How to achieve your goals

What you will get from this article:

  • Understand the best way to achieve your goals
  • Discover the 3 principles of instant transformation
  • Learn how to shift your mindset to better meet your objectives
  • Explore simple ways to solve problems that will open you up for more success



People who have reached some level of success know that the secret behind achieving goals is not in what you do to achieve them, but what you do when you fail – you keep trying. And if that doesn’t work, well, you try yet another thing. And on it goes. You keep pushing until eventually you break through. Bingo: achievement unlocked!

But what about those areas of life where you’ve pushed and pushed, tried and tried, but you can’t seem to overcome your problem? How do you achieve goals then? Here we’ll cover the three principles of instant transformation, a strategy for tackling those persistent problems in your life. Once you understand how these three pillars function, then you’re on the path to moving past your current state of suffering and on your way toward accomplishing goals.

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1. What you resist, persists.


What you resist persists. This notion might sound counterintuitive, but psychologists from from Carl Jung onwards have shown it to be true. When you resist something, it suddenly becomes more attractive to you. Suddenly your whole nervous system wants it ten times more because anything forbidden and taboo is definitely more exciting than something attainable.

There’s a simple example of this phenomenon in action: You ask someone else to not think about elephants. Then you ask them what they’re thinking about. That’s right, elephants!

Continue to resist something long enough and eventually you’ll want it so bad that it becomes an obsession.

2. Fighting with reality guarantees pain

In most areas of life, if you push long enough, change your approach enough times or try the right combination of strategies, you’ll achieve the result you want. That’s the secret to achieving goals 101. But if you continue to push and there’s no change happening, it’s time to take a step back for some honest assessment. Shift your focus from how to achieve goals to what’s really happening. What’s holding you back? Is the problem you’re having internal or external? If you try to fight with reality by making it something different, all you’ll get is pain. And that is not the result you are after.

What’s even harder with past situations you’re trying to resist is that you end up fighting with not only the present, but the past as well. Talk about a fight you can’t win!

Maybe you’ve seen this phenomenon in the parenting world. Many parents get hung up on their children achieving particular goals and having a particular future, perhaps as a doctor or lawyer. Or maybe their expectations are mired more in their perception of what the child’s interests and talents are – take art, or literature, for instance – so their projections are closer to reality, like an architect or professor. But they are still only perceptions that the parent is creating and placing on that child. The only way of knowing what that child’s future mission or career will be is what unfolds in reality, the true circumstances and conditions. And if the parents fight that reality, it will only cause them (and their kids) pain and frustration.


3. Problems need energy to live


The last principle comes naturally derived from the first two. If you’re pushing hard against something, it pushes back. You get upset and then try to push harder, but nothing’s moving. But here’s the thing: If you just let it be, it’ll fix itself.

That’s right — if you allow anything to be exactly as it is without trying to fix it, it will eventually complete itself. How’s that for achieving goals? Instead of focusing your energy on this problem that’s causing you stress and unhappiness, you could be using it to power aspects of your life you actually enjoy.

Sometimes the best way to solve something is to just let it go. If you let it go, you’ll also let go of your suffering.

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