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Asked for his "formula" for success, Dr. Robert Schuller gave the following which, in itself, spells

Set Goals
Unlock Possibilities
Chart Your Course
Commit Yourself
Expect Results
Stand Firm
Serve Others

A few comments --
Goals provide the end result for which to shoot to ensure we are heading in the direction we really want.
Unlocking possibilities opens our imagination to thinking of the tasks it would take to accomplish each goal.
Charting your course takes those tasks and puts them in the order in which they need to be done.
Committing yourself is merely scheduling each task, assigning target dates/times.
Expecting results is having the confidence derived from picturing the end results and knowing we’ll "get there" because we are now able to focus our energies appropriately toward that end.
Standing firm is keeping on keeping on, knowing that having started, the only thing stopping us is if WE stop … and …
Serving Others is what life is all about … what better way is there to SHOW a person we care.
"Your success in life will be in direct proportion to what you do AFTER you do what you're expected to do." (note on a school bulletin board)
“Success breeds success.” Nothing builds self-confidence quicker than a series of successes. It begins with deciding on goals/projects, then breaking them down into “bite-size” pieces that can be done today … right now! These smaller tasks are easy and quick and provide us with immediate successes. With these small successes, our confidence soars and we are now “on a roll.” Our momentum propels us forward and, in no time, the goal/project itself is complete and we feel we can conquer the world! (see Remember, Your Word is Law)

Long-range goals ensure we are headed in the overall direction we want to go. Breaking them down into medium-range, short-range, mini, and (finally) micro goals gives us the motivation to START, since we see that there is “something” we can do RIGHT NOW and complete in virtually minutes. Seeing this provides us with all the incentive/motivation we need to ACT! … and nothing is accomplished without action. ("By the mile, it's a trial; By the inch, it's a cinch!")
(resource: If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, You’ll Probably End Up Somewhere Else, by David Campbell)

Long-range goals are those to attain within your life-time, five years from now and beyond. They cover over-all life-style, career, and family goals. They tend to be general in nature and should be flexible, since circumstances and situations change with time. Medium-range goals cover the next one to five years and are more specific and under more control. Some of these will be aimed toward the accomplishment of your long-range goals. They may cover the particular kind of training you may need, the next step(s) in your career advancement, finding a marriage partner, having children, etc. Short-range goals cover one month to one year from now. These are even more in your control and you can easily/quickly tell how well you are progressing towards them. You need to "stretch," but at the same time be realistic so that these goals will be attainable. Mini-goals cover one day to one month. You have much more control over these than longer term goals. If your goals for any week are not quite met, the goals for the following week can be adjusted accordingly. Micro-goals cover the next 15 minutes to an hour. Realistically, these are the only goals you have direct control over. Even though they are modest in impact, they are the ONLY means you have of making progress toward mini, short-range, medium-range, and long-range goals! "A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step." If you don’t take that first step in the next 15 minutes, will it be in the following 15 minutes … the point is, all goals can be broken down such that we can make some incremental progress toward them within the next 15 minutes, or the next 15 minutes after that, etc. Sooner or later, you’ll have to pick which 15 minutes, and get going! ... Actually, It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life (... to be inspired to make a decision and take ACTION!)
(also read The Dream Conversion Process)
(resource: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey)

In conjunction with their time-bound nature (as stated above), goals should also be organized/categorized according to the roles we "play" in our day-to-day living. This enables us to more effectively "handle" each set of goals because they "tie in" to each other in congruent over-all pictures. A few examples of typical roles are – Family Member, Friend, Engineer, Dentist, United Way Chairperson, Scout Leader, Baseball Player, Student, etc. (It is further suggested that under the role of "Family Member" you have categories such as Physical, Mental, Spiritual, Social, Financial, etc.) Start out by writing descriptive statements concerning each role and what you visualize of yourself in fulfilling them to the maximum degree. From there, brainstorm and write down everything you can think of you’d like to accomplish related to each role. Then organize according to priority/time, breaking each goal down into its component parts (i.e. via planning their accomplishment .. gradually/ultimately getting each to the micro goal stage!).

"That man is successful who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much, who has gained the respect of the intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had." ~Robert Louis Stevenson

“Knowing [1] what you want, knowing [2] why you want it, developing [3] a strategy, taking [4] massive action, and [5] monitoring to see whether it works and fine tuning as you go – that is what Robbins identifies as the "ultimate success formula", and anyone who is successful will follow this process.” (from Living His Dream (Tony Robbins Biography), by William Hamson-Wong)

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