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The Power Of Setting Goals | Setting goals in Prison

April 4, 2018

Are you the type of person who regularly sets goals? If yes, good on you – you are already on the right track towards a more positive life. If not, you should start taking advantage of the power of goal setting in improving your life.


If you don’t write your goals, you’re not alone. Back then, I wasn’t into it myself.




I’ve heard many people say to me that I should write down my goals because in doing so I’d be able to achieve them. I was really incredulous at the whole thing. I thought, “You mean, if I write down all my goals then somehow all the solutions to my problems would magically appear?”. Back then, I scoffed at these people and found the entire concept of putting down your goals on paper to be absolutely ridiculous.


These days though, the opposite is completely true. I’ve witnessed how effective writing my goals has been in actually achieving them. And this is something that I plan to continue doing, because doing it is so transformative.

Fact: 99% of all successful people write down their goals regularly. We’re talking daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. These people who get to enjoy the success they have in their lives are able to do so thanks to their regular goal setting habits.  


To be clear, I know some people who don’t write down their goals. They just wing it and focus on what they think needs to be done. Often, they are able to accomplish things, but what I always tell them is that if they make a habit out of goal setting and writing their goals, their achievements and results would be ten times better.


A Map to The Buried Treasure


You can think about goal setting and writing down your goals as drawing a map of how to get to the buried treasure or the end results that you want to attain. Having a “map” that guides you to success will ensure that you attain it in the soonest possible time. Not having a map can still bring you results, but without the exact directions it is likely that you will be taking a variety of routes that will delay your arrival to your destination.


In this article, I want to share with you some goals that I wrote in the past – goals that I’ve written down in detail. I’ve also written beside it some notes on how I’m doing now when it comes to meeting that goal.


These goals were goals that I’ve written while I was in prison in 2013.


Keep in mind the fact that I was determined to maintain focus on writing down these goals in a hostile environment that makes concentration on the positive things really difficult. I had read Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, and was prompted to put into writing some sort of guide that I can look forward to when I got out. I wanted something hopeful to hold on to until the day I could get out and restart my life.


My goals included:


  1. Personal Development Goals


  • I want to be married to my fiancé. (now my wife)

  • I want to have kids with my fiancé. (not at the moment, but hopefully soon!)

  • I want to learn how to control my emotions and instantly stop my frustration patterns. (I used to be so angry, but now I can become cool-headed in a snap)

  • I want to be there for God and worship Him. (I always attend church regularly)

  • I want to learn how to speak Tagalog. (I know a few words and my wife is teaching me more, but eventually I’ll be able to speak it fluently)

  • I want to master my financial savings and investments. (I’m still learning up to this day!)

  • I want to master my communication skills. (which led me to my blog, YouTube page, etc. – I’ve got many more hours to go in building this)

  • I want to continue my fitness goals with my fiancé, and continue my diet in a healthy way. (I did nothing but read and exercise in prison, when I got out I kind of fell of the wagon but am now back at it again)