“Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. But give me a man without a goal and I’ll give you a stock clerk.” – James Cash Penney
People who are determined to have success find that goals strongly affect the course of events. Those who are serious about success find the importance of goals and make them a priority. They succeed primarily because they establish a target, map out a plan, take action, and persistently check their progress. Setting goals is the most basic step toward achieving anything worthwhile.
8 Elements of an Effective Goal:
- ACHIEVEABLE: Is it realistic and attainable?
- REGULATED: It has milestones and checkpoints to evaluate your progress.
- TIME: When does it need to be done?
- COST: What resources must be invested in accomplishing this goal?
- WRITING: Unwritten goals are just daydreams.
- READ: Goals must be read frequently and with emotion to maintain focused and motivated.
- RELATIONSHIPS: How will this goal impact those around you?
- EFFECTS: What are the ramifications to your energy, time, and money in working toward this goal?
Excerpted and adapted from What Every Successful Person Knows by Carl Casanova, M.S.
Every New Year, millions of people make resolutions that are never accomplished because they lack one, or several, of the elements listed above. To learn more about effective goal setting and other strategies for success, get your copy of What every Successful Person Knows by Carl Casanova, M.S.