Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 2 – Goal Setting and Success

This is the second episode of Your Path to Your Dreams.
First of all I want to apologize for the long delay between the first and second episodes, I am planning to have them come out at regular intervalls from now on.

I think you will like this episode since it adresses the all important issue of goal setting in success.
Let me know what you think (and I am sorry for the poor sound quality).
You have the transcript below.


Text Version

Welcome, my name is Daniel Wood from Looking to

What would you say to someone if they told you that you can become anything you put your mind to?
You would probably say that they are naive and I guess I am naive, because I still believe people can accomplish incredible things.

There are no limits to our potential. We can do whatever we set our minds to.
By unlocking your potential you can accomplish any goal, any dream, you can imagine.
Success doesn’t happen by chance, it comes to those who follow the steps required to succeed, and who diligently work until they have accomplished their dreams.

I have taught the following techniques and steps to hundreds of people and seen many become successful in business, sports and art. Many have come to me after our sessions and told me about how their lives have changed, how they are more focused, more motivated and believe in their own potential.

Start by setting goals
To succeed, you need to know what you consider success. To be truly happy about where you are and where you are going, you need to know what your dreams are.

Setting clear goals in writing is a great way to get clarity, focus and motivation.

The first time I learned about setting firm, measurable goals in writing, was from Brian Tracy.
I learnt that you should write down your most important goals in the 4 major areas of life; Family, Health, Career and Finance.

I was always ambitious so I decided to try it out and see if it could help me succeed.
I’m not going to boor you with details but I set my goals high.

For the next 3 years I worked harder than ever before, I felt more motivated and knew exactly what I wanted to do. I completed several of my short term goals, got further than anyone had expected in that time and achieved my first long term goal.

The sensation I felt was incredible. I had completed my goal, I had done it!
For about 3 weeks I flew on cloud nine.

I looked at the rest of my goals and again renewed my efforts to complete my goals in the other 3 main areas of life, with a motivation, and conviction that I could complete any goal I set for myself, I started working on the other goals.

Setting goals has changed my life, only for the better, I have a lot more financial security, I have career I am pleased with, I have a wonderful wife and I am in better shape than ever before.

These 7 steps to goal setting will help you achieve anything you put your mind to.
Get a pen and paper and we can go through them together.

1. Long term goals in all 4 major areas of your life.
The 4 areas are Family, Health, Career and Finance. You need goals in all areas.
Start by setting your long term goals.
To do this, imagine your life as perfect, as if you already had the perfect family situation, were in perfect shape, had your dream career and had accomplished your financial goals.

Write down those long term goals.

2. Short term goals in all 4 major areas of your life.
A short term goal is like a milestone on your way to greatness; generally they are about 1 year down the line and help you follow your progress on your long term goals.
Make sure the short term goals motivate you to work hard on their completion.

Write down your short term goals.

3. Deadlines
Set deadlines for each goal. By what date do you want to have completed your goals.

4. Measurable
It’s important that all your goals can be measured. You need to know when you have succeeded. For example don’t write “I want a lot of money” instead set an exact figure “I want to have 5 million dollars”.

It helps you follow your progress and gives you a definite target.

5. Write your goals in the positive, present tense and add your deadline.
Write down your goals as if you had already completed them. In other words “I have 5 million dollars” instead of “I want 5 million dollars” and then add the deadline. “I have 5 million dollars by the 31 of December 2014.”

This activates your subconscious mind to start pulling events and opportunities to you

6. Listen to yourself
Does this goal make you feel motivated to work hard, does it inspire you?
If it doesn’t, if it instead stresses you and makes you feel uncomfortable or you just feel nothing, it is because you do not really want to complete or believe in this goal. That is okej, set another goal instead.

7. Make plans for your goals completion
Write down how you plan on completing each goal.
For example:
“I have 5 million dollars by the 31 of December 2014. I have made this money by selling a company that does this and this and sells that. I will first start the company as a part time job until I have enough customers to move over full time, from there I will ….” and so on until you have a comprehensive plan for its completion.

You will not get your plans right the first time.
You will fail, what is important is that you learn from your failure and use it to succeed.
To succeed you need to fail, there are lessons you need to learn. What is important is that you believe that you will succeed. The only thing that needs to be changed is your plan.

