Setting 3 Simple Goals = Success?

The word “Success” can be summarized in many different ways, but I think one phrase can pretty much encompass it: “he or she has made it!”

Everyone reading my blog or being part of anything relating to online marketing are all here to find that kind of success so that we can improve our lives and/or achieve some kind or level of financial success. Being able to pay the bills, travel and most definitely not work the 9 to 5 rut comes to mind.

We all know though that success – in any form or other – doesn’t come overnight. It takes time, consistency of work as well as understanding that many failures may happen along the way to that success. The road to success isn’t unfortunately linear.

As I’ve previously stated in a previous post, the journey to success often involves twists, turns, and unexpected detours. It’s rarely a straight path. That being said, each challenge and setback can be a valuable learning experience that helps you grow and adapt.

But what do successful people set as goals?

A mentor of mine a few years ago told me “If you want to attain success; do what successful people do”. He also mentioned that successful people don’t have 5, 10, 15, 20 goals – most have at maximum 3 goals. So let’s take a look at what those are:

  1. You need to know yourself better.

The journey of self-discovery begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Dean has mentioned that in his book “The Iceberg Effect“. One of the best things you could do for yourself is to get to know yourself much better and more importantly answer the question: “what do I want?”.

Remember last post about knowing your number? This is the other side of the coin: what do you want to do with that number?

  • What matters to you?
  • What’s your passion?
  • What are your desires?

Being able to answer those questions will definitely help you clarify how your success will be attained.

Let’s be real. It’s easier to set or pursue the right goals and have a clear vision of where you are heading if you know yourself better.

Why? It’s because you know what you want out of life and what you need to do in order to live a life that reflects your values, needs and goals.

Knowing yourself better means it’s easier for you to make the right decisions and steer you away from making the wrong ones; remember those “shinny objects?” and you wanting to steer away from them?

  1. Spend your time surrounded by the right people.

To all the other dreamers out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.” – Adam Green

They say that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. So who we associate ourselves with the most can influence us in any way or shape.

On that note, choose to spend more time with people who will lift you up instead of tearing you down and get mad when you achieve success.

Don’t hang out and waste your precious and valuable time dealing with jealous, insecure and unmotivated people because they will make your life challenging and miserable.

Spending time with the right people means you’re allowing more success in your life. The genuine support and motivation from the right people will inspire you to succeed and reach new heights.

They’ll be there for you to celebrate your wins and accomplishments, as well as boost your spirits every time you fail and feel down in the dumps.

The right people will make you a better person, making you realize that you can achieve whatever you put heart and mind to.

And if you’re not growing and evolving, it’s time to let go and spend less time with negative people to make room for better ones.

I may have already said this in a previous post but my mother would repeatedly tell me: “you can have anything you want in life Marc… just not all at the same time!”.

  1. Challenge yourself.

We have to be honest about what we want and take risks rather than lie to ourselves and make excuses to stay in our comfort zone.” – Ray Bennett

Successful people are courageous, refuse to get stuck in a rut and push themselves out of their comfort zones. Successful people try and sometimes fail – even several times -rather than not try at all and have regrets later in life.

They don’t fear change but rather embrace them.

They are risk takers and dreamers who think of the possibilities instead of limitations!

So, don’t let your fear of failure get in the way and let your dreams be overshadowed. Remember that you only have one life to live, and you miss 100% of the shots you didn’t take.

Dare to spread your wings, explore and fly because success won’t come to you if you don’t take that leap of faith and allow the magic of change to transform your life.

There’s no denying that every successful person fought their own battles, experienced hardships and became resilient along the way, but in order to make the road to success less bumpy, it’s essential to get to know yourself better to discover what truly matters to you.

Aside from that, it’s important to spend more time with the right people and have the willingness to challenge yourself because no one can help you grow and evolve unless you decide to become unapologetic about your growth and take that crucial step to start living the life of your dreams.

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To your success…to our success!

15 thoughts on “Setting 3 Simple Goals = Success?”

  1. The entrepreneurial life requires surrounding ourselves with people on a similar path to success. No blame, gossip, or complaining allowed. The 9 to 5 is filled with grumpy people. Now I spend my time surrounding myself with loving people who support me!

  2. Hi Marc,

    This is such an inspiring read! Your insights on success and the journey it entails really resonate. I love the emphasis on self-discovery, surrounding oneself with the right people, and stepping out of comfort zones. I need to get more familiar with stepping out of my comfort zone more. These are such important reminders. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and motivating us to keep pushing towards our dreams. Looking forward to more of your posts!


    1. Thanks Meredith,
      Getting out of our comfort zone is definitely one big challenge for many, but it can be done! Thank you for your comment.

  3. Great post! I totally agree with you—success really does come down to knowing yourself, setting clear goals, and surrounding yourself with the right people. Your points about stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks are spot on. I did a speech last night fir 500 people. I was so nervous but I was with the right people. It was certainly out of my comfort zone!! It’s all about pushing yourself and learning from every experience. Thanks for sharing these insights and reminders! Looking forward to more of your posts. To our success!

    1. Hi Sarah,
      Great stuff! 500 peoples is just the right size to get the nerves started! LOL!
      Being out of your comfort zone like that can definitely help you for the next time – it all gets easier. Like pretty much everything Dean and his team shows us!
      All the best!

  4. a lot of good points, the most interesting to me was that highly successful people don’t have 15-20 goals, they usually only have around 3 substantial goals they really focus on.

    1. Hi Nathan,
      Thanks for your quick comment. As we both mentioned, too many goals makes for too many possible directions and unfocused work!
      All the best!

  5. Hey Marc! Your insights into success and setting meaningful goals are spot on. Understanding oneself, surrounding yourself with positive influences, and embracing challenges are indeed crucial steps toward achieving success. It’s inspiring to see your dedication to sharing these lessons with others in your journey. Keep pushing forward with your positive mindset and valuable advice – you’re making a difference! Here’s to continued growth and success for you and your readers. Cheers!

    1. Hi Atif,
      Thank you for your comment. As always, you’re also pushing positivity to us all and your journey is definitely an insightful one for all of us to look up to!
      You bring a lot of information, training and thought to everything you’re currently doing. I don’t necessarily have all the time right now to follow in your footsteps, but I’m definitely taking notes!
      All the best!

  6. Marc Great Post! It was very inspiring! Getting to know yourself better is definitely a novel not a short read. I still have to keep myself in check most times especially with setting goals. All the Best and I look forward to more of your wisdom.

    1. Hi Ken,
      Thanks for your quick comment. It definitely helps – in the short and long term – to set goals that we can attain and put in steps that will help us attain them!
      All the best!

  7. Hi Marc,
    A great post! Success is something we all want and can play out in a very complicated and unpredictable way. Your post focuses on some of the more important components in a simplified way! We should continually learn more about ourselves and master ourselves. Become successful by being with and learning from successful people and always challenging ourselves to better this day than we were the previous day and learn to live uncomfortable when needed. All points you so excellently shared 🙂

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    1. Hi Denny,
      Thank you for a great comment and yes, working on ourselves sometimes will bring about changes we never even anticipated. More importantly, when we continuously look to better ourselves, at one point, we only see what will help us achieve our success – we leave everything else: the bad, the negativity, the pessimism – we leave all those behind us.
      All the brest!

  8. Great post, Marc! Your emphasis on setting just three key goals really resonates with me. It’s true that knowing oneself better is crucial for making the right decisions and staying focused. Surrounding ourselves with the right people and continuously challenging ourselves are equally important for personal and professional growth. Your insights about the non-linear path to success and the value of learning from setbacks are incredibly motivating. Thanks for sharing such practical advice and reminders!

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