Complete Guide to Setting Goals You’ll Actually Be Motivated to Achieve

Self-Mastery Guide to Effective Goal Setting

People who succeed have a pattern of behaviors that they follow. First thing is they know specifically what is is they want. Before getting into anything they decide what their outcome could be, the end result. Do you want to learn something? Connect with a beautiful woman?

Clarity is power, the more you have the more your brain can work to achieve it.

Second, they know what they need to do to get there. They have a plan for massive action, which as we know is the only thing that will actually make change happen. Here you will learn how to specifically define what you want and manifest it into reality.

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them. ―Walt Disney

We all have big dreams but why do they rarely come true? 

That is a question I can easily answer, because we aren’t making tangible arrangements to manifest our dreams into reality. Making it to the top is no easy task and without a state of the art navigation system it’s going to that much harder. Right now grab a pen and paper and write down 3 to 5 goals you want to achieve, as you continue reading use the techniques I’ve highlighted for you. Henriette Anne Klauser documents this in her fascinating book, Write It Down and Make It Happen. When you write something down, you are stating your intention and setting things in motion.Studies show that the likely hood of your goal being achieved quadruples once written out.

First Thing—Don’t Get Carried Away

It can be easy to get a burst of motivation while setting your goals and write down 30 things you want to accomplish—that’s more like a bucket list. The average human mind can only focus on 5-7 things at a time, some exceptional human minds can focus on 12, however that is very few and far between. If you’re new to goal setting it’s okay to have 7 or more goals initially. You’ll more than likely that two or three of your goals would actually be sub-goals of even bigger aspirations.

I have found that having 3-5 main goals makes it much easier to focus and produce quality work. For example, I have a few fresh ideas to build my personal brand, but to make sure that my brand is of high quality I am only focusing on; personal development, building my website, and coaching clients.

Questioning Possible Outcomes

Ask yourself: What exactly is it that I want?


S.M.A.R.T. Goals

SMART goals have been used by successful corporations and individuals since the 1970’s. For a goal to be SMART it must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound.


Making your goal specific helps you define which tools and actions are required to reach your object of ambition.In my opinion its most helpful to answer the 6 w’s; who, what, when, where, why, which.

  • Who: Who is involved? Do you have a master alliance?
  • What: What is your desired outcome?
  • When: When do you wish to start pursuing this ambition?
  • Where: Where are you going to do your work at?
  • Why: What is your motivation?
  • Which: Are there any requirements to take into consideration?


It’s time to take your specific goal and make it measurable. This can be done by quantifying or suggesting an indicator for progress. Ask yourself “How will I know when I’ve succeeded?”


You’ll want to be sure your goal is achievable yet challenging. Do this by setting a goal that is just slightly out of your reach while not being impossible. I’ve found that making sure I motivated and on task by still completing a significant amount of work.


The goal you set for yourself should be relevant to some higher purpose such as values, principles, or other aspirations. Work to have harmony form between the goals, value, and principles you are dedicated to.

Time Bound:

Having a time bound objective helps you stay focused by setting yourself a deadline. Whether you your target can be reached in an hour, day, month, quarter, or year having a deadline will keep you accountable for your actions.

Pro Tip: Setting a deadline-Work backwards step-by-step from the desired result, this gives you an idea of how much time you will need for accomplishment.

Stretch Goals

If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary. ―Jim Rohn

Incremental improvements will only yield incremental growth.

Stretch goals are goals that are out of reach with the resources you have now. This crucial to your growth because it creates perpetual ambition that gets you excited and motivated to work on your S.M.A.R.T. plan. “Stretch is a concept that…essentially means using dreams to set business targets, with no real idea how to get there,” CEO of GE, Jack Welch, said in a letter to shareholders. “If you do know how to get there, it’s not a stretch target.”

As the old saying goes…

“Aim for the stars, you might hit a chimney pot.” 

Make Time To Plan

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” —Benjamin Franklin

Goal Setting Flow Chart



Goal Planning-Mapping You Strategy

  • Step 1: Figure out what is important in your life

Focus in on 3 to 5 area’s of your life; work life, home life, public life, spiritual life.

  • Step 2: Focus on quarterly outcomes

Making goals that can be achieved long-term are vital to productivity and happiness, however focusing solely on long-term goals can be detrimental to your progress. It is hard for humans to see the long-term effects of their decisions the way it is. To make it easier on yourself focus on creating quarterly goals—something achievable in a 3 month period of time.

  • Step 3: Review your progress on a weekly basis

Reviewing your progress on a weekly basis stops you from meandering through life on autopilot. It also give you an overview of what habits are helping you progress and which ones are is kind of like a performance review at work. You w

  • Step 4: Review your progress daily and reward yourself

It will be much easier to motivate yourself when you are able to look back on the day and seeing how much you’ve accomplished. Giving youself a reward for your efforts is a great way of showing yourself some love.

  • Step 5: Take MASSIVE action

“Affirmation without discipline creates delusion. Affirmation with discipline creates miracles.” —Anthony Robbins

  • Step 6: Evaluate the big picture

You are going to want to take time to look over all of your goals to make sure that everything is aligned with each other. Make sure you didn’t take a wrong turn at some point and are heading down the wrong path.

Having long-term objectives is important, especially for those bigger projects. Evaluating your methods every three months will aid in keeping yourself on track for success.

Wrapping it up

Using these methods you develop sensory acuity, which means precisely what is sound like, you become acute to your senses. You become more aware of what you are doing, what you’re not doing, what others are and are not doing. You will learn to use every experience as a chance to collect data that can be used to produce your desired result.


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