My new book Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less is now available in bookstores and on Amazon.com. It is the latest of my career success coach books. Its aim is helping you achieve the life and career success you want and deserve. I am in the process of blogging about each of the tweets in Success Tweets. You can get a free copy of the eBook version of Success Tweets at www.SuccessTweets.com. If you download the eBook and like it, I’d appreciate a positive review on Amazon.com.
Today’s focus is Tweet 26, one of several tweets on the importance of goal setting and goal achievement…
Keep your goals with you – in your wallet, or on your screen saver. They will be a constant reminder of what you will achieve.
Notice the last two words in the tweet – “will achieve.” I didn’t say, “hope to achieve,” or “want to achieve,” or worse yet “try to achieve.” I said “will achieve.” “Will achieve” is a positive, proactive statement that reinforces your visualization of your career success. As the tweet suggests, keeping your goals close at hand is a constant reminder of what you will achieve. Thinking in terms of “will achieve” rather than “hope to achieve,” want to achieve,” or “try to achieve” is a solid piece of career advice.
The other day, I saw a quote from John Wooden, legendary college basketball coach, and the author of several books on life and career success. This career success coach has them all in his library. Coach Wooden’s success pyramid is a truly comprehensive look at how to become the life and career success you deserve to be.
Here is the quote…
“I am not as good as I ought to be. I am not as good as I want to be. I am not as good as I’m going to be. But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.”
Notice that Coach Wooden uses positive affirmative language when he says, “I am not as good as I’m going to be.” Even at 99 years old, he is still growing.
Keeping your goals with you is a great way to help you become better than you are. For one thing, keeping your goals nearby makes it easy for you to reflect on them several times a day – see the post I did on this. For another, keeping your goals with you, makes them part of you.
I keep my goals in my wallet. They’re easily accessible. I pull them out and look at them so often I usually have to print a second copy midyear. The original gets creased, dirty and threadbare from so much folding and unfolding. Having my goals in my wallet in right front pants pocket every day makes them seem more real to me. Reviewing them a couple of times a day motivates me to do the work I need to do to accomplish them.
As I often am when I write these blog posts, I’m on a plane. I just wrote all of this week’s posts. Then I took a minute to stretch and review my goals. One of those goals is to create a membership site using Success Tweets and these blog posts as part of the content. The sooner I write all 140 blog posts, the sooner I’ll be able to put up my membership site. The sooner the membership site goes up, the sooner I’ll be helping more people take advantage of my career success coach thoughts and ideas. Just reviewing my goals gave me the energy to keep writing, instead of reading for the last hour of the flight.
See how this works? First of all, be thankful for being better than you were, believe that you will be better than you are. Use your goals – the things you will achieve – to inspire you to do the work necessary to become better than you are, and to become the life and career success you deserve to be. Pretty good career advice, if I do say so myself.
The common sense career success coach point here is simple. Successful people set and achieve high goals. Goals are your promise to yourself that you will become better than you are. If you follow the advice in Tweet 26 in Success Tweets, “Keep your goals with you – in your wallet, or on your screen saver. They will be a constant reminder of what you will achieve;” you will be more likely to achieve your goals, become better than you are, and create the life and career success you want and deserve. I keep my goals in my wallet, and look at them at least a couple of times a day. Try this career success coach advice. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish.
That’s my take on Tweet 26 in Success Tweets. What’s yours? Please take a minute to leave a comment telling us where you keep your goals and how often you refer to them. As always, thanks for reading.