Goal Setting: the Arnold Schwarzenegger Example

By Angie

“I knew I was a winner back in the late sixties. I knew I was destined for great things. People will say that kind of thinking is totally immodest. I agree. Modesty is not a word that applies to me in any way – I hope it never will.” ~ Arnold Schwarzenneger

Whether you love him or hate him, Arnold Schwarzenneger is a fantastic example of the potential power of goal setting. After moving to the US, he became a serial goal setter – writing his goals on index cards at the beginning of each year.

He wanted to be the greatest bodybuilder in the world which meant winning the title of Mr Olympia – he became the youngest ever Mr Olympia at the age of 23 (he’s won the title seven times).

He wanted financial success. He was a millionaire by the age of 30 thanks to successful business investments and ventures (this was before Hollywood!).

He wanted to become a successful Hollywood actor (44+ movies).

He wanted success in politics – he’s the current governor of California and the husband of 26 years to Maria Shriver (related to the Kennedy family).

Arnie once said  the only thing a person needs to change their health and lifestyle is “a committed decision to reach a predetermined specific goal, combined with burning desire, followed by immediate, massive action repeated consistently for as long as it takes until your goal is reached“.

Pretty impressive stuff for a guy who started off in a small Austrian town! My point? Determination and perseverence can certainly go a long way. Goal setting is not lame or a waste of time! Think about Arnie next time you sit down to write a goals list.

Six Simple Rules For Life

Written by John Maxwell

A five-year old slugger smacks the baseball out into the field and sprints toward third base.

A tiny midfielder, playing her first soccer match, reaches down and scoops into her arms the ball rolling through the green grass toward her.

A small child on the basketball court receives a pass from a teammate and excitedly races to the hoop…without remembering to dribble.

If you’ve ever coached a children’s sports team, then you know the importance of explaining the simple rules of the game. Initially, chaos and confusion reign supreme as children accustomed themselves to unfamiliar regulations. Yet over time, the once-confusing rules become second nature, and the kids play together without even having to think about them.


Playing a sport without knowing the rules leads to chaos, confusion, and even can result in injury. Likewise, going through life without a reliable set of rules gives rise to disorder, dissatisfaction, and even harm. In this lesson, I’d like to share six simple rules that have helped me to navigate life. I hope they provide you with food for thought as you consider, or reevaluate, the rules you live by.

RULE #1: Put family first.

Lots of leaders give lip service to putting family first, but they don’t actually practice giving their spouse or kids top priority. What does it mean to put family first? For me, it involves redefining success. I do not measure my success in terms of career accomplishments. For me, success is when those closest to me love and respect me the most. Practically speaking, I make sure to schedule time with loved ones before setting my work calendar. It’s far more important for me to give prime time to my family than to “get ahead” by working overtime.

RULE #2: Follow the Golden Rule.

As followers, we universally ask three questions about our leaders: 1) Do they care for me? 2) Can they help me? 3) Can I trust them?

As a leader, regularly pose those same questions to yourself—Am I caring? Am I helping? Am I reliable?—as a reminder to treat others the way you would like to treated.

RULE #3 Take care of yourself.

Doing something for yourself is not a selfish act; it’s a sustaining act. In a university commencement address several years ago, Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises, spoke of the relation of work to one’s other responsibilities:
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them—work, family, health, friends and spirit and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls—family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
I’ve learned the importance of this rule the hard way—through the trauma of a heart attack. If you’re not carving out time to rest and replenish, to exercise, and to monitor your spiritual wellbeing, then eventually you’ll breakdown. When that happens you’re no good to anyone.

RULE #4 Choose a positive attitude.

Happiness cannot be won, bought, or brought to you by another person. Rather, it results from a conscious choice to be grateful for our blessings and to make the best of life’s letdowns. Whatever happens to us, we always have control of one thing: our attitude.

RULE #5 Have a personal growth plan.

The key to personal growth is to have a beginner’s mindset. Beginners admit they don’t know everything and proceed accordingly. As a general rule, they’re open and humble, noticeably lacking in the rigidity that often accompanies experience and achievement.

RULE #6 Give more than you receive.

Everyone must ask for help at some point along the journey of life, but each person also has an inborn need to serve others. When I stopped trying to extract value from the people around me, and instead began searching for ways to add value, my influence soared.

