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Writing the Goals Down: Your First Key to Success

Once, back in 2002, I read a book called “Write it Down, Make it Happen“, and the main theme was to write down your goals or whatever you want to achieve. Then you can forget about it…. even if your lose this list, it Will happen!

The idea seemed good, and I actually did it. I made a list of over 45 goals, and truly enough, the list really got lost over the years. Today, in 2013, when I chanced upon the list again, tucked away in another book, I was amazed… I had already achieved 9 of the goals, without me realizing it.

That set me thinking… How did this happen? Do I just have to write the goals, and not do anything?

Studying further to find out the science behind goal setting, I went to the local National Library in Singapore, I researched the topic.

I found two interesting things that threw light upon this matter.

1. Brian Tracy, author of Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want — Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible,  says that our brain has a RAS - Reticular Activation System, which acts as a giant filter, only bringing in the news, information, and whatever we need to achieve our goals.

To better understand RAS, imagine this - If we are at a busy airport, where thousands of passengers are talking, there’s a lot of noise, and chatter going on every where. Yo ucan hardly hear a thing. yet, when the announcer announces your name or your flight, you immediately hear it in the first time. How? Because the RAS is listening, filtering out everything else, and bringing us the real, important stuff.

Similarly, from the hundreds of mundane things, trivia, social media, email, chatter, and junk going on around our lives, the RAS picks up the most important things, and brings it to our attention - whether we notice it or not.  We just have to tell it what to look for.

When we write our goals, the RAS takes over…. and begins to look for things, events, people, places, that will help us get closer to our goals. So get started, write your goals down.

2. In a study done by Mark McCormack in his book,  What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School, they asked a group of Harvard students in 1979, if they had written their goals. Only 3% had written their goals.  Another 13% had their goals clear in their mind, but had not written them down. The rest simply did not have any clear or written goals.

After 10 years, at a reunion, in 1989, they found that the 13% who had the goals clear in their mind were earning, on average, twice as much as the remaining 84% students who had no goals.

What was surprising was that the 3% who had the goals written, were earning, on average, ten times more than the other 97% graduates, put together.

The only difference between them, and the others was that they were clear about their goals, and had written them down.

So what are you waiting for, get started by writing down your goals.

All the Best! - Vinai Prakash

How To Take a Small Step Towards Your Diet Goals and Achieve Your Dreams

Today, one of my articles on goal setting was published by SearchWarp, a good article directory.

How To Take a Small Step Towards Your Diet Goals and Achieve Your Dreams

This article talks about the steps you need to take to get started with goal setting in a small way. Take the first step by writing down your goals. Once that is done,  you are already way ahead of the others who never take the time to think through their goals, let alone write them.

A written goal has the power to activate the subconscious mind and get it to start working and helping you to find the steps and solutions to your goals.

Do read my Health goals article, and let me know your comments and critisicm for improvement.


Veronica Parker,
Free Goal Setting

Do You Have The Discipline to Achieve Your Goals?

The Ladder to FutureThe new year reminds me of something… all those promises and vows and setting of new goals for the coming year… I’d go to the gym and find it crowded at my usual time, when no one used to be there. I notice a lot of new faces, begin to chat and help out a couple of them in trying to lift 5 pounds, or the switches of the treadmill. I have to wait my turn to get on with the exercises…

The next day, same new faces, and I strike a conversation with one…

Me: “How’s it going?”

“Tough man.. My shoulders are still aching from yesterday.But I want to lose these pounds, so have to stick to it”, he said, gritting his teeth.

Within 3 days, the new batch reduced in size by 50% and the 4th day, it was all gone except for 1 person. She endured a whole week. On the 8th January, I was alone in the gym at my usual hour.

What this tells is that Setting the goals is not enough. You need to act on them. To achieve some meaningful result, to get what you want, you need to put in the hard work now, do the push-ups now.

Just like to grow tomatoes, you can’t just drop the seeds and disappear. You need to return every day to water them, take out the weeds, give some fertilizers, and be there to pick the ripe tomatoes on time or the may rot.

If you take action, however small to get you one step closer to your goals, you will feel happier, your goal becomes stronger, your vision gets bolder, and your dreams get closer to you.

Athletes vying for the Olympic gold don’t just take up jogging one month before the event. They train for years - long hours, weeks and days without a break to get to what they so desire.

