How to Achieve Your Goals

by Rob Wicker

Most of us, at one time or another, set goals. We want to lose weight or improve in a sport or make more money. So we establish a goal, such as losing weight, and we post a photo of our slimmer self on the refrigerator as motivation. Then what happens?

Usually not much. We get distracted or discouraged and our goal goes by the wayside. In fact, according to the New York Times, 80% of New Year’s resolutions go up in flames by Valentine’s Day!

The problem is that most people don’t take the proper approach to achieving goals. They fail to think through and implement the day by day steps that are necessary to be successful.

I heard an interview with Bill Gates, who has achieved so much as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Gates said that he focused on the small steps that eventually led to huge acheivements: Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A useful guide to help you achieve your goals is the Pick Four manual. The ideas in the manual were originally published by the legendary Zig Ziglar. The manual has recently been updated by the equally legendary Seth Godin.

The manual outlines a 12-week program with a track for identifying and achieving four goals. You can find the Pick Four manual here. One of the nice things about the manual is that it helps you hold yourself accountable. If there are specific goals you want to achieve, Pick Four is definitely worth a look.

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