Succeeding at your goals …. Wiseman Style

The entire reason why I read 59 Seconds at the start of the year was because I had read about Richard Wiseman’s Study of more than 5,000 participants who were attempting to a achieve a range of ambitions and wanted to know more.I have to say I wasn’t disappointed and have added all of Richards books to my reading list. Richard also has a blog post on this topic. Link here.

Using Wiseman’s Action Plan from 59 Seconds as inspiration, this is how I wrote up my goal for this year:

My Goal:

In 2017 I will read 101 Self Help Books from my personal collection.

The Rules:

  1. I will not buy or download any more books until I’ve accomplished this goal.
  2. i will not let this goal interfere with my real job as a homemaker
  3. i will blog my progress
  4. i will implement at least one positive action that I’ve learnt from my reading every week.
  5. I will continue to use my common place journal.

The Plan:

Step 1 :

My first subgoal is to choose 101 books to read this year from my collection in the shed and bring into the house. To be completed by 4th January, 2017.

Step 2:

My second subgoal is to start a WordPress blog to document my progress and help keep me accountable. This is to be completed by 6th January, 2017.

Step 3:

My third subgoal is to break down the books I need to read into a monthly plan to help keep me on track to achieving this goal. This is to be completed by 6th January, 2017.

Step 4:

Read everyday and write about it in my commonplace journal and blog. This is to be completed daily.


  • Doing something for myself that I love
  • Learning new things
  • Being able to apply new knowledge that I have learnt
  • Having a creative outlet
  • having a record of positive changes
  • positive changes to our lives.
  • trying something out of my comfort zone.


When I complete this challenge I will treat myself to weekend of luxury in Adelaide and I will also lift the book buying ban and allow myself to buy one new book for each month that I successfully stay on track towards this goal.

So far I love the process that I used to write up my goals and feel as though this may be the first year that I actually succeed.




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