by Brain Tracy



A person with a clear purpose will make progress on even the roughest road. A person with no purpose will make no progress on even the smoothest road. 

                                                                                                —- Thomas Carlyle 


TAKE YOUR DREAMS out of the air and crystallize them into clear, specific written goals. Perhaps the greatest discovery in human history is that “You become what you think about most of the time”. 


First decide exactly what you want in each area of your life, especially in your financial life. 


Second, write down your goals clearly and specifically. Something amazing happens between your head and your hand when you put your goals in writing. 


Third, set a deadline for each goal. Set sub deadlines if a goal is big enough. Give yourself a target to aim at. 


Fourth, make a list of everything you can think of that you will have to do achieve each goal. As you think of new ideas, add them to your list until it is complete. 


Fifth, organize your list into a plan of action. Determine what you are going to do first and what you will do later. Decide what is more important and what is less important. 


Sixth, take action on your plan immediately. It is amazing how many splendid goals and plans are never realized because of procrastination and delay. 


Seventh, and perhaps most important, do something every day that moves you at least one step closer to your most important goal. This commitment to daily action will make you a big success in anything you decide to accomplish. 


Then, make a list of 10 goals that you would like to achieve over the 12 months. Write your goals in the present tense, as though a year has passed and you have already achieved them. Begin each goal with the word “I” to make it personal to you. 


Once you have your list of 10 goals, go over the list and ask this key question: which one goal on this list if I were to achieve would have the greatest positive impact on my life? 


Whatever your answer to that question, circle that goal and make that your number one, most important goal for the future. Set a deadline, make a plan, take action on your plan, and do something every day that moves you towards that goal. 


From now on, think and talk about that goal all time. Think and talk about how you can achieve that goal. Think and talk about all the different steps that you can take to make that goal a reality. This exercise will stimulate your creativity, increase your energy, and unlock more and more of your potential.