New Vision Board Features

We have recently launched an update to GoalsOnTrack web app which includes some new features for vision board tool, and some improvements to goal picture layout and gallery feature. With the new vision board, you can now upload pictures directly to it without adding pictures to goals first. You will also have more control over which pictures to show, and upload your own music (MP3 file) to play along with the slideshow, etc.

Currently on Goals page, if you click on a goal picture thumbnail, it will open up a lightbox of the picture in original size. To change the picture, simply hover your mouse over it and click on the small edit icon on the top-right corner of the thumbnail.

With slideshow options, please note that Ken Burns effect can only be used when the picture is set to ScaleToFill mode. If you find the animation slow, you may want to disable the Ken Burns effect to improve the speed.

Hope you like the new vision board. As always, please feel free to let us know any suggestions or feedback you may have.



Personal Development Goals

By Simona Rich

If you are not sure what kind of personal development goals you can set for yourself, here is the list that will help you decide. It contains many examples of self improvement goals in the areas of spirituality, productivity, health, relationships and personal fulfilment.

Personal Development Goals about Spirituality

  • Read 5 spiritual books
  • Meditate
  • Stop eating meat
  • Do A Course in Miracles exercises
  • Learn about universal laws
  • Listen to my intuition
  • Ask the universe for guidance
  • Write the list of things I’m grateful for
  • Love others unconditionally
  • Donate 10% of my income

Personal Development Goals about Productivity

  • Finish a work project in 15 days
  • Develop a more efficient way to check my emails
  • Make 20 sales calls a day
  • Write 5 posts a week
  • Apply 80/20 principle to my work
  • Fully focus on one task at a time
  • Accomplish more in less time
  • Organise all the paperwork to easily find what’s needed
  • Read a productivity book
  • Go to a seminar to increase my productivity

Self Growth Goals about Health

  • Exercise five days a week
  • Eat healthy food
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Meditate
  • Do regular health checks
  • Try alternative healing methods
  • Read health books
  • Start a health journal
  • Lose weight
  • Go to a spa

Personal Development Goals about Relationships

  • Learn to understand others better
  • Find a partner
  • Treat my partner better
  • Visit my family more often
  • Become the person worth a better relationship
  • End my relationship
  • Learn about how to build lasting relationships
  • Help others without asking anything in return
  • Become a valuable to society person
  • Be only around happy people

Self Improvement Goals about Personal Fulfilment

  • Find my life’s purpose
  • Spend more time on my hobbies
  • Find work I truly enjoy
  • Seek inner peace
  • Learn to find a meaning and lesson in every person and situation
  • Try to be present as much as possible
  • Control my emotions
  • Entertain only good thoughts in my mind
  • See only good in others
  • See the perfection of everything in this world

Hopefully this list of personal development goals will give you ideas of what goals you can set for yourself.

If you are still struggling with coming up with personal development goals, here’s what you should do:

1. Go to a place where you won’t be disturbed.

2. Identify the area of your life you would like to change most.

3. Identify the things in that area of life you are least satisfied with.

4. Come up with ways to improve those aspects.

5. Set a definite personal development goal together with a plan of how to achieve it.

Further Advice on Personal Development Goals

Your personal development goal can be anything that improves your personality/body/health in some way. Such self growth goals can include other people or be only about you. However know that if your goals include other people, you cannot affect them directly because every person has a free will. So the best thing to do is to set goals that you can fully control.

For example, if you decide that your self improvement goal is to lose weight, such goal is good because you are the only force that impacts your weight. But if you set a goal for some particular person to like you, you don’t have full control of that goal. Of course, if you improve your personality that person might as well start liking you, but this depends only on that person therefore you cannot guarantee the final result.

Some self growth goals can seem overwhelming – they are the ones that you know would take a long time to achieve or there’s a lot of work involved. If you have such goals, you should make them look more achievable by taking them apart into smaller, more manageable steps.

For example, if you have a goal to earn a large income, you can go about such goal this way:

1. Set a time period for a goal to be achieved (e.g. 12 months).

2. For each month set specific steps you should take to start earning a bit more income.

3. Each month you should aim for the higher income until your desired income is achieved.

Using this method no personal development goal will seem too big to achieve.

