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A Blueprint for Goal Achievement

Strategies to Reach Any Goal


It was just a coffee table. A resting place for coffee cups and gatherer of used magazines. Normally, it would have no meaning for me. But because I invented this table and scraped my knuckles raw for it…I was a proud papa.

This Christmas gift to my wife was more than a hobbyist’s diversion. It taught me how to succeed at anything in life. I’m now confident that I can achieve any goal I set my mind to.

Why did it have this effect? Because in the process of making this end table, I underwent a textbook case of how goal achievement is supposed to work. The whole project was full of lessons that can be applied to any goal:

A Vision
In my mind, I knew what it should look like. I got it down on paper right away. As I measured and cut, I continually checked my product against this vision.

A Plan
Before I did anything, I drew up a detailed blueprint on several sheets of graph paper.

A Timeline (and a Deadline)
Each workday was planned, including the steps I would achieve each day. Christmas Eve was the built-in deadline.

Action Steps
Each day I focused on only a few steps at a time—without worrying about the others. I trusted that if I created the legs first, then the sides, followed by the top, it would all come together according to my plan.

It was for my wife. That (along with an immoveable deadline) kept me in the workshop at every possible moment. I didn’t procrastinate and didn’t need to be reminded.

Lots of Help
My dad helped me devise the plan. When I got stuck, my friend Chris gave me ideas, suggesting the perfect tools at the perfect times. In the end, it wouldn’t have been half as good without their help.

Good Resources
Woodworking depends a lot on time, patience, and having the right tools (emphasis on the right tools). Because I had all of these, my table making was less of a frustration, and more of a piece of cake.

If something didn’t turn out just right, I moved around it and adapted. I didn’t let one step back stop me from moving forward.

Learning Curve
In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing! I had never even used half of the tools (and I certainly didn’t know what a bevel was). But, by taking things one step at a time, I learned what I needed and grew more confident.

All of these strategies combined gave me a sense of invincibility. I became convinced that as long as I took my time, followed my plan, and used the right tools, there was no way I could fail. Now I’m also convinced that I can follow the same strategy with other goals in the future.

And I thought I was just making a coffee table!

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Member Comments

  • Excellent life lessons learned in the process. Congratulations! I'd love to see your finished masterpiece. Well done, Mike! BB~
  • Terrific article. I need to refer to this one often when I'm in the midst of some challenging steps. Thank you for writing the article.
  • This article hit me a bit personally. I am in the process of starting a business. Any business today requires an online presence. I can't afford professionals so I will have to do this myself. I am going to follow your lead and plunge in with my heart , my brain, and my support network and get this thing handled.
  • Great article. Thank you.
  • Really liked this one! Saved it so I can read it again when I'm getting frustrated or in a slump. Thanks!

  • Very inspiring. Thank you.
  • Action steps trip me up. I'm so busy worrying about the ENTIRE thing, as I work through each goal, I don't enjoy the process. I just want to get to the end, or I worry I'll miss something along the way...
  • Interesting analogy. I will use this and refer to the qualities often Im sure. And at this moment to helping the young teen of a friend of mine.
    All I can say is I love it.congrats to you
  • Wow. Two and half years ago I completed a rigorous program to become a volunteer Firefighter. I was so very proud of myself and so determined. I was the only female out of ten that began to finish. Somewhere along those two and half years I have lost that feeling of pride and have becomd doubtful that I can continue forward with anything. Thank you for the article, it brought me back to reality and as I sit here looking at all of my other certificates proving to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to, I think I have a chance this time.
  • I'm just reading this article for the first time and it is wonderfully encouraging and enlightening - I made a copy and have already begun to refer to it. Thank you so much Mike.
  • This is a great article. All the tools to make a great "blueprint" for reaching any goal! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!
  • I got so much out of this article! It really helped me rethink how I have been making my goals. Not just my weight loss goals but all of them. Thanks!!
  • This was really a great article! It made me think about my failures to reach goals in the not-so-distant past. I didn't plan daily what I would do. I was afraid I would be called obsessed...blah blah... but you're right, it is necessary. Thank you for this article!
    Where are the pictures?! Would love to see the finished product!

About The Author

Mike Kramer Mike Kramer
As a writer and artist, Mike has witnessed countless motivational stories and techniques. See all of Mike's articles.

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