How to Achieve Business Goals & Personal Goals

How to Achieve Business Goals and Personal Goals


–          Why do some individuals accomplish goals and others do not?

–          Is the knowledge on how to set goals and the steps needed to achieve them common knowledge?

–          How do some individuals achieve success and sometimes even be viewed as a ‘visionary’?

–          Is it luck, skills, motivation, strong personal commitment, personal discipline, perseverance, a formal method and structure to follow or a combination of some of these things?




By Michael Marshall, PhD



Establishing advancing steps with dates and time lines to help you accomplish your goals will help you to achieve goals.  This is basic and fundamental.


This, along with self-evaluating your time that is actually dedicated to do such is the key to individual achievements.


All of this must be formally written down.


If you do not write all of these details down and review continually, you are not likely to achieve them.


If you understand these fundamentals you can accomplish your goals and dreams.


It is this simple and fundamental


I have had numerous conversations on this subject with many individuals of all ages, education levels, professions, career levels, nationality and culture roots.


You will be surprised to know that early learning on how to establish steps needed with time lines and dates that lead to achieving goals seems to be fairly common knowledge to individuals from western culture but not as common knowledge to others from many other counties and cultures.


Upon learning about how to establish advancing steps with times lines and dates to achieving goals; most individuals from other cultures immediately formally write down the details of the steps needed and start working on advancing to achieve goals.  They are energized and feel empowered.  They seem to have gotten enlightenment and great knowledge.


When I ask those from western culture, most seem to know about the importance of writing down the advancing steps with times lines and dates to achieve larger goals.

I find that the majority of these people are not doing this and express dissatisfaction with their lives.  Most recognize and admit that not writing down the important advancing steps with time lines and dates that will lead to achieving goals is a big contributor of the failure to achieve their desires and wishes.


Most say that they know the importance of it and that they should do this.


Weeks later upon follow-up discussions, most still have not done this.


If you are serious to achieve goals and success then continue reading.


This will be short and to the point for immediate use.


Goals should be categorized by subjects.

  1. Personal      job
  2. Career

3.   Business

  1. Education
  2. Skill      advancements
  3. Personal      hobbies
  4. Personal  health
  5. Family
  6. Personal      travel
  7. Relationships
  8. Financial
  9. and      others


Yes, you can have many goals.


For each of your goals draw a picture on paper of a simple ladder with steps and rungs.


Label on the top or bottom of each ladder the goal subject; the specific goal that you desire to achieve.


The steps and rungs represent the many smaller steps and advancements that are needed accomplishing to lead you to your main longer term goal.


Each step or rung on the ladder needs to have a specific step listed on it along with a date to complete it.


Without specific steps that need completing along with dates for completing each step, you may not accomplish your goals.


Each step on the ladder represents some step you must achieve to advance to another step and upward to the goal.


Think about all of the steps that are needed and in what order that will help you reach your goal


Advance and achieve each step on the ladder with assigned dates for completing each step and you will proceed to achieve your goals and desires.


Remember, one step at a time to advance but make those steps and on your time lines and dates.


You can do the same thing using horizontal time lines.


On the far right, the time lines should end with your future goal that you want to accomplish.


Along the time line flowing from the left and going to the right should be listed all of the steps that are needed to be completed along with dates to complete them.


Again, proceed step by step and try to meet the dates set for each for completing them.


Again, one step at a time advance until arriving at the end of the time line where your future goal is waiting to be completed.


To advance one step further with this process, write down next to each vertical ladder or horizontal time line, a percentage of your weekly awake time and approximate minutes or hours that you want to devote to each goal.


Writing down the time that you want to devote to each step or goal and comparing it to the actual time that you are devoting to them is important.


This is a major self-checking mechanism to assure that you are spending adequate time to advance to achieve your future goal.


Make sure that you post all of this information somewhere to review daily.


For those serious on achieving their goals, you will need to start a personal log of what you are doing every day and the time spent on each task or thing that you are doing.


Every day write down the minutes that you used for all of your activities and what you were doing.


At end of the day and week, add up the minutes according to type of task or things that you were doing.


Look at the minutes that you spent working towards your goals and calculate a percentage of time devoted to each.


How did you do?


Do your efforts represent the time and percentage of time that you originally assigned to working on each goal?


Do you need to adjust some of these percentages?


Do you need to adjust your efforts?


I also recommend that you add a category of ‘wasted time’ in your personal log for such things as watching TV, eating alone and driving time.


How many minutes fall into this ‘wasted time’ category?


Is this an area that can be utilized for working on some of your goals such as education and skill advancements?


Some education and skill advancements can come from recordings played over your car radio while driving that can be purchased, rented from many sources or borrowed from your local library.


Over time you may add additional small steps to achieving your goals.  This is a natural progression.


You should be able to understand how this simple approach to accomplish the smaller steps will lead to achieving your goals.


Just draw the vertical ladders with steps / rungs or the horizontal time lines with steps, and dates.  Accomplish each step on those vertical ladders or horizontal time lines.


Climb those ladders or advance on those time lines and reach your goals.


This works globally.


I have had discussions with numerous successful business executives about what they have accomplished and how; both in business and personally.


Often, others refer to them as high achievers and a visionary that establishes strategic objectives with time lines to meet, that lead to accomplishing key goals.


Most utilize one of these methods that I am describing here for both business and personal.


Whether each goal with steps and objectives to be accomplished is in a vertical ladder with dates for completion or a horizontal time line with specific steps and objectives to be completed; both are the tools and methods to completing all steps and objectives.   This will lead to accomplishing future goals.


The only difference is that one is a vertical ladder and the other is a horizontal time.


Both are visual with the details of steps and objectives with dates and time lines that lead to accomplishing a future goal.


These are the two methods that most successful executives and individuals utilize to accomplish future goals, both in business and for personal.


It is simple and it works.


Utilizing a pictorial method and approach seems to be more effective and more influential psychologically.


I am often asked; what percentage of common individuals, business people and professionals of some type actually go to this extent, to establish goals, formally write them down along with critical steps to help accomplish the goals.  Unfortunately my answer is that it is less than one percent for any group.


I am often asked, does setting goals and accomplishing them make people happy.

I reply that the people I speak with that do not have goals and who are not systematically pursuing goals often express being significantly not satisfied with their lives and not happy.


How serious and motivated are you to achieve your goals?


Read this article again, then draw pictures of vertical ladders or horizontal time lines and write in the details with dates to accomplish the steps.


If you do this, you will significantly increase your chances to achieve your goals.


For additional information and assistance, feel free to contact me directly.




Michael Marshall, PhD   (‘The Business Doctor’)


Tele. 920-734-8678


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Michael has 25 years of business experience in numerous markets with a variety of products and services.  Prior to his extensive business career, he was a behavioral health counselor.

His education includes a PhD in business, MBA, BS degrees in psychology and social human behavior, Federal International Business Certification, and over 34 other advanced certifications in; business management, business development, sales, marketing, marketing communications, customer service, product management and development,  training and business strategy.

Michael has written over 100 business subjects with 28 business articles published internationally.

His passion is ‘Business Development’ and ‘Creatively Finding Ways to Grow the Business’ using his psychology and behavioral health background and training.

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