Quote of the Day:

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.

– Euripides

 Yesterday, I began filling out a new Pick Four notebook because I feel the need to regain the structure of thinking about my four goals each night before bed and then reviewing my progress at the end of each week. 

I’ve been writing my goals out each day but the end of the year I like to reevaluate, look at what I’ve accomplished, and plan out my Pick Four goals and my BIG goals for 2016. I’ll write blog posts at the end of the year to recap my accomplishments in 2015 and what I failed to complete.  Then I’ll focus on what I want to achieve in 2016.

For the next few days, I’m going to the preliminary steps of the notebook to decide what are my four most important goals, why I want to complete them, devise a plan to achieve them, and figure out who I can ask for assistance when this process gets hard because it always does.

Here are my notes from the preliminary steps of the Pick Four Notebook up to the Dream List. 

First off…

There is no difference between you and the highly successful people you aspire to be.  You’re no different and your family, genes, and luck doesn’t make a difference. That’s just a myth.

Quote to live by:

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar

This quote makes me feel like the goal in life is help others and give back. I want this to be one of my main themes of 2016.

How do you change? The answer is simple:

To change, do these three things:

  1. Small steps work.
  2. Consistent effort works.
  3. Group support works.

Set a goal, and in small, consistent steps, work to reach it. Get support from your peers when you start flagging. Repeat.
Understanding the nature of goals

Four goals, every day, reviewed every week.

The three incredibly difficult steps (which are surprisingly easy to describe)

  1. Accept that people following the goals process actually accomplish more. Your effort pays off.
  2. Choose from among the many things you say you want. Discover the few achievable goals you’re actually willing to work to achieve.
  3. Stick with the program. Do it every single day until you’re done or until you realize that you don’t actually want the thing you said you wanted.

Zig Ziglar

Listening to Zig Ziglar audiotapes changed Seth Godin’s life.  I’ve listened to these audiobooks before and I’m going to relisten them in the coming week.  This time I’m going to make sure to take notes and write about them here. Seth can’t recommend them enough and I have to agree with him. They funny, informative, and an excellent lesson in story telling from a master.

Proof that goals work

Read the scholarly paper titled, “Building a Practically Useful Theory of Goal Setting and Task Motivation – A 35-Year Odyssey.” This is optional but I recommend it because it reinforces the benefits of this program.

The main theme of the paper is, goals work. The paper’s key points:
1. Goals direct attention and effort toward goal-relevant activities and away from goal-irrelevant activities.
2. Goals have an energizing function. Goals create effort.
3. Goals affect persistence. Goals prolong effort.
4. Goals rally us to bring task-relevant knowledge and strategies to the problem at hand.


First challenge: Only thing holding us back is us.

Second challenge: choosing what you want. Have to make choices. Choices are hard. Reveals what you care about. If you don’t care, it doesn’t matter. If you care, then you’ve just made yourself responsible for your future.

Tip: Be brutally honest.

Drip, drip, drip

Today and next few days I’m going to fill out my Dream List then create a plan to accomplish.

Image by Corey Keller