Posted by: successforrealpeople | November 15, 2008

Zig Ziglar On Goal Setting

“Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines.” ~Brian Tracy

I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of writing your goals down.  I once read somewhere that goals not written down are just dreams.  And while it’s important to have dreams in order to know what it is you would like to see happen in your life, not writing your goals down is like getting into a row-boat without any paddles.  You’ll end up wherever the current takes you.

If you have not written down your goals before, I encourage you to do so.  Here is an example of what a  written goal looks like:


GOAL 1: I am running an internet business from my home.

Steps to Achieve Goal:

  1. I will subscribe to Entrepreneur and Success magazine to educate myself on running a successful home-based business.
  2. I will assess my skills, talents, and hobbies to determine what type of business I am best suited for.
  3. I will network with others who have started their own business.
  4. I will develop a business plan.
  5. Etc.

Target Date

By August 2009

You’ll notice that there are three parts to a written goal, 1. the long-term goal, 2. the steps or short-term objectives to reaching the goal, and 3. a target date.  All three steps are crucial if you want to see that goal achieved.

Zig Ziglar has a three-part series on goal setting that I think you’ll find to be very helpful.  Know what it is you want, write it down, set a completion date and take action every day until you reach your goal.

Wishing you much happiness and success!


  1. Hey – I am certainly happy to find this. cool job!

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