Napoleon Hill said, “A Goal is a dream with a deadline.”

According to the University of Scanton, 92% of people who set goals never achieve them.

Ask yourself these questions to help you achieve your goals:

  • Do you feel emotionally connected to your goal?  Does it speak to your soul?  If you are not feeling excited then go back to the SMARTEST Principles.  
  • Can you sit back and imagine yourself already achieving your goal?  Ask yourself: “Do I really want to achieve this goal?”
  • What number would this area be after your goal has been achieved?  From 1-10 (10 being the best).  If it’s not 8 or higher then go back to your goal and add, remove, or change the goal to make it higher.
  • Are you overwhelmed with the whole goal?
    • If yes, go back to Milestones and break it down further into small manageable goals.
    • Take actions on the Milestones not the whole goal.
  • Write done all excuses, barriers, and fears you could experience due to this goal.  For each one execute a plan to remove the excuse or barrier or fear.

Remember the 80/20 Rule applies to constraints.  Fully 80% of the reasons that are holding you back from achieving your goal are inside yourself.  They are the lack of a skill, a quality, or a body of knowledge.  Only 20% of the reasons you are not achieving your goal are on the outside.  Always start with yourself.

  • Determine what the carrot is?  Ask yourself why do I want to achieve this goal?  What is the petrol that is going to fuel me to achieve this goal?  Write it down.
  • Choose the goal you want to achieve the most.
  • Remember to celebrate your successes.
  • Determine the state of mind you are in when setting the goal.  Stop for a moment and feel how this person feels.  Be mindful about this person’s strengths and the power ‘this person’ has.  Remember ‘that person’.  Moving forward remember to only make decisions when you are in ‘that persons’ state of mind.  Because you can easily convince yourself not to do something when you are not in ‘that persons’ state of mind.