Goal Setting – Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps!

Goal Setting – Powerful Written Goals In 7 Easy Steps!

The car is packed and you’re ready to go, your first ever cross-country trip. From the

White Mountains of New Hampshire to the rolling hills of San Francisco, you’re going to see it all.

You put the car in gear and off you go. First stop, the Baseball Hall of Fame in

Cooperstown, New York. A little while into the trip you need to check the map because you’ve reached an intersection you’re not familiar with. You panic for a moment because you realize you’ve forgotten your map. But you say the heck with it because you know where you’re going. You take a right, change the radio station and keep on going. Unfortunately, you never reach your destination.

Too many of us treat goal setting the same way. We dream about where we want to go, but we don’t have a map to get there.

What is a map? In essence, the written word

What is the difference between a dream and a goal? Once again, the written word

But we need to do more than simply scribble down some ideas on a piece of paper.

Our goals need to be complete and focused, much like a road map, and that is the purpose behind the rest of this article.

If you follow the 7 steps I’ve outlined below you will be well on your way to becoming an expert in building the road maps to your goals.


Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson



1. Make sure the goal you are working for is something you really want, not just something that sounds good.

I remember when I started taking baseball umpiring more seriously. I began to set my sites on the NCAA Division 1 level. Why? I knew there was no way I could get onto the road to the major leagues, so the next best thing was the highest college level. Pretty cool, right. Wrong.

Sure, when I was talking to people about my umpiring goals it sounded pretty good, and many people were quite impressed. Fortunately I began to see through my own charade.

I have been involved in youth sports for a long time. I’ve coached, I’ve been the

President of leagues, I’ve been a treasurer and I’m currently an Assistant State Commissioner for Cal Ripken Baseball. Youth sports are where I belong; it is where my heart belongs, not on some college diamond where the only thing at stake is a high draft spot.

When setting goals it is very important to remember that your goals must be consistent with your values.


2. A goal cannot contradict any of your other goals.

For example, you can’t buy a $750,000 house if your income goal is only $50,000 per year. This is called non-integrated thinking and will sabotage all of the hard work you put into your goals. Non-integrated thinking can also hamper your everyday thoughts as well. We should continually strive to eliminate contradictory ideas from our thinking.


3. Develop goals in the 6 areas of life:




















Setting goals in each area of life will ensure a more balanced life as you begin to examine and change the fundamentals of everyday living. Setting goals in each area of life also helps in eliminating the non-integrated thinking we talked about in the 2nd step.


4. Write your goal in the positive instead of the negative.

Work for what you want, not for what you want to leave behind. Part of the reason why we write down and examine our goals is to create a set of instructions for our subconscious mind to carry out. Your subconscious mind is a very efficient tool, it cannot determine right from wrong and it does not judge. It’s only function is to carry out its instructions. The more positive instructions you give it, the more positive results you will get.

Thinking positively in everyday life will also help in your growth as a human being.

Don’t limit it to goal setting.

5. Write your goal out in complete detail.

Instead of writing “A new home,” write “A 4,000 square foot contemporary with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths and a view of the mountain on 20 acres of land.

Once again we are giving the subconscious mind a detailed set of instructions to work on. The more information you give it, the more clear the final outcome becomes. The more precise the outcome, the more efficient the subconscious mind can become.

Can you close your eyes and visualize the home I described above? Walk around the house. Stand on the porch off the master bedroom and see the fog lifting off the mountain. Look down at the garden full of tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers. And off to the right is the other garden full of a mums, carnations and roses. Can you see it? So can your subconscious mind.


6. By all means, make sure your goal is high enough.

Shoot for the moon; if you miss you’ll still be in the stars. Earlier I talked about my umpiring goals and how making it to the top level of college umpiring did not mix with my values. Some of you might be saying that I’m not setting my goals high enough. Not so. I still have very high goals for my umpiring career at the youth level.

My ultimate goal is to be chosen to umpire a Babe Ruth World Series and to do so as a crew chief. If I never make it, everything I do to reach that goal will make me a better umpire and a better person. If I make it, but don’t go as a crew chief, then I am still among the top youth umpires in the nation. Shoot for the moon!


7. This is the most important, write down your goals.

Writing down your goals creates the road-map to your success. Although just the act of writing them down can set the process in motion, it is also extremely important to review your goals frequently. Remember, the more focused you are on your goals the more likely you are to accomplish them.

Sometimes we realize we have to revise a goal as circumstances and other goals change, much like I did with my umpiring. If you need to change a goal do not consider it a failure, consider it a victory as you had the insight to realize something was different.

What’s It Like Being You

What’s It Like Being You


We all play many parts in life: daughter or son, sister or brother,

parent, boss, employee, leader, assistant, friend. We also play

many different characters, sometimes in a single day: we can be a

hero at work and an average Joe at home, or vice versa. But what

if beyond all those parts and characters, there is a more fundamental

role you can play—your true self, the you who is uniquely you?

What if you were so familiar with this role that you were completely

comfortable with yourself and at ease in all circumstances?

There’s a wonderful story about a rabbi who dies and goes to

heaven. He has led a devoted life, following as closely as he could in

the footsteps of the prophets and sages, and so, naturally, he expects

God to greet him with praise. But when the rabbi arrives at the

pearly gates, God just looks at him and says, “I made you uniquely

you. Why did you spend your life trying to be someone else?”

This book is a guide to being yourself. The reflections, practices,

and inspirational quotations are designed to assist you in

becoming who you really are. Only you can answer the question

posed in the title: What’s it like being you? But in these pages, you

can explore a variety of approaches to help you connect with your

true self.

First and foremost, this book is practical, aimed at giving you the

experience of living in your true self as both a spiritual practice

and an antidote to the stress of modern life. We now have

conclusive evidence that stress has serious health consequences,


weakening the immune system, damaging the heart, and affecting

memory cells in the brain—just for starters. In a recent New York

Times article, neuroscientist Bruce S. McEwen of Rockefeller

University pointed out:

We’re now living in a world where our systems are

not allowed a chance to rest, to go back to base line.

They’re being driven by excess calories, by

inadequate sleep, by lack of exercise, by smoking, by

isolation, or frenzied competition.

But there is truly no rush to go anywhere. Nobody is leaving

this earth alive. The true self waits patiently for us to come to it.

So why not slow down and enjoy the path of self-discovery?

Lao Tsu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, said: “In the pursuit of

learning, every day something is acquired, and in the pursuit

of spirit, every day something is dropped.” It is my hope that in

addition to gaining something from reading this book, you will also

come away feeling lighter and freer from having let something go.

The false self (everything that is not truly you) is what you

s u render in the process of becoming who you are. When you strip

away the opinions and postures and addictions of the ego-driven

personality, what remains is the role of a lifetime—playing yourself.

You can start anytime. Why not right now? As you move away

from the self-defeating patterns of the false self, you move closer

to the source of nourishment and renewal. Here in the true self—

the Soul—we find Spirit, and we come alive.

Please Note:

The following words are used interchangeably

throughout the book:

False self, personality, ego

True self, Soul

God, Spirit

The John-Roger quotations on the left-hand pages

are designed to assist you in attuning to the true self.


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