Discover little-known secrets of how to set goals and achieve them easily, time after time. A winning formula every champion follows to success.
So you want to learn how to set goals and achieve them?
Great. Let’s begin with some simple questions.
- Do you know where you’d like to be, five years from now?
- How about a month from today?
- Or even… by the end of your next work day?
Most people I ask say ‘No’.
Or, they have a vague idea.
Not a crystal clear goal that can be converted into a plan to act upon.
Yet every December, as a new year rolls around, millions of well-intentioned folks – just like you – will set goals. Full of hope and excitement, they will review things they didn’t accomplish last year… and set goals for the next.
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But unless you get it right, you’ll run the risk of becoming a dismal statistic. One of the 45% who abandon New Year resolutions by the end of January. Or the 91.3% who said they feel as if they failed to reach their goals from last year.
That’s why it is so important to learn
How To Set Goals – Correctly!
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.”
— Orison Swett Marden
When you know how to set goals and achieve them, you’ll unlock the door to magic in your life. Suddenly, you’ll be able to define not just what success means to you – but also how and when you’ll achieve it.
Goals give you direction and focus. They define what you want to do, assign a compelling reason for it, and then show you the best way to go about achieving it in a meaningful way that actually brings value to your life.
But how to set goals and achieve them effectively?
To do this, you should learn how to set goals – the right way.
Now, goal setting isn’t dreaming or wishful thinking. It doesn’t mean you sit down, close your eyes, and hope with all your heart to get whatever you like.
The goal setting secrets you’ll learn in this guide will show you how this is a process that begins with thinking carefully about what you’d like to accomplish – and then follow it up with purposeful action to make things happen.
Why do so many fail when they try to set goals?
Because they don’t know these 5 powerful goal setting secrets!
They are so powerful, valuable and essential secrets that you could almost think about them as ‘Golden Rules for Goal Setting‘.
Before we get to them, let’s talk about an important definition…
What Is A Goal?
Well, it’s often easier to describe what a goal is NOT!
But that doesn’t help. You need to understand what a goal is – before you can set meaningful goals.
So let’s start by defining a goal.
A goal is a future outcome you desire that is important, aspirational and time-bound – that you commit to plan and achieve.
And here are some features of goals:
- Goals are specific. They aren’t vague intentions, but sharply detailed things.
- Goals are measurable. You should be able to count or track something to tell you’re making progress.
- Goals are action-oriented. You must clearly draw up a set of actions to take that will guide you towards them.
- Goals are time-bound. And when you reach your goal, you should be able to know it.
An example might help make this clearer.
This is NOT a goal: “I want to be rich.”
This, however, is: “By next June, I will make $5,000 from selling 750 copies of my new book.”
Now let’s talk about the Golden Rules of goal setting.
Rule #1: Goals Should Energize You
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hopes.”
— Andrew Carnegie
Don’t have lukewarm goals you don’t find exciting. A great part of whether you’ll set goals and achieve them depends upon the action you’ll take. And unless your goals motivate and energize you, it’s hard to consistently act upon them.
This means your goals should matter to you. Really matter.
They should align with your life, attitudes and values. And the results you seek to achieve through your goals must be important enough that you will feel motivated to work towards them.
So set goals in areas of high priority in your life. Choose things you really want to see happen. Stuff you want badly. Problems that are most painful and you’d like to fix – a.s.a.p.
Typically, high priority goals will fall in one of these categories:
- Family and Relationships
- Finances and Career
- Health and Physical Fitness
- Spiritual and Personal Development
- Social and Cultural
When you set goals of low priority, you often tend to procrastinate or focus less attention on them. Quite naturally, then, you’ll fail at them.
That’s why the first step in how to set goals and achieve them is to have goals that energize you.
Rule #2: Goals Should Be Achievable
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
— Michael Phelps
My best friend once shared her big goal with me. “I’m going to summit Mt.Everest,” she said.
I was encouraging and upbeat in my response. But I couldn’t help but wonder what she was smoking!
You see, my friend wasn’t an expert mountaineer, or even a particularly athletic outdoors person. Other than the occasional visit to our local gym, she had few physical sports or hobbies.
And yet, her goal is to climb to the top of the world’s tallest mountain – a task that thousands of ambitious experts have failed to manage… because it is so tough and complicated.
