Les Patterson’s Monday Morning Boost: Change your thinking – Steps #4-#6

  • As we journey through Brian Tracy’s “12 Step Goal Setting Process,” we’ve decided exactly what we want in each key area of our life, we’ve written it down, and we’ve set deadlines.

    Now we’re ready to move forward with steps 4-6.

    These three steps are the self-assessment phase of our goal setting journey. We have the privilege of looking inward at our self and identifying obstacles we need to overcome, the knowledge and skills we’ll need, and the people whose help we’ll need to realize our goals. We’ll quickly discover – if we haven’t already – personal discipline is essential to completing steps 4-6.

    STEP 4

    STEP 4 helps us identify the obstacles we’ll have to overcome. We must exercise the discipline to look inward as 80% of the reasons holding us back are within ourselves. Start by identifying that “one big thing” that seems to always get in your way. Acknowledging and taking ownership of the obstacle will automatically take power away from the strength it has over you.

    STEP 5

    STEP 5 is our opportunity to identify the skills and knowledge we’ll need to acquire to achieve our goals. What one skill, Brian Tracy asks, that if developed and used consistently would have the greatest impact on our life? Identify and write that skill down, then make a plan to work on it every single day.

    STEP 6

    STEP 6 may be the hardest part of this phase. Asking for help is not easy. We don’t like to admit weakness, nor do we like to feel we can’t do it on our own. Identifying those whose help we need is liberating; choosing to trust another is empowering. Make a list of those whose help and cooperation you will need, including family, friends and coworkers. In some cases, we may also need to reach out to coaches, counselors, mentors, or accountability partners.

    Select carefully when identifying people to help you along the path of success. Choose those who you feel will encourage, lift up, and help with accountability. Filter out the negative naysayers, pessimists, doubters, and even “yes men.” Find those who offer affirmation, like Stephen Covey’s mother who said over and over, “You can do anything you want.”

    One person in the right place at the right time can be the key factor in achieving your highest goals.


    While journeying through steps 1-6, we’re deciding exactly what we want, writing it down and setting deadlines. We’re identifying obstacles, the knowledge and skills needed and the people who can help us. We’re making progress. However, as we progress through the self-analyzing of steps 4-6 we may feel stretched more than we’re ready for.

    That’s alright. Struggle is a natural part of life; and it’s a natural part of accomplishing goals. While we’ll learn more about the benefits of struggling in a future Monday Morning Boost, taking time now to see the big picture will help us process the stretching. Review the progress you are making, and review Brian Tracy’s 12 steps we are following.


    1. Decide exactly what you want in every key area of your life.
    2. Write it down.
    3. Set a deadline.
    4. Identify the obstacles that you will have to overcome to achieve your goal.
    5. Identify the knowledge, information and skills you will need to achieve your goal.
    6. Identify the people whose help and cooperation you will require to achieve your goal.
    7. Make a list of everything you will have to do to achieve your goal.
    8. Organize your list into a plan.
    9. Make a plan.
    10. Select your number one, most important task for each day.
    11. Develop the habit of self-discipline.
    12. Practice visualization on your goals.

    Discipline will again be the bridge of actionable steps that will transform our desired goals into achieved results.

    We’ll continue our discussion next week by focusing on steps 7-9.

    Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share.

    Les Patterson

    p.s. Take 13 minutes today to enjoy a short Brian Tracy video on How to Differentiate Between Goals and Objective.

    Les Patterson loves to share stories and the “Monday Morning Boost” is his way of sharing a story or two with family, friends, and clients. Les believes every person, business and organization has a story worth sharing. Since 1997 he has enjoyed finding compelling ways to share those stories through writing and producing radio commercials at the Cache Valley Media Group. Discover how he can help tell your story at www.CacheValleyMediaGroup.com. Feedback and comments are welcome at les@cvradio.com. ©2016, Les Patterson. All Rights Reserved. To UNSUBSCRIBE, reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in the subject line and your email will be removed.