Top Ten Ways to Stay Focused on Your Goals and Objectives

Written by Tracy Brinkmann

Achieving your goals is much like pushing a car; you cannot work hard for a day or two and then stop. Pick up your goal again later and work for a day or two and then stop again. You need to put for the consistent effort that will get those wheels rolling. Then once you have that 1200-pound monster rolling forward at a good speed all you need to do is keep putting forth a little consistent effort. With this type of consistency you will reach your goals far faster than with the start and stop method so many people practice these days.

Here are ten of the ways you can focus that consistent effort to get even more out of the effort you put forth. I have found these ‘techniques’ very useful and honestly believe that if you put them to work for you that you too will reap their rewards.

1. Write your primary goals down. There is something that happens when you put pen to paper and write out your goals. It seems to activate your mind and your goals become ‘written’ into your sub-conscious, making your more aware of situations, people and events that will bring you to your goals faster.

2. Re-write your top tens goals daily. Each day re-write your top ten goals without looking at your previous lists. This process accomplishes two things.

a. Deeply imbeds your high priority goal into your sub-conscious.

b. Weeds out those goals that are really important TODAY. Those goals that are not truly high on your long-term priority list will not consistently remain in your top ten lists. This will help you focus on what is truly important rather than those whims all fall victim to.

3. Narrow your focus – by focusing on only a few goals at a time. Pick those goals that are truly yours and your hearts deepest desire. Then focus all your efforts like a laser beam upon their completion. Take the top ten and zero in on those three to five goals that mean the most to you. The three to five goals that you know you have the deepest desire to achieve.

4. Develop an action plan. Once you have determined what you want to accomplish you must now begin to lay out how you will go about accomplishing it. What skills do you need to develop? What contacts do you need to make? What steps do you need to take to get your from where you are today to where you are trying to get? Be aware that your plans may change as you go along gaining new insights and information. But you need to have a plan in order to know what comes next. The knowledge of what your going to do next will do wonders to keep you focused.

5. Envision your goal already achieved. The great achievers of yesterday and today all had one key-ability – the ability to see their goal as already accomplished. Be detailed in your vision of your goal; feel the pride of its accomplishment. What will your friends and associates say once you have reached your goal? The more detail and emotion you can insert into the vision of your accomplishment the more that vision will drive you towards its accomplishment.

6. Empower yourself with affirmations. When take the time daily to write down your top ten goals, write them as present tense personal affirmations. I.e. “I weigh 160 pounds,” rather than “I want to lose weight.” Or “I earn $10,000 a month,” rather than writing “I want to earn more money.” Then read these goals aloud. Stand tall; hold your shoulders straight and your head high. Then in a firm positive voice read your goals aloud. This will ignite the passions and pride within you. The passion to achieve your goal and the pride of what it will feel like to reach it.

7. Take daily action, no matter how small. Do not let a day go by that you do not take some sort of step towards your goal. This is where your consistency will pay big. Do not let the 1200-pound car stop rolling or your will have to push even harder just to get it moving again. Break your large goals down into smaller tasks and work one those tasks daily until complete.

8. Track your progress. You cannot effectively see that which you do not track, and you cannot change that which you cannot see. Create ways to see how far you are towards reaching your goal. Create charts and timelines so that you will see when you are falling behind or pulling ahead – make adjustments to your plans as necessary. A program like Microsoft Project is great for this, but use anything that will motivate you by allowing you to see where are along your road to success.

9. Celebrate Milestones. Another great reason to track your progress is so that you can set and celebrate your milestones. All large goals are made-up of smaller goals and milestones that you need to recognize and pat yourself on the back once you complete them. As you reach each of the milestones, applaud yourself. Pause to feel the accomplishment. As you savor this triumph you will believe more strongly that you will in fact reach your goal.

10. Network and surround yourself with a group of like-minded people. Surround yourself with those that will not only encourage your accomplishments but challenge you towards them as well. None of us will accomplish any big goal alone. You are going to need assistance from others.

Any time that I have put all ten of these techniques to work for me at the same time – I have reached my goal far faster than I could have imagined. Any one of these alone are a way to reach your goal faster but I would highly encourage you to put all ten of these steps in action today. If you do I know I will be hearing about your success in the very near future.