has never been a better time in all of
human history to be alive than today.
There are more opportunities for you to
accomplish more things, in more different
fields, engaging in more different activities,
than have ever existed before.
today to make the coming year the very
best year of your life. Resolve today
to draw a line under your past and to
focus very clearly on your future. Resolve
today that you are going to set goals,
make plans, take actions and achieve more
in the coming year than perhaps you have
ever accomplished in any one single year
of the great rules for success is this:
"It doesn't matter where you're coming
from; all that really matters is where
matter what you have done or accomplished
in the past, "that was then and this
very best days, weeks, months and years
of your life lie ahead. The most exciting
accomplishments and the greatest achievements
are still to come. As Shakespeare said,
"The past is merely a prelude."
it happens, everyone has goals. But some
people seem to accomplish their goals
far more systematically and with greater
assurance than others. Why is this? The
answer is simple. People who accomplish
goals at a higher rate than the average
are people who use a systematic, proven
method of goal setting and goal attainment.
the two most important qualities of success
are focus and concentration. Focus means
knowing exactly what it is you want and
concentration means having the discipline
to concentrate single-mindedly on one
thing, the most important thing, until
it is complete.
you have these qualities, and both of
these qualities are learned through practice,
you can accomplish virtually anything.
There are no limits on your future if
you can focus and concentrate every hour
of every single day.
starting point of setting goals for the
coming year is for you to project forward
and think back. Practice what we call
"Back from the Future" thinking.
Project forward to the end of the next
twelve months and ask yourself, "If
everything happens perfectly, what will
it look like?"
one quality of men and women who become
leaders in their own lives and societies,
throughout all of history is the quality
of vision. They have the ability to visualize.
They can see the future well in advance
of it becoming a reality. They can then
see the steps that they will need to take
to get from where they are to where they
want to go.
if your next twelve months were ideal,
in every respect, what would happen or,
what would have happened, at the end of
that twelve month period?
You need to set goals that are multi-dimensional.
You need to set goals for every part of
your life so that you function like a
well-oiled machine, like a balanced wheel
that goes around smoothly in every respect.
You need goals for your health, for your
career, for your finances, for your relationships,
for your personal and professional development,
for your community and for your spiritual
growth. Nothing happens by accident. Everything
happens for a reason. And you are the
"primary creative force" in
your own life. You are the reason. Things
are happening in your life because you
make them happen, not because you sit
around and wait for them to happen.
is the basic seven-step model of goal
setting. You can use this like breathing
in and breathing out on a regular basis
to accelerate your attainment of any goal
you can imagine for yourself.
number one is for you to decide exactly
what you want. This immediately moves
you into a separate category of people
because most people have no idea of what
they really want. Clarity is the most
important single quality of goal-setting
and perhaps the most important single
quality of success. Decide exactly what
you want in each area of your life. Instead
of fuzzy goals like more money, better
health and happiness, be specific about
exactly how much more money you want to
earn in a specific period of time and
combine that with exactly what level of
health and fitness you desire.
people are unconsciously preoccupied with
the fear of failure. It is the greatest
single obstacle to success in adult life.
And the fear of failure can work on you
unconsciously by blocking you from setting
clear specific goals. Why? Well, if you
don't set clear, specific goals, then
you can't fail to achieve them. So your
subconscious mind is actually protecting
you by helping you to avoid failure.
must resist and overcome this tendency
by having the courage to be bold and specific
about exactly what you want. This is step
number two is for you to write it down.
Only three percent of living Americans,
or adults anywhere for that matter, have
written goals. Everyone else that thinks
about a written goal and plans to write
them down, someday. But they never get
around to it. Most people spend more time
making a list of groceries before they
go shopping or planning a vacation than
they do in planning their lives. But again,
this is not for you. Success begins with
a pad of paper, a pen and a few minutes
of your time. One of the most important
keys to success is to "think on paper."
successful people "think on paper."
And here are two important points. If
you cannot write it down clearly and specifically
on a piece of paper, then it means that
you are not really clear about it yourself.
Perhaps you don't even want it. What is
worse, it may be that you are afraid that
you may not attain it. Nonetheless, a
goal that is written down is merely a
fantasy or a wish. A goal that is clearly
written and described on a piece of paper
takes on a power of its own, it is now
something concrete that you can touch
and feel and work with.
second principle of writing goals down
is that something miraculous happens between
the head and the hand. When you actually
write a goal down, it is as if you are
programming it into your subconscious
mind and activating a whole series of
mental powers that will enable you to
accomplish more than you ever dreamed
of. By writing it down you intensify your
desire for the goal and you increase your
belief that the goal is possible. You
begin to expect to achieve the goal and
you start to attract people and circumstances
into your life that are consistent with
the attainment of the goal. Writing your
goal down is one of the most amazing of
all goal-setting skills and it is a key
to your success.
third step is for you to set a deadline.
If it is a large goal, set a series of
sub-deadlines. A deadline acts as a "forcing
system" on your subconscious mind
and begins to move you toward your goal
rapidly while it moves your goal toward
people ask me, "What if I set a goal
and I don't achieve it by the deadline?"
The answer is simple. Set another deadline.
Remember, a deadline is a guess-timate
of when you will achieve it. Sometimes
you will achieve your goal well in advance
of your deadline. Sometimes goals will
take much longer than you expect. But
you must have a target time before you
is like making a reservation at a restaurant.
You may be five minutes early or five
minutes late, but you always have a specific
time for which your dinner is reserved.
The fourth step is for you to make a list
of everything you could possibly think
of that you will have to do to achieve
your goal. The more comprehensive your
list, the more motivated you will become,
the more intense will be your desire and
the more you will believe it possible.
of the things that hold people back is
even if they get to the point of a written
goal; they do not take the time to lay
out a list of all the little things they
will have to do to get there. And with
additional experience, you will add new
items to your list until it finally becomes
fifth step of goal setting is for you
to take your list and organize it into
a plan. A plan is really quite simple.
It is a list organized by priority and
importance. You decide what you will do
first and what you will do later. You
decide what is more important and what
is less important. And most of all, you
decide upon the one thing that is more
important than anything else that you
can do immediately to begin moving more
rapidly towards your goal.
number six is for you to "take action!"
This is the big killer for most people.
They are procrastinators. They have great
ideas combined with great hopes and dreams.
They may even get to the point of writing
down their goals. But when it comes to
taking action, they always have a reason
or excuse to procrastinate to put it off
until a later time. However, as the Bible
says, "Faith without deeds is dead."
is when you launch toward your goal that
you begin to feel the desire and power
that goes along with goal setting. And
once you have launched toward your goal,
it is much easier for you to continue
moving in that direction.
number seven is for you to do something
every day to move you toward your major
goal. Never let a day go by without you
engaging in some action that helps you
move another step in the direction of
what you really, really want in life.
you can't hit a target that you can't
see. And if you don't know where you are
going, any road will get you there. The
simple seven step act of deciding exactly
what you want, writing it down, setting
a deadline, making a list, organizing
the list into a plan, taking action on
the most important item on your list and
then doing something every day towards
your goal will change your life and your
future in ways that you cannot even dream