October 2011 Goals

Think of a ship with the complete voyage mapped out and planned. The captain and crew know exactly where the ship is going and how long it will take — it has a definite goal. And 9,999 times out of 10,000, it will get there.

Now let’s take another ship — just like the first — only let’s not put a crew on it, or a captain at the helm.

Let’s give it no aiming point, no goal, and no destination. We just start the engines and let it go.

I think you’ll agree that if it gets out of the harbor at all, it will either sink or wind up onsome deserted beach — a derelict. It can’t go anyplace because it has no destination and no guidance.  No goal.

–Earl Nightingale

Lately I’ve been knocking out my monthly goals pretty well……now I just have to keep the ball rolling.

Got YOUR goals for the month yet?

Blog posted on: October 3, 2011

21 comments on “October 2011 Goals

  1. Guy

    Hey Nev! Off-Topic but just wondering how much do you believe going to college has helped in your current pursuit and do you see it beneficial to your future. Thanks

    1. Neville Post author

      I’d say I highly value my college education……but I was fortunate enough to be able to afford college without crushing debt.

      I was always doing side businesses even since high school….so if I didn’t go to college, I likely would’ve continued with those or even a part time job in the meanwhile.

  2. Jimelle

    Thank you! I’ve been mulling this over for a while now, and I like this quote! It seems to me that the more I work on my goals, the more ideas pop up to help me achieve them. This is a great reminder to keep my eye on the ball…
    My main goal is posted on my site, and it’s big and a little scary for me right now.

    Anyway, thanks for posting such a great quote!

    1. Neville Post author

      It’s like a cargo ship transporting things around the world.

      For a short period of time it has ONE SINGLE GOAL….to get to a certain harbor.

      Then it sets sail for the next, then the next & so on….

      After a little while, you realize it’s been EVERYWHERE. But it all starts with achieving one small goal each step of the way.

  3. Green


    That was a pretty interesting quote you put up by Earl Nightingale. I have an old book on my shelf that my now-deceased grandfather gave me called “Every Man a King” that was written in 1906. The first chapter of that book lays out the same principle with the same ship metaphor.

    If you are interested in Earl Nightigale’s work, you should look into the “Original Gangsta” of self-help: Orison Swett Marden

    Alot of his stuff has been re-used by others like Tony Robbins. Anyway, I hope you reach your goals! Your blog has been one of my favorites for a few years now.

  4. mike

    I’ve been making lists of daily goals for over 2 years now, but oddly never thought about larger, monthly goals too.

    I think the purchase of a whiteboard this week will mark the start of my new habit.

    Good Call! Keep up the good work…

    1. Neville

      I’ve done the whiteboard method too…unfortunately it “blends in the background” when I see ti everyday. So I keep my monthly goals on paper and place it under my to-do list (just my personal preference)

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  6. Darren

    Just a thought, 9 times out of 10, the ship won’t get to any destination without a map or compass. The destination isn’t enough.

    Understand why you are setting a goal before you set a goal. Understand the obstacles and track progress along the way. Make sure you’re aware of the frame or state of mind you’re in when first setting the goal.

    The Titanic had a destination, it still hit an iceberg and sank…


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