Napoleon Hill told us we need to have a “Desire” in his famous and well-read book, “Think and Grow Rich.”

He didn’t stop there. Hill mapped out the steps to success that anyone (Including you and me) could follow (if committed) to make their goals a reality. He showed us how to build around our DESIRE and make it happen.

Hill took it even further by expecting us to create a plan and execute it. This is not easy for everyone but following Hill’s success map can be of great assistance.

These concepts still apply to goal setting today. Hill knew designing a goal was simply not enough to bring it to reality. We needed more and he basically gave it to us in the pages of his book.

There are a few other things one may find helpful along the journey.

  • Eliminate the obstacles
  • Design a system to measure progress (Ideal if this is visual)
  • Build in a rewards plan for yourself (Mini goals along the way)
  • Write out your own story of success (Your personal story may help others)

Hill purposely wrote “Think and Grow Rich” with men in mind and not women because such was the era in which he lived. Today, there are many women who have benefited greatly from the knowledge he shared. Both women and men have taken his concepts and used them to accomplish great things.

Two of the biggest blocks individuals face in goal setting are mindset and that the goal they are trying to reach may not be their own.

It is very imperative to do self discovery and make certain the goals you are visualizing are truly yours and understand you are deserving of them.


Other, more modern goal-setting plans involve S.M.A.R.T. goal setting and more recently, “The ONE Thing,” written by one of the founders of Keller-Williams Realty, Gary Keller. Both include some of the ideas Hill introduced to us so many years ago.

S.M.A.R.T. Goals are based on creating an action plan around your goal being Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based. Like Hill, this plan requires you to narrow your goal down to one very specific idea instead of generalizing. It must be measurable so you know if you are on the right path or if you need to change directions.

It also needs to be attainable. There is little point is establishing a goal that you can’t reach. That is setting yourself up for a huge waste of your time.

Ideally, S.M.A.R.T. Goals need to have a relevance to your big picture and they must be time-based, meaning you’ve set a date that your goal will be reached.

In “The ONE Thing” Keller focuses on the one thing you should be doing right now to take yourself toward your goal. He teaches the reader a plan for establishing a main goal and then creating the monthly, weekly, daily and hourly goals that lead up to reaching it and or building a habit around it.

Keep in mind that you will be more focused if you strive for only one to three goals at a time. Overwhelming yourself is a recipe for procrastination and self sabotage.


Whichever plan you decide to use to establish and reach your big goals, Accountability will assist you in staying on course as well as helping you to remove the blocks that hold you back.

Consider joining a mastermind group or hiring a coach that will help you stay accountable to your dreams and plans. At Fry & Company, I offer a variety of coaching options and mastermind groups. Use the link below to jump over to my website to see what is available to you or schedule a complimentary phone chat to determine how I can assist you in your business life.

Sandra Fry is a Business Strategist at Fry & Company