Here’s 5 top tips from Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, and Bruce Lee to help you set and accomplish more goals

Have you already forgotten or pushed aside an over-ambitious New Years’ Resolution?

Everyone knows the best resolutions start in February, right?

Therefore, now is the perfect time to set your career goals and to provide yourself with that much needed second chance at your New Year’s Resolution.

Goal setting is important in all aspects of your life. Goals give you purpose, aim and motivation. They help you get through tough times and come out the other end better and stronger – and while it’s great to dream big and set life-changing goals, what’s the point if they’re unachievable?

Individuals who regularly achieve success in life understand what it takes to set big goals and reach them. As a Recruitment Specialist working in Newcastle, the Hunter Valley, and the Central Coast, I’m lucky enough to work with some incredible business leaders.

These are successful people who have big goals and are constantly taking steps to achieve them. Yet, despite their goals being unique, I’ve noticed the steps they take are almost identical!

So, what’s the secret to success?

Well, there are 5 secrets actually…

Here’s 5 top tips from Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, and Bruce Lee to help you set and accomplish your big goals in 2021

1. Set goals you actually want to achieve!

If you’re stuck on picking an attainable goal, think about your values – a more meaningful career? Higher income to be more secure? Or perhaps a better work life balance so that you can spend more time with your family?

What are your passions? Passion will drive your happiness and ultimately, your goals.

“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you’re not passionate enough from the start, you’ll never stick it out.”
– Steve Jobs

You’ll be far more likely to achieve your goals if they have value attached to them if you are passionate about them and if they are going to make your life better.

What goal, if achieved, would make your life better?

2. Write your goals down

A study found that people who write their goals down are more likely to accomplish them.

Want some proof? Take Bruce Lee. In 1969, he wrote this letter to himself1:

I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental superstar in the United States. In return, I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970, I will achieve world fame, and from then onward, till the end of 1980, I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.
Bruce Lee, Jan. 1969

By the age of 32, Bruce Lee achieved all his remarkable career goals and more.

Take the time to put pen to paper and work towards your goals.

3. Visualise your success

This is a strategy that has been used by some of the world’s most elite athletes including Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan. It’s called visualisation.

We must see our success before we can believe it. Believing in yourself is what will help it come true. Visualising helps your brain to understand what you need to achieve your goal, whether that be resources, people, or circumstances.

4. Review your goals regularly

Give yourself a set schedule to review your goals. It may be once a week, once a month or once every six months. Picking a specific (and let’s face it, likely unrealistic) deadline leads to stress and disappointment.

Author of Wall Street Journal and national best-selling book Ultralearning, Scott Young, suggests setting a “period of focus”, instead of a deadline.

This will help you track your progress and identify what is blocking you from success.

“Starting with a period of focus can be useful when you’re not sure what the natural timeframe is for a certain goal. Then, as you’re working on the goal, and have a better sense of where you might end up, you can set a more traditional deadline to motivate action.”2
Scott Young

5. Tell the world!

Share your goals out loud! We often like to keep our goals secret because we are afraid of failure. But failure is part of success.

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.”
Robert F. Kennedy

Tell your family, friends, and colleagues about your aspirations.

Remember as well that it’s okay to seek help from friends or professionals that can help make your goal a reality.

These five tips will help you on your path to achieving more of your big goals in life and experiencing greater success.

What does your version of success look like? A higher salary? More flexible hours? A better job?

If you’re ready to secure your next position, get in touch with Coastal Recruitment Group, Newcastle’s leading boutique recruitment agency. Seeking help from some of the best Recruitment Specialists will ensure you achieve your career goals sooner, and with a whole heap less stress.

Ready to make 2021 your year? Contact me on LinkedIn or send through your resume to



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