Guidelines for Setting Effective Goals
Goals should be an extension of your values.
• When goals support what you believe in, life becomes more meaningful and exciting.
• Goals based on values make it easier for you to determine your priorities.
• Prioritize goals, and then focus your efforts on no more than 2-3 of them.
• Goals should have a defined objective and deadline that allows you to measure progress. (Goals such
as happiness, success, and wealth are too vague to be effective.)
Goals should be written.
Writing down your goals represents a commitment and has been proven to have a powerful influence
on the brain’s subconscious.
Set challenging yet realistic goals.
• Be realistic.
• Set intermediate short-term goals which bring you closer to your ultimate goals.
Visualize your goals.
• The more details your visualized goals contain, the easier it is for your subconscious to embrace them.
• When your mind accepts your visualized goal as reality, you will work long and hard to achieve it.
• This provides incentive and helps overcome roadblocks such as procrastination.
• Figure out ahead of time how you’ll reward yourself after you accomplish a goal.
Write an Action Plan
Your Action Plan
• Answers the question: “How” will I achieve my goals
– It outlines the specific steps needed to accomplish the result you want.
• Where do I start?
• What strategies work the best?
• What resources will give me the outcome I want?
• These are definite steps you can take to make your goals reality.
Create a Goal Activity Page
• Use one piece of paper for each goal.
• State goal concisely and specifically.
• On the left, list all the activities that will enable you to reach goal in order of importance.
• To the right, list who or what can help you accomplish that step.
• In a third column, write a target date.
• NOW is the secret to success.
• Start with an activity that corresponds with your most important goal.
• Focus on it and do the following:
– Spend five minutes a day doing a step under your goal.
– Don’t wait for perfect conditions. Expect problems. Tackle them as they arise.
– If you fear taking action, focus just on what is required to complete a single activity.
Record your Progress
• Charting provides you with the motivation needed to achieve your ultimate goal.
– Daily journal, progress chart, etc.
• Progress in desired direction provides perseverance needed to carry on
• Progress away from goal can be quickly detected and corrected