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How to Set Personal Goals That Inspire You to Take Action


Remember when you thought you could do and be anything? The

innocence of early childhood is perhaps the last time you were

unencumbered by perceived limitations and labels. Personal goal

setting was simple, and there was no doubt you could achieve



When asked, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” you would

have responded with whatever struck your fancy that day,

whatever you were “in to.” You did not concern yourself with

how you would do it, if you could do it, or if you should do

it. Your dreams were based on what you wanted, pure and simple.

You set personal goals based on wonder and curiosity, not



The dreams of childhood were big dreams. Travel into space, win

a medal at the Olympics, become a rock star. Soon enough the

dreams become modified to reflect what is practical and

expected of us. This is precisely when most people start having

trouble setting personal goals. The dreams are no longer larger

than life, so why take steps to achieve them?


Big dreams inspire big action. When you set personal goals, they

need to have huge payoffs for you in order for you to take

consistent steps to achieving them. You need to feel excited –

even giddy – at the prospect of seeing your dream come true.


When you aspire to something that is less than what you really

want, procrastination sets in. With a big dream in your sights,

procrastination is a lot less likely to occur.


You may have heard of making a “life list” of places you would

like to see, things you would like to try, and dreams you would

like to see realized. Instead of making a list of goals based

on what you think is attainable or would fit into your life,

start your personal goal setting with a life list of the big

stuff that really gets you going.


Here again, draw on the feelings of childhood for inspiration as

you set personal goals. Remember the annual letter to Santa

Claus? Even if you did not celebrate Christmas, you can imagine

the wish lists sent to the North Pole were not full of

realistic, practical requests. They included the biggest, best

gifts a child could think of, because there was always the

possibility that Santa would bring you exactly what you wanted.



Dreaming big has the added benefit of inspiring others to come

to your aid in your pursuit of the goal. If your personal goal

setting is limited, or “small,” why would anyone want to help

you achieve them? People want to be part of something special.

Big goals motivate friends, family, and even complete strangers

to help you reach them.


When you set personal goals, go back to those childhood

aspirations. Sure, you may not want to be an astronaut anymore,

but the old dreams can spark new life goals. Perhaps you would

like to go to a grown-up space camp or become an amateur

astronomer. Whatever goal you set, make it big. As the ancient

emperor Marcus Aurelius said, “Dream big dreams; only big

dreams have the power to move men’s souls.”

Copyright © 2006-2008 Vic Johnson

Vic Johnson is a popular motivational speaker, author and

Internet Infopreneur who has created some of the most visited

personal development sites on the Web.  To learn more about the

power of big dreams in goal setting, download a free copy of 

Goal Setting Secrets of the World’s #1 Acheiver at


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