Have written goals you reflect on often​. And yes even in this age of slates and laptops, the power of handwriting this goals still seems to provide more power. I have heard it refered to digital memory. After you write it down, type it, print it use different fonts, go wild. But get them written down! Chunk it down. ​Make sure that your bold five year goals, are backed up with smaller one year goals, thirty day goals, or even better, what small thing can I do this week to head me in that direction? I believe a five year goal that is not buttressed with smaller definable goals is not a goal at all, merely wishful thinking. Avoid negative self talk. ​This is no easy task, I understand. Especially if you have had failure in the past. These thoughts are next to impossible to eliminate, but not impossible to replace. Go ahead try it, the next time you catch yourself prophesying failure, stop and add one albeit small present tense success which might come from positive turn of events. Avoid negative people.​ Again, not easy, especially if they truly believe they are being helpful. So what do you do? Listen to their counsel, try to evaluate what wisdom is proffered, thank them and don’t spend one minute more than you have to with them. The question you need to ask is are these people actively involved in helping me achieve my goals? Also when possible, find positive people to replace them. A book I have found very helpful is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The language is a little dated, because It was first printed in the 1 930’s. It also has a chapter or two that is a little hocus­pocus, but over all I think one of the best self­help books of the last century. Build on the why. ​Jim Rohn, one of the truly great speakers and authors of the twentieth century, suggested that the why of what you wanted was as or more important than the what. Was that 6,000 square foot home you want, inspired by the desire to provide safety and security to your loving family? Is that 1 00,000 plus income you want to have more money to give to worthy charities? My extra take on this is if you want and need others to help achieve your goals, having a worthy “why” makes all the difference in the world. Be gentle with yourself. ​This was the hardest for me to learn. Who trusts a depressed motivator or a broke success coach. Remember, failure is an event, not a person. Try to enjoy the journey. If you have any questions, or you would like to chat, drop me a email at Wayne@waynepratt.ca . I’d love to hear about your journey.