Each time you fail, go back to your plan, use the knowledge you have acquired from your mistakes and make a new plan to take action on.

8. Put the paper somewhere you will see it every day.
Either tape it to your bathroom mirror or put it beside your bed. What is important is that you read it every morning and evening.

If you felt this article helped you, the next will probably as well, you can get updates both by E-mail or by RSS-feed.


Related posts:

  1. Podcast: The First Episode of “Your Path to Your Dreams”
  2. Podcast: Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 3 – Planning for Your Success
  3. How to Set Goals That Will Make You Rich
  4. The Secret to Success – The Ultimate Goal
  5. Motivational Tip #1 – Setting Your Goals
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18 Responses to Your Path to Your Dreams Episode 2 – Goal Setting and Success

  1. Goals keep us on the path to where we want to be. A life without goal is pointless. What are some of your goal Daniel? Any Big ones? What’s your goal with this blog?

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      I agree, without goals, life is pretty boring.

      My goal for this blog is that it will become a intrical part of my personal development business. I want it to become my cheif communication channel to my followers and a place where I can build contacts.

      For my business I have a little more loftier goals. Without going into detail I plan on building one of the, if not the, best personal development businesses in the world.

      Short term goal is building the best in Scandinavia.

      How about you Jonathan, what are your goals?

  2. Daniel,
    This is great! It was good for me to hear and not just read the presentation! Where can I find Episode 1 – I must have missed it.

  3. Hi Daniel — Again, some really good, practical advice. I am enjoying these.


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Thanks Michael.
      I have recorded 2 more already the next will be published in 2 weeks, and the fourth episode about 2 weeks after that.

  4. Paul Wolfe says:

    Hey Daniel

    Kudos on looking to leverage your site with audio as well. Have you worked out how to get your ‘podcasts’ onto iTunes. Podcasting is something I have half an eye on – but I’ve yet to see a clear and concise guide to getting your podcast on iTunes.

    Be interested in your thoughts….


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Paul,

      It wasn’t hard to get it onto Itunes.
      I just registered and then when I use podpress it automatically uploads my new podcasts to itunes :)

      Let me know if you need any help :)


  5. Hi Daniel,
    Great to hear your voice. I must also look to getting my podcasts on iTunes. Thanks for the reminder.

    What’s your view on using pictures to express your goals? Do you find that helps too?


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Everything that helps you visualize is positive in my book.
      I use images to enhance the power of my goals, but I do believe you need the text as well, a picture says a thousand words, but not always the right words. Deadlines are often missed in just a picture.

      How about you Adrian?
      What do you think about the use of pictures?

  6. Daniel, I’m pretty naive, too, because I’m an incurable optimist in what people can do with their lives. :) Actually, I stole that line from Michael J. Fox. At least the “incurable optimist” but I love that term, and I’ve adopted it for myself.

    I love how you offer practical tips! Writing long term, short term, and making it measurable. A lot of self-help gurus are all into visualizing but not taking action. I like how you have mixed it up a bit.

    Thanks for sharing, my friend! Have a great weekend!

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Bryan,

      I like that line, I hadn’t heard it before :)

      Visualization without action is like making a plan and never acting on it. You know you could succeed if you like, but you chose not to.
      It is sad that some people actually share that methodology.

      Have you tried setting goals for yourself in this manner? (if so, how did it work?)

  7. Timo Kiander says:


    Great tips on goal setting!

    Living without any goals is like driving a car without any destination. I used to be like this, but I’m happy that the situation has changed.

    One thing that actually makes you to push harder to meet your goals before the deadline is by having some sort of accountability in place.

    Being accountable to someone (coach/mentor/blog readers…) can make wonders to your productivity and you are more willing to work hard on your goals :)

    Also, I would like to try mastermind groups someday, because I think that they can help in accountability too.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Great advise Timo.
      Being accountable to someone really forces the deadline on you.
      A mentor is very good, both for your focus, development and productivity.

      What advise would you give someone looking for a mentor?

      • Timo Kiander says:


        I feel that the experience of the coach/mentor plays a big part here. I’d try to find other opinions/testimonials of that person if possible, before hiring a mentor.

        • Daniel M. Wood says:

          Good point Timo.
          It is important to know that your mentor knows what he/she is talking about.

          If not you will get a lot of very bad lessons.

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