Goals become disappointments when the WHY is misplaced.
That goal may be shared by the several billion people… and each will have an idea how to get there. Finds out more in this episode of our video series on goals.
Find out what the difference is in this episode of our series on goal setting.
Discover why we say this in the video!
Reveal Your Vision from your Treasure Chest
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“Treasure Chest of Dynamite Info!”
This is one you’ll listen to over and over again in order to collect all the great ideas and classic teachings. You definitely want this in your listening library.
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“Start Here for Successful Living”
What a simple opportunity to learn from so many life mentors and teachers. You get solid sound bites and extended teachings from greats like Zig Ziglar and Jack Canfield. You will learn how daily changes in your thinking patterns can help you achieve so much more in life. Highly recommend if you are under 40 to internalize these teachings. Well worth the investment!
Vision is the big picture at the top. Goals are rungs in the ladder.
Everyone ends up somewhere – the question is where.
We cover in depth in formation that will pull you into your future in the new Nightingale Conant program, Goals and Vision Mastery Course.
The Goals and Vision Master Course provides you with skills to get what you want – but much more.
Discover your purpose by learning how to create a vision that will inspire answers to four life challenges:
- What problems exist now, or catastrophes can be avoided in the future?
- What can be done to fix or avoid the problem?
- Why must this be done?
- When to begin and when will the vision be successful?
What to do, why it needs to be done, when must it be done, and why you are the one to lead the way.
Your goals are the steps necessary to move you to your vision.
This collection of select messages is taken from 64 Best Selling Courses from 57 proven experts. Our Nightingale Conant compilation programs are designed to make it easy for you to hear selections in a topic driven format. As an example, this course is sectioned into five books based on the word, GOALS.
Book one, for the letter ‘G’ we share ideas on Goal Setting Skills and principles proven to work for those who work them.
Book two is about Opportunities to share our author’s ideas on the abundance of opportunities for you and how to take advantage of them.
Book three presents some of our best stories on Attitude.
Book Four we will go over Leadership Skills and the benefits of Lifelong Learning.
Book Five defines what Success is and how you are uniquely prepared for unlimited growth potential.
Earl Nightingale, Denis Waitley, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Joe Vitale, Wayne Dyer, Larry Winget, Ken Blanchard, Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown, Leo Buscaglia, Napoleon Hill, Roger Dawson, and 43 more best know authors are featured.
In Book One, there are specific topic driven chapters that cover a new look at Goal Setting including:
The courage to begin, Why dreams work, Finding your mission and vision, Charting Your Course, and Avoid planning to fail.
In Book two the chapters will provide information on Opportunities such as:
Unlimited possibilities in today’s market, Actions needed to get what you want, How the Law of Attraction brings opportunities to you, Problems that define mission and vision, Challenges faced and won, Become a millionaire, and How long will it take to become an overnight success.
Book three will boost your attitude with chapters that focus on:
Self Worth, Belief and Hope, Activity for Attitude, Three special chapters based on the word WIN – What to do – Investment and Inventory- and Negatives Eliminated, The key to moving Forward, and The Painter and the Artist.
Book four makes you a leader through the benefits of lifelong learning with chapters on:
Where Lifelong Learning began, How Your Past Prepares Tomorrow, Thirty Four Brain Power, What They Think at the Top, The Future, How you will be remembered, Where Your Vision Will Take You, The Need to Know, What To Expect, and How to deal with changes
Book five defines success and proves you are chosen to win with chapters based on these topics:
What Success Is, Money, Look Forward and Sell Your Vision , Teamwork, Myths about Money, Do Just Enough, How You Define Success Matters, Abundance, and You Can Choose Success.
There are 45 chapters packed with hundreds of ideas, stories, and examples for over 15 hours of content proven to change lives by millions of worldwide listeners.
How do you handle being called a G.O.A.T?
When I read this review about the program I did featuring the life works of Earl Nightingale, my first thought was the reviewer considered Earl and I are old goats. Then, the reviewer wrote, “Impossible to surpass such vital deep memorable information.”
The two statements seemed to contradict each other.
So, I Googled what it means when someone refers to a G.O.A.T… to my surprise it is urban slang for a compliment. The Urban Dictionary explains, “An acronym for G.reatest O.f A.ll T.ime” “Greatest Of All Time. Not a title that should be easily given out.”
Well then, thank you very much!
Here’s the complete review of The Secret Advantage:
Ummmmm….“THE….G.O.A.T. Impossible to surpass such vital deep memorable information. That’s all I’m going to say!”
