12 Goal Setting
for Success with Setting Goals
Here are some of the basic steps for
setting goals and reaching them. This is only a taste of the much
more in-depth information you will find on other sections of the
1) Use a journal to keep track of your
goal setting journey where you may keep daily or weekly records of
your progress including affirmations, successes, appreciations for
your hard work, rewards, resistances, obstacles, etc. Use your
goals journal to write goals initially and to rewrite them over
time. Use it to break your goals into steps. Review your progress
regularly and jot a few notes.
2) Get yourself into a positive mental
state. Some ideas for getting yourself into a positive state
include: Meditation, listening to inspiring music, reading
something fun or funny.
3) Brainstorm a goals list. Think about
anything and everything youíve ever wanted and write it down (some
areas to consider include; personal, health, business,
4) Prioritize your goals list, putting
the goals you have the most passion for first.
5) Align your goals with your values.
With the top ten goals, think about why you want them and whether
this makes sense in terms of your values. It is important to
develop congruity between what you believe and value and your
goals and actions. Create a list of your most cherished values,
prioritize them and do the best you can to align these values with
your most important goals. In addition, make sure when setting
them, that the goals donít conflict with each other.
6) Rewrite your top 3 to 5 goals in
language that really gets you passionate and enthusiastic. Without
enthusiasm, it is difficult to reach a goal.
7) Create sub-goals: Take your top goals
and create sub-goals to be reached in shorter periods of time.
Below the sub-goals you create detailed steps for reaching the
sub-goal. Take this process to the level of your ďto doĒ list for
8) Make a poster or other visual image
with your goals on it. You can also make an audio tape with
affirmations. Start using imagery and visualization. Create an
image in your mind of you already celebrating your success with
9) Get help if you need it. Consider
various strategies for getting to your goals. To get help, use the
experience of experts in the field and people who have done what
you want to do.
10) Commit and persist: Decide that you
are willing to pay the price required for reaching your goals.
Success sometimes requires that you commit and persist even when
things get difficult.
11) Develop a support network.
12) Take action: As you take actions
toward your goals, notice if you face obstacles and use some of
the techniques found in the article on this site about
Releasing Attachment. Donít worry about outcomes you have no
control over, just take actions and release attachment as you go