The Miracle Method of Achieving Your Goals HTML version

1. Introduction
Chapter Outcomes:
At the end of this Chapter, you will be able to:
x Deibe ‘goaleing’
x Exlin why goaleing is impotant to you
x Exlin why the goaleing proces oten fails
x Exlin why you hven’t uceeded at eing or aciing goals to date if this is the case)
This Chapter is mostly reading about and understanding goal setting - what it’s all about, and why it is so
important. Don’t worry if you have to read the chapter several times to fully understand the material,
because it’s important that you do before you move on.
1.1 Goal Setters
Goal setting is not new. For thousands of years, prominent citizens and civilisations have used goal
setting in some form to plan and then achieve incredible feats of engineering, exploration, discovery or
Imagine if Captain Cook or Christopher Columbus didn’t have goals to explore the new world? Or if the
ancient Egyptians didn’t have a ‘goal’ for commemorating their dead Pharaohs? (Slave labour helped
too!). All of the great wonders of ancient civilisations would not exist if some visionary didn’t have the
goal to build them. And of course, all the major military battles in history, from Roman times to modern
battles, were all won (or lost) as a result of a strategy that evolved from a simple goal.
In today’s capitalist society, there are numerous business men and women who have succeeded through
goal setting and planning. The late Kerry Packer (1937-2005) rose to become the wealthiest man in
Australia through his media interests, despite being reportedly dyslexic and, as Kerry Packer himself said
“academically stupid”. Was this just good luck – partly, but he also had a strategic plan for this business
empire that evolved from his personal goals (mostly to prove his father wrong, who had labelled Kerry
the “family idiot”) and the goals he established for his business.
I’m sure you can think of other ‘successful’ people - whether they’re a well known public figure, someone
at work, or someone in your circle of friends – and I’m 99% sure they’ve all got where they are, not
because of good luck (although this may help) but because of good life management. In other words –
Then of course there are the people like you and me. We’re ‘normal’ people that just want the best for
our family and to live a happy, comfortable life. Or perhaps you’re more ambitious than that? It doesn’t
matter how big or small your ambitions are, the best (the only) way to get there is to prepare a Life Plan
built around your own personal goals.
Putting it simply:
…people who succeed have goals, and people who have goals succeed.
This is probably the most important message from this chapter. To reinforce this key message (we’ll be
doing this with other key messages throughout this workbook), write it down on a separate piece of paper
in BIG LETTERS and stick it somewhere obvious. Read it to yourself or out aloud every day – read it
with conviction, like to truly believe it. Let the power of your mind through positive thinking and idea
reinforcement help you embrace this wonderful process.
Of course, you may already be a seasoned goal setter, in which case this workbook will give you some
great tips to support your goal-setting journey. [Goal Setting Workbook – Rev 0] Page 3
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