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The Power of Goal Setting - 6 Steps To Foster Successful Initiatives

Goal setting is the process by which goals are realized. Goal setting is an art that makes everything possible. In our opinion, goal setting is what makes anything possible. Goals focus our energy and force us to decide where we want to go.

According to a September 1991 Success magazine article author Ken Thuerback, president of Alpine Log

Homes and co-owner of 14 other successful businesses, “Every successful person is an obsessive goal setter.” He says, “Once you have goals, you have a pattern for an opportunity.” Without goals, we exhaust ourselves going in 100 different directions. A goal sets out a clear path or direction to focus our energies.

The Success article lists five steps toward a well-designed life, but I have added an extra one, as I think it is very, if not most, important.

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Step 1: Commitment

Success begins with commitment. A sincere commitment is the first step in a resolution to succeed. A study was done in 1953 on that year's graduating class at Yale University. Of twenty questions posed to Yale seniors, three had to do with goals:

  • Have you set goals?

  • Have you written them down?

  • Do you have a plan to accomplish them?

Only 3 percent of the class answered yes to those three questions. Twenty years later, guess what? According to Thuerback, “The 3 percent who'd answered yes to goals were more happily married, more successful, had a better family life and better health. And 97 percent of the net worth of the class of 53 was in the hands of that 3 percent.”

Step 2: Quality Goals

It's difficult to get anywhere when you don't know where you are going. When you set goals, try to follow three simple rules:

1. Write your goals down.

2. Set realistic plans for accomplishing your goals.

3. Set deadlines and honour them.

Step 3: First Know Then Act

Peter Drucker, author of “Thriving on Chaos,” says: “a common denominator to all successful people is the perfect balance between thought and action.”

If you plan too much, put a "therefore" after each statement that you write, i.e., “Item X costs too much, therefore I must negotiate.”

If you act too much, keep asking yourself “why?” “Why am I answering every phone call, every email and every text immediately?”

Step 4: Be Ready to Fail

A common error people make is that they link failure with giving up. Failure makes for a great deal of learning. With that added knowledge, you stand a greater chance for success the next time.

Step 5: Be Ready to Move On

"The problem with goals,” Ken Thuerback says, “is that once you hit them, you self-destruct.” A good example is dieting. How many of us have gained back 15 pounds after reaching our goal of losing 10 pounds? Your emphasis should be on the process. The rewards of goal setting come not from finishing the race, but from the lessons learned from the training. The achievement of the actual goal itself gives the bearer a sense of accomplishment and the self-confidence to go on and make new goals.

Step 6: Activate

The road to Hell is paved with good intentions. All the information and skills in the world will not achieve your goals. You must activate! According to Dr. Edward Freedberg, creator ofThe Self-Management System,” Performance = Ability X Activation.

In summary, to be successful:

  • We must COMMIT.

  • We must set QUALITY goals.


  • We must BE READY TO FAIL.

  • We must BE READY TO MOVE ON.

  • Above all, we must ACTIVATE.

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