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Chapter 5: Goals

In the previous four chapters we have covered Dreams, Passion, Desire and Purpose. In this chapter it’s time to put it all together and create your personal goals to make all you dream about become a reality.


Goal setting is a discipline just like anything in life, it takes practice, patience and persistence to get good at it. In this chapter you will learn how to set goals, what to aim for and how to reach your goals to make your life the life you want to live. Setting goals will set you up for success, while not setting goals will set you up for failure. It’s as easy as that. The people who get ahead in life are the people that know what they want and grind daily to get there. They are action-oriented goal setters and achievement minded people, always growing and getting from every day instead of just going through the days.




To start you on this incredible life changing journey on goal achieving, I want you use either your journal, a blank exercise book or open up an excel spreadsheet on the computer and write down the date on the top and then write CURRENT SITUATION.

This is where we start. There’s an old saying that says “to know your future, first examine your past”. Before we start working out our goals for the future it is important to take inventory on your life and current situation. Answer the below questions:


  • The year is (x) and I am currently (x) years of age?
  • I currently live at (x) with?
  • I currently work at (x) as a (x) and earn (x)?
  • Five people that have the most influence on my life are (x)?
  • I currently weigh (x) and I rate my health as (x)?
  • I currently enjoy spending my free time doing (x)?


By doing this you will get a quick snap shot of where you are in life right now? This is not a right or wrong exercise, just a personal insight into your own life. Now for a fun exercise you will enjoy doing. Using the same six questions I asked you. Rewind your life back 10 years in the past and answer the questions again.


  • The year is (x) and I am currently (x) years of age?
  • I currently live at (x) with?
  • I currently work at (x) as a (x) and earn (x)?
  • Five people that have the most influence on my life are (x)?
  • I currently weigh (x) and I rate my health as (x)?
  • I currently enjoy spending my free time doing (x)?


Was this exercise an eye opener for you? Did you see the changes and growth in your life?

Now while your mind is open let’s finish this exercise by using the same six questions again and fast forward to 10 years in the future. This time answering the questions as thou all your goals, desires and aims came true.


  • The year is (x) and I am currently (x) years of age?
  • I currently live at (x) with?
  • I currently work at (x) as a (x) and earn (x)?
  • Five people that have the most influence on my life are (x)?
  • I currently weigh (x) and I rate my health as (x)?
  • I currently enjoy spending my free time doing (x)?



When was the last time you took a moment to take in, all that you have done and accomplished. When was the last time you pat yourself on the back for a life well lived? When was the last time you were grateful for the things you have in your live?

We get so busy in our life that we fail to stop, reflect and ponder on the life we have lived so far. The things we have done, the places we have been, the people we have meet, the problems we have faced, the people we have lost and the unique experiences we have had. Think about it, when was the last time you stopped, reflected and ponded on the life you have lived? Take a few moments to do this.


Write a list of the things you have in your life right now? Things like your relationships, health, job, things you own, have access too, things you take for granted etc. Write it all down.

Write down some of the great places you have visited and the unique experiences you have had?

Now that your mind is ticking in gear and you are reminiscing about your past I want you to really think hard and write down some of the obstacles you have overcome on the journey of life. This can include bad habits you have overcome or previous dreams and goals achieved.

Write it down.

Now we can see an overview of your past and present situation. This exercise of reflection will give you clarity on where you want the direction of your life to go. Before we think forward of the future we need to know where we have been in the past.





Let’s start by writing a long list of things you want in your life. They can be big, small, cheap, expensive, totally out there, totally hard to reach or easy to reach, long term and short term. Things you want to do, see, create. Economic goals, family goals, relationship goals, fun stuff, health goals and completely selfish personal goals. Absolutely anything, let your mind wonder and roam free, write them down. Write at least 50 to 100 things.


Now not to be morbid but I want you to answer what age do you want to live too? Seriously what age do you think you will live too, is it 60, 70, 90 or 103? Now take away your current age from this number. Example if I am currently 30 and want to live to 90, that leaves 60 more years of living. I want you to place your list of goals into the below categories.


Goals that can be achieved in

1 year

3 years

5 years

10 years

20 years

30 years +


Identity from the list above one major goal that if you accomplished it would have the most positive impact on your life and the world. What is this one major goal?


