How to make a goal card

Want to achieve a specific goal in 2017? This seemingly unimportant yet very powerful card can help…

We are currently at the brink of 2016 and the start of yet another promising year. For most people, this means two things; it is time to take stock of our past achievements and also a chance to dream big once more. Speaking of which, dreams are just mere dreams if they are not turned into goals. And for goals, they have to be as specific and concise as possible if you are to stand any chance of success with them. That implies writing them down with the intention of accomplishing them within a precisely set timeline. According to Napolean Hill – the celebrated author of ‘Think and Grow Rich‘ – this equates to having a goal card. Speaking of which, here is a quick rundown on how to make a goal card for your 2017 ambitions.

A Goal is a Dream but With a  Deadline

While anyone can come up with goals – big ones, small ones, long-term ones, short-term ones etc – only a small portion of the population take the extra trouble to write them down. Which is a shame since the chance of reaching your goal is 42% percent higher when it’s written down. The point here is that while it is imperative to formulate goals from your personal dreams, writing these down is the key step towards prioritizing and focusing on them.

That said, according to Napolean Hill, here is what it entails coming up with a goal card.

i. For Starters, Define Your Goal

It is not sufficient to say that you want to be ‘financially stable.’ The more definite your goal is, the higher the probability of knocking it off your 2017 bucket list. Get down to the exact figures and numbers even to the last comma if it helps. For instance, if your intention is to create a smart source of passive income, specify the exact amount of money you intend on generating per month from the project by the end of one month, six months, a year etc. Nothing beats the psychological rush that comes with definiteness. And transmuting this on a goal card makes it even more efficient.

ii. What Do You Intend To Give Up to Achieve That Goal?

There is nothing like ‘something for nothing’. It is a cause-and-effect world where one decision often leads to a result which can influence another completely unrelated consequence all-together. Similarly, your goal card ought to contain a clause that specifies what you are ready to give up in return for what you desire. This could be something like, “I intend to devote X amount of hours after work every day to work on my blog or wine business.” This way, you are not just defining what you want, but also laying a solid blueprint that illustrates how exactly you intend to reach there.

iii. Give it a Timeline

The ideal goal card should have a definite, pre-determined and practical deadline by which you ought to have achieved your goal. Otherwise, you risk procrastinating a huge chunk of your success to ‘one day in the future’ which we all know never comes. One thing that the most successful personalities have in common is their grasp of the concept of time. They know that the difference between a fragile toddler and a full-grown strong man is just time – the rest are just details. The same way, you can only bridge the gap between your current state and your future ambitions by recognizing that every passing day is an opportunity to work towards that. For this reason, you have to calculate the exact amount of time you need to possess your desires and write it down.

iv. The Plan

Your goals won’t work unless you do. While anyone can come up with an idea, it is only a fraction among us have the guts to execute them. The execution plan is what separates the ‘achievers’ from the ‘dreamers’. You will never dream your way to success – whatever your idea of success is. Similarly, your 2017 goal card needs a section where you will briefly write down a plan for achieving your intents and desires. For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, the rational plan is a chain of activities that are closely aligned to this. Such as, ‘jog every morning for at least 20 minutes before going to work’. As usual, the more detailed it is, the better.

v. Read the Goal and the Accompanying Aloud Every Day

Read out your goal card aloud every day – at least twice daily – to cement the desire of achievement in your subconscious. As you do this, you will gradually start envisioning yourself been in the possession of that particular bank balance or that ripped well-toned body that you have been dying to get. No amount of self-doubt can hold back such a person.


The Bottom Line

Well, that covers most of the basics. But if you want to enhance your goal card experience, go a step further and make at least 4 copies of the same concisely written goal card and place them at strategic positions in your house or office. Some successful entrepreneurs also laminate their goal cards and carry them almost everywhere as a way of internalizing it that they are already in possession of their heart’s desire. What’s more, as you write down your goal, have it at the back of your mind that it is reasonable to revise the wording later as details of the goal become clearer.

10 thoughts on “How to make a goal card

  1. Liked this article so much that I have bookmarked it.
    I’m a fan of Napoleon Hill’s book also and I use his techniques as often as I can.

    I am now writing using these ideas.

    • ido

      Glad you like it, Josh!

      If you have any further questions, just let me know.

  2. Garen

    Hey Ido,

    Goals are very important when you’re running an online business. I have worked from home for 8+ years, and I must admit I get distracted from time to time. There is so much stuff online I can easily get lost in doing things that are not productive.

    But, wow I didn’t know goals were 42% more obtainable if you write them. I guess I should start writing my goals down. I do use a “to-do list,” but I’m going to start setting goals. Do you have any advice if you don’t meet your goal, though?

    • ido

      Hi Garen,
      The best advice when you don’t meet your goals is to evaluate what you did in order to achieve them and then set a new timeline to achieve them. The point is to NEVER GIVE UP. Just because you haven’t reached your goal on the time you first thought you would, doesn’t mean you can’t reach it, it only means that you missed the time it would take you to do it. re-evaluate, set a new deadline, and charge forward.

      It was Edison who said: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” It’s hard to argue with that 🙂

  3. hi

    very good website tells you what we need to know in this category well done and keep it up.


    • ido

      Thank you fo the kind words, Grant.
      Glad to hear this site serves its purpose.

  4. Hi Ido! Your post is very informative for someone starting out on a path of self-discovery and improvement. I am an Ayrvedic life coach myself! It’s absolutely necessary to have a set of goals in your life in order to to measure ones progress.
    One more thing I like to do is tell the people I coach to make themselves externally accountable, as I find it jelps most people with motivation and power to keep up when things get tough!

    • ido


      I suggest the same thing as well! Being accountable to someone which is close to you, and is not yourself is so simple and so effective. I just love it!
      I use it myself with my coach, who holds me accountable all of the time.

      Do you use it yourself?

  5. Great tips and ideas especially for those who are not used to keeping a track of their goals. Great points.

    • ido

      Thank Helen.

      If someone is just starting keeping track of his goals, it does take some practice, but once you get used it, it’s incredible how it improves results.

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