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Goals for Success by Dee Harding

“The greater danger is not that our aim is too high and we miss it but that it is too low and we hit it.”Michelangelo

“People with clear written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.”Brian Tracy

The ability to set goals and the motivation to do what it takes to achieve them is the mark of a truly successful person. Without a goal a person can become disempowered with no sense of purpose and no control over their lives or their destiny.

“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going… so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”Stephen Covey

How to set and achieve a goal:

The first step towards setting and achieving a goal is to decide what it is you really want and then write it down You must know why you want your goal and be able to imagine what you will see, what you will hear and how you will feel when you have achieved it. Without a powerful purpose and an amazing vision of the end result in mind a goal will remain a dream. There must be a strong emotional ‘buy in’ to the goal. The more attachment there is to a goal the more chance there is of achieving it.

A good goal must also be: ‘SMART’ that is it must be; Specific, Measurable, Agreed, Realistic and Timed.

Goals must always be congruent with the persons values because if they are in conflict there will be little chance of them ever being achieved.

The main reasons people do not set goals:

  • Fear of failure – they would rather stay as they are than risk failing in their attempt to achieve their goal
  • Fear of success – they think that they may not be able to handle a new status of success so choose to stay as they are …‘ better the devil you know. .’
  • Limiting beliefs – which cause them to believe that they do not deserve or are not capable of receiving the benefits that goal setting may bring to them
  • Lack of aspirations – they are stuck in a ‘comfort zone’ out of which it is difficult to climb
  • Lack of motivation – people simply ‘cant be bothered’ they lament about a better life but are not feeling enough ‘pain’ in their life to want to do something about it or simply the vision of achieving their goal is not compelling enough for them to do anything about it.
  • Lack of knowledge – they have never been shown any techniques or strategies.

Top 10 tips for successful goal setting and achievement:

1. Write down or draw a picture of your goal and refer to it every day - Research has shown that people who write down their goal draw a picture of it or make something like a collage of it are more likely to achieve that which they desire.

2. Break ultimate goal into small chunks and take little steps - Taking steps every day, even small ones, will help you to reach your ultimate goal.

3. Align your goals with the real you - Most people don’t align the positive beliefs within themselves and their self talk with their goal. You must do this if you are to have a chance of achieving your goals.

4. Replace negative emotions - Replace negative feelings and doubts with inspirational energy. Keep a detailed picture of the end result being achieved always in your mind especially when you are having a difficult day. Make yourself excited by imagining the positive emotions you will be experiencing.

5. Be certain of your success - You must believe that you are going to be successful you must get your unconscious mind to believe in you so that it will be aligned with you.

6. Attitude of gratitude - The more grateful you are for what you have now in your life the more likely it is that you will attain your goal. Gratitude creates the receptivity for you to create more in your life.

7. Be massively aware of the benefits of achieving the goal - Looking at the desire behind the goal, knowing why you want the goal and considering the benefits of the goal will give the goal intensity and will make it more likely to be achieved.

8. Have a plan - Once you decide what you want, then decide on a plan and take consistent action on it. By doing this you are asking the Universe, a very useful ally, to be ‘on your side’.

9. Follow it through - It is essential that you take action on your plan otherwise your goal will never be manifested. As well as planned action it is also important to follow your intuition, your inner wisdom in the context of achieving your goal.

10. Be accountable - It is important to find someone to whom you are accountable, someone who will support you, encourage you and gently challenge you. A life coach is a person who will commit themselves totally to you and to your success. They will be like your own personal cheerleader on your side and someone who will never let you down.

Empower yourself, get into the goal setting habit turn your vision into a reality.

4 Responses to "Goals for Success by Dee Harding"

1 | Denise Mulligan

June 15th, 2011 at 5:32 pm


A really enjoyable article, for me setting goals holds my focus, enabling me to stay on purpose. A good article to read time and time again.

Thank You

2 | John

June 21st, 2011 at 11:47 pm


I agree, the importance of written down goals is often understated. I just recently looked back over a diary of 5 years ago and all 5 of my large goals had been completed with little effort.

3 | Indigo Turtle

June 30th, 2011 at 4:47 pm


I really enjoyed this article & have recently spent some time with my coach working on my ultimate goal which I am now confident WILL happen… It’s always been something I’ve dreamt of and now it’s really happening… I wrote it down, planned it properly & have a fabulous visual representation on my wall…! The ten top tips are brilliant and should always be there as a reminder… Thank You!

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December 14th, 2011 at 1:51 pm


[...] I always wondered what was different about those who managed to achieve big things in life yet started with nothing, compared to those who had everything available to them yet did not have the same success. I have come to find it is all about your mindset and how driven you are to achieve your goals. [...]

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