a new job as a…’).
  • Ending with a deadline (for instance ‘per December 2020’).
  • Visualize having achieved each goal and connect to the feelings associated with this vision.
  • Do this every morning and every evening, without referring to your previous goal list.

Once you start writing down your goals, you may notice the following:

  • In the first few weeks your goals and wording will change every time you do this exercise. After approximately 30 days you will notice, however, that you are writing down the same goals with the same words over and over. You now have identified the top goals that you feel most passionate about.
  • After about 30 days, you will also notice that you miraculously start to make progress on your goals. The reason is that your subconscious mind is being programmed to become aware of people, ideas, and circumstances which can help you to achieve your goals. This inspires you to take action almost without effort.
  • If, after a while, you don’t make any progress on some of the goals on your ten goal list, it’s likely that:
    • These goals are not realistic and achievable and are rejected by your subconscious mind out of hand.
    • These goals are not your own goals, but are actually goals of someone else.

The ten goal exercise is an investment of less than ten minutes a day, yet it has the power to completely change your life.

Photo Credit: iStockPhoto/TimArbaev


mike girdwood
January 13, 2019 at 4:00 pm

I am going to program this up into a small app on my pc. Very good way to train the subconscious mind. I like it.

Chris Byers
November 19, 2020 at 10:28 pm

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Nicola Rubino
March 27, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Great tips, I have started today this journey. Thanks for sharing!

El Jose
May 14, 2022 at 10:00 pm

¡Me gusta esto! ¡Gracias por compartir!

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