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.


2 Responses to “Goal Setting: the Arnold Schwarzenegger Example”
  1. Virginia Palau says:

    I think you have not been reading the news in a looooong time, Angie. He really screwed up his personal life, in my opinion.

  2. Harry Che says:

    No one is perfect in every aspect of life. There is still a lot to be learned from many successes he has achieved. Highly recommend his autobiography. A truly inspiring life story!

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