Build your success: Goal-setting


Success is built from goals. All successful people are goal-oriented, they know what they want and everyday are focusing on how to achieve their goals.

Once you know your life purpose, determine your vision and clarify what your true needs and desires are, you have to convert them into specific, measurable goals and objectives.

One of the best ways to get clarity and specificity on your goals is to write them out in detail. When you create your goals, be sure to write them down – some big one that will stretch you and require you to grow to achieve them. You should have at least one goal that make you a little uncomfortable.

Why? The achievement of that one goal would change everything. You need that one breakthrough goal – something that challenges your life, brings you new opportunities, gets you in front of the right people and takes every activity, relationship or group you are involved into a higher level. When you write your goals, you can use some of the following techniques.

Long range vs. Short range

First, divide your goals in two parts. Start with long range – that’s your dreams, your dream for the next 3, 5, 10, 30 years, dreams for the rest of your life. You have got to keep dreaming - where you want to go, what you want to do, what do you want to be, what you want to see. Don’t lose your dreams for yourself, for your future! You've got to have dreams!

Second part is short range – that’s your goals for tomorrow, for this week, for this month, for this year. Those immediate goals are confidence builders, because when you set up something short range, go for it, work hard to accomplish it and start building your strong feelings to go for your dreams.

The next step is to split your goals into 3 categories:

  1. Economic
  2. Things
  3. Personal development

Economic goals have a major role in everybody’s life. Make a list of things that you want – small and major things.

Personal development goals - those are your goals to be stronger, more decisive… All of this is a package on which you need to work – economic, things, personal development for tomorrow, this week, this month, this year, long range. When you check off something major, celebrate – that’s an important point to make, so celebrate your achievements.

A simple formula for goal settings:

  • A – Work on your goals and make a plan for them
  • B – Write your goals down
  • C – Check the size of your goals and the types of your goals (how big they are, what type they are, how they affect you)

Your goals affect you – whatever they are. Your goal affects you, your attitude, your personality, the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you dress, the way you think – all day long we are affected by our goals. Targeting goals, daily work on their accomplishment and their ultimate achievement is the key to happiness. Clear goals allow you to liberate your full potential for personal and professional success. There is no better guarantee for a long, happy, healthy and prosperous life from contingent work on being, having and attaining more and more things you truly want!