4 Strategies To Improve Your Goal Setting


I have learned you can have ALMOST EVERYTHING you want out of life if you use a few strategies that will improve your goal setting efforts dramatically, and thus, your odds for achieving them.

Strategy #1: Set positive goals.

Indeed your goals had better be positive or you’re likely to be in trouble. As psychologist James Allen warned in his book, “As A Man Thinketh,” you need to set positive goals because “You become what you think about all day long.”

I see the truth in this all the time. A person becomes consumed with the fear that he might get sick, and sure enough, he gets sick more often than others. By contrast, set some positive goals, and you’ll be amazed at what you accomplish.

Maybe you remember the kid from Medina, Ohio who was paralyzed on his right side in an accident when he was two years of age. Yet he set the goal of learning to walk and being on his school’s track team. He learned how to walk by leaning on his left side and swinging his right. And he became a track star at his school. As his coach put it, “He couldn’t help it. This boy never lets up, has never dropped out of a race, has never finished last, and has made every practice.”

Strategy #2: Set definite goals.

If you’re going to reach your goal, it must be something definite, something specific, something you can write down in a sentence or two. Instead of thinking, “I hope I get better job someday,” write down exactly what you want.

Write down something like, “I want a job that uses these particular talents (list them) … a job that has these kinds of responsibilities (list them) … that pays this kind of money (be specific) … and (list whatever else you want that ideal job to entail).” As soon as you set definite goals, you’ll be surprised at how many ideas and opportunities come your way that help you achieve your goal.

You see … success is not a matter of knowing the right people … or getting the right breaks … or having everything going for you. Success is a matter of definite goals no matter how much you don’t have going for you. Take a look at Monty Stratton who played baseball with one leg. Tom Dempsey kicked a 65-yard field goal with half a foot. John Milton wrote classical poetry while he was blind. Beethoven wrote his greatest musical compositions despite his deafness. Roosevelt became one of our greatest Presidents despite his polio. Helen Keller toured and lectured around the world even though she lacked sight and hearing. John Bunyan wrote “Pilgrim’s Progress” while incarcerated, and Charles Goodyear did many of his early experiments for vulcanizing rubber while he was in prison.

Strategy #3: Set emotionally stimulating goals.

In addition to being positive and definite, make sure your goals are emotionally stimulating. Indeed, they have to be exciting enough for you to really want to achieve them. Or as entrepreneur Donald Trump says, “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”

Consider the story of the man who utilized his superhuman powers when he got an emotionally exciting goal. He was there when a telephone pole crashed down on a car with the driver still inside. No one could get him out. The police were called and cutting equipment was on the way. Suddenly a little trickle of gasoline came out of the car, which was quickly engulfed in flames. The bystander stepped out of the crowd, walked up to the door of the car, and tore it from its hinges. He rescued the driver. Observers commented that they could hear the metal of the door ripping as the man pulled on it.

The rescuer was later identified a local dock worker. He was not an unusual physical specimen … just an individual who had been emotionally stimulated to apply his strength in the proper way. And just like that man, you unleash incredible power when you have goals that turn you on.

Strategy #4: Adopt a positive attitude.

A winner understands the importance of a positive attitude. In fact, all the research indicates that a simple turn in your attitude will make all the difference in the world. Dr. Martin Seligman, for example, discovered that attitude was a better predictor of success than I.Q., education, grade point average, or almost any other factor. He found that people with “positive attitudes” stay healthier, have better relationships, and go further in their careers. He even found that people with positive attitudes make more money.

The respected TV commentator, Hugh Downs, understands that. He says, “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but a person with a certain set of attitudes.”

And 16-year old Anne Frank, the famous Jewish refugee and diarist understood it … even though she was hunted, persecuted, and killed by the Nazis in World War II. She wrote, “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

What about you? Do you have a really positive attitude? I certainly hope so … because good attitudes bring good results … and bad attitudes bring bad results. It’s as simple as that.

A genie with a magic wand may never show up in your life. But you don’t need one. All you need are some positive goals, some definite goals, some exciting goals, and a positive to get what you want in life. And when you do that, you can say, along with Braveheart, the Scottish warrior, “Everyone dies, but not all people actually live.”

About the Author

dr alan zimmermanDr. Alan Zimmerman‘s formal education includes a Bachelor’s degree in Speech and Political Science, a Master’s degree is in Speech-Communication and Sociology, and a Doctorate in the field of Interpersonal Communication and Psychology.

After 15 years of work as a university professor, he founded the Zimmerman Communi-Care Network, Inc. in 1985, a speaking, training, and consulting company with offices in two states and employees in two countries. As the president of that company, Dr. Zimmerman has delivered hundreds of presentations across the world and maintains a 92% repeat and referral business.

For over 20 years, best-selling author and Hall of Fame professional speaker, Dr. Alan Zimmerman has helped more than a million people … just like you … transform their lives. For more free tips, guaranteed to increase your performance, you can get a FREE subscription to Dr. Zimmerman’s “Tuesday Tip” Internet newsletter by going to:  http://www.DrZimmerman.com