How to Finally Achieve Your Goals

by Blair Evan Ball on January 3, 2014

GoalsHow many WHY’S do you have for each of your goals?

How compelling are those WHY’S?

Do the WHY’S move you emotionally?


Each day, each month, and each year bring challenges, trials, tribulations, and disappointments. This happens to us all. How are you prepared to deal with them? Are your emotionally tough? Utilize these tips…

1. Be Flexible

Game-ready leaders have the ability to absorb the unexpected and remain supple and non-defensive. If something isn’t going well or doesn’t turn out as expected, they remain flexible in their approach and look for new ways to solve the problem.

 2. Responsiveness

Game-ready leaders are able to remain engaged, alive and connected with a situation when under pressure. They are constantly identifying the opportunities, challenges, and threats in the environment. We must pay close attention to and understand global, national, regional and local economic trends, market trends, consumer trends, industry trends and competitor responses.

3. Strength

Game-ready leaders are able to exert and resist great force when under pressure and to keep going against insurmountable odds. They find the strength to dig deep and garner the resolve to keep going, even when things look bleak, personally and professionally. They focus on giving their best and fighting hard until the end, with persistent intensity throughout the each day.


There is a race on today, and you are in it, whether you know it or not. If you have not yet developed the habit of reading each day, attending seminars and courses regularly, watching educational videos and listening to audio programs in your car or as you move around, somewhere, someone else is doing this. Inevitably, that person will win the race, and you will lose.

The good news is that an average person, who develops the habit of lifelong learning, will eventually run circles around a genius who goes home and watches television each night.

The habit of continuous learning enables average people to become top performers in their fields. It enables people to go from rags to riches. It enables people to rise from poverty and frustration to affluence and success. Continuous learning opens every door for you. It increases your intelligence and creativity and puts you onto the fast track in your career. Continuous learning, like nature, is neutral. Anyone can use it to accomplish extraordinary things in life. It is one of the best habits you can ever develop, and the pay-off from continuous learning will last you all the days of your life.


Make it a habit to only associate with the kind of people that you like admire, respect and want to be like.

Dr. David McClelland of Harvard found that fully your “reference group” would determine as much as 95% of your success or failure in life. These are the people that you habitually associate with and consider yourself to be one of.  These can be members of your family, your coworkers, members of your political party, church or social organizations. The fact is that, “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Or as Zig Ziglar says, “You can’t fly with the eagles if you continue to scratch with the turkeys.”


Each person is essentially self-made. The person you are may have been determined by your childhood experiences. But the person that you become, the person that you may be, is completely under your own control. The great principle, that “You become what you think about most of the time” refers to what you are thinking today, at this very moment. It is not your thinking of the past, or your thinking in the future, that determines the course of your destiny.

Everything you are, and everything you will be, is determined by the thoughts that you think at each moment. And you can take complete control of those thoughts at any time you decide to.

You become an optimist by taking control of your inner dialogue, your self-talk. Resolve today to develop the habit of talking to yourself in a positive way.


Fully 95% of your emotions are determined by the things you think and the words you say to yourself as you go throughout your day. Use your self-discipline and self-control to think and talk about the things you want (GOALS), rather than allowing your mind to become preoccupied with the things that you don’t want, or with your doubts and fears.


People who write down specific goals for their future are far more likely to be successful than those who have either unwritten goals or no specific goals at all. In fact research conducted by psychologist Dr. Gail Matthews found that those who wrote their goals down were 33% more successful than those who did not.


Deadlines are an extremely valuable tool to use as you pursue your goals. Deadlines create a sense of urgency.

Every goal you have needs an accompanying deadline.  If the goal is important enough for you to set and pursue then it is important enough to have a deadline for completing it. When you set a deadline for your goal, you can then break down the goal into monthly, weekly, and daily components that will help you stay on the right timeline.


Be specific. If you want to earn more money, state I want to earn $X this year. I want to lose 35 lbs. by July 1st.

Choose the method for tracking the goal. You can track the progress of your goal on paper or on your computer. Some business owners draw a chart and fill in the progress at different intervals so they can get a visual on the progress.

By tracking your progress, you can determine if you are doing what you need to do to meet your goal or if you need to make some adjustments so you still have a chance to meet your goal. Your visual will help you to adjust and make those corrections that will keep you on track.


In order for you to achieve ALL YOUR GOALS, you must have COMPELLING reasons as to WHY! You must determine ahead of time the emotional reasons that tie into your WHY’S for setting and achieving your goals. The more WHY’S you have the greater your chances of maximizing the achievement of your goals. Write down your reasons why!


Finally, in becoming everything that you are capable of becoming, develop the habit of action orientation. In every study of successful people, in virtually every field, the quality of action orientation emerges as the most outwardly identifiable quality of people who are going somewhere in their lives and careers.

Action orientation means that you develop the habit of moving quickly when you have an idea or opportunity. You think continually in terms of the specific actions that you can take now to move closer to achieving a goal or getting a result that is important to you. Instead of talking endlessly about what you are going to do in the future, you act immediately to do something in the present.

The race is on, and you are in it.


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How to Have Your Best Year Ever in 2014  Blair Evan Ball

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