If you are a male, like me, it’s probably because you refused to stop and ask directions.
If this is your life you are asking about and not a physical location, it is a bigger problem. However, it isn’t because you are male, because this happens to all genders, but the cause is usually the same. It’s not because you didn’t ask for directions it’s because you didn’t plan your route. You didn’t set a goal, you didn’t set an action plan or more likely you probably didn’t WRITE IT DOWN. Did you know that only 5% of people that set a goal write it down.
Traveling in life is a journey. Goals are part of that journey. Goals help us define the paths we want to take on this journey. If we start traveling on a trip and don’t use a map we are likely to just end up somewhere, but not really where we want to be.
One of the most important and the first step in Goal Getting is to WRITE IT DOWN.
For Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill interviewed several successful people of the time, including Andrew Carnegie. The overwhelming determination for Andrew Carnegie and the others success was due to them having “Clearly Defined, Written Goals.”
Writing your Goals down does several things. One of the most important is that it sets it up in the brain……it helps it go into the subconscious mind.
If you write it down in cursive script, it will help. Unfortunately, I hear they are taking Cursive out of the elementary school curriculum. They say that people don’t write in cursive any longer. I don’t think that is a good thing. We explain the use of Cursive and how it affects the brain in our Advanced Goal Getting Course.
The successful people that Napoleon Hill didn’t just say that writing them down contributed to their success. They stated emphatically, CLEARLY DEFINED, Written Goals. The key to the writing down part of the process is the “Clearly Defined”….Written Goals.
You cannot just write down, “I will be rich.” That is not clearly defined. It doesn’t provide a road-map or directions on how to achieve your goal. This type of goal is what most people do at the beginning of the year when they create New Years Resolutions. Because of this, most people end up 3-6 months later where they were when they started (never left the driveway) or they are in a place they didn’t plan to be…..
Specific is Terrific
Goal Getting teaches you HOW to SET Goals properly. The first step, as we mentioned, is to create CLEARLY DEFINED, WRITTEN GOALS. To do that you must think on what you really want to achieve in detail, not just broad terms . One of my goals is to lose weight. That is awfully broad and not well defined. If I lose 1 pound or less, I will be successful, but that really isn’t my goal. This goal needs to be more specific.
I want to weigh 185 pounds.
This is my goal weight and what I want to be the result of the desire to lose weight. It is more specific that just losing weight, don’t you think? I worked a lot of hours when training in martial arts to get to 185 pounds.
I was overweight and out of shape when I started. By working to get into better shape, I ended up losing the weight. This was the best shape I had been in since high school.
Now what are some of your goals?
Do you want to go on a Cruise? Do you want to buy a house?
Let’s look at these a little more specifically as you write them down:
You want to go on a cruise?
- Where do you want to go?
- How long do you want to cruise for?
- Do you want to see any specific locations or sites?
- Do you want to go during a particular time of year?
- Do you have a budget?
These are some of the questions that you can ask yourself before you start working defining and writing down your goal. Now, let’s look at a more Clearly Defined, Written Goal:
I will go on a 7 Day Cruise in the Western Caribbean in March of 2015. I will have a balcony stateroom above the Lido Deck.
Now, that’s a more definitive goal with specifics. Now if you have the money and the time to do it right now, it is easy to achieve this goal. Locate a cruise line that offers those options, make and pay for a reservation. If you don’t, then we need to work on an action plan to achieve that goal.
You want to buy a house?
- What size house do you need?
- Where do you want to live?
- Do you have a budget?
- Do you want to have any customizations?
Let’s set a more clearly defined goal for this:
We will buy a 3 Bedroom, 3 Bath Ranch Style home on a 1 acre lot in the Springer District in July of next year.
We could define these goals even further perhaps, but these are pretty clear. These are goals the are Clearly Defined. Now, work on your goals. How would you write down your goals?
I would love to hear about your goals and if I can help you work on more clearly defining them, let me know. Once they are clearly defined and written down we can start working on the next step in Goal Getting.
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