Don’t be like my friend. Don’t set goals that you cannot hope to achieve. That will destroy your confidence and hold you back from accomplishing other things, too.
That doesn’t mean you should only attempt easy goals. No. If your goals don’t challenge and stretch you, it won’t be satisfying – even if you achieve them.
The best goals are ones that force you to “up your game” and give your best.
You’ll be the most thrilled and satisfied when you focus your resources, throw your energy and skills at a goal, and then achieve it.
So the next step in how to set goals and achieve them is to choose goals that you can reach with a fair certainty – if you work on them.
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Rule #3: Write Down Your Goals
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own.”
— Mark Victor Hansen
It sounds metaphysical and mysterious to say this, but there’s something magical about writing your goals down on paper.
Picking up a pen or pencil and physically writing down your goals on a sheet of paper, or in your personal journal or diary, or in a notebook you’ve assigned for this purpose… will make a difference in whether or not you achieve your goals!
Maybe it hard wires the goal, through your act of writing, into your brain – forcing your mind to firmly store it, and pull it out often to review, which then guides your other actions towards achieving it.
Whatever the reason, written goals are far more likely to get accomplished.
And there’s a trick to doing this correctly. Write your goals with firm intention.
Don’t write: “I would like to lose 2 pounds in three months”… instead write: “I WILL lose 2 pounds in three months!“
Don’t write: “I plan to save $200 a month by drinking less coffee”… but write: “I WILL save $200 a month by drinking less coffee!”
See the difference?
One version is weaker. It gives you an ‘out’ or excuse. With goals, you cannot leave any wriggle room. By forcefully defining your intention through the written word, you practically bully your mind into bending to your will.
That’s why this is an important trick in how to set goals and achieve them. Oh, and make sure you keep this written goal somewhere you’ll see it often... just so it helps keep you on track!
Rule #4: Draw Up A Plan For Your Goals
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”
— Pablo Picasso
Unless you believe in magic, you must understand that between the intention and the outcome lies an important step –
Even if your goal is simple and straightforward, it helps to make a plan of action to achieve it. And for complex or multi-step goals, it is vital to have an action plan to follow.
There’s another important benefit to drawing up a plan for your goals. When you break down the action into smaller steps that you’ll fulfil, one after the other, the whole exercise of working towards your goals begins to feel more real.
From being an abstract sentence written in your diary or journal, the goal has now turned into a concrete blueprint that will be reached through a set of purposeful activities.
And as you go through each step, crossing it off gives you a sense of accomplishment along the long journey to your goals.
That’s why when someone asks how to set goals and achieve them, I always insist upon a step-by-step plan of action as a vital part of the process.
Rule #5: Persist With Your Goals
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.”
— Earl Nightingale
Rome wasn’t built in a day!
And in the same way, you will not reach your goals in a day (unless you’re a miracle-worker, or your goals are tiny!)
So when you’re thinking about how to set goals and achieve them, understand that it will be a sustained action which lays a foundation, builds upon it, and progresses in little steps towards your desired end result.
As you work towards your goal, it may become necessary to alter or adjust your action plan.
That’s okay. As long as the changes will still take you to your goal, be prepared to stay flexible. If it gets you to your goals faster, or in an easier or less expensive way, then it’s good.
But even if you run into trouble, get stuck, or find yourself making slower progress, don’t lose heart. To set goals and achieve them, you will need persistence, determination and discipline.
Stay confident. Believe in your dreams. Stick to your goal setting plan.
And persist until you reach the destination.
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Goal setting isn’t mere wishful thinking or idle daydreaming.
You’ve seen that effective goal setting is the process of stating your most desired intentions, in the highest priority areas of your life, in a form that is practically guaranteed to make it happen.
The Golden Rules of goal setting will help you reach these goals with more certainty and less risk than just trying to wing it.
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And understand this…
You’ll never be done with goal setting!
“One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.”
— Michael Korda
As you learn how to set goals and achieve them, your confidence will soar. And your ambitions will grow. You’ll find yourself yearning to reach higher, do more, accomplish many other things.
You can do it.
Because you now have the goal setting secrets that many others don’t… the Golden Rules of how to set goals and achieve them.
Use them wisely – and you can control your destiny.
“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them.”
— Jim Rohn
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