How To Set Goals And Accomplish Them (Jim Rohn Advice)

*The following is an organized and edited description from the late entrepreneur Jim Rohn (1930-2009)
on Goal Setting. He was one of the richest and most influential men in America, with an estimated
net worth of $500,000,000.

The two most common attributes of successful people are reading and setting goals.
Considering the fact that you are reading this right now, I'd say your already halfway there.
So let's discuss setting goals and more importantly, accomplishing them.

There are two types of goals which you should be concerned with. Long-Range Goals,
and Short-Range Goals.

Long Range Goals:

Our dreams are what can be practically called Long-Range Goals.

We all have dreams. Dreams of love, happiness, travel, enterprise, etc. Dreams of doing things,
and dreams of becoming something unique on this journey we call life.

Short-Range Goals:

Our goals for the immediate future are called Short-Range Goals.

These are the goals for tomorrow, this week, this month, and this year. Short-Range Goals
are known as confidence builders. These goals can be accomplished very quickly
and accomplishing them builds up your confidence to pursue your dreams.
Of these goals you can divide them into three major categories.
1. Financial Goals:
These are your goals for money. Your goals for income, savings, and investments. Finance plays a major role in everybody's life. Finance is major, so it should be meticulously planned for.

How many people do you think have meticulously planned financial goals, written out,
 and described in great detail? You go up to anyone and ask to see there 
list of meticulously planned financial goals, and they will look at you like your 
some type of weirdo. 

Want to know what success is? Success is doing what the failures won’t do.

2. Thing Goals:
These are your goals for material possessions. It doesn’t matter how big or small,
put everything on your list. Why put everything on your list? Because part of the fun of making
a list is checking it off.

When you check off something major, celebrate. Celebrate your achievements. Live it up,
have a party. Congratulate yourself. Self-congratulations is a sign of maturity. Seeking congratulations
is a sign of immaturity.

3. Personal Development:
These are your goals which will grow you as a person.
The things which you attract in your life have a direct correlation with who you are, and who
you are in the process of becoming.

Personal Development comes in many forms. Here are some examples:
Learning a new language, developing a new skill, being a better member of the family,
setting a new record in the gym, developing better ethics, etc.

The simple formula for achieving your goals:

1. Work on your goals:
Setting goals is plain hard work. That is why a lot of people
just let it slide. Many people work hard on their job, but don’t work hard on their future.
The work involved is making plans. Many won’t put in the effort to do this.
Don’t let that be you. You need to be more than a good worker, you need to be a good planner.
Somebody once wisely said, “The people who fail to plan, are planning to fail.”

2. Write your goals down:
Put your goals on paper. One of the major people
you want to study is yourself. Writing your goals down shows your serious about
doing better, and to do better you got to get serious. Everybody hopes things will get better.
Hope is an important thing to have, but the future won’t get better by hope alone.
The future will get better by focused and organized planning. If you don’t get busy and
work on your goals, sure enough the time will pass. Then five years from now you will
end up being where you don’t want to be, wearing what you don’t want to wear, driving what
you don’t want to drive, and becoming something you don’t want to be. Now is the time to fix it.

3. Check the size and kinds of your goals:
How big your goals are, and what kind they are,
affect you. Your goals are constantly affecting you, whatever they are. Your goals affect
your handshake. They affect your attitude and personality. They affect the way you walk,
the way you talk, and the way you dress. All day long we are being affected by our goals.
Now some people have goals, but they have such lousy goals. The effect isn’t there.

You ask a guy, “What are your goals for this month?” He replies,
“I just want to scrape up enough money this month to pay my lousy bills.”
Now that is a goal, but its such a lousy goal the effect isn’t there.
“Scraping up enough money to pay my lousy bills”, doesn’t get you motivated when
you wake up on Monday morning. Some people have given up so much on life they
have joined the, “Thank God its Friday” club. How sad. Surely those are the same people
who when life is over for them will say, “Thank God its over.” Let your goals motivate
you and pull you towards the actualization of your dreams.

The Takeaway:

The major determining factor in how your life works out is your philosophy. Your philosophy
is your basic fundamentals, or guidelines on how to approach and deal with situations
and circumstance. To develop your philosophy, you must think and process ideas.
These ideas will accumulate over the period of your life.

Your philosophy is the set of your sail.
It is much easier to blame circumstance, or anyone/anything in your life for your failures.
The honest truth is, until you accept responsibility for the things you can or cannot control,
your life will be dictated by circumstance. As human beings we have the power to think.
This is what separates us from the rest of the animals in the kingdom.
We have the power to think and make decisions, not just operate by instinct.
We have to ability to change, grow, and adapt ourselves in our own lives by the thoughts in
our heads, and the fire in our hearts.

We all have the power to change our lives,
but some don’t do it, and some won’t do it. Don’t means your careless.
Won’t means your stubborn. Failure is a few errors in judgement repeated everyday,
and is called accumulated disaster. A few simple disciplines practiced every day is the
formula for success. Judgement errors or simple disciplines? It’s just as easy not to eat
the apple a day, as it is to eat the apple a day. The choice comes down to, easy to,
or easy not to.

Everyday we are tested by the winds of change and circumstance.
The same winds blow on us all. However, it is up to you to plan for your future,
to set your goals, and decide how you will set your sail.
Take the advice from Mr. Rohn, and set the better sail.