because life's an adventure

JoJaffa goes Goal Setting

...and starts to create great things!

JoJaffa's FREE e-zine
Your email address:
more info

Open Outcry
Ask a question get advice
Why....set goals?
Getting started
How do I get started?
Kit and caboodle
Recommended reading
Spoil yourself
Holidays and Vacations
Getting more out of....goal setting
I've got the basics, what next?

Back to top
JJ's Home

Why....set goals?

97% of people do not set goals.


Zig Ziglar says this is because of 'FEAR'

Most people, believe 'there is no use in setting goals - because nothing good is going to happen to them!' says Zig.

Zig also reports that :

  • the average 18 year old has been told 'no' or 'don't do that' 148,000 times!

That's a lot of reasons to believe that you can't do things!

And as we grow up, we slowly begin to think that we can't! And if we can't achieve things, then there is no point in setting any goals.

Is there?

And yet....

"A small band of like minded men and women can change the world. In fact, it is the only thing that ever has!"

Stunning human achieve is possible!

A small number of people achieve great things in life. Some start great charities that go onto touch the lives of millions of people.

Others achieve scientific breakthroughs that bring health to our world.

Great historical figures have held a vision that have released their people from slavery and fear - think of Churchill, William Wilberforce, Nelson Mandela or Moses.

There again, perhaps your goal would (simply) be to have rich and enriching relationships with your loved ones.

For some people, a great goal is to be thin and fit - or be able to wear that size 34 pair of trousers hanging in the wardrobe.

Other people want to achieve great career or financial success!

- but there again, so many people don't! Sadly, many many people go to their grave with their music still in them! They live a life - safely perhaps - but not boldly!

So, what is the difference between these great achieving people? And those who live a life of fear?

Well, I think it is summed up by this phrase:

"Our greatest fear is not that we can't be great - but that we might be more powerful that we could ever imagine"
Nelson Mandela

And, "without clearly defined goals, you simply canít achieve the success you want!" (Zig Ziglar, again)

That's it - it just comes down goals! Here's another famous story about why you should take up goal setting;

A 30 year Harvard study of their graduates found that there were only 3% actually wrote down their goals. And guess what? These were the most successful!

You can be certain that every one of those students had repeatedly heard the value of goal setting.

Yet only 3% actually wrote down their goals consistently.

The study also revealed that this magic '3%' were not brighter than their fellow students!

Now, just imagine what you can do if you

  • set goals
  • write down your goals and, then,
  • focus on them every day, every week,
...until they are accomplished!

There isn't anything you couldn't achieve!

"It's like writing a business plan for your life!" Zig Ziglar

Tell us what got you interested in goal setting.

Back to top
JJ's Home

Getting started

I'm often asked -

'yeah, but I'm just a lowly office clerk, why do I need to goal set?'


'I've given up the rat race, I spend all day looking after the house and kids, I don't need this stuff'

Or, worse of all,

'look, I'm all right as I am - I don't need any of this improvement stuff'

Well, goal setting is of course optional! But it's important to see it as a means of creating great things in your life - no matter what stage of life you are at.

Your goals might consist of

  • 'finding a pet' or
  • 'fitting into my favourite little red dress' or
  • 'earning an extra $500 per month' or
  • 'finding faith again' or
  • 'learning to love my parents again' or
  • 'spending an extra 15 minutes per day with your children' or
  • 'achieving health'

...what ever it might be, your goals and achieving your goals, will make an enormous impact in your life.

Okay, so how do you get started?

Back to top
JJ's Home

Getting more out of....goal setting

All goals start as dreams!

Here are three common questions asked about goals; namely,

Difference between a GOAL and a DREAM

A goal without an end date is a dream! In other words, if I write "Climb a mountain" - then that is a dream! But, if I write "I Climb mount Everest by Dec 2007" then that is a goal!

What's a DREAM?

Dreams make goals!

Some people find it difficult to think of their goals. Or at least, when they think of a goal - such as 'get a pay rise' - it is so uninspiring that they quickly give up on goal setting.

After all, if you were in a dead end job with no prospects of advancement or excitement, than an extra £10 a day isn't going to make you jump up and out of bed in the morning!

So, the easiest and quickest way to get to the things that you truly desire (and not just those things that your mum or dad have been telling you that you ought to do - such as 'get a proper job') is to dream!

