As we approach Thanksgiving, this is the perfect time to reflect upon all of the good things that we have experienced and how we can improve our personal situation to make things even better for the coming year. One of the best things that we can do to improve our situation in 2016 is to sit down and write out our goals for the coming year. Napoleon Hill wrote the book "Think and Grow Rich." In the forward of that book, he tells us that there is a secret that is contained within the pages of the book and if we discover the secret and utilize the secret then riches will come to us in great abundance. That simple secret is that we must have written goals.
WHY DO WE NEED WRITTEN GOALS?
Written goals provide us with direction in all areas of our life including:
• Charity or Contribution
Written goals provide us with a purpose in life. It provides us with our joie de vivre or joy of
living. They provide us with a reason to dream and a reason to get up early in the morning and
to go to bed late at night.Written goals will enable us to develop a burning desire and passion in our lives.
Not having written goals is similar to getting in a rowboat to do a trans-Atlantic crossing.
Written goals are like having GPS in that you can now get into a speedboat and know exactly
where you are going.
If you do not know where you are going, any path will take you there so let us get going on
planning our work and working our plan.
HOW DO WE DEVELOP OUR WRITTEN GOALS?
Picasso was once asked how do you paint such beautiful paintings and he remarked: “I dream
my paintings and then I paint my dreams.”
First in developing your written goals, you must dream big dreams. Dream of everything you
have ever wanted in every facet of your life.
Do not limit your dreams and goals. Ask yourself: “What would I attempt to do if I knew I
could not fail?”
WHAT ARE THE SECRETS OF ACHIEVING YOUR WRITTEN GOALS?
You need to set goals that are grand enough to challenge yourself by forcing you to operate
outside of your current comfort zone.
Your written goals need to be clearly defined. The clearer your goal, the easier it is for you to
For example, the following are NOT clearly defined goals:
• I want to lose weight
• I want to be in better shape
• I want to make a lot of money
• I want to become more spiritual
• I want to go on a nice vacation
• I want to improve myself
• I want to get better grades
• I want to become a better communicator
The following ARE however clearly defined goals:
By December 1, 2016, I will:
• Weight (x #) pounds
• Go to the gym five days a week, take one exercise class a week, only eat red meat once a
week and not drink alcohol on the weekdays
• Make the sum of $ ________________
• Go to my chosen place of worship/meditation once a week
• Go on a Nile River cruise visiting Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Giza with a side trip to Petra,
• Get a 3.7 grade point average
• Go to four educational seminars
• Join and attend Toastmasters
Once you know the EXACT outcome of what you want, the easier it will be for you to get to
This exercise is very powerful and helps you develop a roadmap setting forth where you are going and how to get there.. Only 3% of the world’s population have written goals. After this exercise you will be one of the exclusive 3%!
Please don’t put this off as it works like magic!!! On the first sheet write down your specific
goals for the next year. You need to write in the date a year from now in the blank.
After this is done, take the one goal that you most want to accomplish and write it at the top of the second form (fill in the blank with the same date you wrote on the other sheet). Then write down 10 actions, acts or activities that you can take on a daily basis that will bring you closer to that goal. Then spend one hour a day doing something on that list.
You will achieve that goal guaranteed! NOW GET GOING!!!