21 Steps for Achieving Life Goals


Here are the 21 steps for setting and achieving goals, and for living a wonderful life, inspired by Personal Development guru Brian Tracy:

1. Unlock Your Potential.

Always remember that your true potential is unlimited. Whatever you have accomplished in life up to now has only been a preparation for the amazing things you can accomplish in the future.

2. Take Charge of Your Life.

You are completely responsible for everything you are today, for everything you think, say and do, and for everything you become from this moment forward. Refuse to make excuses or to blame others. Instead, make progress toward your goals every day.

3. Create Your Own Future.

Imagine that you have no limitations on what you can do, be or have in the months and years ahead. Think about and plan your future as if you had all the resources you needed to create any life that you desire.

4. Clarify Your Values.

Your innermost values and convictions define you as a person. Take the time to think through what you really believe in and care about in each area of your life. Refuse to deviate from what you feel is right for you.

5. Determine Your True Goals.

Decide for yourself what you really want to accomplish in every area of your life. Clarity is essential for happiness and high performance living.

6. Decide Upon Your Major Definite Purpose.

You need a central purpose to build your life around. There must be a single goal that will help you to achieve your other goals more than any other. Decide what it is for you and work on it all the time.

7. Analyze Your Beliefs.

Your beliefs about your own abilities, and about the world around you, will have more of an impact on your feelings and actions than any other factor. Make sure that your beliefs are positive and consistent with achieving everything that is possible for you.

8. Start At The Beginning.

Do a careful analysis of your starting point before you set off toward the achievement of your goal. Determine your exact situation today and be both honest and realistic about what you want to accomplish in the future.

9. Measure Your Progress.

Set clear benchmarks, measures, metrics and scorecards for yourself on the road to your goals. These measures help you to assess how well you are doing and enable you to make necessary adjustments and corrections as you go along.

10. Remove The Roadblocks.

Success boils down to the ability to solve problems and remove obstacles on the path to your goal. Fortunately, problem solving is a skill you can master with practice, and thereby achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible.

11. Become An Expert In Your Field.

You have within you, right now, the ability to be one of the very best at what you do, to join the top 10% in your field. Set this as a goal, work on it every day, and never stop working at it until you get there.

12. Associate With The Right People.

Your choices of people with whom to live, work and socialize will have more of an effect on your success than any other factor. Resolve today to associate only with people you like, respect and admire. Fly with the eagles if you want to be an eagle yourself.

13. Make a Plan Of Action.

An ordinary person with a well thought-out plan will run circles around a genius without one. Your ability to plan and organize in advance will enable you to accomplish even the biggest and most complex goals.

14. Manage Your Time Well.

Learn how to double and triple your productivity, performance and output by practicing practical and proven time management principles. Always set priorities before you begin, and then concentrate on the most valuable use of your time.

15. Review Your Goals Daily.

Take time every day, every week, every month to review and reevaluate your goals and objectives. Make sure that you are still on track and that you are still working toward things that are important to you. Be prepared to modify your goals and plans with new information.

16. Visualize Your Goals Continually.

Direct the movies of your mind. Your imagination is your preview of your life’s coming attractions. Repeatedly “see” your goals as if they already existed. Your clear, exciting mental images activate all your mental powers and attract your goals into your life.

17. Activate Your Superconscious Mind.

You have within you and around you an incredible power that will bring you everything and anything you want or need. Take the time regularly to tap into this amazing source of ideas and insights for goal attainment.

18. Remain Flexible At All Times.

Be clear about your goal but be flexible about the process of achieving it. Be constantly open to new, better, faster, cheaper ways to achieve the same result, and if something is not working, be willing to try a different approach.

19. Unlock Your Inborn Creativity.

You have more creative ability to solve problems and come up with new and better ways for goal attainment than you have ever used. You are a potential genius. You can tap into your intelligence to overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal you can set for yourself.

20. Do Something Every Day.

Use the “Momentum Principle of Success” by getting started toward your goal and then doing something every day that moves you closer to what you want to accomplish. Action orientation is essential to your success.

21. Persist Until You Succeed.

In the final analysis, your ability to persist longer than anyone else is the one quality that will guarantee great success in life. Persistence is self-discipline in action, and is the true measure of your belief in yourself. Resolve in advance that you will never, never give up!

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21 days a vegan

I challenged myself for the month of November to eat healthier. In the span of 21 days I eliminated refined sugar, meats and dairy in a quest to do a cleanse of my body and mind. Some benefits from doing the strict vegan diet, even after just one week, include:

Energy gains.

I could wake up easily without feeling groggy in the morning. I never yawned anymore, as I usually do midway through the day. I could run and play sports longer without huffing and puffing. My overall energy was better in every activity I participated in.

Emotional control.

I can be an extremely negative, moody person at times. With the diet implementation, I found myself arguing less and focusing more on the positive things in my life. I felt completely in control of my emotions because my body and mind were being fed healthy foods, rather than the usual calorie-high greasy concoctions I typically consumed. Any signs of depressive or negative thinking went out the door after going vegan.

Weight loss.

I lost 15 pounds in three weeks, due to the lack of fat and sugar consumed (other than from avocados and natural sugars). My abdominal area looked better, I saw a natural six-pack forming and my cravings for unhealthy food actually disappeared after one week. For anyone considering a weight loss program, I recommend going vegan to see quick results.

Sleep improvement.

I could fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning without needing midday naps. I felt well-rested as the quality of my sleeping improved.

Bowel movements.

I won’t get into the specifics, but I must say that things are smooth now!

Improved cooking quality.

I’m by no means an executive chef, but veganism forces you to cook all of your meals. I’d be mixing vegetables and beans together almost every day, and I started to enjoy how everything turned out. Eating out, once a daily occurrence, was uninteresting to me. I started to feel like the restaurant meals paled in comparison to anything I could cook.

Less spending.

Instead of eating out and spending on tips, you’re forced to purchase and cook your own food. Although you’re spending more on quality foods, your overall spending decreases as you eat out less. I used to spend $500 per month on food. Going vegan, I was able to cut my spending in half.

Less waste.

Less packaged, processed foods and more of the compostable kind. I was conscious of consuming all of my food as I’d have about a week before the produce would go rotten.


If you’re considering the vegan diet, I think it’s worthwhile to give it a try, if only for a week. There are some shortcomings to the diet, such as the lack of vitamin B12, which comes from animal products. You can use supplements (I used almond milk), but you’re better off to include animal protein in your diet. I’ve talked with nutritionists and the consensus is that there are more benefits to be had from sticking to the four food groups. Refined sugar, at the very least, can be removed entirely from your diet to reap the same benefits as mentioned above. Would I go vegan again? Yes, absolutely, it’ll do wonders for your body and mind. If you have any questions about veganism, reach out anytime, I’d love to chat with you about it!

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