Keep a goal workbook and a goal excel spread sheet on your computer. If you’re serious about your goals I recommend you create a motivational vision board. It is as easy as this, open up a word document, google images of all the things you desire, save those images, insert them into word or excel, make a collage and save as your wallpaper. Print copies and put them in places where you will be constantly reminded of your goals.




  • 13% of us have clearly defined goals. 87% of us have no clearly defined direction in life. Only 3% of us have our goal in writing. (Bob Proctor)
  • A dream becomes a goal when action is taken toward its achievement. (Bo Bennett)
  • A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. (Harvey Mackay)
  • A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. (Bruce Lee)
  • A goal without a deadline is nothing more than a good intention. (Charles Davis)
  • A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder. (Thomas Carlyle)
  • A vision is not just a dream. A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a set of clear goals. Without both, we are apt to wander in a clueless and purposeless fog, because a dream without goals is just a fantasy. (Lewis Howes)
  • Accepting the pain of change in order to attain a specific goal. Most people don’t realize how quickly the pain of change is forgotten; and how long the benefits of achieving goals last and are enjoyed. (Tom Hopkins)
  • Achieving goals by themselves will never make us happy in the long term; it’s who you become, as you overcome the obstacle necessary to achieve your goals. That can give you the deepest and most long-lasting sense of fulfillment. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Aim high. It is peculiar thing that no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand prosperity and abundance, than is required to accept misery and poverty. (W. Clement Stone)
  • All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless they know where they want to go and what they want to be or do. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. (John Dewey)
  • Attack your goals hard. (Unknown)
  • By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands, your own. (Mark Victor Hansen)
  • By visualizing your goal already completed, you flip your mind onto the frequency that contains the way that it will be attracted to you. (Bob Proctor)
  • Clarity about goals saves a huge amount of energy that can be deployed productively in other areas. (Spencer Johnson)
  • Clear written goals have a wonderful effect on your thinking. They motivate you and galvanize you into action. (Brian Tracy)
  • Decide what you want, review it constantly, and each day do something that moves you towards those goals. (Jack Canfield)
  • Direction is so much more important than speed. Many are going nowhere fast. (Unknown)
  • Don’t limit yourself to the skies when there is a whole galaxy out here. (Bianca Frazier)
  • Dreams and goals can become magnates. The stronger the goal, the higher the purpose, the more powerfully objective, the stronger the magnate is that pulls you in that direction. (Jim Rohn)
  • Everyone’s real goal is for more life, more living. (Maxwell Maltz)
  • Give yourself a deadline. Specify a time for achieving your objective. This is important in motivating you: to set out in the direction of your goals and keep moving towards it. (W. Clement Stone)
  • Goal setters are pictures painters. They are artists of life who use a canvas, brush, and paints to create images of what they want life to be like. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Goals are a means to an end, not the ultimate purpose of our lives. They are simply a tool to concentrate our focus and move us in a direction. The only reason we really pursue goals is to cause ourselves to expand and grow. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Goals are dreams we convert into plans and take action to fulfil. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Goals help you channel your energy into action. They place you in charge of your life. (Les Brown)
  • Goals, once in the subconscious, provide energy and an invisible guide to correct action. (David Schwartz)
  • Goal-setting is not a one-time task with the results set in concrete. Instead, it’s a continuous, lifelong process. Review them once a week to see if they’re still important and if you are taking active steps toward their realization. (Jim Rohn)
  • Having a clear, precise, direct target, my powerful unconscious mind guided my thoughts and actions to produce the results I desired. It worked for me, and it can work for you. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Having a goal and understanding the situation are not enough. You must have the courage to act, for only by actions can goals, desires and beliefs be translated into realities. (Maxwell Maltz)
  • Human beings are the only life form that can alter the course of their life. (Jim Rohn)
  • If you are serious about your goals, drop the conditions. Go directly to your goal and be your goal. Conditions often disguise strategies for escaping accountability. Why not just take charge and create the experience you are looking for? (Eric Allenbaugh)
  • If you can see yourself in possession of your goal, it’s half yours. (Tom Hopkins)
  • If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. (Nora Roberts)
  • If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us. (Jim Rohn)
  • If you have a big enough why to do something, a strong enough set of reasons, you can always figure out a way to achieve it. (Anthony Robbins)
  • If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea. (Mel Robbins)
  • If you set a goal, you are more apt to achieve it. And the higher you set your goal, the greater will be your achievement. (W. Clement Stone)
