If you have ever read a self-help book in your life, listened to a self-help tape, or watched a financial guru guy on a late night infomercial, then you’ve probably been told about the importance of goals. It seems that everyone always says, “you gotta have a goal or you’ll never be a success.”
The problem is that most people make fanciful and overly ambitious goals, and when they miss the first couple of them; the goals go out the window, and are never heard from again.
I have had a list of goals typed up since I was about 16. True, those first goals were more of the overly ambitious dreams of a teenager, but some of those dreams came true, and inspired me to keep on dreaming about things like performing and writing.
Ok, I know you’re curious. Some of those goals included being Johnny Carson’s replacement and a listing of #1 on The Forbes 400. (and that was when $8 Billion would garner me the position). I even cut out a school picture, and typed up my Forbes biography and pasted it in position in the Forbes 400 issue that I bought. Pretty silly, huh?
But, I still keep a goal list. It has evolved over the years, changed, been improved, but it’s still someplace that I can review it regularly.
And I still check off each item that I achieve.
Of course, it’s no longer silly, because each check by each item means that I am accomplishing my objectives.
This is not an admonition, that YOU should keep a goal list. It’s merely what works for me.
And, what does work for me?
My list is a combination of Goals I Want To Achieve and Things To Do.
It includes Financial Goals, Health Goals, Personal Development Goals, and Career Goals; both long-term
(up to 2013) and short-term(next month).
It is combined with a list of monthly activities that are directly related to the goals.
Each night when I schedule my next day’s activity, the goals are in the back of mind, if not sitting in front of me. This makes my goals a reality, rather than the fanciful dreams of a teenager.
So, I guess you are now curious as to what some of these goals are. Most are private. But, I can tell you a few. Maybe you can remind me later, and ask me how I did, or how I’m doing on these.
NOVEMBER 2004— Write FOCUS Blog Series
Make Supplement schedule
Devote 10 minutes a day to planning and prayer
Practice Ventriloquism Daily
Post in Forums at least 3 Times a Week
Mail Casino Letters
JANUARY 2005—QUIT SMOKING!
Increase accounts by 12
Subscribe to Home Power magazine
Cap three teeth
MARCH 2005— American Comedy Institute
APRIL—2005 “get me outta the house”Tour
OCTOBER 2005— Sturgis bike rally