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Setting and Achieving Goals is a Key to Success

October 19, 2008

 

Smaller goals can help you reach your dreams

Smaller goals can help you reach your dreams

Goal setting is contentious as it seems to depend on the personality type and people have different opinions as to what is useful.

I am a chronic goal setter. I love writing goals, I love ticking them off the list. I have huge big lifetime goals (to be a self-help author), and I have little daily ones (my to do list).

I have perennial goals (maintaining my weight and fitness) , and ones that I have achieved and never need to revisit ( see the pyramids and tombs Egypt).

Some people achieve amazing things in their lives with no apparent goal setting process. But I am not one of these people, and most success books and programs will use goal setting in their approach. So here are some of my thoughts on goal setting and achieving.

  • Goals give a target to aim for and a specific date to achieve them by. They focus the mind and allow your ‘mental filters’ to adapt to new possible realities. 
     
  • Dreaming about possibilities is important as it gives you somewhere to aim for ultimately, but goal setting is a more practical activity that actually maps the path to achievement. You can have a huge dream, but lots of little goals to achieve on the way to that dream. The picture above graphically illustrates this.
     
  • Write your Main Goal and your smaller goals in simple language that are easy to understand and remember. Word it in a positive way e.g. “I will be….” Or “I will have …” . Writing goals down is important as it helps you make it concrete and real. It is also there to be reread in the future when you will realise how much you achieved.  

  • Your goal must be measurable so you know when you have achieved it. It can’t be a matter of opinion as to whether you have achieved it.   

  • You should have a time limit by which you will achieve the goal. I set my time limits and strive to achieve by then, but I do not beat myself up if I don’t reach it by then. 
     
  • Speak your Main Goal and the specific goal you are working on right now either out loud or in your head every day. Speak with confidence. This confidence is important even if you don’t feel it at first, because the more you get used to the words and the ideas, the more you will feel that it will happen. 
  • Be thankful for the achievement of your goal before you have even achieved it. Know that you will achieve it. Be grateful for the opportunities it will give you and feel the excitement of having achieved it already. This may sound strange but it helps you to grow a confidence you might not have otherwise.  

 

“Set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.”

Jim Rohn

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No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs: Dan Kennedy

October 13, 2008

I like Dan Kennedy. He manages to say what he thinks, offend people and they still pay him tons of cash because he knows his stuff. He really is no B.S. Saying that, I have heard audios of him speak and they have been incredibly boring. Perhaps it is the age gap…but I do love his books! 

Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs

Here are my key points from his latest book “No B.S. Wealth Attraction for Entrepreneurs: The Ultimate, No Holds Barred, Kick Butt, Take No Prisoners, Guide to Really Getting Rich”. I thought I had read enough wealth books, but no, there is always more to learn! If I can still take notes, then there is definitely new material to learn from.

  • If you believe on any level that wealth is limited, you will be held back. If you can make these beliefs go away, you will turn your attraction to wealth on full power. [Personal note: This may be difficult in the present financial situation, but be hopeful and view it as a restructuring of wealth; not a loss]
     
  • “Entrepreneurial success and wealth creation require a willingness to risk and experience failure and the emotional resiliency to recover from it quickly, decisively, passionately, and persistently”
     
  • Hardly anyone gets to success in a straight line. Keep heading in the general direction and adjust along the way.  
     
  • Break free of the money-work link. Money does not have to be earned hard – but can be earned smart. Do more in less time. 
     
  • Wealth will not find you sitting in front of the TV. Get out there. Be seen. Make opportunities. Take action. 
     
  • Any decision is better than no decision. It is easier to change direction once you are moving. Zigzagging is a good way to get to a goal. 
     
  • Keep the income flow. Do something to “prime the pump” every day, and then you won’t be left with a dry period of less income. 
     
  • Expose yourself to all kinds of other markets and stimuli. Be open to using ideas from other industries. Read. Associate with like-minded people and successful entrepreneurs. 
     
  • Wealth is attracted to clarity. Clarity of the income level you expect. Clarity of how much your net worth will increase. Clarity in what you want. Clarity on the reasons why you want what you do. Clarity on what you don’t want. 
     
