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Is It Too Early to Set Your Goals for 2020

Some thoughts on goal setting and success.

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You can choose to set goals, and realize your potential. Or you can choose not to set them. ~ Zig Ziglzar

Goal setting is the process of identifying targets and setting up a plan to reach them. Goal setting gives you a direction in which you can proceed through the journey of life.

I haven’t been a regular practitioner of goal setting. I have usually treated goal setting as a haphazard way of trying to figure out what I want to do. It doesn’t work, or at the least, it’s not very useful.

Back in 1989, I learned about the Success Motivation Institute (SMI) and became a franchisee for them. That’s a fancy way of saying that I paid them to have the privilege of selling their wares. They market self-development programs. They were the pioneers of the self-development industry.

It was one of my many failures. I lost money but learned a few invaluable lessons. You might say that it was an investment in personal education. But what good is an education if you don’t use it? Right?

Paul J Meyer, the founder of SMI, had the best definition of success I have ever come across.

Even Earl Nightingale referred to it in his mega-successful personal-development program, Lead the Field.

“Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile personal goals.” ~ Paul J Meyer

Goal setting is the discipline of identifying personally meaningful targets you want to pursue. Success is making gradual and continual progress toward the fulfillment of those desires.

Do you set goals or make resolutions? What’s the difference, you ask?

Successful people set goals in early November. Others make resolutions in late December. Up until now, I have been a resoluter. (Is that even a word?) Resolutioner?

This year I am doing it differently. I suppose I am ready to take being successful seriously. What about you?

Set your goals, chart a course, and make progress towards them.

Success is not in the achievement, but instead in the progression. As long as you are moving in the direction of what is personally important to you, you are a success.

Get an accountability partner to help you stay the course.

I have shared my short-term goals for my Medium business here.

What are your goals for 2020? If you haven’t thought about it, now is the time to do it.

Feel free to link your goals post (see what I did there?) in the comments and let’s hold each other accountable.



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