What is the REAL Secret to Goal Success?

Success Had disapointing results with your personal or business goal success?

It is commonly agreed that goal success involves setting specific, measurable and time-targeted objectives for something you want to achieve. 

Goal setting is obviously an important key to success.  But there is something more involved that many people forget to focus on.  Goal success depends on  having a realistic goal plan that puts you in action moving toward your goal.

Your first step in goal success requires that you set an achievable goal.


1. Decide exactly what your goal is
This is your first job, and there really is NO short cut.  Be as specific as possible.  Your success will be a measure of your clarity – since an achievable goal plan cannot be created around a nebulous “dream.

2. Be willing to pay the “entry fee”
Success takes dedicated planning and effort. In a way it’s like building a house. In the beginning all you have is a rough concept. Then you develop a complete goal plan – and you immediately move closer to success. Creating a detailed step-by-step goal plan is the key here. Even Psychology Today cites the importance of developing a goal plan.

3. Focus on your goal every day
It is important to focus your mind consistently on your goal. Goal boards, post-it notes, and even on target screen savers can help. Consistent daily focus is absolutely necessary to “burn in” the new neural pathways you need to have goal success. This should be reflected in your goal plan. Success is an every-day event.

4. Get passionate
Having real passion for your goal. Be sure you have selected a goal you truly care about, or you may never get past the first “bump in the road.” Have you selected a goal you have passion for?

5. Act
The second key to goal success is ACTION based on a goal plan. This is where the development of a formal goal plan comes in.

Success on a Higher Level

March 19, 2009 by  
Filed under Success Insights

dollar1Did you realize you can increase your ability to attain success in whatever you desire by simply consciously choosing to use certain words?

The Guaranteed-Failure Statement
Let’s say you’re fired-up to create a lasting financial improvement  in your life. You’ve set your goals down on paper, and even created a plan of action.

You’ve got fire and desire, and know exactly what you’re going to do. You set your goal for tomorrow morning, and then promise yourself, Starting tomorrow I’ll try to …

You just made a crippling success-ability mistake before you even started – a mistake that will ensure that you will NOT manage to achieve your goal.

What does I’ll try really mean? It means you’ve given yourself an exit, just in case you hit some bumps in the road (and you most certainly will.)

The word TRY lacks intention and confidence. It assumes failure. It says, Alright, I’ll give it a go, but I do NOT expect to succeed. It provides a built-in escape route.

The Over the Rainbow Statement
Now check out how it feels to use an I am statement. Suppose your goal is to feel better and lose a few pounds. You could use the I am statement to tell yourself something like: I am going to feel better by walking 20 minutes 5 days a week.

I am at least does not presume failure. But there’s still a problem when you say I am.

The problem? WHEN and WHERE are you going to take your intended action? Somewhere over the rainbow? This statement, although an improvement, does not reflect a specific commitment to take action.

If you find you’re having trouble committing to when and where, it’s probably time to take a good look at either your goal, or your goal plan. If your goal is right, your goal plan might have you starting at the wrong first step.

Back up and identify an action step you’re ready to tackle. It doesn’t matter how small it may seem. You’re often better off starting with a small step and achieving success – than starting off with a huge step you’re not ready to handle.

The I Mean Business Statement
Once you have refined your starting point, now notice how it feels like to say:

I am NOW …

This statement establishes a sense of power and intention. It says you truly mean business. That you believe in what you are saying, and you are right NOW taking a step to make it happen.

It means you are in action and have made a very real commitment to yourself that you are NOW honouring. It also says that you WILL find a way to get the task done, even if there is a bump in the road.

Higher levels of success are achieved by coming from the most passionate place within yourself, breaking your goal down into a series of achievable steps, then committing to each step one at a time starting NOW.

Because the truth is … you really can only do what is before you right now. Tomorrow’s larger success is built on today’s smaller successes. This NOW approach makes your success inevitable.