The Power Of Written Goals

22 Apr

This is an invitation to join a bunch of odd balls.

Statistically only three percent of the population have written goals.

You join an exclusive club by simply writing your goals on a piece of paper.

But why write them?


Once you commit a goal to paper your subconscious mind takes over. It’s as though you are pulled to complete the goal.

Goals kept in your head and not written down are merely a wish.

Written goals keep you focused. They help you stay on the right track even when you are pulled in many directions.

Lot’s of people make New Year’s Resolutions. But most of these are forgotten within weeks.

It’s April. When was the last time you heard someone mention their New Year’s Resolution to you? My guess is January.

Make your goals simple, specific and time dimensioned. The more clarity you have, the better your chance of following through.

Over the years I’ve met only a few Program Directors with written goals. They always have the best stations, make the most money and enjoy the greatest overall success.

So join the three percent.

Lots of great books explain goal setting. But forget the books. It’s a very simple process.

First, carve out some serious quiet time and go somewhere that inspires you. It might be the beach or a lake. You get the idea.

Then let your mind go. Write down ALL of the things you want to do. The big and small stuff. Try for a list of 100 things you want to do in your life.

This is brainstorming, so avoid judging. Get it all down on paper.

Once you have the list break it into 1 year, 3 year and 5+ year goals.

Then rank the most important ones each group from1 to 10. One being most important. Ten least.

Now you have 10 one year goals, 10 three year goals and 10 goals for 5 or more years.

This is a great start. You might want to rank all of your goals at some point or even add to the list.

Now write each of the goals as though it was already happening. Put as much detail to your goal as possible, and set the time by which you plan to achieve it.

Review your goals daily or at least weekly. These are now the basis for your project plans and weekly action lists.

There’s one more thing to do before you finish.

Write down the very next action you will take to achieve each one of the goals. Once you have taken that action, do it again and again until you have reached the goal.

Use the idea of the ‘next action’ to keep you moving forward all of the time.

If you need help, I suggest reading Brian Tracy’s “Goals”. He gives a very detailed way to create and achieve your list.

Once you begin to see the results you’ll be hooked for life.


Posted by on April 22, 2008 in Radio programming


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3 responses to “The Power Of Written Goals

  1. Marc Richards

    April 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    GREAT start on this blog! You’ve got my gears turning for sure. keep up the great programming-related posts.

  2. David

    September 9, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hi Alan,

    I ran across your Brian Tracy Power of Written Goals blog and wanted to comment that I benefitted greatly from Brian Tracy’s Goals trainings.

    Have you seen the new Internet video personal development training website, that features Brian Tracy, Bob Procter of The Secret, Mark Victor Hansen of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Harv Eker of the Millionaire Mind?

    You can link to the training site at to see the faculty bio’s. To watch intro videos, and to setup your access account for iLearningGlobal, link to

    I wish you the best!


  3. alanfurst

    September 9, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    David thanks for the links. I’ll check them out.


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