Goal Setting

5 Steps to Goal Setting Success

What are the 5 Steps to Goal Setting Success? Hey everyone, I hope you are well. Before I talk about today’s post, I want to say a huge Thank you to all your beautiful word of encouragement my previous post, Letting Life Happen. In today’s post, I will be sharing five steps to goal setting success.  Goal setting is the real secret to success in any area of life. But although setting a goal may seem simple, achieving it is usually another question altogether.

Why is that?

Because you will never achieve your goals unless you:

  • Know precisely what you want
  • Are passionate about your goal
  • Have a solid, realistic plan of action

This is what marks the difference between nebulous dreams and wishes – and truly achievable goals!

Many obstacles and challenges will fly right in your face when you’re going after a goal. Here are five time-tested methods that will help get the success you deserve.

5 Steps to Goal Setting Success

Know precisely what your goal is

Your first job is to discover precisely what your goal is. What will achieving that goal look like? Be as specific as possible about exactly what your desired result is. Your success will be a measure of your clarity – since an achievable goal plan cannot be created around a nebulous “dream.”

If your goal is to create a more successful business, what will that look like? Are you thinking in terms of simply hiring someone else to give you more free time? Are you looking for a particular monthly profit? Or can your goal be best expressed in terms of a particular lifestyle?

Regardless of what you want, the best way to get it is first to clarify exactly what you want in as much detail as possible. This can be hard work. But without a clear mental picture, you’ll never have the focus required to achieve your goal.

Be willing to pay the “entry fee.”

Success takes dedicated planning and effort. In a way, it’s like building a house. In the beginning, all you have is a rough concept. Then you develop a complete set of plans – and you immediately move closer to success. The same is true of creating a better lifestyle or a more successful business.

But there’s always an *entry fee* to be paid for success.

The entry fee?

Creating more success in your business may mean less recreational time. Writing your book may require less TV. Being closer to your children may need adjusting your work or social activities.

It’s the “full glass” deal. If your life (your time) is already full to the top, there’s no room for something new. The entry fee is carving out the time to create that something new.

Focus on your goal every day

I’m sure you probably want to achieve your goal as fast as possible. That’s why clear mental focus is so essential.

Consistent daily focus is necessary to “burn-in” the new neural pathways you need to create your original goal. Without daily stress, the old mental habits that have kept you from your plan will continue to take over.

This happens automatically – since these old habits replay 24/7 deep in your subconscious mind. The only way to override subconscious anti-success messages is to consciously focus on what you DO want – and build new neural networks!

That’s why success is an every-day event.

Re-commit to your goal every day. Don’t let your plan take a back seat to the daily tasks and distractions that will try to take over. Life WILL try to get in your way. Just call, and stay, on course every day. Focus on your goal and success!

Get passionate

One of the most powerful tools in your “success toolbox” is having a real passion for your goal.

Why passion?

Because the intense, passionate desire for your goal will help you burn in those new neural pathways even faster. Many, many scientific studies have shown that intense emotion (passion) is an essential success tool.

PLUS (and this is a *big* plus), intense passion will also help you rapidly override any inappropriate old “failure messages” stored in your subconscious mind.

Take consistent action

In many ways, taking action can be the most challenging step. Successful goal achievement is built by taking one small action after another.

The word is ACTION!

If you commit to taking at least one small action each day, your actions WILL add up and make a difference. So avoid sitting back waiting for that big second when everything will magically “just happen.”

Let me end this post by reminding you all that You CAN create whatever you want in life. The secret is to determine precisely what you want, then pursue it passionately. But remember — in the end, only action counts! You can’t just dream about it! You have to DO IT!

Talk Soon

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24 Comments

  1. Great read! I LOVE that you mentioned consistent action, I think that’s the key to success in anything whether it be achiving your goals, strengthening your relationship, or getting in shape!

  2. Great tips! I had inspired by Michael Hyatt and Brian Tracy about the context of this topic. We do need to set our goal with clarity, discipline, and measurement. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Ah consistency! So important for growth!

  3. Love these steps! Our goals are so important as are the steps we take to achieve them. I totally agree with focusing on your goals each day.

  4. These are great points … Love how you say we have to know what we want in order to get it. I also like the questions you pose to help one clarify what it is they want.

    One question I love to ask is why that goal is important and what does it look like at a sensory level when it’s achieved.

    Sometimes what we THINK we want, isn’t really what we want. For example we might have the idea we want to get a certain promotion for a job – just to get the promotion …

    but maybe when you look deeply at what you want from life at a sensory level the role isn’t really a match. ie. maybe you’d rather feel the breeze on the back of your neck instead of a fluro light above your head. 🙂 Maybe you’re trying to reduce the amount of time at the office, while the promotion will keep you there.

    Everyone is different but by digging deeper as to what our goals look like and how our life will be impacted at a sensory level we can discover what we really want. Great article. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  5. Although, initially we start things with full planning and energy, after some times when we don’t get expected output, persistency becomes tough. But as you said this is important, I’ll focus on it.

  6. This post couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m now feeling motivated and back on track to achieve my upcoming goals! What goals are you working on this month?

  7. These all make a lot of sense. Helps to stay focused and persistent. Success doesn’t happen on its own!

    1. Goals can be overwhelming so it’s great to be organised. Great post!

  8. Being consistent is vital to maintaining those goals.

  9. Such a great reminder of the work involved in achieving your goals. I love what you said about passion too – it is definitely a necessary ingredient!

  10. This is an awesome post! I love the getting passionate about your goals step… if your goals excite you, you’re definitely doing it right!

  11. Thank you for this. I definitely struggle with consistency. Having a young child makes it harder to accomplish other goals. Having a plan in mind really helps ❤️

  12. Taking consistent action is huge. Without that you might as well be sitting still.

  13. Being passionate about what you’re trying to do is important. If you don’t focus and develop a plan, then it could hurt your progress.

    1. Love all these tips, exactly what I needed to read today

  14. Great tips! You nailed it with these.

    1. Great piece! Very informative. Each tip resonates with me.

  15. I love this! I have been working on my blogging goals and needed some extra motivation. Thank you!!

  16. Lourdes Gomez says:

    I definitely needed to reas this today. Thank you for the motivation

  17. Agreeing with you and praising hands on all the points of this post! Definitely putting your full energy into your passion and focus will get you to where you want to be. Even though there is a price to pay, that should come back to you tenfold!

  18. This just motivated the crap out of me to keep going with blogging and everything else that I’m trying to do. Thank you for this post.

  19. Totally agree! As a fellow blogger this is SO important and such a great reminder! Definitely needed to read this today!

  20. Great post! It really is important to do the work.

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