Constantly Update Your Goals
A totally ridiculous, perfectly laughable, and wildly foolish notion: In the U.S. weset our goals only once a year, on January 1st. Absurd. Goal setting only workswhen you redo, rework, and revise your goals constantly.No need for this column to go on long. I've only got one point to make - Have youwritten out your goals lately?? Yes or No.If you have, good, and this particular column is a waste of your time. On theother hand, if you have not updated your written goals in the last sixty days, thenyou're like an Olympic hopeful that hasn't worked out for a month, a treasurehunter who didn't bring the map, or a person hoping to win the lottery who hasn'tbought a ticket.Get serious and write out your goals/dreams in vivid detail.Several years ago I met a young man named Stephen, who aspired to become aspeaker and an author. He was just getting started; hadn't yet written a word ordone a talk. Yet, when I walked into his kitchen, there on his fridge was anewspaper clipping of the NY Time's best selling books list. Suprisingly, Stephenhad added his own name and book title to the top 10 list. "I've written out all mygoals and that list is how, every day, I visualize myself having a best selling bookin five years," Stephen spoke with confidence.I'm embarrassed to admit the following. I left Stephen's apartment thinking hisgoal was overly ambitious. Stupid me. Two years after the kitchen occurence,Stephen was invited to co-author a book in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.Because of this, by the end of 1999, Stephen will be seeing his name on the NYTime's best sellers list, only this time it will not be handwritten.Stephen's news was a w-W-a-a-Aa-K-k-Ee uP call for me. Suddenly it smackedme. I had never actually written a single sentence that specifically stated mydream of making it onto the NY Times best sellers list. Equally lame, I'd neverwritten myself a 10 million dollar check, like Jim Carrey did.Ask, and your formal request has been submitted.Don't ask and your request papers might as well be in the trash.Stephen, thanks. Upon hearing your accomplishment I immediately sat my buttdown at a cafe and updated all my goals. And this time, I specifically wrote outthat I want to see my name on the NY Time's best seller list within three years.Back to my original point. You've either written down your dreams lately or youhaven't. Those who haven't are ripping themselves off.Happy New Month. Do yourself a favor; write out your goals and dreams in vividdetail.Until next time, be great.