Triple A's of Goal Setting for 2012

On December 20, 2011, in Entrepreneur, Peak Performance, Success, by Larry Broughton

Now that the end of 2011 is in sight, most of us start to contemplate our goals and desires for 2012. There’s been plenty written on setting and achieving goals—some of it’s great, and some of it’s downright bogus. So, I’m not going to kid you, nor share some Law of Attraction bullsh** hocus pocus. Sure, a positive attitude is needed to accomplish anything in life—but let’s actually take action on our goals this year!

Here is my simplified Triple-A’s of Goal-Setting: ACCESS your situation. Take AIM & focus your thoughts towards your ideal life and write down your goals. Take rapid ACTION on completing your goals!

Here are some encouraging words of wisdom from folks, much brighter than me, on achieving goals:

What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Ziglar

A goal properly set is halfway reached. ~Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ~Andrew Carnegie

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. ~Charles C. Noble

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. ~Nido Qubein

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. ~Brian Tracy

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. ~W. Clement Stone

life = risk

On February 10, 2011, in Life & Living, Success, Uncategorized, by Larry Broughton

Live a Little! Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

risk (n): 1. the quantifiable likelihood of loss or less-than-expected returns, 2. the possibility of suffering loss or harm; danger, 3. a factor, thing, element, or course involving uncertain danger; hazard.

Risk is a funny thing; it’s often fraught with heartache, disappointment, defeat and pain; yet without it there is no peace, no love,no victory, no progress.

One of my favorite quotes is by Mark Twain, who put it this way: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the things you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Go for it! Here’s to your success.

Excerpts from the resume of Abraham Lincoln

  • Mother died when he was 9 years old, 1818
  • Lost job as store clerk & assistant when business failed, 1832
  • Defeated for legislature, 1832 (finished 8th out of 13 candidates)
  • Members of a volunteer militia selected him as their captain
  • Became partner in a general store, 1833
  • Became unable to pay-off note on general store, lost market share to a larger, well-organized store in same town, and closed business, 1834
  • Elected to legislature, 1834
  • Sweetheart (Ann Rutledge) died, 1835
  • Had nervous breakdown, 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker of legislature, 1838
  • Defeated for nomination for Congress, 1843
  • Elected to Congress, 1846
  • Lost re-nomination bid to Congress due to Whig party policy, 1848
  • Rejected for Land Officer, 1849
  • Defeated for Senate, 1854
  • Defeated for nomination for Vice-President, 1856
  • Again defeated for Senate, 1858
  • Elected President, 1860
  • Re-Elected President, 1864
  • Assassinated, 1865

Abraham Lincoln–some ups, some downs, some kind of man.  What would have happened to our country had he accepted failure, disappointment, and setbacks?  What if he had lacked a competitive edge, or the courage to drive on, the moral conviction to fight adversity, or the spirit of serving others?  I’m just asking.

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Triple A's of Goal Setting for 2011.

On December 20, 2010, in Entrepreneur, Success, by Larry Broughton

Now that the end of 2010 is in sight, most of us start to contemplate our goals and desires for 2011.  There’s been plenty written on setting and achieving goals—some of it’s great, and some of it’s downright bogus.   So, I’m not going to kid you, nor share some Law of Attraction bullsh** hocus pocus.   Sure, a positive attitude is needed to accomplish anything in life—but let’s actually take action on our goals this year!

Here is my simplified Triple-A’s of Goal-Setting: ACCESS your situation.  Take AIM & focus your thoughts towards your ideal life and write down your goals.  Take rapid ACTION on completing your goals!

Here are some encouraging words of wisdom from folks, much brighter than me, on achieving goals:

What you get by achieving your goals is as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~Zig Ziglar

A goal properly set is halfway reached. ~Abraham Lincoln

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes. ~Andrew Carnegie

You must have long term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short term failures. ~Charles C. Noble

When a goal matters enough to a person, that person will find a way to accomplish what at first seemed impossible. ~Nido Qubein

The most important key to achieving great success is to decide upon your goal and launch, get started, take action, move. ~Brian Tracy

No matter how carefully you plan your goals they will never be more than pipe dreams unless you pursue them with gusto. ~W. Clement Stone

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Never, Never, Never Quit!

On June 12, 2010, in Leadership, Success, by Larry Broughton

HISTORY WAS MADE TODAY…read on.

I’m convinced that the main ingredient in greatness is tenacity. Every entrepreneur and leader I know who has experienced enduring success has also experienced failure…yet they’ve chosen to persevere and drive on towards their dreams. Abraham Lincoln faced defeat and failure throughout his life–born into poverty, experiencing two failed businesses, suffering from a “nervous breakdown,” and loosing eight political elections before becoming one of our nation’s greatest Presidents.

Today the sports world witnessed a similar rise towards greatness in rookie Major League baseball player Daniel Nava (son of an entrepreneur friend, Don Nava, who I met a few years ago at the Time Out Conference in Monterey, CA). Cut from his college team as a freshman, Daniel became equipment manager, made the team in later years but went un-drafted, he was then cut from an independent baseball league before playing in the Minors.

Daniel persevered and was called up to the Big Leagues today to play for the Boston Red Sox! But, wait. There’s more. Now that would be a great story if it ended there, but it gets even better! Today, Daniel became only the 4th player in history to hit a GRAND SLAM in his first major league at bat…crushing the ball in the very first pitch! Now, just let that sink in for a moment.

Be inspired. Watch this video!

Do yourself, and the world a favor: NEVER QUIT ON YOUR DREAMS! Who knows what could happen?

No Surrender, No Retreats, No Regrets! (BTW, that’s the title of one of my speeches).

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