Improve Your LifeIf I had to point to one action (besides prayer) that’s been responsible for most of the success I’ve enjoyed in life, it would have to be Goal Setting.

From paying off $54,500 in debt to riding 100 miles on my bike to writing my first book, the path to every major accomplishment has been paved with stepping stones in the form of specific goals.

By setting goals, I stay motivated, focused and accountable in a way that just isn’t possible without a plan.

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

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Don’t Wait Until January 1st – Plan for Success Now

If you still need to clarify your goals for next year – now’s the time.

Don’t wait until January 1st.  Decide now what 2012 will bring for you by writing down the success you want in seven key areas of your life.

I “borrowed” these from one of my success mentors, Dan Miller, and I want to share them with you:

  • Physical – health, appearance, exercise
  • Spiritual – church involvement, personal commitment, theological understanding
  • Financial – income, investments, debts
  • Personal Development – knowledge, education, self-improvement
  • Family – relationships, development of children, your lifestyle
  • Social – friends, community involvement
  • Career – ambitions, fulfillment, dreams

How to Make It Easy

If this seems like too big of an undertaking (there is a lot to think about here), I have some great news.  Dan Miller is sharing a free workbook that will lead you through all seven areas pretty painlessly.  You can grab a copy right here (just right click and select “save-as”).

Also, if you struggle with making your goals stick and following through on them, you will LOVE my favorite little strategy for success.  It involves simply carrying a piece of paper with you, and it takes about 3 minutes each day, but the results are powerful.

Go check out The Easiest Way to Improve Your Fitness (and Your Marriage) to get the details and get started with this cool strategy.

Thank You!

As we enter the holidays, I want you to know that I am SO grateful for you as a reader.  Engaged Marriage has been around for over two years now, and it’s only through your support.

If you haven’t shared this site with your friends, I’d love it if you would take a moment to click the “Like” button above to spread the word on Facebook.  And be sure to leave a comment below sharing how goal setting has (or will) change your life!

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About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. I love to dream and set goals. This workbook looks extremely interesting to me. It’s so true that we won’t reach high places unless we set goals. Thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. This past year I have really started to embrace goal setting. The results have been so gratifying!

    About 6 months ago I was having a hard time staying positive at work and it spread to other areas as well. I pulled myself out by exercising, reading, and setting goals for myself!

    One of my favorite things on goals I read in “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” was the concept of underachievement. It seems counter intuitive, but instead of setting goals that I likely wont reach, I set goals I know I can so that I stay motivated and then can increase them when ready.

    Thanks for the reminder to set my goals now!

  3. I set my 2012 goals at the end of the summer, but I only set 2. Reading this shows me that I need to set goals in more areas. 2011 has been a year full of ups and downs, and I want 2012 to have more ups and less downs 🙂 Thanks for the free workbook and the link to your fitness post, extremely useful.

  4. I’ve been setting goals since I joined the military. I’m debt free at the age of 23 and am a single mother to the greatest prettiest three year old. I’m grateful to the Man Above for blessing her and me.

  5. Hello, my name is Nikki and I am currently doing a study on the PREDICTORS OF A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE. I am looking for married individuals to complete a short, one-page survey. I would GREATLY appreciate if you could take a few minutes out of your day to complete this survey. Thank you very much for your time!

    *To complete this SHORT, ANONYMOUS SURVEY, please follow the link below

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