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July, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 07

Setting the Goal Standard

By Cary Bayer

"Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible." -- Anthony Robbins

If you're a licensed massage therapist who worries about how you're going to make your rent or mortgage, you might think that establishing goals for your business is a luxury you can't afford. When survival seems like it's at stake, games like these might appear trivial. But I disagree strongly.

Unless you set specific goals to stretch the way you do your marketing program, expand your client base, and grow your income in a profound way, you run the risk of being a casualty in this recessionary economy that's shutting down one business after another.

Goal setting can help your business not just survive, but actually thrive. Tracking goals on a weekly basis makes use of the Law of Attraction, which states that energy goes where attention flows. This law isn't any kind of luxurious way of thinking, it's literally a law of Nature, a manner in which the Universe operates. Physicists have come to understand the role that observation plays in the phenomenon that they observe: "You cannot separate the observer from the observed," said David Bohm, the quantum physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project (the atomic bomb).

In the case of goal setting for us, the observer is the LMT, and the observed is her business itself. The process of observation can have a definite impact on both observer and observed.

goal board - Copyright – Stock Photo / Register Mark The first step to take advantage of the Law of Attraction for your business is to create a variety of weekly goals for different aspects of your work. These might include: total number of massages given; gross income; total number of new clients gained; total number of new prospective clients; referrals from medical doctors; new doctors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from chiropractors; new chiropractors receptive to referring patients to you; referrals from physical therapists; new physical therapists receptive to referring patients to you; number of pre-paid packages sold; number of gift certificates sold; hours spent on marketing; and so on.

For those LMTs who have therapists working for you, it would be wise to include such categories as: number of treatments given by each therapist; amount of passive income you received, and so forth. (Naturally, this same goal tracking method can work in enriching any area of your personal life, as well. You could set goals for your marriage; the quality and quantity of friendships; your exercise program; weight loss program--virtually any aspect of your life that you'd like to improve.)

Here are the logistics of this goal tracking method: Write your goals going vertically down the page on the left margin. At the top of your paper, going across horizontally, write the following headings: Goal, Actual, and Percentage. Before your workweek begins and you get busy, fill in your goals for the week. Tally your results as they develop throughout the week, so that when you get a new doctor interested in recommending you to the people he treats, for example, mark it down in the actual column for the "New MDs receptive to refer clients to you" category. Then, the following Sunday night (or Monday morning), compute your results. If your goal was to gain two new clients and you gained one, then your percentage was 50 percent. Do this for each category, and do this each week.

There's great power in this process for, as auto legend Lee Iacocca put it, "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." Iacocca, who designed the ultra cool Mustang for Ford Motor Co. in the 60s, and who became a cultural icon a couple of decades later when he ran Chrysler Corp., knew a thing or two about making things happen. Goals that aren't written down are more like wishes, and wishes are fine for blowing out the candles on your birthday cakes, but they're not of much use to you beyond that.

John Dewey, one of the nation's greatest educators and a founder of the philosophical school of pragmatism, said it beautifully, "Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live." Make sure that you keep stretching your goals, especially if you are reaching them. As Michael Korda, the novelist and former editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster, wrote, "One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." Of course, if you're not reaching the goals that you set, it's wise to examine what you're doing and see what you can do about intensifying your efforts or doing things differently.

Consciousness is a powerful tool, and that's why your mind needs to be used properly. Don't burden it and bog it down as a storage site for little things like appointments. Let it be the powerful force it was intended to be. As physicist Fritjof Capra wrote, "In modern physics, the universe is thus experienced as a dynamic, inseparable whole which always includes the observer in an essential way." How much more could physics say about the power of consciousness?

It's time that massage therapists, who work on the physical body, let themselves benefit from those who've parted the curtain to uncover the secrets of the physical universe.

In other words, simply intending certain results and looking at these intentions daily helps bring them into manifestation. That's why it's wise to display your weekly goal sheet in a place where you can see them every day--remember the power of attention. "It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to the consciousness," said the Nobel Prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner. The same can be said for the laws of quantum massage business growth.

Click here for previous articles by Cary Bayer.


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