Align Your Goals with Mentors & Accelerate Your Progress

Align Your Goals with Mentors & Accelerate Your Progress

I’ve tried every goal setting system under the sun.

  • Setting rigid 1, 2, 5 and 10 year goals.
  • Envisioning my exact life in 20 years.
  • Writing down a concrete list of things I want to get done with a time-to-achieve-by date.
  • Writing down my goals every morning in a journal.
  • Creating a vision board to hang on my wall.
  • Etc.

Unfortunately, these things just didn’t work for me. Still, I realize that it’s paramount of have goals and some idea of how you’d like your life to turn out. So I experimented for a few years and at the ripe age of 25 I’ve finally found something that works for me…

Align Your Goals With Mentors

Whereas most goal setting advice tells you to create goals by saying things like I’d like to do this or have that by this date, I do things differently. Here are a few real examples from my life.

  • I’m going to have an online business like Wade Alters.
  • I’m going to develop the discipline of Jocko Willink.
  • I’m going to get game like Distant Light (A wild character who left his mark on NYC nightlife and had his choice of models).
  • I’m going to speak German like my friend Michael from Berlin.
  • I’m going to dream big like Elon Musk.
  • I’m going to write like Ayn Rand, in the sense that I blend philosophy with fictional narrative.
  • Etc.

I’ve found that using mentors as a benchmark for goals is the most effective (and inspiring) system I’ve ever worked with. For one thing, it gives you hope. What one man (or woman) can do another one can. Also, aligning goals with people makes the advice they share personal. If Wade Alters says that I did ABC to start this portion of my online business, it’s as though he’s speaking directly to me, helping me to get exactly what I want.

Don’t Wait, Give it a Try

Disclaimer: this post assumes you have an idea of what you’d like in life and now you’re looking for the most effective way to get there. If that’s the case, don’t wait, give this a try! However, if you’re still uncertain of what your ideal future looks like, I recommend signing up for The Syndicate and running through The Man OS (this is not an affiliate link, Wade Alters gives me nothing for promoting this. I’m sharing it because of the tremendous value I’ve gotten from it).

Once you have a clearer vision of what you’d like your future to look like, you can begin to associate those goals with people who already embody them.

  • I’d like to be as wealthy as Ray Dalio.
  • I’d like to snowboard like Shaun White.
  • I’d like to be as wise as Josh Waitzkin.
  • Etc.

These goals are inspiring and easy to remember. The more you learn about that person, the more you’re reminded of your goal. It’s a positive spiral of success that can really take your life to the next level. So give it a try, see what you think and let me know how well it works out for you!