I was reading through the comments on this blog and came across a comment by Gloria requesting a post on how to set and achieve goals. After reading her comment, I decided to write this quick post. I hope it helps.

I’m a strong believer in old saying “Dreams keep you going, but your goals keep you on track”.

You see, goals give you a purpose for taking life on. People who live without goals have no purpose and it is obvious even in their body language. They are on permanent idle. Their conversations waste your time.

They call you up on the phone and say something like “Hey, I’m just calling. I wasn’t doing anything, so I thought I’d call you.” I usually feel like saying to such people ‘Well, don’t call ME. I’VE got things to do.’ But I don’t :)

Many people just muddle through life. They don’t read informational material, they don’t even pay attention when they WATCH television. If you ask them what they are watching, they mumble “Nothin’, I’m just lookin’.”

What are your goals for your career? For your relationships? For your spiritual life? Develop a schedule for the next month, the next six months, the next year, five years and ten years. Write it all out on a piece of paper.

The classic book ‘Think & Grow Rich’, by Napoleon Hill, outlines some key characteristics to achieving any goal. They are:

  1. You must have a specific goal.
  2. You must have a specific time frame to achieve your goal.
  3. You must write your goal down.
  4. You must determine a compelling purpose why you must achieve your goal.
  5. You must develop an action plan to reach your goal.
  6. You must think about and look at your goal every day.

For example, if your goal is to make more money, then take some practical steps toward realizing it.

Determine specifically how much money you want to make. Then, double that amount and make THAT your goal. Even if you don’t reach the higher amount, you will probably still find yourself making more than your original goal.

Decide the amount of energy you are willing to expend to reach your goal. How many hours are you willing to work a day? How many jobs are you willing to hold down? What sort of work are you willing to do?

Develop a practical plan of action and get started immediately. Chart out where you want to be in relation to your goal in the next month, three months, six months, one year, five years and ten years. Get started today. Go apply for that second job NOW! Go enroll in that career training program NOW! Ask for a raise NOW!

Make sure that you have all of this written down so that you can review it every morning and every night and envision yourself taking these steps, DOING THEM and SUCCEEDING!

Get a hold of a book, audio or video program that will teach you how to achieve whatever goal you set your mind on.

I’d love to hear about your favorite techniques for setting and achieving your goals so be sure to
share them in the comments section right below this post.

As always, I will personally read your comments and I look forward to hearing from you!

Your partner in success,

Etieno Etuk