And a dream is exactly that - it is something that inspires you! It must excite you, give you energy and make you want to jump up and down and shout YEAH!!! Or at least, raise the heart beat a notch or two!

One of my dreams has always been to score the winning goal for Arsenal in the FA Cup Final. Now, the reason that it has never made it to my goals list is because it isn't realist (I'm as old as Tony Adams - and he retired in 2002).

But don't let real life stop you dreaming.

Another of my dreams was to write a book. Well, I've now written three books and edited many more! This is an example of a dream that became a goal and then became reality, and then kept repeating self. Probably because I never took it off my goal list!

So I invite you to dream - dream anything that excites you, and don't hold back on whether it is sensible or not!

Get a large sheet of paper - and start writing your dreams now!

Remember, it's the 3% who have the courage to goal set that achieve everything!

It's time to be one of those

So start writing....

Okay, now let's have a look at turning these dreams into goals:

7 Principles of writing Goals

All goals have common characteristics. Here is a list of the 7 key principles

  1. BELIEF - it is essential to have belief in both your goal and also in yourself
  2. GOALS ARE PERSONAL - begin your goals with 'I' - make it a statement of your belief
  3. PRESENT TENSE GOALS - state your goals as 'I am fit, I can, I have' - not future tense!
  4. POSITIVE TENSE - state your goals positively eg. I am a non smoker' rather than the things that you are not (ie 'give up smoking')
  5. BALANCE YOUR GOALS - set a balance of goals between work, career, family, friends, relationships, fitness, spirituality and health
  6. LIVE IN THE MOMENT - the power of life is now! Remember to set goals for now and the immediate future.
  7. ALLOW ENOUGH TIME - give yourself the space to dream a little and enough time to have your greatest thoughts!

Now put a your goals on a single sheet of paper and hang them on the wall, in front of your computer!

Feel free to take them down, change them and update them!

Just keep those goals live - and you'll be amazed at what you can achieve!

Back to top
JJ's Home

Kit and caboodle

Need a good book, video or more advice? JoJaffa has picked out the best for you. For each book/ video just click on the amazon link find out the price and get more information.

If you can suggest any good books about goal setting, let us know.

Recommended Reading

Books : Life Mapping: Create a Powerful Blueprint to Bring Out the Best in Yourself - and Your Life
by Brian & Sangeeta Mayne
Brian and Sangeeta take goal setting a huge step forward with this great book. Instead of just 'list' of goals, this book will show you how to map your life so that

Amazon UKin association with...Amazon US

Books : Sam the Magic Genie
by Brian Mayne
Perfect for kids - and great for adults too. This neat little story shows you what happens when Sam meets his Genie and starts to use goal to achieve powerful things in his life. Fun and engaging. A perfect introduction to goal setting.

Amazon UKin association with...Amazon US

Audio Book : Goals: Setting And Achieving Them On Schedule [ABRIDGED]
by Zig Ziglar
By the main man! This is the low cost 'entry' point to Zig's motivation and goal setting techniques

Amazon UKin association with...Amazon US

Books : Grow Rich! With Peace of Mind
by Napoleon Hill
Famous author who inspired many of the big name gurus of today!

Amazon UKin association with...Amazon US

Books : Goal Setting 101 : How to Set and Achieve a Goal!
by Gary Ryan Blair
Neat way to get started with goal setting.

in association with...Amazon US

Back to top
JJ's Home

Spoil yourself

Sign up to some great (free) newsletters. Here are three of my favourites:

Back to top
JJ's Home

Open Outcry

Got a question? Get an answer!

Post a message to the goal_setting discussion board.

You might just

  • have a general question about goal setting?
  • want to make a comment
  • want to share tips and advice with fellow JoJaffa-ers?

... Then why not use our goal setting chat board

Maybe someone has already asked that burning question you're longing to find the answer to ...

Back to top
JJ's Home
If you are interested in goal setting, you'll probably also enjoy some or all of the following

One of your goals might to live or holiday in your dream home in Spain.

If so, check out our Buying in Spain guide.

Or, to turbo power your goals, turn them into visual images and set them out on a single map. Then share them across the internet. Then create an interactive list of projects plus actions and share those with the people in your life.

Does it work? You bet it does!

How do you do it? Find out at My Goal Mapping - the first step to designing a life without limits!

Prepare to be amazed!

© JoJaffa 2000 to 2004Disclaimer