Setting Goals and Following Them

How many of us dream about achieving a lofty goal that our heart desires?

The goal could be launching a new business, following your passion, improving your health, or rebuilding that classic car in the driveway. It might be about moving into a new career or traveling the world.  Whatever the goals are, they are only goals until we actually achieve them. I don’t know about you, but hopefully one day I can call them milestones.

Setting Goals and Turning Them Into Milestones

One of the biggest pains we may experience in life is the one of regret. “If only…” is a beginning to a sentence that can be filled with such a negative, painful emotion. The positive side is that we don’t have to experience this feeling if we would only set our goals and then work a plan to achieve them.

If we follow a road map, we will be able to look into the rearview mirror in life and see that we actually arrived at AND passed these milestones!

Planning is Important

I’m currently reading the The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding  by Arnold Schwarzenegger. As a seven time Mr.Olympia champion and the youngest to ever win it, I value his insights into the science of bodybuilding. While my goal is not to become a bodybuilder in the sense of the sport, I do want to greatly increase my physique.

The greatest lesson I’ve learned so far is you must have an idea of what you want to achieve, then you must plan the best way to get there.

It won’t be enough for me to just go to the gym and heave weights around. I need to plan my workouts, research sports physiology, track my progress, create the right nutrition plan, and actually do the work … day in and day out. This applies to any goal we want to set for ourselves. We have to create a plan for accomplishing it.

Doing The Work is A Must

In order for us to reach any milestone, we have to be prepared to do the work. So many people will spend their lives hoping to get where they want to go, but if they aren’t willing to put in the time and effort, no goal will ever be completed. Writing a book requires writing daily. Creating a new business website means taking steps forward. Winning a marathon takes proper training. But all require the desire and the commitment to do the work to make it happen.

Will You Join Me?

I refuse to live the rest of my life having any regrets. I’ve had them in the past and they just suck. I’m not trying to whine here, but hopefully inspire all of us to take action. Time passes by so quickly and the older we get, the faster time flies.

There is no better moment to start than right now! Do something today that helps you achieve your goal and moves you closer to your milestone.


  1. Randy Cantrell on July 4, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Don’t know about anybody else, but I think learning to enjoy the chase, the work, the effort, the daily stuff…may be a reward all unto itself. Some days I feel like a dog chasing a car. What if I catch it? I may not have a clue what to do with it. In the meanwhile, I play to enjoy barking loudly and running after the most attractive cars. And yes, I’m carefully avoiding the tires lest I get killed in the process.

  2. jamesdalman on July 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm


    I feel like throwing you a bone now or something! LOL

    I think you are right in that there IS reward in doing the daily stuff. As Steven Tyler wrote in the song Amazing – “Life’s a journey, not a destination” – really applies here. It is important for us to experience the completion of our goals , while not forgetting to enjoy the journey while doing it.

    Avoid the mailman too!

  3. Matt Marcinek on July 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    As Joe Pesci says in Goodfellas, “I’m Whichu”

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