GOALS:102 – How to be amongst those 1% that actually achieve their goals?

GOALS:102 – How to be amongst those 1% that actually achieve their goals?

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Continues from GOALS 101 (Click here if you have not read it already)

I do hope you had a chance to watch Jim Rohn’s videos and if you have, you will remember “The Richest Man in Babylon” – the book which he claims changed his life. I have been able to find for you an audio version of this celebrated best seller by George S Clason; which you can listen to it when you are driving or when you are on your daily walk.

CLICK HERE for the audio-book

As discussed in the earlier post, our primary or immediate needs are physical (Food, shelter and safety); which have become our evolutionary priority because they address our basic instincts for survival.

The persistent competition between our immediate and future needs results in the stress we experience in our day to day lives.

Thinking back now, I chuckle when I recollect how my heart and mind were deadlocked in the ambivalence resulting from my inability to choose – between a staid, average waged but stable bank job and one with an entirely unreliable income stream but held out (only) the ‘potential’ for achieving my (imaginary) creative potential. The stress was unbearable and I knew that, the solution lay in me understanding what was more important to my experiencing self, in my search for happiness.

I have remained ever grateful to my father for having shaken off my utopia and have ever since chosen to keep aside one tenth of the copper I earned and learned to make its children and grand children work very hard for me.

I can’t resist quoting Dr Stephen R. Covey here….

Eventually it’s the choices you made in the past – which will make your future.

Just like your GPS cannot point you in the right direction unless you feed in your destination – I can assure you that your life will be as clueless as that GPS , without you making choices, deciding on goals and writing a life plan.

“Self-limiting beliefs” come naturally to us for we harbor fears about not being able to achieve our goals and this fear gets stronger when we are undecided on our choices especially when we have not identified our goals. On the other hand,  when you do get around to making a well documented life plan and have made up your mind on the strength of your purpose, your mind will make you locate the resources and processes required for achieving those goals.

Goal identification is a personal journey, which to the uninitiated, can prove a daunting one – so don’t put your GPS away!

 However, before going there, lets quickly dwell on a few concepts.

Goals i.e. right from their identification, to coming up with a structure for your life plan will need a lot of your time (even up to 90 hours) – So, if you are too busy with whatever you are muddling with in life, exit now!

The mind can play cunning tricks. Have you not heard people saying that, if you don’t set goals, then there will not be any expectations and neither the disappointment when you don’t achieve anything? No prizes for guessing their future prospects for success in life.

The best investment you will ever make in life is in self-development.

You are not hiding that frown on your face too well – and I can read your mind too! Did you say; “ This dinosaur is only saying this because, he can’t use a lap-top. Anyway, I don’t have to write anything down as it’s all up there and I know what my goals are.”

Well firstly, I am no longer tech-challenged after having learnt to build a website from scratch and secondly, (more relevant for you) most of those who did not write their goals down, ended up drifting aimlessly in their lives and became huge failures.

As Jim Rohn said everybody dreams > 50% identify goals > however, only 3% write their goals down > 1% actually make a proper plan and > only 1% actually achieve their goals.

There is conclusive research conducted in Yale and Harvard (Universities) which tracked students over 30 years which shows that – People with written life goals have ended up earning and putting up a net worth; more than 10 times greater than those who hadn’t. That is when the sample had persons of similar personal back grounds growing up and in marital lives, IQ, graduation grades, employing industry, etc.

Psychologists say that, when you write down your goals, your mind engages in what they call “psycho neural motor ability”, which activates your kinesthetics’ abilities (Theory of multiple intelligences in 1983 by developmental psychologist Howard Gardner).

Simply put, writing them down will result in them being stored in your “sub-conscious memory” and subtly drive your behavior towards their accomplishment.

Of course, this in no way means that, by merely writing them down will you achieve your goals – but this your proverbial first step ……towards success.


Our main objective should be to know what we exactly want in life – CLARITY is most important; because the more clearer you are, faster you draw in resources.

Simple ? Yes ?

NO !! because over 80% people don’t do this !!

Finally, I would like to leave you with an introduction to Tony Robbin’s DISC test. CLICK HERE for the link to his website

This is a test which takes about 15 minutes and comes highly recommended.

Self-awareness has been identified through research to be the one quality found commonly amongst successful persons.

This helps them recognize their own strengths and limitations (behavioral, physical, mental, financial, etc.) which results in identifying opportunities best suited for themselves or situations they could capitalize on. We can therefore, see why the chances for their success are higher – because they are more likely to pursue opportunities best suited for them.

The DISC test will help you in becoming self aware. Don’t be surprised if the results do not change even if you take the test several times – of course that is only so long as you remain honest with the answers.

At this stage you may also wish to refresh on the 7 habits:

Begin Life Planning with Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits


GOALS:103  – Understanding the financial life cycle of a typical individual


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