Monthly goal setting review –

We have past the 21st of June; the longest day of UK summertime, so from now on the UK days will slowly get shorter. Driving down the motorway I can see the corn fields turning yellow and harvest cannot be many weeks away. My daughter spotted a hotel advertising Christmas meals (in June!)….yes we will soon enough be eating Christmas turkey again!

Doesn’t it make you think? 2011 is half way through already. It is a good time for a review of progress made, both for the past month, as well as back to New Year’s Day. So firstly how have you got on since the 1st of January? Are the goals or resolutions of that day long forgotten? Or are you making some progress with them? Maybe you have had a good year so far and achieved some good results already since that day.

How about this June? At the start of each month I encourage my thousands of readers to set or reset a goal and at the end of each month to review that goals progress. How have you done this month?

It is worthwhile having a regular set review period, so that time or a lack of progress does not march on unchecked without noticing.

Whether this month or this year, if you have reached your chosen goal or made some good progress towards it, then be glad and grateful for that. If not, do not allow yourself to become disheartened by it. Remain positive; as I so often say, “I believe the number one lesson from personal development is; that it is vital to have a positive attitude.” Review your goals progress and all that you have learnt in the time of trying to achieve your goal. Check that your plans are as sound as they can be, but realize that often you cannot know it all at the outset. Some things you are just going to have to find on the journey towards your goal. By keeping your goals dominant in your thoughts, all the right answers will come to you as you need them.

Be clear on your goal.

Understand why you want that goal.

Be calm and know that you are going to reach your goal.

Have faith.

Be persistent.

“Goals give you more than a reason to get up in the morning; they are an incentive to keep you going all day. Goals tend to tap the deeper resources and draw the best out of life.” – Harvey Mackay

Think Big ! And go for it.


Rise with your goals

“May the wind always be at your back and the sun upon your face. And may the wings of destiny carry you aloft to dance with the stars.”
Johnny Depp – Actor. From the film Blow


Pursue your goal without


Pursue your goal and do not be in a rush, it is better to reach your goal slowly, but surly, than missing it by rushing. Like that old saying goes – “more haste; less speed”

Give yourself time for the learning curve as you pursue your goal and go slow enough that you will not miss something that you will need in order to reach it.

When we are in a rush and then miss the goal that we seek, it is then that we get easily disheartened and negativity works its harmful way in, bringing future progress towards that goal to a halt.

Be calm, relaxed, cheerful and confident in yourself that you are going to reach your chosen goal, even if it takes a little longer than planned.

If your goal is something that you truly want then a little extra time will not matter in the big scheme of things.

One of the best ways to make good progress towards your goal is to plan well at the outset. Good planning will make a world of difference to your progress in achieving your goal. Yet at the start off any big project it is not possible to know everything at the outset and so some bridges will have to be crossed as you reach them.

Do not rush, find the speed that will allow you to get it right.


Do not give up on your goal / Don’t quite Poem

Don’t quite Poem
Unknown author

When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road that you are trudging seems all up hill,
When funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smiles, but you have to sigh.
When care is pressing you down a bit.
Rest, if you must, but don’t quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out:
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far;
So stick to the fight when you are hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


The vision will produce the drive and momentum.


To reach a big goal is a whole lot easier with a strong vision. That vision is a strong, clear mental picture of your goal; seeing your completed goal in every detail as you would want it to be. Often this is called visualisation and all through the history of mankind it has been a strong predictor of success. A person with a clear vision for what they want and total belief in being able to achieve it, that is the person that does achieve their vision. It is our dominant thoughts that shape each person’s life and the world around them. A clear vision of the future is very defiantly part of a successful person’s dominant thoughts. The simplest thing that you can do to bring success to you is to have a clear and positive vision of your future. Having a strong vision of your future will lead to natural drive and motivation and will provide the energy needed to go the distance. Momentum comes as you daily work towards your goal, each day building some more on your previous efforts. Prioritise your time and efforts’ each day work on only one task at a time until you complete that task and then move on to the next task towards reaching your envisioned goal.

That vision will produces the drive and momentum needed to reach your end result, giving you all the energy that you will need to go the distance.


The Way to Win / Poem


One day a group of boys
Decided to have a race
They chose to climb a great big tree
And set off at a pace

The rest of their friends gathered
To see the boys at play
They talked about it to themselves
“Will they make it?” “No way!”

They called up to the children
“You’ll never make it up that tree”
But the boys just kept on climbing
And said “just watch and you will see”

But the others, how they shouted
And thought the boys tried to ignore
They began to drop out one by one
Another, another and then more

But one boy kept on climbing
And made it to the top of the tree
He never lost faith but believed in himself
And said “this won’t defeat me”

The others were quite amazed
At the squirrel at the top of the tree
“How on earth did he do it?” they said
“Well”, said one, “he’s completely deaf, you see”

So the motto of this poem is
You can reach the top of the tree
Just don’t listen to what others say
Just believe in yourself and you’ll see……..

Unknown author.


Paul J. Meyer / Quote

“Whatever you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.” – Paul J. Meyer




“If you go to work on your goals, your goals will go to work on you. If you go to work on your plan, your plan will go to work on you. Whatever good things we build end up building us.” -Jim Rohn


Confucius Quotes


No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. – Confucius

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. – Confucius

Study the past, if you would divine your future. – Confucius

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be a failure. – Confucius

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. – Confucius

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. – Confucius


Think / Visualisation / belief – attract that goal.


“There is nothing usual about or mysterious in the idea of your pictured desire coming into material evidence. It is working on a universal, natural Law….Everything in the world, from the hat on your head, to the boots on your feet, has its beginning in mind, and comes into assistance in exactly the same manner. All are projected thoughts, solidified”  – Genevieve Behrend

Now it stands to reason that a person who is thinking about a concrete and worthwhile goal is going to reach it, because that’s what he’s thinking about – and we become what we think about. Conversely, the man who has no goal, who doesn’t know where he’s going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety, fear, and worry become what he thinks about – his life of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing … he becomes nothing!
– Earle nightingale.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill.

The same is true for people, companies and countries; they rise with a strong vision or are over taken without one. There is nothing wrong with dreams or day dreams, but most people stop there. Entertain your dream and let it mature and grow in the mind and imagination. If it becomes a dominant thought, then turn it into a goal and work towards reaching it. It is just amazing how thoughts do become actual things, real, solid, tangible things.