How to Set Your Goals--and Reach Them

After you identify and set your goals, writing effective goal statements can help you to actually achieve them. The way that your word your goal statement is extremely important, and small changes can drastically affect the goal's outcome.

For instance, simply writing down your goal will make it 80 percent more likely to come true. Other factors are also important in writing effective goals, such as phrasing your goal in the present tense, making a positive, realistic statement, and making it concise and precise. Wording your goal correctly can impact whether or not you actually achieve it.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Setting goals is one of the keys to success. It has been my experience that most people are relatively clueless as to the specific requirements that are necessary for a goal to be effective and achievable. The most common mistake I see people make is to put the goal into a future tense. The goal needs to be personalized, present tense and imagined with as much precise detail as possible in order to be effective.

Effective goal setting can change your life when it comes to health and the ability to maximally enjoy life. People often ask me how I’m able to write this newsletter twice a week, run a full-time medical practice with a staff of 50, write and promote a New York Times best-selling book, and direct one of the top-ten health sites on the entire Web.

There are a number of "right" answers to this inquiry, but one of the most significant things allowing me to accomplish so much is compiling and working off of a very good "To Do" list. I thought I had a good handle on this until recently when I came across a book that is truly one of the most useful books I’ve ever read in my life. It’s called "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by David Allen.

David Allen's approach to managing yourself and your world may be amongst the best advice you ever receive, too. It is profoundly practical, realistic, hands-on, and superbly focused with hundreds of tips, tools, and techniques for improving your personal productivity. Interestingly, I found that the $11.20 book-version of "Getting Things Done" had far more worthwhile details than even the $79.95 audiotapes.

Allen’s insights are not just motivation but real methods to achieve higher levels of goal fulfillment, mental reassurance and honest-to-goodness organization. I would easily pay $10,000 for this information. That may sound extreme, but you’ll see what I mean when you read "Getting Things Done" and start applying its principles in your life.

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