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The secret to useful goals

evolution of man and goals

Goals should help you BECOME, not help you GET.

One the most important lessons I have learned is:

In absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.

Useful goals

One famous study showed that people with written goals coming out of college earned several times more than people without written goals. But, look at yourself.  If you still have the same written or unwritten goals you had 10 years ago, you are the exception.

Goals change. The real secret is to have specific written goals and expect them to change.

You will do better if you are striving to BECOME something much greater than you are now.  The world reshapes itself around you when you refuse to take the path of least resistance.  If you set 20 year goals that inspire you today, you will enjoy life more today and next year.  Your goals will change because you have grown to the point that you can see more important goals.  You will develop a vision of your future that is clearer and brighter than you have today. That is a good reason to change your goals.

A part of the goals secret is to have goals in the areas of your life that matter most.  Money is important. Job and career goals are essential for progress.  You also need goals about your family growth, social maturity, physical fitness, emotional strength and spiritual development.

For example, your goal could be to run 2 miles in 15 minutes in 2031.  If you really think about that goal, you need to strengthen your legs and knees, not pound them into arthritis.  That goal could inspire you to include bicycling, swimming or rowing in your fitness regime so that your knees will last throughout your life. That goal may change to being able to swim a mile in 2031 because of changes in your health.

A social goal could be to have a network of 1000 people who are leaders in their own field in 2031.  To get there you will have to have intermediate goals of recognizing, getting to know, helping, tracking and staying in contact with those people.  A goal like that would also be a great help to a career goal to become CEO of a company. Later your social goal may change to having a network of 2000 people who will help you fund medical research, and it may include all the same people as your original goal.

Remember, goals change.  The 20 year goals I just mentioned would be great goals for a computer technician, salesperson or CEO.  If you open your mind and see into the future, you will be able to pick out goals for the year 2031 that will help you now, and still matter in 2031.  If your goals are important to you, you will find you achieve most of them in much less than the 20 year, 5 year or 1 year horizon you set.

Something To Do Today

In your journal first make a list of the most important overall aspects of life.  I suggest: money, career, social, physical fitness, emotional and spiritual.  Then list a goal you can work towards BEING in 20 years, 5 years and 1 year.  Each goal should fit in with all the others.  Goals are about becoming better as the world shifts around you.


Next:     Useful career plans

Later:              What is “the next big thing”?

How to make goals work instead of destroy you

Goal: 1. To score one point; 2. To win a game; 3. To win the championship; 4. To win at life; 5. To win eternal life.

Now is the time to prepare for a great New Year.  December 31st is too late.

Some people avoid goals because they do no good.  Others set goals and excel because of them.  A whole bunch of people set goals and it doesn’t make any difference.

Avoiding goals can help you feel less discontent.  If you never think about what you are capable of and strive to excel, you will feel less discontent.  Maybe.  Or you may just feel that the world is a rigged game.  That YOU can’t win, while others you know “get lucky”.  By avoiding goals, you are likely to become at least a little cynical.

Successful goals come in all sizes.  They can be goals for today, this week, this month, and this year.  I set goals of all those sizes, and larger.  I even have goals for what I want to achieve beyond this life.

Here is what I am going to do for the rest of this month.

One of the ways to make goals work for you is to think about them daily.  Set aside 5 or 15 minutes a day.  Have your list of goals, a sheet of paper, and a pen.  Spend that time writing down things you can do to reach your goals.  Make interim goals you can accomplish today.  Think about the things you can do, the way you can change what you would normally do to accomplish a little more.  For me, thinking about my goals every day is the most important thing I can do to reach them.

While I think about my goals, I change them.  They become more real to me.  My expectations change.  Sometimes I discard them because I see a better goal.  To me, that is motivating.  I am excited to see something even better I can strive towards as I go down the path I am on.

Spend some quality time with your goals every day.  Savor their flavor. You’ll be surprised what a difference it will make.

Something To Do Today

Figure out when you can spend some time with your goals every day.  Just sitting with a pen and paper for 15 minutes each day can change your life if you are thinking about where you want to go.


Now is the time to prepare for a great New Year.  December 31st is too late.