Posted by: successforrealpeople | October 27, 2008

Defining Your Goals

“The establishment of a clear, central purpose or goal in life is the starting point of all success.” ~Brian Tracy

One of the reasons why some people never reached the level of success that they desire is because they did not have a clear and defined goal to start with.  Saying “I want to be rich” is actually quite vague.  What is “rich”?   How much money would that mean?  What kind of lifestyle would being rich afford?  Goals need to specific in order to be attainable.

Developing a clear and precise goal takes some time.  You begin by doing some brainstorming.  Let’s say you’d like to run your own business one day.  What kind of business would it be?  What do you think you would enjoy doing?  What are your natural gifts/talents?  Would it be home-based or would you operate it from another location?  Would this be a one person business or would you need to hire other people?  You have to get clear on what it is you really want.

Let’s say you’ve decided that you enjoying sewing and you’re a very good seamstress.  You’ve decided that you would prefer to work from your home because you have the space and you would prefer not to have to commute to work.  You also decide that you don’t want the responsibility of hiring people.  Now you have narrowed your goal from “I want to own my own business” to “I am running a sewing business from my home.”  The second goal is clear and precise.

From there you break down the goal down into smaller steps.  Your written goal would look something like this:


I am running a sewing business from my home

Steps to achieve goal:

  1. Clean out the den for my new work space.
  2. Buy a multi-function sewing machine.
  3. Place ads in the newspaper advertising my business.
  4. Set aside $2500 for working capital.

Target Date:

By April 2009

As you can see by the example, the goal is clear and precise and is broken down into doable steps with a targeted completion date.  Having goals that are vague is like traveling to an unknown area without a road map or GPS.  You’ll wander around wasting precious time.

Are your goals specific or are they generalizations?  Are they in your head or are they written down?  Pick one area today that you would like to improve on and write a goal for yourself using the method I have described.  If you are having trouble writing out your goals, feel free to post what you have in the comments section and I would be happy to help you.

Wishing you much happiness and success!


  1. Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

    Tom Humes

  2. Thank you Tom 🙂

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