Your ability to discipline yourself to set clear goals, and then to work towards them every day, will do more to guarantee your success than any other factor


The tragedy is that most people think they have goals already but what they really have are hopes and wishes.


Hope is not a strategy!


A wish is said to be ‘a goal with no energy behind it’.


When you decide upon a goal, you change the direction of your life. You go from being like a ship without a rudder, drifting with the tide, to becoming a ship with a captain, a compass and a clear destination.


Here are seven simple steps to follow to achieve your goal:


  • Be specific.
  • Write it down.
  • Set a deadline
  • List what you need to do to achieve your goal.
  • Prioritise your list.
  • Take action on your plan immediately.
  • Do something every day towards the direction of your goal.


The discipline of goal-setting and writing your goals down gives you a target you can see and aim at every day.


The habit and the discipline of working towards your goal creates momentum, and will develop self-esteem, self-confidence and self-respect.


Source: The Power of Discipline, Brian Tracy