A research study by the Ford Foundation found that of the 10% of the population with specific goals, only 3 out of 10 people actually achieve their goals. Why? The top 3% wrote down their goals and had an action plan.

Pyramid of Life

Researchers working on this project found that of all the possible variables, the only difference between the top performers and the rest was that the top 3% wrote down their goals.

Strategic Goal Planning: Include your values in your goals, and then develop specific actions to reach your goals. Writing down your goals makes you committed to the course of action you have chosen and triggers self- motivation. The qualities of motivating goals are: S.M.A.R.T.

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
From Paul J. Meyer’s “Attitude Is Everything”

S- Specific
M- Measurable
A- Attainable
R- Realistic
T- Tangible

Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
• Who: Who is involved?
• What: What do I want to accomplish?
• Where: Identify a location.
• When: Establish a time frame.
• Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
• Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.

Example: A general goal would be, “Get in shape”. Bus a specific goal would say,
“Join a health club and workout three days a week.”

Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continue to try to reach your goal. To determine if your goal is measurable, as questions such as ….. How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals. You can attain most any goal you see when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build you self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress. A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.

Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing. When your goal is tangible, or when you tie a tangible goal to an intangible goal, you have a better chance of making
it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
Intangible goals are your goals for the internal changes required to reach more tangible goals. They are the personality characteristics and the behavior patterns you must develop to pave the way to success in your career or for reaching some other long-term goal. Since intangible goals are vital for improving your effectiveness, give close attention to tangible ways for measuring them.

Culled from Earl Nightingale’s Goal Study


Step 1: Decide Exactly what you want
• You must be clear on what you want in all aspects of your life
• Financial, personal, professional, health, etc.
• Ask yourself what it is you want?
• What new skills do you want to learn this year?
• What changes do you want to make in your personal life?
• Professional life?

Step 2: Write your goals down
• Psycho-neuro motor activity – where you write you goal down physically on paper and it activates your mental powers and your subconscious mind works on it 24 hours a day until it’s achieved.

Step 3: Set a deadline
• Set a very specific deadline for what you want to achieve this goal by. This motivates and drives you to achieve that goal by the date you choose. Break your goal down into parts and keep working on it until it’s complete.

Step 4: Make a list
• Make a list of everything you can do to achieve that goal. Keep writing everything you can think of until you have broken your ultimate goal down into several sub goals. How do you eat an elephant? One step at a time

Step 5: Organize the list
• Sequence, what’s the order that you have to do things?
• Priorities: What is more important and what is less important?
• 20/80 rule – usually the first 20% of the things you do in the achievement of a goal usually accounts for 80% of the results you get.

Step 6: Take action
• Do something and move quickly. Now that you have your goal, your deadline, and your goal broken up into sub goals, do something immediately to take action toward achieving that goal.

Step 7: Do something every day to achieve it.
• Take action every day to begin moving toward the achievement of your goal. Don’t make excuses. Only those who are willing to take action every day to move themselves along toward achieving their goal will actually achieve it.
Make a list of 10 goals that you’d like to achieve in the next year.
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Now, ask yourself, “If I could only achieve one goal on the list, which one would it be?

Once you’ve chosen the most important goal you’d like to achieve, put a circle around it. This becomes you focal point, your point of concentration. Write on a clean sheet of paper.

Culled from Brian Tracy’s Praxis Now


My wife and I will travel to the Holy Land (Israel) on the 25th November, 2015 for Christian Pilgrimage. Pilgrimage is both life-transforming and life-enriching. The sacred journey will surely avail us the opportunity to authenticate the Holy Bible, to discover our spiritual origin or home, and to prove the existence of the Almighty God. Just like a knife that was blunt and sharpened afterwards, so also is the level of enrichment to our Christian virtues and principles when we embark on pilgrimage to Rome and Jerusalem. Going on pilgrimage increases our faith and level of spiritual alertness. The Holy Bible tells us in Psalm 84:5 “How happy are those whose strength comes from you, who are eager to make the pilgrimage to Mount Zion, as they pass through the dry valley of Baca, it becomes a place of springs the autumn rain fills it with pools. They go stronger as they go; they will go they will see the God of gods on Zion.”
While in Israel, I shall conduct a 2-day Seminar on Success Strategy for the Israeli and African youth in Tel Aviv. It’s going to be a two-day life-changing super seminar. I am in close touch with the Israeli Public Speakers Association, the organisers of this important seminar. The theme of the Seminar is “How to Develop Prosperity Consciousness in Competitive and Globalised World.” Let me give you the synopsis of the theme of the Seminar right away. Every human being was born to be rich or prosperous but as J. J. Rousseau said in his famous book, The Social Contract: “Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains.” One of the most common misconceptions concerning prosperity relates to the way and manner people think about money. For instance, how many times have you heard people say during their conversation: “Igbo man and money”, “money isn’t everything”, “money is not important” or “I don’t care about money.” The people who say these things might not care about money, but one thing is certain: Their land-lord cares about it; their children’s school does; and so does their car dealers; electricity bill, DStv bill, telephone bill and other bills must be paid whether you like money or not. Thus, there can be no denial of the fact that money is important to any person in a modern society. Hence, to argue that money is not important is totally absurd. Poverty is more painful than death. Nothing can take the place money in the country in which it is used. But let me remind you that money is a servant and you are the master. Be careful not to reverse this equation because those who embraced money as their master did so to their own detriment. Always use money but do not allow money to use you.
You should bear in mind that money is an effect and must always be earned. The only people who make money are those working in the Mint or those fraudsters and conmen on their way to prison if they have not already been jailed. Every other person must earn money. There is nothing like free breakfast or something for nothing. The question you should now be asking yourself is: How do I go about developing prosperity consciousness for myself? The best way to develop a prosperity consciousness is to think about wealth. Then, as you go to bed tonight start engaging yourself in deep thought. Think and write down the things which you can do efficiently well and begin doing one of them. It may not attract money at first but if you do it well and satisfy your customers, in the long run, it will turn to a stream of income for you. Do not go to bed early tonight. Go to a room where you can sit down all alone, with pen and paper and start jotting down the things you think you are good at. Strategize how to go about it. Do not allow money to pose limitation to your ideas. Some years ago a friend of mine started plantain chips business in Lagos with less than Ten Thousand Naira. Today, this business has grown to become a multi-million naira business. Start something today and watch it grow. Never entertain the stupid idea of “quick money” or what we call in Nigeria “get rich quick and die young.” It kills. Almost all the major 419ners (fraudsters) who duped their fellow Nigerians as well as foreigners met their untimely and mysterious death. Scam does not pay at the long run.
Develop prosperity consciousness by seeing yourself in your mind’s eyes already in possession of the amount of money that you desire, the type of house you want, and the type of car you need. The reason for this is that since the subconscious mind cannot distinguish between the actual possession of money and mere visualization, you will soon become very comfortable with the imagined money. As a result, you will start attracting it to yourself. Do not think or talk about your past troubles of a financial nature, if you have had them. Do not think of them at all. Do not tell of the poverty of your parents or the hardships of your early life. You cannot retain a clear vision of wealth if you are constantly turning your attention to opposing ideas of poverty, whether they are real or imaginary. Put poverty and all things that pertain to poverty completely behind you. The Holy Bible tells us in Matthew 8:22: “Follow me, and let the dead bury their dead.” Prosperity shall be yours. I will see you when I return from Israel in two weeks time.