Monday, April 11, 2005

Goal Setting Done Right

Probably no other topic in the self-improvement field has been more of a hot-button issue than goal setting. As many theories exists for effective goal setting as there are self-help books on the market.

In this article, we’re going to do away with theories and look at facts from my own and the personal experience of others.


I won’t go into much detail here because I’ve already written an article on finding your definite purpose. In a nutshell, write down all your interests and dig down to find out what your really joy. What do you spend your free time doing? What would you do even if you weren’t paid? Ask these probing questions to discover what you really want out of life.

Once you discover what makes your clock tick, write down your goal or goals in a notebook. Write them out on 3x5 index cards as well and place them around your house were you have easy access to them. Write them out on sticky notes and place them on your computer screen. What you want is to bombard your mind with these goals until they become a part of you.

Each and every time you read your goal stop and visualize its attainment, even if it’s only for a few seconds. Use all the senses in your visualization. Make it as real as possible and put feeling into it.


The major mistake where goal setting is concerned is in setting a date for the goals completion. DO NOT SET A DEADLINE FOR YOUR GOAL!! I know that’s what most of the guru’s tell you to do, but following that advice is a big mistake.

Of course there have been people who set deadlines on their goals and achieved them. I’m not saying it can’t happen. It’s just not the best way. Here’s why.

Putting a deadline on an objective creates even more added pressure on the goal setter. If the deadline nears and the goal is not yet reached, frustration builds and doubt enters the picture. If the deadline passes and the goal is not reached, the doubt and frustration can develop into despair, anger and depression.

When that happens, many people don’t even bother setting goals and going after them. They resign themselves to a failure mentality. This is not the way to be. Every goal that I’ve ever accomplished came when I didn’t set a deadline. When I did, I never reached my objective.

Take a look at Michael Jordan. ‘His Airness’ not only didn’t put deadlines on his goals, he never even wrote them down. He kept them in his head and would visualize their attainment constantly. We all know what happened – he became the greatest basketball player of all time and led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles.


The universe is a funny beast. It creates things in its own good time. There is a time for everything under heaven, so no matter how much you try to force it, events will happen when the proper hour is at hand.

You influence the quantum field with your thoughts, but the act of creation has its own time frame. Placing artificial deadlines on the universe will actually cause this creation process to slow down or stop working all together.

When you take the restrictions off and go about your business of visualizing, believing and taking focused action, the universe will bring your goal to you in a smooth and effortless manner. And it will come in its appropriate time.

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