Steps to Goal Setting Success
Written by Craig Warren
Goal setting is the true secret to success in any area of
life. But although setting a goal may seem simple,
achieving it is usually another question altogether.
Why is that?
Because you will never achieve your goals unless you know
exactly what you want, are passionate about your goal
and have a solid, realistic plan of action. This is what
marks the difference between nebulous dreams and wishes
and truly achievable goals!
Many obstacles and challenges will fly right in your face
when you’re going after a goal. Here are 5 time-tested
methods that will help get the success you deserve.
Know Exactly What Your Goal Is
Your first job is to discover exactly what your goal is.
What will achieving that goal really look like? Be as
specific as possible about exactly what your desired end
result is. Your success will be a measure of your clarity,
since an achievable goal plan cannot be created around a
If your goal is to create a more successful business,
what will that look like? Are you thinking in terms of
simply hiring someone else to give you more free time?
Are you looking for a very specific monthly profit? Or
can your goal be best expressed in terms of a certain
Regardless of what you want, the best way to get it is to
first clarify exactly what you want in as much detail as
possible. This can be hard work. But without a clear
mental picture, you’ll never have the focus required to
achieve your goal.
Be Willing to Pay the Entry Fee
Success takes dedicated planning and effort. In a way
it’s like building a house. In the beginning all you
have is a rough concept. Then you develop a complete set
of plans and you immediately move closer to success.
The same is true of creating a better lifestyle, or a
more successful business.
But there’s always an entry fee to be paid for success.
The entry fee?
Creating more success in your business may mean less
recreational time. Writing your own book may require
less TV. Being closer to your children may require
adjusting your work or social activities.
It’s the full glass deal. If your life (your time) is
already full to the top, there’s no room for something
new. The entry fee is carving out the time to create
that something new.
Focus On Your Goal Every Day
I’m sure you probably want to achieve your goal as fast
as possible. That’s why clear mental focus is so very
Consistent daily focus is absolutely necessary to burn
in the new neural pathways you need to create your new
goal. Without daily focus, the old mental habits that
have kept you from your goal will continue to take over.
This happens automatically, since these old habits replay
24/7 deep in your subconscious mind. The only way to
override subconscious anti-success messages is to
consciously focus on what you DO want and build new
That’s why success is an everyday event.
Re-commit to your goal every day. Don’t let your goal
take a back seat to the daily tasks and distractions that
will try to take over. Life will try to get in your way.
Just get and stay on course every day. Focus on your
goal and on success!
One of the most powerful tools in your success tool box
is having real passion for your goal.
Because intense passionate desire for your goal will help
you burn in those new neural pathways even faster. Many,
many scientific studies have shown that intense emotion
(passion) is a key success tool.
PLUS (and this is really a *big* plus), intense passion
will also help you rapidly override any inappropriate
old “failure messages” stored in your subconscious mind.
Take Consistent Action
In many ways, actually taking action can be the most
difficult step. Successful goal achievement is built by
taking one small action after another.
The word is ACTION!
If you commit to take at least one small action each day,
your actions will add up and make a difference. So avoid
sitting back waiting for that big second when everything
will magically “just happen.”
You CAN create whatever you want in life. The secret is
to determine exactly what you want, then pursue it
passionately. But remember — in the end, only action
counts! You can’t just dream about it! You have to DO
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