What is the fourth commandment of goal setting?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Goals expert Gary Ryan Blair discusses the importance of writing down your goals.

    Gary Ryan Blair

    Gary is the President of The GoalsGuy Learning Systems, a highly focused training organization whose mission is to help their clients build and sustain superior performance. They accomplish this objective by helping their clients increase their sense of direction, confidence, and capability in all areas of their personal and professional life.

    Gary believes passionately in the enormous, untapped potential that resides within each person and is committed to providing individuals and corporations with tools of knowledge and skill they can use to unlock this potential. He has developed an entire library of world-class training programs, books and learning resources like the Personal Strategic Plan that are designed to make the heart sing, the mind expand and the spirit soar!

    To support his belief in the importance of goal setting and focus, Gary has established and sponsored two nationally recognized events: Youth Goals Education Week, a unique opportunity for kids and teens to learn about goal setting and its influence on their future, and New Year's Resolutions Week, an insightful series of activities designed to encourage people to set goals for their lives.

    Gary believes that life will not go according to plan, if you do not have a plan. He shares this belief and his unique strategies with school systems and companies around the world such as IBM, NASA, General Electric, Federal Express, Ford and many others.

    In addition to The GoalsGuy, Gary has created the wildly successful got goals?® campaign. It's mission is to inspire people to Be More, Do More and to ultimately Have More from life.

    His personal philosophy can be summarized into two words: Everything Counts!™ He believes in sweating the small stuff, and teaches that every action, word and thought either moves you toward or away from your goals, mission and ultimate legacy; that every moment offers an opportunity for advancement or retreat.

    When Gary speaks and writes, he does so from the heart, with warmth and humor. His unique gift is to speak to an audience and communicate with the heart of each person as if they were alone having an important, intimate conversation. A polished storyteller, he has a way of making the seemingly complex, easy to understand.

    Gary, his wife Erika, son Ryan, and daughter Libby live in Tampa, Florida with their two wonder-dogs Beefcake and Pork chop.

    Host: What is the fourth commandment of goal setting?

    Gary Ryan Blair: The fourth commandment is thou shall right down my goals and your mind is blessed with permanent memory, unfortunately is cursed with lousy recall and a great example is, just think about going to the supermarket with a mental list in your head. Because what most people think, Well, I don't need to write them down, I keep them in my head and what happens throughout the day, the phone rings, you get emails coming, there's -- visitors are coming your door, your office, whatever the case might be, there is a million and one different distractions that will take place and if you don't write it down, you are going to forget it, uUsually at the most inopportune times, but they go to the supermarket.

    If you go down to the supermarket without a mental -- without a list, just in your head, somewhere between the green peas in the corner suppose, your brain is going to take a vacation and you are going to be scratching your head saying, What on earth did I forget, I was supposed to get something and that's exactly the point.

    If you forget it on small things, I promise you, you are going to forget it on big things. So, it's important that we put it down and the real justification or the reasoning behind it is this, is it when you start to write on paper, you are forced to think and it is very much the same way, if we are going to look at architectural blue prints. When you look at blue prints, they are sketched out, it gives you a very clear idea as to where the outcome is going to be?

    We should do that on every single thing that we said and the funny thing about life is more people will put their vacation plans down and what are they are going to do, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday? An old place that they're going to visit, and what their budget is and all of the sight seeing tours and they will check that off as go throughout and have a great vacation and when they come home, that whole discipline goes out of the window, and what's really most important as your day to day living.