Spencer W. Kimball: “We do believe in setting goals. We live by goals. In athletics we always have a goal. When we go to school, we have the goal of graduation and degrees. Our total existence is goal oriented.” “We must have goals to make progress, encouraged by keeping records — as the swimmer or the jumper or the runner does. Progress is easier when it is timed, checked, and measured. Goals are good. Laboring with a distant aim sets the mind in a higher key and puts us at our best. Goals should always be made to a point that will make us reach and strain.” “It is most appropriate for [you] … to quietly, and with determination, set some serious personal goals in which [you] … will seek to improve by selecting certain things that [you] … will accomplish within a specified period of time. Even if [you] … are headed in the right direction, if [you] … are … without momentum [you] … will have too little influence.” As a general rule, it is much better to focus on a few pertinent goals at one time rather than attempting to focus on many goals simultaneously. Use wisdom in determining how many goals you attempt to focus on at the same time, according to your particular temperament, ability, etc.”
Goals, of course, need to be realistic, something you are not currently achieving, and something that will require a certain amount of mental and perhaps physical exertion. Your goals must not be too easy to achieve, or you will be falling short of your potential. Select goals in every facet of your life, not just goals related to earning money. You are entitled to achieve your ultimate potential, be it emotionally, socially, spiritually, professionally, or academically oriented. Approach everything you desire to achieve with a steadfastness of purpose. Goals are good for us. They make us reach and strain. Consistently setting and accomplishing new goals is necessary to living a full life. We have all heard the stories of people accomplishing their goal of retiring. Some wither and die within a few short years. Others go on to live active and productive lives well into their nineties and beyond. Why? It is because of their attitude and mind-set. They have new horizons to see, new mountains to climb, and just simply, new goals to accomplish. A person does not have to plan to fail or wither away. However, one must plan to succeed to have a full, productive life.
You must maintain a committed, determined effort in order for your goal to be achieved. Remember, desires are merely wishes unless you back your desires with effort. Your success in achieving your goal will be in direct proportion to your efforts, not your circumstances. When you come upon a road block, face it with the determination to go over it, around it, under it, or right through it! Where there is a will, there is a way!
First, prepare to write down your plan. Start with your dream list. What are the things that motivate you? Are they a new home, a car, a nice vacation for your family, the financial ability to help others, the financial freedom to be able to devote more time to being a good husband and father, etc., etc., etc.
Anything ever accomplished or created by anyone in existence was first a thought, and then it was written down. Write out your business plan / goals. It is important to be specific! What will you do? What will it take to accomplish the things on your dream list? Accept the fact that you will constantly be re-evaluating your progress and making revisions to your plan. By doing so, you will continue to move forward.
Some categories to consider in planning for improvement and goal setting are: personal, family, spiritual, and business. Again, it is important to be specific! Write out how much money you want to be earning per month by the end of the first year, second year, and third year. Write out a specific plan for the time commitment and activities that will be necessary to accomplish this. Plan it on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It begins with the first day and goes one day at a time from that point on.
Napoleon Hill: “There is a difference between wishing for a thing and being ready to receive it. No one is ready for a thing until he believes he can acquire it. The state of mind must be belief, not mere hope or wish. Open-mindedness is essential for belief. Closed minds do not inspire faith, courage, and belief.” “Remember, no more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty.” The power of faith has power, dominion, and authority over all things. Learn to approach everything you desire to achieve with the power of faith in mind.