How To “5Star Goal Setting & Getting”

5 star Goal Setting and GettingI wrote an article recently about “5 Star Goal Setting & Getting” as a guest blogger over on (check it out) but I reserved the ideas that follow for my own readers.  Take a look at the ideas below and leave a comment to tell me if you think they will take your goal setting (and getting) to a whole new level !

1) Start small when Goal Setting.

It is more important to develop the habit of goal setting and getting than it is to go for the biggest goal you can imagine.  Certainly there is some excitement when you “reach for the brass ring” but setting and achieving goals will give you the confidence to actually tackle your larger goals.

In addition, smaller goals can lead to bigger goals.  You might find that once you meet a certain goal that the larger goal no longer excites you and you can make adjustments along the way.

2) Grow your goals.

Build on your successes and learn from your failures.  As you strive to expand your goals, the skills you learn on smaller goals will help you on the way to bigger and bigger goals.

3) Celebrate and enjoy your success.

Goal setting adds a clear cut sense of a black and white to what is usually a long road of gray.  Life is a journey and we often forget to celebrate our accomplishments when we are caught up in the process and focused on the goal on the horizon.

Finally, rely on motivation, not self-discipline.

A good goal is exciting when you set it.  You can envision it happening and it fills you with anticipation of its completion.  The problem is most people do not hold themselves to that standard of motivation and they set goals that do not get them excited.

Think about it …

If your goal does not motivate you now, how likely is it that your motivation is going to carry you all the way to completion?  Self-discipline is a wonderful thing, but it is a limited resource and if you start using it up right from the start, there won’t be enough “gas in the tank” to get you to your destination.  Save your self-discipline for the times along the way when you encounter stumbling blocks or obstacles and have to put in an extra effort.

Set your first goal … and go for it !

Goal Setting Bonus !

As an added bonus, I’ve created a downloadable free pdf 5 Star-GoalSetting-handout that I use for my 5Star Goal Setting & Getting workshops.  (Right-click highlighted text in the previous sentence and select “Save As” to download the pdf worksheet to your computer).  If you want to learn more about what each star represents, be sure to read my guest blogger article over at


Fear of Big Numbers

What if you were given the opportunity to make $25K, but it would require an investment of $10K? And what if there were no promises that you would make $25K… but it seemed likely. What then?

Would you take action?

If $10K is not a problem for you, what if there were another zero on those numbers, a profit of $250K for $100K? Could you take the opportunity or would you pass?

“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”
John A. Shedd, Salt from My Attic, 1928

If you are going to be a millionaire, you need to find a way to get comfortable with bigger numbers.

On the flip side, what would be considered the “smallest numbers”?

The answer: Hourly wages. It does not cost you any cash, you are nearly 100% sure you will get paid (at least in the near term) and you are given a small amount of cash. The only thing you lose is your time … but time adds up and if you aren’t careful, you will end up losing your whole life … one hour at a time.

Your life is worth more.

Figure out how you are going to change the numbers in your life … and create a life !

As Marshall Sylver says, “Money is Math.”

Where is your comfort zone in terms of numbers?


This blog article was written by d.Mark “Dave” Wheeler to help him get over his own fear of big numbers so any inspiring examples you have would be greatly appreciated. Leave your responses in the comments below.