The Ultimate Setting Goals Guide

How are you doing on your New Year’s resolutions?

The answer for most of you is, “Oh yeah, I forgot about those.”

Setting goals does not have to be like a carrot on a stick – always dangling in front of you, but never actually achievable.

In fact, setting goals plays an history of scaled agile framework role in just about every success story. Think of the greatest people you know in any field. In athletics, business, music, entrepreneurship and literally anything else, those who are expert at setting goals rise to the top.

So, by the end of this article you’ll know:

Why setting goals is essential
How setting goals will improve your life
What makes a “good” goal
A surefire process to set those “good” goals
How to actually achieve your goals
Sound good? Let’s get started!

Why Is Setting Goals Essential?

If you’d like to make more money, live a healthier lifestyle, maintain a happier marriage or otherwise improve your life, then setting goals is how you do it.

Goal setting…

Gives you purpose
Motivates you to take action
Boosts your self-confidence
Helps you do more in your life
Makes you better at what you do
Basically, setting goals is how you optimize your life.

Goals are how you make the most out of the time you have, and how you accomplish everything that matters. They’re what allow you to focus, to shed stress, and to generally feel content with where you’re going.

Are you starting to see why you should pay attention to your goals more than just once a year? In fact, this is one of the key secrets to actually achieving your goals… But we’ll talk more about that later.

How Do You Set “Good” Goals?

Let’s be frank – setting goals can be intimidating.

It’s a monumental task to sit down and figure out what you want to do with your entire life, especially when your only starting point is a blank sheet of paper.

This is why one of the most crucial parts of both setting and achieving goals is segmentation. Breaking things down. Making them bite sized.

So, you’re going to start by answering each of these 10 life-category questions. For each one, think about where you want to be in 25 years:

What do you want to accomplish artistically?
What attitude or behaviors do you want to cultivate?
Where do you want to be in your career or business?
How do you want to serve your community?
How do you want to continue your education?
What do you want for your marriage?
What do you want your family situation to look like?
How much money do you want to make?
What do you want your body to look and feel like?
How will you spend your leisure time?
As you’re making these 25-year goals, remember the 3 P’s of a good goal – positive, precise and performance-oriented.

Also, note that each of these questions is asking what you want, not what someone else wants. Answer each one genuinely, and only for yourself.

Prioritize Your Goals

The next step in creating effective goals is to assign a priority to each life-category, from most important to least important.

Is business your top priority? Family? Community?

Prioritization is essential because nobody can work on all 10 of their life-goals at the same time. You only have 24 hours each day, so some goals must take priority.

Now, starting with your most important life-category, figure out everything that needs to happen before you’ll accomplish each 25-year goal.

Then, using those steps, work backwards from 25 years. Where do you want to be in 20 years in order to meet your 25-year goal? What about 15 years? 10 years? Five years?

Once you have a five-year goal, create a one-year goal. Then a six-month goal. Then a one-month goal. For the top 3 most important categories, you should even create a one-week goal. Depending on your personality (are you a procrastinator?), you may even benefit from a one-day goal, aka. a daily to-do list.


We’re breaking things down. Making them bite sized.

Once each of your 25-year goals are prioritized and and palpable, all that’s left is accomplishment.

How Do You Achieve Your Goals?

The best way to make your goals work for you is to deeply ingrain them in your mind.

How do you do that?


Remember earlier when we said that you should pay attention to your goals more than just once a year?

Well, that was a slight under exaggeration…

Review Your Top 3 Goals Every Single Week

That’s right. Instead of once per year, you should make time to review your three highest priority goals every week. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, make it happen. Make it a habit.

You’ll find it easier if you schedule a day and time to go over your goals, ideally at the very end or very beginning of every week.

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