How to Choose a Goal You’ll Actually Hit

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous.

Neagle Code Question

I’ve set money goals many times and have never hit them. How do I set a money goal I’ll actually hit?

Neagle Code Answer

GREAT question!!

Think about the amount of money you want to earn in your life right now. Go ahead, take a minute to think it over.

For this exercise, I don’t want you to just pull a number out of thin air like “a billion dollars” or something. The number has to mean something to you personally. It has to be relevant to your daily life, your purpose, or what you want your lifestyle to be.

In order to make the money you want, you must know WHY you want that specific number. This is key.

It cannot be arbitrary or random. Nor can it be based on a vague fantasy. The number has to be specific. It has to have meaning.

It cannot be
based in fear.

What’s your number? How much money do you want to make?

Don’t say something like, “Oh, I want to make $500 million a year, so that I never have to worry about money again. Then I could go sit on a beach and drink piña coladas for the rest of my life.” That’s based in fear, not true desire.

Your reason for wanting your number has to be practical, something that can be applied to your life right now.

For example, maybe you want to live a certain lifestyle that requires a lot of money. Maybe you want to help a group of people, give money to charity, feed kids in Africa…build your business to a certain level…buy an amazing house, car, or fly a private jet. All of that requires money. How much is required? And why do you want those particular things?

When you have a real reason behind the amount of money you want to make…you have more motivation for making it happen. (Then you’re not “bullshitting” yourself.)

You can choose to focus on a monthly number, or an annual number, whichever feels best for you. I like to help people think about monthly incomes. Then you can look at the actions you need to take in order to earn that amount each month.

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[Fast Cash Formula Series] Article #7 ~ What Is Your “Why?”

In the last article, I asked you to identify why you have the particular bills that you do.

Today, I'm asking about a different why.

Why do you want to change? What is your motivation for up-leveling your life and business?

I ask you that because in order to keep moving forward despite any difficulties or fear, you must have a compelling reason.

You must become aware of a strong motivation within you to make a positive change, and then keep that “why” front and center.

Otherwise, if you don’t have that strong motivation, you might just give up on your dream.

My “Why”

Before I made my first breakthrough, I was living next door to a drug dealer. It was a very unsafe environment for my family, and I had to get us all out of there.

I had debt, bills, problems and pain, and I didn't want that to be my legacy to my family. I also was being exposed to success principles, and I didn't want to go to my grave without finding out if they were as powerful as they seemed.

Your Why?

What is your strong motivation to change?

Do you long to leave a worthy legacy for your children and others? Do you feel a calling you have to fulfill? Are you trying to get away from a toxic environment?

I know an author who worked 10 years on a book about an ancestor. Her “why” was, “If not me, then who?” If she didn't vindicate her ancestor, probably no one ever would.

The truth is, that statement is relevant for everyone. If you don't do what you're called to do, no one else will. Like Martha Graham said, if you block the life force that wants to come through you, it will never exist.

And if you don't connect with a deep motivation for expressing that life force, you may give up when the path becomes difficult or your subconscious creates chaos around you.

Don't let that happen. Look within and ask yourself: “Why do I want to better my life?”

Keep It Prominent

Once you know your “why,” think about it often.

Amplify it, extoll it, honor it in the ways that make sense to you. Make a video or audio recording where you talk about it in full, and then listen to it every week. Regularly engage in fantasy where you see your “why” play out. Make a visual representation of it, such as by putting up pictures in your office of your children or grandchildren.

Whatever you choose, keep your why front and center. That way, when you're experiencing difficulty or you have to do something challenging, it will pop immediately to mind.

For instance, early on when I encountered resistance to making sales calls, the ugly mug of my drug-dealer neighbor would appear in my mind's eye. You can bet, I immediately picked up that phone!

What could elicit the same response from you?

What is the “why” that will keep you barreling toward your goal?

Got it? Leave a comment below to share YOUR “why” with me. Perhaps together we’ll inspire others to do the same.


David Neagle, The Million Dollar Income Acceleration Mentor and author of The Millions Within, teaches entrepreneurs and commission-based sales professionals how to quantum leap their current incomes past the 7-figure income level, often in less than 12 months. As a world-class speaker, sales trainer, and success-mindset mentor to some of the globe’s top CEOs, David also privately mentors big decision-makers in their pursuit of quantum success and peace of mind.