  • In achieving your goals, it’s not what others believe you can do, it’s what you believe you can do. (Zig Ziglar)
  • It has been shown that people who do have written goals tend to live up to them. (Joe Karbo)
  • It is never too late to be what you might have been. (George Eliot)
  • It is the 3 percent of people with clear, written goals and plans that they work on every day who eventually end up earning more than the other 97 percent put together. (Brian Tracy)
  • Learn to judge yourself by your goals instead of by what your peers seem to be doing. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Make no small plans. Think big when you set your goals. Dare to think big and then set a series of smaller goals to get you there. Your goals should go beyond your own material needs. They should be goals that serve your purpose while meeting a larger need in the world. (Les Brown)
  • Man is a goal-seeking animal. His life only has meaning if he is reaching out and striving for his goals. (Aristotle)
  • Now it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because, that’s what he thinking about; and, we become what we think about. Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going and whose thoughts of confusion and anxiety and fear and worry, becomes what he thinks about. His life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry; and if he thinks about nothing, he comes nothing. (Earl Nightingale)
  • Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal. (Vince Lombardi)
  • Once you have set a goal and started the activity necessary to achieve it, your mind’s goal-seeking device operates automatically to achieve your goal. All you have to do is keep it on target, which means if necessary, change or correct it to keep on target. If you constantly focus on the goal, the mechanism will ensure you hit the target. (Jack Collis)
  • Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy. (Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj)
  • Only those things can be achieved which you don’t have. (Osho)
  • Remember, if there are no obstacles, it’s probably not a goal at all; it’s just a task. (Brian Tracy)
  • Setting goals helps bring your future into your present and the present is the only time we can take action. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible, the foundation for all success in life. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. Therefore, give yourself fully to your endeavors. Decide to construct your character through excellent actions and determine to pay the price of a worthy goal. The trials you encounter will introduce you to your strengths. Remain steadfast…and one day you will build something that endures: something worthy of your potential. (Epictetus)
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it. (Alan Kay)
  • The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work. (Oprah Winfrey)
  • The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get. (Jim Rohn)
  • The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it. (Jordan Belfort)
  • The Three P Formula. When you write down your goals, always use the three Ps. They must be personal, positive, and in present tense, as though you have already achieved your goal. (Brian Tracy)
  • The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach. (Benjamin Mays)
  • The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score. (Bill Copeland)
  • The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. (Herbert Spencer)
  • There are no unrealistic goals, only unrealistic deadlines. (Don Hutson)
  • Think about your goal in a relaxed, positive way. Picture yourself in your mind’s eye as having already achieved this goal. See yourself doing the things you will be doing when you’ve reached your goal. (Earl Nightingale)
  • To achieve a goal that you have never achieved before, you must develop a skill you’ve never had before. (Brian Tracy)
  • Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails, explore, dream, discover. (Mark Twain)
  • We all need lots of powerful long-range goals to help us past the short term obstacles. (Jim Rohn)
  • Well-defined goals are like magnets. The better you chisel them, the stronger they pull. (Jim Rohn)
  • What you get by achieving your goals is not nearly as important as what you become by achieving your goals. (Zig Ziglar)
  • When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. (Confucius)
  • When you are in the valley, keep your goal firmly in view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb. (Denis Waitley)
  • Write down your goal. Print it. Frame it. Hang it somewhere you will see it. Every day. (Lewis Howes)
  • Write down your goals. You will crystallize your thinking. The very act of thinking as you write will create an indelible impression in your memory. (W. Clement Stone)
  • Writing down your goal is a powerful thing. Declaring your vision and putting a date on it, as though it will happen is even more powerful. (Lewis Howes)
  • You are born to win, but must commit your goals to paper to give them force. People do not wander around and find themselves on Mt. Everest. (Zig Ziglar)
  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ( S. Lewis)
  • You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands, your own. (Mark Victor Hansen)
  • You measure the size of the accomplishment by the obstacles you had to overcome to reach your goals. (Booker T. Washington)
  • You need to be able to identify your goals clearly so that you can visualize them constantly. (Jack Collis)
  • You will arrive in 5 years either at your designed destination or an un-designed destination. (Jim Rohn)
  • Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life. (Les Brown)


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Chapter 5: Goals

50 Words to Your Dreams

By Michael George Knight

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