  • You need a clear, vivid mental picture of what your business life should look like. You should also have detailed, constantly updated plans. Clarity allows your conscious and unconscious to work in tandem. 
  • Be cautious of need. Money likes independence. Don’t expand your “need” e.g. don’t expand your overheads. 
     
  • Wealth and value and real integrity are all linked together. Anyone trying to get more wealth without providing more value is dishonest and unethical and immoral, and is attempting to defy the fundamental laws of life”
     
  • Your behaviour must be congruent with your goals. Don’t bullshit yourself! 
     
  • Mark Victor Hansen “The more aligned you are with the things you want, the more powerfully you attract them.” The things you congruently want have no choice but to be attracted to you. 
     
  • Act like a rich person. Save 10%. Give 10% away. Wealthy people do both those things.
     
  • Money moves on courage. You need to courage to act early, to not listen to others, to screw up, to pursue crazy goals, to ask, to ignore criticism. 
     
  • Don’t over-emphasise making money. Pay attention to investing, preserving and multiplying money. Income varies but growth happens when income turns into equity. Income is spent. Equity is invested. [Related post here: Its not how much you earn, it’s how much you keep]
     
  • Jim Rohn “Miss a meal if you have to, but don’t miss a book”. Invest in your education. 

This book is packed with great examples – and what I need to learn is not what you need to learn! So this book is recommended! You can buy it from Amazon here.

The Secret and The Law of Attraction: Basic Principles

October 3, 2008

“The Secret” has had phenomenal success globally and began the renewal of interest in the Law of Attraction. Perhaps you read the book, or watched the DVD, but it has been a while since it came out, so this is a recap and my personal experience of it.

Reading “The Secret” was a turning point for me. I knew some fundamentals of wealth building but I didn’t seem to be able to apply them. I was stressed at work, our flat was ant-infested and I had headaches every day. I read the book, and then watched the DVD several times …here are some of the things I learnt.

  •          You attract into your own life everything that happens. We are all energy vibrating at a certain frequency. The energy levels we give out are what we receive in return. This was an epiphany for me as I was focussing on being stressed and miserable, which I continued to attract. I was stuck in that miserable job rut.

 

  •          If you want to change your results, change your energy. When I realised the power of my focus was keeping me in that stressed state, I changed my energy. I started focussing on what I wanted for work, and the positives in my life. I tried to keep my energy positive, playing upbeat music if things were bad, and changing my feelings deliberately instead of being miserable. Within a few months, I was out of that job and in a new one with less hours, more money and no stress. That gave me the time to work on other projects.
  •          Thoughts become things. Focus and act on them and they will happen. This principle has to be augmented by the law of gestation – everything takes time to grow, and will not just miraculously appear in front of you right now. It has to be focussed thought over time, as well as energy applied.
  •          To attract wealth, you need to feel wealthy now.  Start changing your self-talk to positive views on money. Start educating yourself so money is not a dirty word, or a subject that confuses you. Focus on abundance. Give of what you have, and make room for more to flow in.
  •          Be grateful. Gratitude is a powerful positive thought and by being thankful for what you have now; you will become more positive about the future. Say thank-you to God or the Universe every day for even the little things you are grateful for.
  •          Be alert for opportunity and take it when it appears. Once you start focussing on what you want for your future and being grateful for the present, opportunities will arise that just weren’t there before. Call it synchronicity, or fate, or the Universe, or chance – but it does happen. You need to jump at these opportunities. If you want that future, take those chances. You have your goal, pursue it and the way will be made clear as you move towards it.

One of the criticisms of “The Secret” is that it is too simplistic and seems to be just about “positive thinking” with no practical application. It does describe the law of attraction as a way of thinking, but it also encourages action in the pursuit of your dream.

For me, it was just a starting point. I went on to read material by the teachers in the book (which I will also be reviewing over the next months), and I started to apply the principles and act on my ideas. I began to believe I could make a change, and that enabled me to carry on and implement ideas I had. 

 “The Secret” will give you a foundation to start along the path. Wealth is a process, and takes time, during which you will learn and grow.

“Set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it
you become someone worth becoming”
Jim Rohn

I recommend that you watch “The Secret”, be inspired and start thinking about the principles it teaches.  You can buy “The Secret” at www.CreativePennBooks.com

You can watch the trailer of the movie at www.thesecret.tv