When It Comes to Goals, THINK SMALL!

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When It Comes to Goals, THINK SMALL!

Encourager-In-Chief: October 11th, 2017

Don’t set yourself up to fail.

Unbelievable! I just got an email from a so-called “success coach” whose advice was for people not to set goals. He said it would just set you up for failure and disappointment. Well, I have news for him: In the last 15 years I have written down 4,000 goals and completed all 4,000 of them. I’m not saying this to brag. I’m saying it to simply make a point that goal setting works. The fact that most people don’t bother to employ it is another issue.

What about you? Are you writing down your goals? If so, I want to make a recommendation that will make your success more likely. First of all, start small. If you write down goals like climb Mount Everest or sail around the world, you’re likely to be very disappointed. Those goals are actually the result of many little goals. For example, if you want to climb Mount Everest, you need to buy a pair of hiking boots. That’s what I mean by a small goal. You’ll also need to clear two weeks on your calendar in order to fly to Nepal. That’s another small goal. You have to hire a guide. That could also be a goal. You’ll need to find out how much it costs to fly to Nepal. Saving up the money could be a goal. My point is if you want to achieve big goals, first concentrate on the small goals.

Second, don’t listen to naysayers. Most of the people who told me goal setting doesn’t work don’t write their goals down. If they do, they don’t stay serious about them for very long. You would be hard-pressed to meet me anywhere when I don’t have my current year’s goal list on me.

Third, make sure you check off every single goal on your list. It doesn’t matter how small it is. Every little goal you achieve now brings you one step closer to walking on Mount Everest, sailing around the world, or any other large goal you have in mind. Goal setting is free. It has changed my life and it could change your life if you employ disciplined follow-through.

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.
- Vincent van Gogh

This excerpt is taken from my Designing Your Destiny seminar.

Designing Your Destiny


I encourage you to order my Goal Setting Mastery audio program which covers this topic in much greater detail.

Goal Setting Mastery


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