You need to develop the determination and the discipline to see you through the journey towards your goals. According to Horace Mann,

“In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdue an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present for future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color.”

Don’t be a slave to your moods, your palate or your passions. Set your goals, and take the necessary action to get closer to them. Be disciplined, and ye shall reap rich rewards.

To your success,
Veronica Parker,
Free Goal Setting

Goal Setting Success: Commit to Your Goals

One of my favorite quote on Goal Setting by Murray and Goethe :

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.

All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. “
- Goethe

– W.H. Murray, The Scottish Himalayan Expedition

For your own personal goal setting, write down your money goals, health goals, relationship goals, family goals, career goals and spiritual goals down.

It helps to get clarity and focus. Begin your journey at Free Goal Setting.

To your success,

Veronica Parker

Goal Setting Helps To Achieve Your Dreams

Goal Setting That Works is about my journey in achiving my goals. I won’t say that I know a lot about goal setting, but I truly believe in the power of goals.

If I look back a few years in my life, I had come to Singapore for a contract IT job. I was getting the minimum salary allowed to get an employment pass in Singapore. It was difficult to survive on it. I had just got married, and in a new land, it was dificult to live with a small amount.

At times I decided to leave the job and go back, but I persisted, and vowed that I will find a job that will give me the salary that I deserved.

The economy was good, the times were good, so I started applying for jobs from the local newspapers. I used to send atleast 20 resumes every night. But I did’nt get a single reply back. Singapore companies did’nt even have the basic courtsey to inform candidates if they made it or not. They clearly listed in the advertisements - “only shortlisted candidates will be informed”.

With no luck, I had pretty much given up hope of living a comfertable life in Singapore. With my contract term about to expire, I went and told my supervisor of my decision to not renew, as I did’nt think the salery I was getting was worth staying there for.

To my surprise, the supervisor was already in touch with my contracting company to work out a deal where I could leave my contracting company, and join their company as a full time employee. This had happened as my supervisor had appreciated the quality of my work at many times.

But when I threw in the towel, they asked me how much I wanted. I named my figure, which was kinda high at that time. But to my utter astonishment, they accepted it on the spot.

Thus began my career in this company, with the status of a full time employee, with a salary that I asked for.

Back then, I did not realise, but this whole thing grew out of my frustration with my current plight, and was strong desire to get the job that I wanted with the kind of salary I wanted. This wasn’t wishful thinking, but in effect, it was my goal. My first goal that I truly wanted.

Over the years, I read Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Napolean Hill, Wayne Dyer among others. And my thinking shifted. I started to write down my goals. One of the exercises in a Brian Tracy tape asked me to write down my top 50 things that I wanted to accomplish, and then file that list somewhere away, to be seen some time later. I wrote a long list of everything I could dream of - doing MBA, learning to play the Sitar, Visitng Thailand, being a published author, speaker and writer etc.

Actually I forgot where I kept that list. You know, sometimes, when I want to keep something very safe and secure, I hide it some very obscure place, thinking nobody can find it. And it is true. After a while, even I can’t find it myself. But that aside, I chanced upon the list some 4 years later, when I was moving house.

I was amazed at what I saw. More than 60% of the things I had written had actually happened. I had enrolled in an MBA program and even completed it, I had visited Bangkok in Thailand with my wife and kids, I had learnt to play Sitar, an Indian classical musical instument, and one of my articles was published in a book, among the many things I had written.

That was the time when I truly became a student of Goal Setting. I started studying it, trying different approaches on it, researching on it, and reading whatever material I could find in the local library and on the Internet.

This blog and the GoalSettingThatWorks website is my desire to share my learings with you, so that you can benefit from them too. The goal writing and reminder service is free for you to use, and share with your family and friends.

Use it and benefit from it. Use it to achieve and fulfill your dreams. I have had exceptional results, simply by writing down my goals, and reading them regularly.

Dr. Wayne Dyer wrote a book called “You’ll See it When You Believe It.” I have seen this happen in my life, and many of our  readers have written to me about their successes too. I feel that if you write your goals, you activate the universe to get it to you. If you truly believe in your goals, they will surely manifest.

Go ahead, get started now. You can write your goal here, and we will remind you every week!

See the results in just a few short weeks or months…