Magic happens when you put your goals down on paper. Your subconscious mind starts trying to figure out ways to make your goals become a reality.

David Jensen, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Crump Institute for Biological Imaging, Department of Pharmacology, UCLA School of Medicine, conducted a goal-setting study of a group of people from a cross-section of occupations; doctors to businessmen, to truck drivers. These were actually people who had paid money to attend Zig Ziglar seminars. So we’re talking about a group of people who were willing to invest in themselves to achieve more in life.

The researchers found that the people who had created a balanced goal program earned twice as much as those who hadn’t. But that’s not all. They were also happier, healthier, and had better relationships with their family members. The bottom line is that the people who had taken the time to develop balanced goal plans for their lives were enjoying their lives much more than the people who were leaving their lives to chance.

Goals give your life direction and help you have more control of your life and more peace of mind. So what are you waiting for? Take a little time and put together a goals program for your life! It’s not that hard. A good start would be to answer the following questions…

What, specifically would you like to achieve? What would achieving your goal mean for you? Can you get emotional about achieving your goal? Do you have a burning desire? What do you need to overcome to achieve your goal? What resources do you need? Who can help you along the way? What new skills do you need to develop? What is your plan for making it happen? When do you want to reach your goal?

Decide to create a goals program and watch your life change!

When Tiger Woods was a young boy, he wrote down on a 3×5 card that he intended to break all of Jack Nicklaus’ records. Jack Nicklaus agrees that Woods can do it if he stays on the track he’s on.

The most effective way to write your goals down is to take a 3×5 card and on one side write:

‘I intend to ………. by (date).’

On the other side of your card write why.

‘I intend to accomplish this because…’

Then write at least three reasons why you will do it. The reasons increase your belief.

Read your card first thing in the morning EVERY DAY to stay focused on the objective. Then read your card EVERY NIGHT before turning out the lights so your subconscious can work all night on ways to make it happen.


Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez