Take Action: Goals Step 3 – Your Action Plans

“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal;

you do not change your decision to get there.” – Zig Ziglar



Identify the obstacles you will have to overcome to achieve your goal and identify the most important one, internal or external.

Success boils down to the ability to solve problems and remove obstacles along the way.

Fortunately, problem-solving is a skill you can master with practice.

It will help you achieve your goals faster than you ever thought possible


If your goals align with your values, and you know your personal values, then your doubts are well in check! And for that, you need to remember and live by your personal values.

Identify your limiting beliefs and decisions clearly.

For example, if there is a “should” in your sentence, that is a strong sign.

The LET GO exercises and FEAR SETTING exercises should help you tremendously.

We can address this with TimeLine Therapy.


You cannot predict the future (shocking!), but every time we set a goal, we kind of do.

We plan where we will be and when we will make it. We try to predict how quickly we can make progress, even though we have no idea what circumstances or situations will arise along the way – COVID-19 is the single best example of this lack of control.

So, what can we control?

Systems, tools, action plans, and we can also adapt them to the situations.

Setting goals gives you direction, short and long-term. It’s an idea of what you want. The process will provide the excitement, the joy, and the learnings, not the finish line (See Rule No. 2 about the Process and Rule No. 8 about the Practice.

Goals are great for planning our progress.

Systems (and practice) are suitable for MAKING progress.

Committing to a process will make a difference. Every time.

What about the law of attraction?

Since there is very little we control, setting up goals is asking “the universe” about something we would like but we are not clear about the HOW (or we are not specific enough – nor limiting it). So setting up goals is also to ask for it to happen simply: bring it to me on a silver platter … why not give it a try? It’s free!


Many can be anticipated; if you expect something, you can prepare to overcome it. So, think it through and make a complete list of all the things that can prevent you from succeeding. Let us review your list together!

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.

He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci.



Take Action: Goals Step 3 – Your Action Plans

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius.

“Excellence is not a destination. It is a continuous journey that never ends.” – Brian Tracy.

Designing goals, or goal setting, is a master skill. Practice it as much as you can!

Identify the knowledge and skills you will need to achieve your goal and the most important skill to become excellent.


One way to achieve extraordinary results is to focus on our strengths versus our weaknesses.

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 daily, and never stop working until you get there. Especially identify the skills that you will have to develop to be in the top 10% of your field.

Go back to your Gallup results/Clifton’s Strengths test and review your strengths, skills, and blind spots.

You should know the ten main ones inside out and, most importantly, how they connect to help you get to where you want to go.

Key questions:

  • What unique skill would have the greatest positive impact on your life?
  • What unique skill would help you achieve your most important goal?

Whatever the skill, write it down, make a plan and work on it every single day.

Are you going to focus on improving your greatest strengths and/or pick a few “grey areas” as well?

In the end, choose a limited number of skills to improve.

A major reason for procrastinating is a feeling of inadequacy, a lack of confidence, or an inability in a key area of a task. Feeling weak is a source of discouragement.

Feeling confident, sure of yourself, your real skills, and even more importantly, your personal values will auto-motivate you. You will take care of yourself on autopilot!

I rarely use the term talent because, for me, it is the result of intense and creative practice.

Skills are acquired and should be a continued source of improvement.

Otherwise, they will get weaker! So, keep learning and keep improving.


“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci.

Knowledge gives us the power to accomplish things we would not otherwise be able to do, and skills give us the tools to take advantage of our knowledge. There is a direct relationship between knowing and doing, and successfully accomplishing your goals will require that powerful combination.

No time to read. Listen to the book’s audio version or a podcast about this book.

The information is everywhere, easy to access and affordable. Excuses are cheap!

No one has it all figured out. Keep learning. Keep growing. Keep creating.


Just find out what other successful people do! Then, if you like it, observe, ask them how they did it, make it your own way, and integrate it into your work. Learning from experts is simple and time-efficient! And often more straightforward than you might think.


  • 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.

Being original and doing things differently is also a great way to boost your motivation and make it even better than anticipated.

  • 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 fantastic source of ideas and insights for goal attainment.

  • Focus and concentration are the keys to success.
  • Develop the habit of self-discipline.

Once you have decided on your most important task, resolve to concentrate single-mindedly on that one task until it is 100% complete.

Your ability to select your most important task and then work on it without diversion or distraction will double and triple the quality and quantity of your output and your productivity.

  • Focus is one of the most powerful of all time management techniques.

This means that when you start with the task, you avoid all distractions and stay with it until it is done. Once you have developed the habit of completing your tasks, you will earn two, three and even five times as much as other people.

  • What resources do I have now, and what resources do I need to get my outcome?
  • Have I ever had/done this before?
  • Do I know anyone else who has it?



Take Action: Goals Step 3 – Your Action Plans

“A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could

because someone else thought they could.” – Zig Ziglar.

Identify the people whose help and cooperation you will require to achieve your goal and grow.

Also, think about who should no longer be there.

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

Make a list of every person in your life that you will have to work with or work around to achieve your goal. Start with your family members, whose cooperation and support you will require. Next, list your bosses, coworkers and team members. Especially identify the customers whose support you will need to sell enough of your product or service to make the kind of money you want.

Once you have identified the key people whose help you will require, ask yourself, “What’s in it for them?” Be a “go-giver” rather than a “go-getter.”

To achieve big goals, you will have to have the help and support of lots of people. One key person will make all the difference at a particular time and place in your life. The most successful people are those who build and maintain the largest network they can help and that can help them in return.

Identify the people and groups to work with: people do a better job when they have the help of others. They can help us with knowledge and skill and offer valuable advice we need to succeed. So when you set your goals, always consider the people and the groups you can work with that can help you be more successful.

Only accept advice from people you trust and whose opinions you seek out. Everyone else you should ignore.

Pay closer attention to the people who have already achieved the goals you want to achieve.