By Brian Tracy
It's that time again:
time to create New Year's Resolutions that improve your life, whether
they help you become a better person or experience greater levels of
What if I told you I could show you a proven
method for following through on your New Year's Resolutions – this year,
and every year?
The starting point of setting goals for the coming year is for you to project forward and think back.
Practice what we call "Back from the Future" thinking.
forward to the end of the next twelve months and ask yourself, "If
everything happens perfectly, what will it look like?"
The one quality of men and women who become leaders in their own lives
and societies, throughout all of history is the quality of vision. They
have the ability to visualize. They can see the future well in advance
of it becoming a reality. They can then see the steps that they will
need to take to get from where they are to where they want to go.
if your next twelve months were ideal, in every respect, what would
happen or, what would have happened, at the end of that twelve month
Here is the basic seven-step model of goal
You can use this like breathing in and breathing out on a
regular basis to accelerate your attainment of any goal you can imagine
Step number one is for you to decide exactly what you want.
This immediately moves you into a separate category of people because most people have no idea of what they really want.
Clarity is the most important single quality of goal-setting and perhaps the most important single quality of success.
exactly what you want in each area of your life. Instead of fuzzy goals
like more money, better health and happiness, be specific about exactly
how much more money you want to earn in a specific period of time and
combine that with exactly what level of health and fitness you desire.
Step number two is for you to write it down.
three percent of living Americans, or adults anywhere for that matter,
have written goals. Everyone else that thinks about a written goal and
plans to write them down, someday. But they never get around to it.
people spend more time making a list of groceries before they go
shopping or planning a vacation than they do in planning their lives.
But again, this is not for you. Success begins with a pad of paper, a
pen and a few minutes of your time. One of the most important keys to
success is to "think on paper."
The third step is for you to set a deadline.
it is a large goal, set a series of sub-deadlines. A deadline acts as a
"forcing system" on your subconscious mind and begins to move you
toward your goal rapidly while it moves your goal toward you.
fourth step is for you to make a list of everything you could possibly
think of that you will have to do to achieve your goal.
more comprehensive your list, the more motivated you will become, the
more intense will be your desire and the more you will believe it
One of the things that hold people back is even if
they get to the point of a written goal; they do not take the time to
lay out a list of all the little things they will have to do to get
And with additional experience, you will add new items to your list until it finally becomes complete.
The fifth step of goal setting is for you to take your list and organize it into a plan.
plan is really quite simple. It is a list organized by priority and
importance. You decide what you will do first and what you will do
later. You decide what is more important and what is less important. And
most of all, you decide upon the one thing that is more important than
anything else that you can do immediately to begin moving more rapidly
towards your goal.
Step number six is for you to "take action!"
is the big killer for most people. They are procrastinators. They have
great ideas combined with great hopes and dreams. They may even get to
the point of writing down their goals. But when it comes to taking
action, they always have a reason or excuse to procrastinate to put it
off until a later time. However, as the Bible says, "Faith without deeds
Step number seven is for you to do something every day to move you toward your major goal.
let a day go by without you engaging in some action that helps you move
another step in the direction of what you really, really want in life.
Remember, you can't hit a target that you can't see. And if you don't
know where you are going, any road will get you there. The simple seven
step act of deciding exactly what you want, writing it down, setting a
deadline, making a list, organizing the list into a plan, taking action
on the most important item on your list and then doing something every
day towards your goal will change your life and your future in ways that
you cannot even dream of today.
Are you ready to make 2013 your most successful year yet?
Brian Tracy for his FREE webinar "12-Step Method For Setting and Achieving Your Goals" and reach every goal you set for this year!
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