Success Tweet 24: Stay Focused on Your Goals

I am in the process of blogging about each of the tweets in my latest career success coach book, Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less.  You can get a free copy of Success Tweets at

Today’s focus is Tweet 24…

Focus on your goals several times a day.  Spend your valuable time on the things that will help you achieve them.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned Denis Waitley’s ideas on goal achievement.

  1. Your goals need to be clear.
  2. Your goals need to be written.
  3. Your need to focus on your goals several times a day.
  4. You need to visualize yourself achieving your goals.

In this post I want to focus on the third of Denis’ points – the one that is lacking for many people – even those with clear, written goals.  Too many of us treat goal setting as a once a year process.  Some of us set quarterly milestones and check our progress then and only then.  Few of us review our goals daily to make sure that what we do every day brings us closer to achieving our goals.

I always suggest to my career success coach clients that they stop a couple of times a day and ask themselves this simple question: “Is what I’m doing right now helping me achieve any of my goals?”  If not, I give them the following career advice:  “Stop what you’re doing and move on to something that will help you achieve one of you career success goals.”

Here’s an example.  I am on a plane as I am writing this post.  I was reading the latest Barbara Kingsolver novel – a writer I enjoy very much.  However, long ago I realized that airplane time is found time – free of distractions, time that can be very productive, if I choose to use it that way.  So I closed the novel, opened my laptop and began writing this blog post.  Blogging brings me closer to achieving my goal of being a successful internet information marketer.  Reading a novel doesn’t.

I wrote the first draft of 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations on a trip to Hong Kong.  That was two 15 hour flights (there and back), plenty of time to think and write – and to work on achieving one of my goals of publishing a book on how to run a successful organization.  Want a copy?  Send me an email, and if you’re in the USA, I’ll send you a free copy.  If you’re outside of the USA, I will have to charge you a few bucks for shipping.

I’m not saying that you should spend every waking hour working.  I am saying however, that you should focus on your goals continually.  Ask yourself if what you are doing at any given moment during the day is bringing you closer to achieving one of your goals.  In this way, you will be making a conscious decision to work your goals or take some time for yourself.  I have spent more than one plan trip reading a novel.  Sometimes recharging my batteries is the best thing I can do to help myself achieve my career success goals.

The common sense career success coach point here is simple.  Successful people commit to taking personal responsibility for their lives and careers.  They set high goals and do whatever it takes to achieve them.  Really successful people focus on their goals several times a day, every day.  This is in keeping with Tweet 24 in Success Tweets.  “Focus on your goals several times a day.  Spend your valuable time on the things that will help you achieve them.”  Stop for a minute during the day and ask yourself if what you are doing at that particular moment is bringing you closer to achieving at least one of your goals.  If it isn’t, stop what you’re doing and start doing something related to achieving your goals.

That’s my take on Tweet 24 in Success Tweets — how to achieve your goals.  What’s yours?  Please take a minute to leave a comment sharing your thoughts with us.  As always, thanks for reading.


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