A Rallying Cry For The New Year: Ready, Set, GOALS! By Steve Fales

Successful people have goals. There is virtually no exception. What’s more, they write their goals, keep them top of mind, and use them as a compass for life. Here is what some truly high achievers said about goals:

  • “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” – Bo Jackson, sports legend
  • “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Anthony Robbins, world-class motivational speaker
  • “Unless you have definite, precise, clearly set goals, you are not going to realize the maximum potential that lies within you.” – Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker
  • “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill, classic self-help speaker and author
  • “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” – Brian Tracy, self-help author and speaker, and consultant to Olympic athletes
  • “Choosing a goal and sticking to it changes everything.” – Scott Reed, Australian rules football star
  • “A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there.” – Walt Disney, founder of the Disney empire
  • “If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you.” – Jim Rohn, rags to riches entrepreneur

Wise people learn from those who have been successful. We can all exercise wisdom and take a lesson from others as we get serious about goals. Taking the time to put yours in place is like writing chapter one of your personal success story. Of course, even more important than setting goals is accomplishing them. There are many great techniques for this. Here are a few:

Break down your goal into small steps. Ask yourself “What is the very next step I could take toward the accomplishment of this goal?”

Share your goal with another person. Allow him or her to check your progress on a regular basis.

Impose a consequence on yourself if your goal is not reached. If your goal is to drink 64 ounces of water a day, tell yourself that you’re not allowed to watch a favorite TV show that night if you don’t drink the water.

Give yourself a reward for meeting your goal. If you want to cut down on calories, it may be a bit too ambitious to think you’re never going to eat sweets again. So reward yourself with one reasonable sized brownie on Sunday night if you forego those big bowls of ice cream throughout the week.

Talk to others who have successfully achieved a similar goal. Learn their secrets and emulate their behavior.

Form a buddy system with someone who is trying to accomplish a similar goal. A little friendly competition can be a great motivator as well.

These are just a few quick pointers that you may find helpful while pursuing goals of your own. Here’s to filling 2015 with challenge, achievement and growth.

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