Two Ways To Install A Goal On Your Timeline: Practical NLP Podcast 74

nlp goal installationThis week’s podcast shows you two ways to install goals into your future, plus (if you’re using this for coaching or facilitating other individuals or groups) when you would use each method.


  • How to discover your unconscious mind’s typical way of thinking about time
  • How to make the image of your goal as compelling as possible
  • The difference between goal setting and daydreaming
  • How to ‘float’ a goal into your timeline
  • How to ‘walk’ a goal into your timeline

… and much more!

How to listen to Practical NLP Podcast Episode 74: Two Ways To Install A Goal On Your Timeline

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Duration: 08m 04s

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  1. Theo Voilquin

    Life changing podcast!
    Clarification question: “The image of your goal”. Is that like a picture of what your life looks like after you have achieve your goal? or is it more like the shot of ‘you crossing the finish line’?

    1. Andy Smith

      Hi Theo,

      Great question! It’s more the ‘crossing the finish line’, since this is the ‘event’ containing the evidence that will tell you that you have achieved the goal, and probably will have more emotion and hence more motivation attached to it. Although you will have also imagined the consequences of achieving it when you were checking out the ecology aspects of the goal.

  2. klas

    Interesting, but how do you adapt this if you’re unable to visualize?

    1. Andy Smith

      Hi Klas,
      Firstly anyone can visualise (except maybe those blind from birth) though there may be big differences in how aware they are of mental pictures, how stable the images are, how bright they are and so on. But once they’ve installed a belief that they can’t, using the word ‘visualise’ tends to instantly trigger a ‘but I can’t’ response, so I generally wouldn’t use that word when talking to a client.

      I’m not much of a ‘visualiser’ myself – but for this exercise all I need to do is have a sense of which directions the past and future are in relative to my perceptual space, and how far along the future timeline the goal is. I don’t get a clear, stable visual image of the timeline when I’ve done this exercise – more like fleeting glimpses or like flying above featureless clouds.

      Generally, it may be easier for people who don’t habitually think in a ‘visual’ way to use the ‘walking a goal into your timeline’ instead, as this relies more on feelings and physical movement.

  3. Klas

    No some people cant visualize at all (Aphantasia), Finding some other way to relate to the timeline sounds reasonable. Personally I have a strong inner sense of direction and distance so that should be fairly straight forward to map to a timeline. Thanks

    1. Andy Smith

      Interesting about aphantasia, I hadn’t come across that one.

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