The 4 Steps to Successful Goal-Setting
Successful people have always had clear, focused goals that
guided them to greatness. Thomas Edison was determined to create
the electric light bulb. "Lucky" Lindbergh was determined to
reach Paris, and bet his life on it. Michelle Kwan had a goal to
be the best skater in the world. Oprah Winfrey was an abused
child who determined to make life better.
Successful people always have clear goals. Great musicians,
great athletes, successful salespeople and inspiring leaders
know what they want in life, and they go after it. Great parents
work at it. No one becomes an astronaut by accident!
And yet the great bulk of people continue to drift through life
with no goals at all, or with only vague dreams, hopes and
wishes. No wonder we achieve so much less than we could!
For those who don't know how to set and achieve goals, here is a
powerful set of principles that have worked for thousands of my
clients. They will work for you, too. I call them The 4 Steps to
Successful Goal- Setting:
1. Decide what you want. Decide if you would rather have money
in the bank, or that new car. Choose the life you prefer! You
can't have everything in life; but you can have anything you
choose, if you will focus, pay the price, and pursue it with all
2. Clarify your values. Too often, people choose goals that are
inconsistent with their priorities and daily behaviors. Do you
value health, or comfort? Is financial independence a priority,
or merely a wish? In a clash between your values and your
wishes, your values will win every time. Be certain your goals
are consistent with your most important values.
3. Write them down! Have the courage to put your intentions on
paper, in your own words. Be specific and describe your goals in
detail. When will you achieve them? What will success look like?
Write down the details and read your goals every day, even take
a moment to briefly summarize them every morning. Stay focused.
4. Take ACTION! To run a marathon, you must jog every day.
Building a business requires that you make sales, every day. A
loving marriage or happy kids require your time, your attention
and your love, every day. Your daily actions need not be
profound or heroic, but they must be consistent and persistent.
Success does not "just happen". It is built like a work of art.
First, it is imagined, then the skills, tools and materials are
gathered, and the artist sets about creating a thing of beauty.
It takes time. It requires skill, determination, persistence and
faith. Just as an artist will make preliminary sketches and work
out the details in her mind, so your success requires written
goals, careful choices, clear commitments and daily persistence.
You can do this. Make something magnificent of your life!