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Why do Most People Fail at Reaching Goals?--->, FF Insider#111
December 31, 2012
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Inside this Issue:

To bring you the very best information, this newsletter focuses on fitness and performance training principles for athletes and fitness clients, and how to use them to make sure you are on the right track. Enjoy!

1. Performance Article: Brian Tracy’s Seven Step Method to Achieving Your Goals

2. Special Announcements

3. Motivational/Inspirational Quote

4. Thank You


The 3 Responsibilites of a Finish First Sports Performance Coach:

1. to make athletes mentally and physically fit for competition

2. to keep athletes mentally and physically fit in competition

3. to restore athletes mentally and physically after competition

The North Face

Brian Tracy’s Seven Step Method to Achieving Your Goals

By Jeremy S Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, NASE Director of Performance Science and Coaching

Yes, it is the time of year, once again, where goal setting and resolutions are the topic of discussion.

While I do believe that goals should be created, mapped out and revisited frequently, much emphasis now is placed on the yearly resolutions that fade away as quickly as the piles of winter snow lingering in the sunshine and warmer weather.

Why do most people never achieve their goals? Why do resolutions fade so quickly?

While there are many different answers, from lack of commitment, lack of mental toughness, people willing to throw in the towel too quickly, etc., etc., etc…..I am going to focus on the issue of goal setting and action.

It has been proven time and time again that people who set goals are more likely to succeed than those who don’t. And, it has also been proven that those who write down these goals, AND create a clear plan of action have a much, much higher success rate than even those who merely set goals.

Writing down goals, creating a plan, and TAKING ACTION produces results.

Setting goals and taking action will take hoping and dreaming and make them into a reality. While many people will “commit” to one or more New Year’s Resolutions, the majority of those people will never resolve to see them through until they are accomplished. Many of those people will not write them down, will not make a real plan of action, will not take action, or will not have the discipline to continue with the plans when they become difficult or when they are facing failure.

While 1000’s of books have been written on goal setting, success, discipline, action, and a list of other characteristics that contribute to success and accomplishment, I am going to share a 7 step goal setting method by Brian Tracy, which he discusses in his book “No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline.”

Tracy shares several other goal setting and goal accomplishment strategies and techniques and I think that if you are serious about continuing to move forward in your life, and want to take real action to achieve new goals, then this book needs to be in your library, and you need to read it several times to take in all the wisdom it contains (for a complete list of the books I recommend for goal setting and achievement, please contact me and I will send you my complete list).

Without further delay, here is Brian Tracy’s Seven Step Method to Achieving Your Goals (quoted excerpt from pages 70-73):

“Step 1: Decide Exactly What You Want.

Be specific. If you want to increase your income, decide on a specific amount of money rather than to just “make more money.”

Step 2: Write it Down.

A goal that is not in writing is like cigarette smoke: It drifts away and disappears. It is vague and insubstantial. It has no force, effect, or power. But a written goal becomes something that you can see, touch, read, and modify if necessary.

Step 3: Set a Deadline for Your Goal.

Pick a reasonable time period and write down the date when you want to achieve it. If it is a big enough goal, set a final deadline and then set subdeadlines or interim steps between where you are today and where you want to be in the future.

A deadline serves as a ‘forcing system’ in your brain. Just as you often get more done when you are under the pressure of a specific deadline, your subconscious mind works faster and more efficiently when you have decided that you want to achieve a goal by a specific time.

The rule is ‘There are no unrealistic goals; there are only unrealistic deadlines.’

What do you do if you don’t achieve your goal by your deadline? Simple. You set another deadline. A deadline is just a ‘guesstimate.’ Sometimes you will achieve your goal before the deadline, sometimes at the deadline, and sometimes after the deadline.

When you set your goal, it will be within the context of a certain set of external circumstances. But these circumstances may change, causing you to change your deadline as well.

Step 4: Make a List of Everything You Can Think of That You Could Possibly Do to Achieve Your Goal.

As Henry Ford said, ‘The biggest goal can be accomplished if you just break it down into small enough steps.’

• Make a list of the obstacles and difficulties that you will have to overcome, both external and internal, in order to achieve your goal.

• Make a list of the additional knowledge and skills that you will need in order to achieve your goal.

• Make a list of the people whose cooperation and support you will require to achieve your goal.

• Make a list of everything that you can think of that you will have to do, and then add to this list as new tasks and responsibilities occur to you. Keep writing until your list is complete.

Step 5: Organize Your List by Both Sequence and Priority.

A list of activities organized by sequence requires that you decide what you need to do first, what you need to do second, and what you need to do later on. In addition, a list organized by priority enables you to determine what is more important and what is less important.

Sometimes sequence and priority are the same, but often they are not. For example, if you want to start a particular kind of business, the first item in order of sequence might be for you purchase a book or enroll in a course on that business.

But what is most important is your ability to develop a business plan, based on complete market research, that you can use to gather the resources you need and actually start the business you have in mind.

Step 6: Take Action on Your Plan Immediately.

Take the first step—and then the second step and the third step. Get going. Get busy. Move quickly. Don’t delay. Remember: Procrastination is not only the thief of time; it is the thief of life.

The difference between successes and failures in life is simply that winners take the first step. They are action-oriented. As they said in Star Trek, they ‘go boldly where no man has ever gone before.” Winners are willing to take action with guarantees of success. Though they’re willing to face failure and disappointment, they’re always willing to take action.

Step 7: Do Something Every Day That Moves You in the Direction of Your Major Goal.

This is the key step that will guarantee your success: Do something, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Do anything that moves you at least one step closer to the goal that is most important to you at that time.

When you do something every day that moves you in the direction of your goal, you develop momentum. This momentum, this sense of forward motion, motivates, inspires, and energizes you. As you develop momentum, you will find it increasingly easy to take even more steps toward your goal.

In no time at all, you will have developed the discipline of setting and achieving your goals. It will soon become easy and automatic. You will soon develop the habit and the discipline of working toward your goals all the time.”

Well, there you have it…A Lot of great information from one of the leading success experts in the world, Mr. Brian Tracy. I can’t recommend his books and programs enough. Again, if you’re looking to get more out of life, you need to invest more in yourself and your personal growth. It will help you leverage your knowledge and time to help more people.

Please visit Brian Tracy’s Website for more of his books and programs.

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Motivational Quote

“Motivation gets you going. Discipline keeps you going.”
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Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, MS, CSCS, PES, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
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