Twelve Steps to Set and Achieve Any Goal




  1. Step number one is to have a desire. You must have an intense, burning desire for your particular goal.
  2. Believe. You must absolutely believe, deep in your heart, that you deserve the goal and that you are capable of attaining it.
  3. The third step to goal achievement is for you to write it down. A goal that is not in writing is not a goal at all.
  4. Analyze your starting point.
  5. Decide why you want a particular goal in the first place. Make a list of all the ways that you will personally benefit by achieving that goal.
  6. Set a deadline. If your goal is big enough, break your deadline down into sub deadlines. When you break down your goals into daily and hourly amounts and activities, you will be astonished at how much more you get done.
  7. Determine the obstacles that are standing between you and your goal. You can apply the 80/20 Rule to the obstacles and difficulties blocking you from achieving your goals. This rule says that, in most cases, 80 percent of the reasons you are not attaining your goals are internal. They are within you rather than in the world around you. Only 20 percent of the obstacles are contained in your external situation or in other people.
  8. Determine the additional knowledge, information, and skills you will require to achieve your goal.
  9. Determine the people whose cooperation and assistance you will need. Relationships are everything.
  10. Make a plan to achieve your goal. A plan is an organized list of tasks that you will have to complete to get from where you are to where you want to go. A plan is a list of activities organized by time, sequence, and importance. 
  11. Visualize your goal each day as if it were already attained. Imagine the pride, satisfaction, and happiness you would experience if you were already the person you wanted to be, with the goal that you want to enjoy.
  12. Back everything you do with persistence and determination. Resolve in advance that you will never give up. You must decide, in advance, that nothing will stop you. Then, when you face the inevitable obstacles and difficulties that occur, you will be psychologically prepare. You will bounce rather than break.

Brian Tracy

Refuse to Believe You Can’t Succeed




Alexander’s adamantine will and belief in himself stemmed from the fact that he was willing to out-plan, out-work, and outlast anyone. He didn’t chase dubious shortcuts, and in some cases, purposely avoided them just to experience the glory of overcoming a great challenge. He didn’t beg for the favor of the gods; he strove to overawe them.

Whether sieging an “impregnable” city, facing an “invincible” army, or solving an “impossible” knot, Alexander refused to believe he couldn’t succeed. He was driven to win by any means necessary, and he rarely played by the “rules”.

No matter the journey, one will always face opposition, whether in the form of competitors, enemies, meddlers, saboteurs, incompetents, and the like. The simplest way to defeat them all is to accomplish what you set out to accomplish. Don’t let them divert your efforts into undesirable directions. Don’t let them convince you that compromises are advantageous or necessary.

 Sean Patrick

Pushing to the Front


Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park.

Flying Kites at Cesar Chavez Park. (Photo credit: adhocbot)

Most persistent among the book’s themes is that character is built by adversity, or as Winston Churchill put it, “Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.”

If there were no difficulties there would be no success.” Burdens make us try harder to lift them and we get stronger as a result, while the person who has none need do little.

Genius, when you look more closely at it, usually turns out to be the result of uncommon dedication to a task.

When Alexander the Great was asked how he had conquered the world, he is said to have replied, “By not wavering.” We cleave to the person who has the firmest resolve, who knows who they are and what they stand for.

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.

Tom Butler-Bowdon 

A Fifty-cent Lesson



failure (Photo credit: ‘PixelPlacebo’)

One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaken by temporary defeat. Every person is guilty of this mistake at one time or another.

Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes man, the easiest and most logical thing to to is to QUIT. That is exactly what the majority of men do.

Mor than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known, told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them. Failure is a trickster with a keen sense of irony and cunning. It takes great delight in tripping one when success is almost within reach. A FIFTY-CENT LESSON IN PERSISTENCE.

Napoleon Hill