The program itself is based on an acronym; C.O.R.E. This is for skills based on Competency, Opportunities, Results, and Effectiveness.
In addition to Audible and Amazon, get the complete collector’s edition box set with the BONUS Six Classic Earl Nightingale videos and the Nightingale Conant Documentary at discount.
There’s another program based on the word; G.O.A.L.S. The new Goals and Vision course that will be live on Audible soon. Goals,
It is safe to say that if you want the C.O.R.E. skills to be a G.O.A.T. you will have to know everything you can about G.O.A.L.S. Goals, Opportunities, Attitude, Leadership and Lifelong Learning, and Success.
GOAL That would be the Greatest Of All Lifetimes.
A crisp breeze became an alarm clock that time of year. Two brothers sat down with new school supplies at the dining room table. Their mother leaned in from the kitchen, “How do you two think you’ll measure up this year?”
The older brother answered, “Keep my average up to be sure I won’t get cut from the football team, so I can get into college.”
The younger brother said, “Well, just be sure I don’t have to repeat this year, so I can stay up with my class.”
Two brothers. Two goals. One set of goals was specific based on winning, while the other was happy to get by. This is a true story about me and my big brother. He was the one with common sense and drive. As any kid, I couldn’t wait for the school bell. But it wasn’t to go play. It was to go to work. My days of long sessions of window gazing and day dreams were focused on a career already decided. My passion came true at 14 years old with my first job on the radio.
Looking back, school was a short chapter. My real obsession for knowledge was sparked by my determination to win in my career. The process of goal setting never came to mind at my young age, but it was just that. A definite purpose pulled me into my future.
There are many articles based on the technical steps in goal setting, this story is about the journey.
That should be no big surprise as we all know that planning is critical to achievement. The challenge comes in developing a real plan to get real results.
Earl Nightingale wrote many radio broadcast and focused on the topic of goal setting in many of his best selling programs. Even though serious effort must be exercised when setting goals, Earl emphasized the quality of life we should enjoy on the journey to achieving our goals. In one of his thousands of radio broadcasts titled, It’s Not the Destination, he said, “Where a person goes is not nearly as important as how he gets there.”
He continues with an analogy of building a house, “That a house is built is not that important. It is the manner in which it is built that makes it great, average, or poor.”
This consciousness of how we execute the daily tasks needed to reach a goal is far more important than making a list and checking off items. Many of our articles focus on the mechanics of making the various long term and short term goal lists. This article is to focus on our attitude we bring to the completion of each step.
Another Nightingale Conant published author Jim Rohn said this, “Set a goal to make a million dollars. Not because of what a million dollars can buy, but what you become by achieving the goal of making a million dollars.”
In Earl’s broadcast, he said, “People forget what they are really looking for, or what they should be looking for: the discovery of themselves.”
For some of us, our self discovery comes years after the cap and gown ceremonies have been forgotten. The change of the season isn’t important. The change in our daily actions is. On the subject of school and my academic acumen, one day my father and I discussed my time of being a bad student. He said, “What do you mean? You weren’t a bad student. You loved school. You loved it so much you went all year long. You never missed summer school.”
On that, I did do what was needed to not get set back and repeat a year. The question for all of us now comes down to the quality of our efforts in all tasks; both big and small.
“When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight.”
Anyone around in the late 70’s and early 80’s can tell you this is the famous slogan from FedEx. Chances are, if you were around in the 70’s, you may have adopted a new personal slogan, “When it absolutely, positively does not matter.”
What will you do when you run out of goals?
In The Secret Advantage, Earl Nightingale tells the story of Fred Smith, who took a mediocre college paper he wrote while at Yale and used the idea to craft the business plan that launched FedEx. The company name is now synonymous with business people all over the globe that say, “FedEx it” instead of “Overnight it.”
He took his passion and made it real. As a young man, he loved aviation and served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam where his duty taught him the ins and outs of logistics.
As Fred Smith entered the age of, “What’s next?” he found a long list of charities and organizations to keep him busy.
Not at all like Warren Schmit, the fictional lead character brought to life by Jack Nicholson in the critically acclaimed and box office success movie, About Schmit. The story is about Warren Schmidt who is forced to retire from his position as an actuary with an insurance company. After a retirement dinner, Schmidt finds it hard to adjust to his new life, feeling useless. After a return visit to his old office, he leaves the building and sees the contents and files of his office, the sum of his entire career, set out for garbage collectors. Schmidt is overcome by loneliness. He stops showering, sleeps in front of the television, and goes shopping with a coat over pajamas to load up on frozen foods. On a footnote to this film, anyone who wants to be an actor must watch Jack Nicholson. The final scene is one of the best examples ever of an actor telling a story with no words, no making faces, just real emotion. He won a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a drama.
