The ultimate goal setting system

Setting goals gives your life direction, and boosts your motivation and self-confidence. Learn how to set and use the goal setting system and achieve your dreams.


A goal setting system should never be complex to use; in fact it should be very easy, almost to the point that it is seemingly non-existent. Apart from being easy to use, it should definitely be easy to understand. When a goal setting system is difficult to understand, you will be distracted by the system, and then you will not progress with the goal.

A practical aspect of a goal setting system is that it should allow you to follow a step-by-step procedure in the achievement of the goal. As you are unique, a goal setting system should never dictate rigid procedures, it should be able to be personalized. A process or procedure that is right for Jack next door is not necessarily right for you or me.

You and I are individuals, and just as we have different tastes in, for examples, shoes, it is important that a goal setting system be adaptable.

An important aspect is that it should enable you to focus on the steps of your goal. By concentrating on the "big picture" you will not be as effective, in the achievement of your goal, as it will be if you focus on the doable steps.

An effective system needs to enable you to set priorities, and it should assist you in being organized with regard to your goal requirements.

The only objective of a goal setting system should enable and aid you to reach your goal.

You should clarify your goals

An effective goal setting system must provide the tools to enable you to clarify your goal. Having the goal, for example, to make a million, is not as effective as having a clear path of how you will achieve this. Part of enabling you to clarify your goal, is enabling you to set realistic milestones.

The system should also provide a clear goal setting process, and it should provide the tools to offer you encouragement along your goal setting path. Reaching for a worthwhile goal will almost certainly bring its fair share of obstacles, and this is where an effective system can be worth its weight in gold.

Where the system explains the goal setting steps, this should be done clearly, with no ambiguity. It also needs to explain the practical techniques to determine the steps, as well as offer methods to develop the steps into the successful achievement of a goal.

These practical tips on goal setting can help make it easier to set and reach your goals:

Specific, realistic goals work best. When it comes to making a change, the people who succeed are those who set realistic, specific goals. "I am going to recycle all my plastic bottles, soda cans, and magazines" is a much more doable goal than "I am going to do more for the environment." And that makes it easier to stick with.

It takes time for a change to become an established habit. It will probably take a couple of months before any changes like getting up half an hour early to exercise becomes a routine part of your life. That is because your brain needs time to get used to the idea that this new thing you are doing is part of your regular routine.

Repeating a goal makes it stick. Say your goal out loud each morning to remind yourself of what you want and what you are working for, writing it down works too. Every time you remind yourself of your goal, you are training your brain to make it happen.

Pleasing other people does not work. The key to making any change is to find the desire within yourself; you have to do it because you want it, not because a girlfriend, boyfriend, coach, parent or someone else wants you to. It will be harder to stay on track and motivated if you are doing something out of obligation to another person.

Roadblocks do not mean failure. Slip-ups are actually part of the learning process as you retrain your brain into a new way of thinking. It may take a few tries to reach a goal. But that is OK it is normal to mess up or give up a few times when trying to make a change.

So remember that everyone slips up and do not beat yourself up about it. Just remind yourself to get back on track.