Dear Bill, thanks for bringing up the subject of goals. When I first started setting goals I didn't actually see them as goals at the time. I just kept a journal and jotted down names of people and amounts next to them. I had this daily routine of looking at my "plans" and then I noticed at the end of the month how I actually had sometimes achieved or even surpassed those figures I had written down.
I didn't learn this from someone else. It just happened for me, and it worked! Once I noticed how well I was doing because of this method, I decided to see if I could double my income using this tool. Sure enough, it worked again. I was using it conscientiously with focus.
Well, my income went from R 5 000 to R 10 000. I decided to see if I could double it again. Guess what, it happened again and my income went up to R 20 000 per month. Then life taught me a hard lesson about trusting the wrong people and I had to start all over again.
I am back at R 20 000 and now have a goal to double it to R 40 0000. Just last night I drew up a detailed step-by-step plan of how I WILL achieve this early in 2010. And today I got a newsletter from you about goals!
Financial success isn't my only goal. I have been faithfully married for 36 years and have a fantastic relationship with my wife. My health is one of my primary goals - fantastic at the moment. I also enjoy helping and encouraging others.
I hope this helps prove that without proper goals you just float through life getting nowhere. What a shame!