Back to the purpose of this article; no one wants to end up like Schmidt.
So, what do we do when we run out of goals?
Earl Nightingale wrote a great story for one of his many radio broadcasts. In that program, he listed these questions:
- If you could live your life over and go back to 12 and live your life over, would you do it?
- If you could have any career you want, what would it be?
- If you could change places with any person on earth, who would that be?
- If you could live in any part of the country you would want to live in would you move?
Earl stated that of the numerous studies he had researched on the questions, the vast majority of those surveyed said no.
Why when given the chance to change why do so many resist?
A friend once called his job a position with ‘golden handcuffs.’ Working hard to a point where the risk of change weighs heavier than the reward.
The fact most miss is, most people are all like Schmidt in the movie. Play by the rules, stick to a profession, and one day see your life’s work on the curb with the next stop; the garbage dump. Earl stated in his program that scientists, the self employed, artists, writers, and musicians, seem to escape the peril of wondering what’s next. There’s always a new discovery in science, another song, story or painting. But, what of the insurance actuary like Schmidt. Files in the garbage.
It has been written in Proverbs, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”
Instead of fearing change, think of these alternatives for your vision of the future:
- What do you love to do as a hobby?
- Would you make a career of that hobby if it paid?
- What do you have to lose if you act on your dream?
- And, I love Dr. Robert Schuller’s quote, “What great thing would you do, if you knew you could not fail?”
My father became a great example of a person who never ran out of goals. As a young man, he sang with a big band, and in the Army he was the entertainment direct at Pearl Harbor before it was bombed. After the attack he was a Ranger.
When he returned home he built his annuity with the US Postal Service until he retired. Once retired, he found new work in the private sector. Then, became a building inspector, and finally he returned to his first love. Back to entertaining, he performed hundreds of times singing and telling jokes, some off color, to civic organizations all over Virginia. He raised a lot of money never for himself, but for charities like The Shriners Hospital. I duplicated hundreds of cassettes for him to hand out for donations. When he visited me in Chicago at Nightingale Conant and saw the huge plant cranking out thousands of cassettes a minute, his face looked like a kid in a candy store. On his music, Dad liked to joke, “Mickey Gilley sang than song one time and made a million dollars. I sang it a million times and made ten cents.”
He was a good example of what’s next. Do what you love. He did just that until he was ninety-five, so he perished before his dreams.
What about you?
The state trooper flagged the pickup to stop.
Rain bounced off his wide brim trooper hat and rain coat as he approached the cab of the truck. A 60 year old man lowered the window enough to communicate. He spoke in a Cajun drawl, “Officer, what it is up ahead? Road don’t look washed out.”
“We’re not taking chances,” he answered speaking the man’s name in a consoling voice.
The man in the truck pushed the brim of his baseball cap back on his head to wipe his forehead and eyes, “Got to git down there. My dog is locked up in the house.”
“Most places are wiped out. Best be happy you’re alive and think of the future.”
The words ‘think of the future’ are never more poignant than at times of despair and grief. Even when times are good, we all think of the future. Some of our best selling authors address the issue. One of my favorite lines comes from Jim Rohn as he speaks of the power of the ‘pull of the future.’ Zig Ziglar states, “Everything in your past pales in comparison to your vision of the future.”
The way the world can be in the future drives us. All humankind, back to the Stone Age, has stargazed wondering what’s next, but the science of predicting the future is relatively new.
One of the first advocates for a study of the future was H.G. Wells. After success in 1901 with the best seller, Anticipations, he gave a lecture in 1902 titled, The Discovery of the Future. As he spoke, Wells anticipated what the world would be like in 2000. The lecture became another best selling book that accurately forecasted trains and cars moving the majority of the population out of cities to the suburbs. In the lecture, he argued for a “knowability” of the future. He said there are two divergent types of minds. One mind judges and states the importance of the past and the other mind finds it more important to focus on things that will happen in the future. You may be aware of H.G. Wells as the author of War of The Worlds.
The novel’s first appearance in hardcover was in 1898. It has been made into numerous movies and was the subject that panicked all America in Orson Welles 1938 radio broadcast that listeners believed to be real news. His other science fiction novels include The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Invisible Man, and he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature four times. Tragedy was a motivator for Wells. His bright future didn’t look so bright in 1872 when an accident in 1874 left him bedridden with a broken leg. To pass the time he started reading books from the local library, much the same way a young Earl Nightingale found his future. Forecasting has been defined as the process of estimating outcomes in uncontrolled situations. So, how can we empower ourselves to take advantage of the pull of the future?
