Maybe there is something to this goal setting thing?

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nspired by Brian Tracy's book GOALS I decided to spend 30 days writing down my goals. First I sat down and wrote out where I would like to be in 90 days. I tried to do my yearly goals but honestly I found it too much to process but knew that I could figure out where I wanted to be in 90 days much easier.

Then I took my 90 day goals and reduced them even more down to 30 days.

On Jan 1st I wrote the following goals:

By Jan 31st I will ...

Financial
- have $x in my savings account
- have made $x from my business

Health
- be 180 pounds
- walk on the treadmill 30 minutes a day 4-5 times a week
- attend San Shou class 3-4 times a week

Relationship
- take my wife on a date once a week
- attend church twice a month

Business
- have completed my insurance recert training
- mailed out two sets of postcards to customers
- faxes out once to my customers
- finished hypnosis product
- finished offline product
- double my email list

Personal
- try 1 new dish a week
- try 1 new cigar a week
- try 1 new wine a week
- learn speed reading


The plan was to write my goals out everyday. Then it happened - I got sick for an entire week and then the next week my dogs were lost and I spent every waking moment looking and eventually finding them.

So I wasn't able to write my goals daily, in fact, I only wrote them out 7 times in 31 days.

The result.

I only accomplished the following:

Financial
- have $x in my savings account (accomplished)
- have made $x from my business (accomplished)- actually I doubled the amount I set as my goal

Health
- be 180 pounds (accomplished) 180 on the dot
- walk on the treadmill 30 minutes a day 4-5 times a week (2-3 times a week)
- attend San Shou class 3-4 times a week (nope - 2-3 times)

Relationship
- take my wife on a date once a week
- attend church twice a month (accomplished)

Business
- have completed my insurance recert training (accomplished)
- mailed out two sets of postcards to customers (accomplished)
- faxes out once to my customers
- finished hypnosis product
- finished offline product (accomplished) I didn't do the one I wanted to - instead I accomplished 3
- double my email list (accomplished)

Personal
- try 1 new dish a week
- try 1 new cigar a week
- try 1 new wine a week
- learn speed reading (accomplished)

Because I was sick I didn't get more accomplished.

So what did this month teach me - that we expect to much in a single month, but to little in a longer time frame.

Also that writing your goals down works - without a doubt - imagine what I could of done had I actually written them out daily like I planned.

So this next month I am pairing down my goals to keep me focused and once you are focused on what you want you see the opportunities out there for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
    If you finish the hypnosis product, then you should be able to hypnotize yourself to remember all your other goals. I wonder if your wife would consider that a fun date night? :p

    Seriously, thanks for the great example. Even when you lost a week to illness and dog-chasing, you got back on track because of the written goals. Have you written your February goals?

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  • Profile picture of the author lowjo
    Nice! My wife would have wanted the weekly date sorted FIRST.

    Hard to achieve something if you don't know what that 'something' is and when you plan to get it.

    Great example.

    I've got my short, medium and long term goals written on the back of some old business cards in my wallet, up on the wall in my office, in the car and pretty much everywhere. Helps keep me focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajput441
    I set up my goals on weekly basis not for whole month.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    I'm glad it's working out for you.

    I find that when I take time out to write down goals and figure out my own chaotic life, I feel a lot more organized and that (!) things actually get accomplished. When I skimp on it, well...

    Writing things down is wonderful, just be sure to keep it up!
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  • Profile picture of the author brp002
    Nice man great job accomplishing most of your goals just put more time into the lady never take her for granted! Specially next weekend!

    I need to write down my goals too. I guess I write them down and expect to much and thats why I miss them. I really need to start to take things seriously and I can really achieve some stuff!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mr. Enthusiastic
      Originally Posted by brp002 View Post

      I need to write down my goals too. I guess I write them down and expect to much and thats why I miss them.
      Not just that, but also prioritize them, then figure how much you can realistically accomplish. It doesn't matter if all you can get done in a day or a week is 3 or 4 things. It does matter if those were the most important 3 or 4 things for your life right then. After you write down your goals, do an A-B-C ranking of what to focus on one week at a time.
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  • Profile picture of the author brp002
    That is so true. Thanks man!
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  • Profile picture of the author FrankRose
    I'm glad writing the goals worked for you.

    I've done that from time to time but I didn't turn it into a habit.

    I can honestly say that it does work. Writing your goals is something you have to be consistent with, you know.
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  • Profile picture of the author jazbo
    The amount of people online trying to make money without goals and objectives to reach them is truly staggering TBH. I recently wrote an ebook on the subject of goals and motivation, which although gold dust, I suspect will sit on the virtual bookshelf of 99% of its purchasers.

    "Goals, yawn, will do all that mental mumbo jumbo tomorrow." Six months later they give up because they got evicted or their wife/husband left them.

    This is a wonderful quote that sums it up:

    "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there".
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLima
    Goal are great. Make up 3 types of goals.

    1.Short term.

    2. Intermediate

    3. Long term.

    Remember to make sure your goal are realistic. Once you have the goals, look them over once or twice daily.
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  • Profile picture of the author rdmwin1
    Whoa! That's a lot of goals for one person. I think I am doing good when I can set and reach 1 goal. My goal is to write at least 1 article per day and submit it to 9 article directories. So far so good and the traffic I'm getting from article marketing is fantastic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mili_D
    Setting out goals are really interesting and I do this because not as this just help me to be more organised but I get a lot of clarity in what I want and do. When coming to setting out my goals I writing it in four stages for example where would I am in 3month time, 6month, 1 year and 3years. It is also good to be realistic about what you want in order to change them. A key factor of visualization helps your goals to be accomplished faster.
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