Goal Setting: Mapping Out a Pathway to Success

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The Importance of a Realistic Appraisal

No matter what area of your life your goal is in, it always starts with a realistic appraisal of where you are today. Setting goals can be applied to various aspects of your life, such as fitness, relationships, work, or finances. Before you can map out a pathway to success, it is crucial to have a truthful understanding of your current situation.

While you may have dreams and aspirations for the future, whether it’s three years, five years, or even ten years down the road, it is essential to begin with an honest assessment of your starting point. By acknowledging your present circumstances, you can then identify the necessary steps to move forward.

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Goal Setting: Mapping Out a Pathway to Success


Goal Achievement, Pathways Thinking, Coach Dave Razo, We Build a Better U, Realistic Appraisal, Fitness Goals, Relationship Goals, Financial Goals, Progress Tracking, Dream Realization, Enjoying the Journey, Transformation, Personal Growth, Success Strategies, Goal Setting Tips

Speaker: Dave Razo

No matter what area of your life your goal is in, it always starts with a realistic appraisal of where you are today.

Hey good morning coach Dave here with you. And, I just wanted to say a word about goal setting and how we apply it. As we’ve talked about, you can set your goals in any area of your life. And, it could be a fitness goal. How you get fit, maybe losing weight, or getting healthier. It could be a relationship goal, like how to improve your connection with your partner, with your family member, or even with a friend.

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It could be in the work environment, or it could be a money goal. It could be a specific money goal on how much to save. Or, how much to spend and where to spend it. So, no matter what area of your life your goal is in. It always starts with a realistic appraisal of where you are today. We have a dream of where we want to go. And that dream may be three years five years or 10 years down the road.

But you have to start with a realistic truthful appraisal of where you are today. And then you can start to map out the steps that you need to take along the way. When you know where you’re at today, you can identify the priorities on what you might accomplish today. And, that will move you toward your goal. That’s the beginning of pathways thinking. And then as you develop this idea of pathways thinking, you can start to move that 10-year goal into where you want to be in three years. Or, where do you want to be in one year?

What can you do today? What can you do this week, this month, this quarter, and then this year? And then, that’s all matches up. Now you’ll have adjustments along that pathway. Inevitably, there’ll be adjustments but just enjoy the journey. Part of goal achievement, goal accomplishment is enjoying the journey. Hey, I’m Coach Dave, I’m rooting for you take care! See you later!

The Importance of Pathways Thinking

Once you have a clear understanding of where you are today, you can begin to develop the concept of pathways thinking. Pathways thinking involves breaking down your long-term goal into smaller, actionable steps that you can take along the way.

Start by identifying the priorities and tasks that you can accomplish today to move closer to your goal. This could involve making changes to your daily habits, seeking guidance or support, or acquiring new skills. By focusing on the present moment and taking consistent action, you can make progress towards your desired outcome.

Mapping Out Short-Term Goals

As you continue to develop your pathway, you can start to refine your goals for the shorter term. Consider where you want to be in three years, one year, and even within the next few months. By breaking down your long-term vision into manageable milestones, you can make your journey more tangible and achievable.Take the time to assess what you can do today, this week, this month, and this quarter to align with your overarching goal.

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Each step you take brings you one step closer to your desired destination.

Remember, adjustments will inevitably be necessary along the way, but embracing the journey is an essential part of achieving your goals.

Enjoying the Journey to Success

Goal achievement is not solely about reaching the destination; it’s also about enjoying the journey. Embrace the process, learn from setbacks, and celebrate your progress along the way. By adopting a positive mindset and cultivating gratitude for each milestone achieved, you can stay motivated and inspired throughout your goal-setting journey.


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Goal Setting


Setting goals is a powerful tool for personal growth and success. It begins with an honest assessment of your current situation and a clear vision of your desired outcome. By breaking down your long-term goals into manageable steps and focusing on the present moment, you can create a pathway to success. Embrace the journey, make adjustments as needed, and celebrate your progress along the way. Remember, Coach Dave is rooting for you on your goal-setting journey. Take care and see you at the finish line!

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Dave Razo

Author – Speaker – Leader – Investor

Dave spent a long and distinguished career as a pilot and leader in the United States Air Force. Along the way, he managed to obtain three graduate degrees.  As an investor in the stock market for more than 37 years, Dave has seen his share of ups and downs.  When Dave retired as a Colonel in 2006, he founded Razor Sharp Investments. Subsequently, he worked with an investment education company, teaching new investors how to handle their money, and then two brokerage firms doing the same thing. 

In 2012, Dave founded his own investment firm.  Dave has always been fascinated by the question, Why do people do the things that they do?  On his discovery journey, he encountered Tony Robbins. He worked with his event staff to eventually progresss through the Institute for Strategic Intervention as a coach, making him ideally suited to tackle the most formidable challenges in a relationship.  Dave continues to be committed to a life of service, mainly serving those struggling in their relationships over money.

Dave is dedicated to the values of
Integrity First  — Service Before Self – Excellence in All We Do.
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