To be scientific, there are specific fields of study such as:
Probability requires some quantification to determine a confidence level that a specific event will happen. There are enough of mathematical formulas to send us soaring into the oblivion of confusion. Governments rely on this to determine regulations, taxes, and all sorts of ways to control our lives. Insurance underwriters use these models to figure out how much the rest of your life is worth.
Strategic Foresight is a planning tool to enter the realm of the study of the future. Strategic planning requires analysis, but statistics put aside, it comes down to forecasting possible futures, probable futures, and an action plan to move in that direction. Strategic foresight is being hailed in corporate practice to grow both businesses and personal lives.
Think of a three legged stool with each leg dependant on the other on three paradigms:
Foresight to actualize personal goals
Skills to execute organizational business goals to produce profit and growth
Movement toward a better world by forecasting the needs of social issues
Earl Nightingale wrote a great deal about creating a better future. In one of his audio segments in The Secret Advantage he even forecasted events that may happen deep into the 21st century. It is interesting to see that some things have already come true. Most of his practical advice on the future did not rely on complicated math or some sort of detailed matrix, but two simple lists. Call them bucket lists if you wish.
- Long range goals could be the big things like cars, homes, travel, college funds, or building a legacy.
- Short term goals are things you can get in a relative short period of time such as getting a raise, making a sale, starting a business that will in turn serve the long term goals. In the short term, do not confuse ‘wants’ with ‘needs’. Needs are required items such as having a job; not a goal, but a necessity.
Take time to write out a list of everything you want. The first analysis of your list begs the question if there is something on your list you do not have, why not? What have you done to get what you want, and what have you failed to do? One thing that is guaranteed; your future will be the result or consequence of what you do today. In another related article, we’ll discuss, “What happens when you run out of goals?”
In the meantime, dig deep into the core fundamentals on The Secret Advantage and you will find out what needs to be done to get anything you want.
Creatures delay their destiny to rest before stirring the black waters. In the dark, long before the sun dares to poke up over the marshes and cut through ghostly Spanish moss draped from big cypress trees all is quiet. Enemies must sleep. Bodies are stacked in rows covered by wool olive colored blankets. Silence is ripped open by a blaring trumpet and a short tough guy with a voice big enough for four men yells, “Hit the deck.”
Young men with no hair bolt out of bunks ejecting their greenish blankets.
Their boots kick up dust and stomp down a path through the dark. At last, a pink sky shoots some light across the sign they march past. The sign reads, “Let’s be damned sure that no man’s ghost will ever say –‘If your training program had only done its job.”
It had been many years since the first Marines landed on Paris Island in 1861.
Rumors of intense tough training over all those decades became clear to the young recruits in that line.
The young man calling cadence and menacing the young troops would be destined to train millions of people worldwide how to become successful and fulfill each destiny.
That morning before the great war, the young man with the big voice was Earl Nightingale. Soon on another morning, Earl watched the sun begin to rise over the Pacific as he stood on the deck of the USS Arizona. Buzzing of the foreign fighter planes parted the clouds and bombs fell when America’s destiny changed on December 7, 1941.
The huge devastating explosion knocked Earl off the deck. A fellow sailor pulled him to safety. Earl was one of only a handful of young Marines to survive the explosions on the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Later, Earl stated that he felt he was saved for a special destiny. He recalled words from the Marine’s creed, “I swear this creed. My rifle and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but peace.”
His destiny expanded to help millions master their enemies with six words he discovered in a book that ignited his passion to record the first ever million selling spoken word recording, “The Strangest Secret.”
Today the company he co-founded, Nightingale Conant, has taken the best of Earl’s life work to release a new updated Earl Nightingale program, The Secret Advantage: CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want.
Earl also hosted the most widely syndicated radio program for over thirty years. The story how that happened is amazing.
Owning an insurance company is a highly lucrative occupation. Big bucks can be made, but is selling insurance a true calling? It is for some who feel the need to help provide protection and financial planning. However, many people full of hope and sense of purpose are attracted to insurance sales as an occupation that is very useful to providing for family and security when the commissions roll in.
There is nothing wrong with rising to responsibility in any line of work in any occupation.
That does not stop the hunger.
