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A Blueprint for Goal Achievement

Strategies to Reach Any Goal

-- By Mike Kramer, Staff Writer
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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.

Motivation
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.
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Member Comments

  • Great article. Thank you. - 11/13/2013 10:24:31 PM
  • Really liked this one! Saved it so I can read it again when I'm getting frustrated or in a slump. Thanks! - 10/21/2013 9:00:04 PM

  • Very inspiring. Thank you. - 9/3/2012 8:37:00 AM
  • 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... - 8/10/2012 11:14:54 AM
  • 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.
    - 1/26/2012 3:32:02 PM
  • IRISHNTHIN
    All I can say is I love it.congrats to you - 9/1/2011 10:22:13 AM
  • 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. - 6/5/2011 10:33:43 PM
  • 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. - 3/29/2011 11:06:06 AM
  • This is a great article. All the tools to make a great "blueprint" for reaching any goal! Thanks for the inspiration and motivation! - 2/25/2011 11:26:34 AM
  • 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!! - 1/22/2011 12:11:33 PM
  • 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! - 1/16/2011 12:54:57 PM
  • ESLTEACHER1
    Where are the pictures?! Would love to see the finished product! - 12/31/2010 9:31:51 AM
  • ELA325
    I found this to be very interesting. Using the same principles of reaching life goals to something more tangible. I found it helpful. - 12/19/2010 11:48:49 AM
  • Mike I really enjoyed this article. You are right "you thought you were just making a coffee table" but this lesson taught you so much more. This is certainly one of my favorite articles that I have read. thank you for the wonderful lesson. Donna - 12/12/2010 7:20:37 AM
  • Simple. Clear. Useful. I'll care this analogy with me today! - 12/2/2010 10:17:45 AM