A COMMON stumbling block in the way of most people reaching and achieving their goals is the fact that they simply stop focusing on them or move on to other things.

Notice it was not that they lacked the know-how, but rather they lost focus.

If you are guilty of doing this (as most of us are at times), the following tip should be a welcome addition to your life — and your journey to success.

Do not be suspicious of its simplicity.

It works, and there are many high achievers who use it in their lives and are reaping great rewards as a result.

Success on the cards

First, you need some 3x5-inch index cards.

Next, write down a particular goal.

For example, let’s say my personal goal is to write at least one new article a week.

I would write the following on my index card:

“I write and complete one or more motivational articles a week. I receive nice notes from people who read my writing to let me know that they found the ideas helpful. This or something better is happening in my life now for the good of all concerned.”

The goals vary but in all my index cards, I like to include the last part that reads: “This or something better is happening in my life now for the good of all concerned.”

You certainly don’t have to add that part, but for me, I find it helps to keep me focused on my larger objective of helping others.

I like to use a certain style for my personal goal cards:

* I write in a present tense. I find that this helps make the distinction in my mind between what I am doing — that is, being active and taking the real action necessary to see results — versus simply what I would like to do.

Remember, you are on your way to making your goals a reality when you take the needed steps to achieving them. You are not simply hoping they will happen on their own. 

* I include a little supporting statement for my goal. In the example above, I included: “I receive nice notes from people who read my writing to let me know that they found the ideas helpful.”

Including a statement like this helps to give life to my goal — and highlights one of the reasons why it is worth the effort.

Just as visualising an outcome in your mind helps to manifest your goals, adding a little written visualisation to your goal card will give some added emotion as you are reading and reviewing them.

Easy reference

Writing your goals down on index cards works because they are easy to handle.

They can easily fit inside your pocket, or be kept on your desk or practically anywhere.

Since it is easy to keep them nearby, it is also easy to review them often!

And make no mistake, reviewing your goals as often as possible is what makes all the difference.

When it comes to achieving goals, out of sight and out of mind is a goal-killer. And in our hectic world, it is easy to be sidetracked by any number of life’s challenges.

The key to achieving your goals is to set regular times during the day to review your index cards.

The idea is simple but it does work — read the cards and stay on track.