Get Clear on What You Want in 2016

blog-getclearAre you ready to make 2016 your best year yet?

It’s easy to start the new year full of enthusiasm and optimism. But to maintain your momentum through the year, you need to set powerful, crystal-clear goals.

The first step to getting what you want out of life is to decide exactly what you want.

What do you want to accomplish?
What do you want to experience?
What do you want to acquire?
Who do you want to be?

One of primary reasons most people don’t get what they want is that they aren’t clear about what they want. Others will recognize what they’d like to have, but when they can’t see how it’s possible to get what they want, and they dismiss their desires as foolish and unattainable.

Don’t sabotage yourself this way!  

After decades of research into how the human brain works, scientists now know that for our brains to figure out how to get what we want, we must first decide what we want. Once we lock-in our desires, our mind and the universe can step in to help make our dreams a reality.

Dream Big

We start the process by getting clear about what we want. So, what do you want? To create a balanced and successful life, write down a minimum of 3 goals in each of the following 7 areas:

  1. Financial Goals
  2. Career/Business Goals
  3. Free Time/Family Time 
  4. Health/Appearance Goals 
  5. Relationship Goals
  6. Personal Growth 
  7. Making a Difference

If you have more goals than this, don’t limit yourself – write them down! On the other hand, if writing down 21 goals seems like a lot, remember that we can have a mix of long- and short-term goals. For example, in the financial area, you may have a short-term goal of paying off a $5,000 credit card balance, as well as a long-term goal of amassing a net worth of $5 million dollars. You want to keep both goals present in your mind, even though you’ll be working more actively on the short-term goal first.

Use this worksheet to help you Unleash the Power of Goal Setting in these 7 areas: Decide-What-You-Want-Worksheet

Stretch Yourself

When setting our goals, it’s important to include a few that will make us stretch and grow to achieve them. These might be learning a new skill or trying something that is uncomfortable and maybe a little frightening, such as public speaking. It also helps to set a breakthrough goal that would represent a quantum leap. Examples of breakthrough goals include publishing a book, starting a business, getting on Oprah, winning a gold medal at the Olympics, or getting elected president of your industry association.

Material goals are important, but the ultimate goal is to become a master at life. In the long run, the greatest benefit we receive from pursuing our dreams is not the outer trappings of fulfilling the dream, but who we become in the process.

The outer symbols of success can all be easily lost. Houses burn down, companies go bankrupt, relationships end, cars get old, bodies age and fame wanes, but who you are, what you have learned, and the new skills you have developed never go away. These are the true prizes of success. Motivational philosopher Jim Rohn advises that “You should set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming.”

Turn Your Dreams Into Goals and Objectives

Once you are clear about what you want, write them down and turn each item into a measurable objective. Measurable means measurable in space and time – how much and by when.

For instance, if you were to tell me that you wanted more money, I might pull out a dollar and give it to you. You would probably protest, saying “No, I meant a lot more money, like $20,000!” But there is no way I’d know how you’d define “more money” unless you tell me, right?

Similarly, your boss, your friends, your spouse, your brain, God, and the Universe can’t figure out what you want unless you tell them specifically what it is. What exactly do you want and when do you want it by?

Your Goals Impact Others

As soon as you commit to a big dream and really go after it, your subconscious creative mind will come up with big ideas to make it happen. You’ll start attracting the people, resources, and opportunities you need into your life to make your dream come true. Big dreams not only inspire you, they compel others to want to play big, too.

You’ll also discover that when your dreams include service to others – that is, accomplishing something that contributes to others – it accelerates the accomplishment of that goal. People want to be part of something that contributes and makes a difference.

Work on Your Goals Daily

To keep your subconscious mind focused on what you want, read your list of goals everyday. For an even more powerful approach, close your eyes and focus on each goal and ask yourself, "What is one thing I could do today to move toward the achievement of this goal?" Write down your answers and take those actions.

As the old joke goes, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Steady progress in bite-sized chunks puts even the most audacious goals into reach.


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  • Robyn Burt

    Jack I am doing a research piece on goal setting and you have jump started my day! Many thanks.

  • Nancy

    Jack you need a pin it box from pintereste.....just an idea......thanks for all your ideas and help!!!


    Thank you Sir

  • Ravi Reddy

    thank u sir. Bangalore, India.

  • Maneesh Verma

    Hey , Jack

    You really made me execute my mind fantasies!

  • Neeti

    Everyday I'm reaching close towards my goals

  • Denis Edward Igua

    Thank you Jack, you have always kept me inspired. There are times when things slow down a bit, but a reminder of this nature is always useful.

  • Angie Kibs

    Your material is transforrmative. Many thanks

  • Angela Gordon

    Hello. I am loving the 2015 Success Guide. I have been doing the Transformation Activities and am on my way to a great 2015. I wanted to let you know that Transformation Activity #5 cuts off at about 40 minutes instead of playing the full 60 minutes. Would you please send a link with the full lecture? It is amazing. I have listened to what is there three times already.

  • Excellent readily actionable wisdom and advice. Thank you, Jack! Cheers to you and your loved ones for the best of the holiday season - and beyond! 🙂

  • indranil phukan

    Thank you Sir for this nice article, it will surely keep me focus 😀

  • Thank you Jack as since 2007 you are my mentor and the best motivator for me. I love you

  • leverageme2

    Two years ago, you suggested that I, we, set audacious goals. I set a goal to to be the gift of a lift to 500,900 people.while I fell short of measurably reaching the mark, the goal helped move me immeasurably so in 2014, I reset the goal, this time including measures in the goal. I had and I implemented strategies. Based on all measures and indicators I am still a distance away. It is going to take a miracle. It is going to take a miracle and that is exciting because I experience miracles all of the time. We all do if we would just open our eyes to see, open up our lives to experience them. I am raising my intensity and expanding myself as a conduit for blessings. Thank you for being a beacon of possibility. I press toward the mark.

  • liz4horses

    Restarting after a roadblocking couple of years of car accident, cancer, Foundation problems and restart.............your material really helped me. 101 wishes. At my age I have reached most of my wishes, and am working on the others. To go back and look at how many of my goals I have reached, with much gratitude to God, helped me get going again. I have "learning to walk and jog, and ride my horses" on my personal goals list. I have "pay a couple of small loans from friends, with a gift of interest" they did not ask for is on my personal list. Restructure the Foundation and turn it successfully running over to the veterans is on my career list. Thank you for amazing materials to get me going again.


  • Joelyne

    Jack, thank you.

  • Merlene Campbell

    Very Useful Blog, You are right we should always set a goal before doing anything. Without setting a goal you can’t succeed. A goal always remember us what should now i have to do and its help us complete our goal without any fear.

  • Merlene Campbell

    I love hearing what other bloggers are getting up to! It has given me plenty of inspiration for my own blog, Thank You!

  • Bruce

    On this point of taking daily action, I'm working on that point! Today, I finished writing another article to promote my website (which connects to my goal of earning income through Thanks for the reminder of this principle.

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  • Rita Dunham

    Hi Jack Canfield;
    So many times I've gotten caught up and my goals often were derailed by the WHATS- WHYS-and WHOS that were blocking me - and eventhough I realize we are all creatures with a free will- that does not dismiss the sometimes IMPOSSIBLE situations we encounter in life. Thankyou for giving me -real- life tangible keys that not only have helped to shift my focus - but have inspired and launched me closer to my life purpose. Even during tough times.

    Rita Dunham