Success & Failure

The Planning Method to Achieve Goals by Harry Dowling

Success and Failure do not fall into our laps. They are caused by us. Success is earned by us because we have prepared for it. And Failure too may be merited.

What does it mean to be successful? It means identifying and accurately defining the goal. It means knowing when a goal is both achievable and worth achieving. It means developing a mature and efficient plan by which to achieve the goal. And finally it means dedicating oneself to the goal until it is achieved.

And what about failure? It takes many forms. Failure is often the failure to envisage a goal, or to see it vaguely. With poor and unclear goals people drift through life without direction. Without goals entirely we earn nothing of value, and sense our futilty. Many choose goals which are not driven by their own authentic need to solve problems of life but have been absorbed from other people or social and cultural currents. We cannot succeed if we do not really know what we want to achieve. We cannot succeed if we do not deeply care about what we want to achieve. Promising goals are personal goals, deeply felt as our own heart-felt goals.

Failure also results from inadequate and unrealistic planning of the means and measures for their achievement. Finally there is that kind of failure that flows from a lack of energy and persistence in putting a plan into action.

The Purpose of this Website

I believe that every normally intelligent human being can set realistic personal goals that enable human thriving, and can plan the achievement of these goals and carry them to fruition. In these pages I will set out the Method by which success can be attained.

Many authors claim to offer roads to success and achievement, many ways to solve problems. But only one Method will produce genuine results. This is that Method.

The Method is grounded in the use of fundamental human capabilities, harnessed so that they work together in an all-sided way. It does not involve the use of secret powers, tricks or suggestion of any kind. It is also not new but tried and tested. Its latest fully expressed form is the Großmann-Methode of the German author, Gustav Großmann (1893–1973). If you can read German, I recommend that you read his introductory text Sich Selbst Rationalisieren.

How to use these pages to become a methodical planner

Do not merely read or skim these pages. They are intended to guide your practice. Read a page at a time and in the order set out in the Menu on the left side of each page. Do not read the next until you have attempted to put it into practice. What you read is only the starting point. Practice, including failure, will teach you the deep lessons and skills.

This is the Home Page. The subsequent pages are (in order):

  1. The Method
  2. Goals
  3. Situation Analysis
  4. Means & Measures
  5. Personal Audit
  6. Time
  7. The Value System

The Next Page is The Method