Published by Stella Kisakye,
“The Systems Builder”
Goal setting is a process that helps you get clear on what you want, make an action plan to
help you get there, launch into action, and persist until you reach your destination or find a
This process can significantly increase your probability of success and achieving what you want.
Research studies show a direct link between goal setting and enhanced performance in sports
Earl Nightingale put it this way, “People with goals succeed because they know where they are
going. It’s as simple as that.”
Why Personal Goal Setting Works
Texas Oil billionaire H.L Hunt once said that there are only two ingredients necessary for
success. The first is that you have to decide exactly what it is that you want. This is where he
believed many stumble. They never decide what it is that they really want.
They may think they want something from time to time, usually something generic and vague
like “being rich” or “a better job,” but it’s just a fleeting thought; they never truly get clear on
what these things really mean.
Hunt said that once you have decided what it is that you want, the second ingredient is to
determine the price you have to pay to get what you want, and then resolve to pay that price
by establishing your priorities and getting to work.
Many who get past the first ingredient never apply the second one. They don’t understand that
you have to pay the price in full before you can claim your prize.
You can think of goal setting as a process that helps you to decide exactly what it is you want,
and then to systematically pay the price inorder to get it. It’s a process that helps you focus
your time and energy on your targets through careful and deliberate planning
What is a Goal?
A goal is a well-defined target that gives you clarity, direction, motivation, and focus. Goals are
tools that help you in five ways:
• Make a positive change in your life
• Form a new habit or change existing habit
• Improve or develop a skill, talent, or ability
• Realize a dream or other important outcome
• Improve your performance on a task or activity
The Top 10 Best Ideas for setting Goals
It’s been said that achieving goals is not a problem.It’s SETTING goals that is the problem.
People just don’t do it. They leave their lives to chance…and actually end up broke by the time
they reach retirement.
I thought that since this is such an important ingredient for developing a successful business,
this was a good time to share with you some of the greatest thoughts about goal setting that
I’ve discovered over years.
So, here you go… The Top 10 Best Ideas for Setting Goals:
1. Make A List of Your Values
What’s really important to you? Your family? Your leisure time? Your hobbies? Decide on what
your important values in life are and then make sure that your goals you set are designed to
include and enhance them
2. Begin With The End In Mind
Tom Watson, the founder of IBM was once asked what he attributed the phenomenal success
of IBM to and he said it was three things:
The first thing was that he created a very clear image in his mind of what he wanted his
company to look when it was done. He then asked himself how a company like that would have
to act on a day-to-day basis would. And then in the very beginning of building his company, he
began to act that way.
Project Yourself Into the future
The late, great Earl Nightingale created a whole new industry (self improvement) after a 20-
year study on what made people successful. The bottom-line result of his research was simply,
“We become What We Think About.”
Whatever thoughts dominate our minds most of the time are what we become. That’s why goal
setting is so critical in achieving success because it keeps us focused on what’s really important
to us. He then said that the easiest way to reach our goals is to pretend that we have ALREADY
achieved our goals. That is, begin to walk, talk and act as though we are already experiencing
the success we seek. Then, those things will come to us naturally through the power of the
4. Write Down The 10 Things You Want This Year
By making a list of the things that are important to you, you begin to create images in your
mind. It’s been said that your mind will actually create chaos if necessary to make images
become reality. Because of this, the list of ten things will probably result in you achieving at
least eight of them within the year.
5. Create Your Storyboard
Get a piece of poster board and attach it to a wall in your office or home where you will see it
often. As you go through magazines, brochures, etc and you see pictures of the things you
want, cut them out and glue them to your storyboard.
In other words, make yourself a collage of the goals that excite you…knowing full well that as
you look at them every day, they will soon be yours.
6. The Three Most Important Things
Decide on three things that you want to achieve before you die. Then work backwards listing
three things you want in the next 20 years, ten years, five years, this year, this month, this
week and finally, the three most important things you want to accomplish today.
7. Ask Yourself Good Questions.
As you think about your goals, instead of WISHING for them to come true, ask yourself HOW
and WHAT YOU CAN DO to make them come true. The subconscious mind will respond to your
questions far greater than just making statements or making wishes.
8. Focus On One Project At A Time
One of the greatest mistakes people make in setting goals is trying to work on too many things
at one time. There is tremendous power in giving laser beam focused attention to just one idea,
one project or one objective at a time.
9. Write Out An “Ideal Scenario”
Pretend that you are a newspaper reporter that has just finished an interview about the
outstanding success that you have achieved and the article is now in the newspaper. How
would you read it? What would be the headline? Write the article yourself, projecting yourself
into the future as though it had already happened. Despite the activities of your daily routine
now that you are successful. Don’t forget the headline. (Example: “Stella Kisakye Wins Top Sales
and Marketing Award Of The Decade.”)
10. Pray & Meditate
As you get into bed each evening, think about your goal before you drop off to sleep. Get very
clear colorful images in your mind of seeing yourself doing things you will be doing after you
have reached your major goal. (Remember to include your values.) And then begin to ask and
demand for these things through mediation and prayer.
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