What is a goal? A goal is a defined dream with a powerful plan. Dreams that are truly important to you will find their way out of your head and become a reality. How do you make that happen? Each year, millions of people set amazing goals called New Year’s Resolutions. Unfortunately, most resolutions are never resolved.

Setting and accomplishing goals will change your life – personally and professionally! But most people discover that whenever you attempt to accomplish something great, fate has a unique way of putting obstacles in your path. Every time I have set goals, I have encountered a challenge in my life; sometimes, multiple challenges. When tough times come, and they will, you need to have a plan to keep you goals on course.

When was the last time you found yourself dreaming “BIG”? I mean the kind of dreams like you had when you were young and felt like you could conquer the world. It’s sad, but most people do stop dreaming. A lot of people just give up and settle for mediocrity. Others stop trying to reach their dreams because they have let themselves down in the past by not accomplishing their previous goals. Those who stop dreaming, stop living!

The GOAL Formula is a proven system to transform your dreams into accomplishments. There are five basic steps to accomplishing goals. When you take these steps, during a specified period of time, and enlist the support of key people, you increase the chances of accomplishing any goal you desire.

The 5 Steps (G.R.E.A.T.):

G – Goals (Identify Powerful Goals)
R – Reasons (Establish Strong Reasons)
E – Expectations (Set High Expectations)
A – Actions (Take All of the Actions Necessary)
T – Tracking (Track Your Results Intensely)

Time Mastery:

Do you control your day or does your day control you? The average person misses opportunities to accomplish their goals because they do not understand how to take charge of their time. Time is a unique commodity. It is intangible. You cannot touch it, see it, or hear it. But to achieve a greater life, you must command it. Time is the second element in the GOAL Formula.

Most people treat time as a physical resource. They focus on how they can better spend it or more effectively save it, while others talk about running out of it or never having enough of it. “If only I had more time,” is the most common excuse I hear from people who have failed to accomplish an important goal.

The reality is that we all have the same amount of time to apply toward our goals each day. Your results, both personal and professional, are always based on how well you control your time. But, how do you handle something that has no physical properties? You schedule it!

Ultimately, you have complete control of your life. Most people can successfully take the necessary steps to accomplishing their goals as long as nothing unexpected interferes. But, that is usually not the case. We all experience unforeseen difficulties that can get us off track. Scheduling your time will not only allow you to navigate through challenging circumstances, but it will guarantee that you take the steps toward your goals and enable you to accomplish more than you expected.

You Never Run Alone:

There have been times when I tried to pursue my life-changing goals alone, but I have never accomplished one by myself. Unless you live on a desert island, you are going to encounter people on a daily basis. Each day, they have the ability to influence your life, whether you are striving for a greater one or not. Their involvement can have a major impact on your ability to accomplish your goals. The final element of the GOAL Formula is People.

In boot camp, our drill instructors positioned each recruit in a squad. Each squad consisted of twelve recruits, with a squad leader at the front. All four squads comprised our platoon, with a guide to lead the platoon. Our platoon was connected with two other platoons, which formed a series. Our series was part of another series, which formed our company. Each week, the Marine Corps graduates one company from boot camp. We trained together and graduated together. The goal of becoming a Marine was a team effort.

Now is the greatest time to plug your goals into The GOAL Formula. Now is the time to achieve greater results – no matter what circumstances you face.

Author's Bio: 

Erik is a leading authority on accomplishing life-changing goals, team-building, increasing sales results, and enhancing leadership skills - no matter what circumstances you face!

Combining his 4 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, 10 years of sales experience, and his responsibilities as his wife's caregiver, during her battle with cancer, he created the Think G.R.E.A.T. program and authored the Think GREAT book series, designed to help people achieve a greater life.

Erik has helped individuals, teams, businesses, and organizations to achieve greater results in taking initiative, creating sales opportunities, recruiting stronger, and building leaders. http://www.thinkgreat90.com