As a young man, Earl Nightingale took that path. He had been poor. He had served as a Marine. And, he became a successful announcer in Chicago.
Fate stepped in once he started an insurance agency and was successful.
Earl decided to take an extended vacation and the sales manager asked Earl to record a message to motivate the sales people while he was away.
The idea made sense to Earl. He sat at his typewriter.
Blank pages have a way of staring back.
After another cup of coffee, he looked around his office and saw his inspiration. The book he discovered in the Long Beach Public Library and remembered the words, “We become what we think about.”
Words flew and filled the pages.
Later at the studio standing at the microphone, Earl began, “I want to tell you the most interesting story in the world. Why a person becomes the person he or she becomes.”
He gave the recording to the sales manager and in Earl’s absence, people for the first time heard, The Strangest Secret.
Word got around and before long other companies wanted the recording.
That action launched the personal development audio publishing industry. Since then, the record sold over a million copies making it the first spoken word record to go gold.
In the pursuit of an occupation, Earl Nightingale discovered his true calling.
Today the company he co-founded, Nightingale Conant, has taken the best of Earl’s life work to release a new updated Earl Nightingale program, The Secret Advantage: CORE Fundamentals to Get Anything You Want.
When a woman breaks up with a man all he can do is hope she’ll come running back to him someday.
Words like that inspire poets and song writers. Jerry Ragovoy wrote a lot of hit songs in the sixties. One day in 1963 those words of a jilted lover came to him. The song and the melody took shape. A year later twenty year old Mick Jagger pouted up to the microphone in a recording studio and belted out the words, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”
So, Jerry Ragovoy under the pseudonym of Norman Meade penned a song that has racked up royalties for over fifty years. The fact that Mick continues to rock into his seventies proves that age is a state of mind.
It is not fame and fortune that keeps us young. It is very simply what Earl Nightingale said over and over, “We become what we think about.”
Do our thoughts really bend time?
How many old looking people do you know? Old looking is the key, not how old in years. Many times people will start saying things like, “Getting old is a bitch.”
Actually, getting older is a blessing. Think of the alternative.
As those heavy in the gut and short on breath console themselves with self defeating statements about declining health being an expected part of life, they are right. Their own statements age them faster.
We all have a subconscious mind that believes anything we say. Tell it you’re feeling aches and pains of aging and it will give you aches and pains.
On the other hand, that powerful subconscious mind built you in the womb. The sculpting of cells and genes and DNA formed your arms, legs, brain, heart, and all of you. That same powerful unleashed subconscious mind is still sculpting each new cell that is generated by the millions every minute in your current body.
Order your subconscious minds with thoughts of healing and rebuilding.
Never, ever think or say your own death sentence, “I am getting old.”
You are getting better, healthier, smarter.
Earl Nightingale addressed this on one of his radio broadcasts titled, When Your Dreams Die. Here’s the way he opened the segment, “How would you like a recipe for staying young? From earliest times people have believed that their search for a fountain of youth would be rewarded. And they found that the secrets of both youth and happiness lie in the same place: within themselves.”
As in many of Earl’s writings he searched for and found perfect quotes to amplify his message that day when he quoted a philosopher who once wrote, “There is not much but to bury a man when the last of his dreams is dead.”
These thoughts explain why we all are as young as our dreams, why some people appear old at forty, and others become famous at ninety. It explains a lot about Mick Jagger dancing across a stage at seventy-three still singing, “Time is on my side, yes it is.”
In the broadcast, Earl listed a few points to consider as you seek to find the right things to tell your subconscious.
First, a list that ages us faster:
- The person who has no dream or goal to achieve is already old.
- Age comes when hope and planning for the future die.
- Every person’s life work must be much larger than an eight hour workday.
- People grow old in occupations with fixed limitations, uninteresting surroundings, and no call upon the imagination.
Next, the list that keeps us younger:
- Some stay young regardless of their work because they strive for a higher calling such as providing for family members.
- People who stay young are those that feel young regardless of their age.
- Youthful individuals try new things, learn new skills, and plan new careers whether they live long enough to reach it or not.
- Those of us who stay young never think much about old age or death.
- Staying alive and young requires people with a sense of humor.
- Happy youthful people among us do not hold grudges or hatred.
- People who stay young are quick to accept new ideas and have a healthy curiosity.
Earl goes on to say, “Above all they continue in pursuit of a dream, something to learn and earn, and a higher plateau upon which to stand.”
Finally, Earl gives this challenge, “What are you trying to bring into fulfillment? A person is as young as his dreams, and as old as his doubts.”