10-Step Goal Setting Process

The Ultimate 10-Step Goal Setting Process

Goal Setting Process

Intentional goal setting is probably the most important first step you can take towards success in any field. So, if you are wondering what is the best way to accomplish goals? We have gone ahead and researched some of the top resources on goal setting. We then combined these goal setting strategies into one massively effective plan on how to reach your goals. But why is it important to set goals? Well consider some of these famous goal setting quotes:

 “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going” – Earl Nightingale

 “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

As you begin to complete this process it will become more obvious to you as to why goal setting has such a powerful effect on your life. But it all starts with learning how to organize your goals and then taking the daily action steps towards them.

Because as John Maxwell said: “Being organized gives a sense of power. When you know your purpose and priorities and you have ordered your day, week, or year according to them, you have a clarity of thought that strengthens everything you do. You develop an efficiency that helps you to follow through on everything you do”.

Therefore, we at OrganizedCo want to help you organize, optimize, and achieve your goals. Thus, we came up with the ultimate 10-step goal setting process in this post. Plus, when you’re ready to start taking action we also optimally designed a premium dry erase wall calendar. It will help you better manage, organize, and prioritize your schedule so that you can achieve more. You can check it out here.

Nonetheless, we have thoroughly considered all aspects of a balanced life and believe that this goal setting strategy will help you be more intentional and effective in your daily activities. We will teach you how to best plan and organize your goals so that you can ultimately learn how to reach your goals.

*Note* Please take your time completing this goal-setting process, it is not meant to be done all in one sitting. We recommend breaking this goal setting process into two-days (ideally a weekend) and using the first day for steps 1 and 2 and the second day to complete the rest of the steps. Remember, the more intentional you are about planning this, the better will be your results.

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Step 1: Goal Categories: (think of 5-10 life goals for each category)

To live a successful and fulfilled life you need to have a healthy balance in all areas of your life. Therefore, we have carefully considered all the areas that you should intentionally set goals in:

  • Health (physical, mental, nutrition)
  • Wealth (business, financial, career)
  • Lifestyle (experiences, hobbies)
  • Material (goods and services you want)
  • Personal Development (skills, achievements, character, growth)
  • Relationships (spouse, family, friends)
  • Spiritual (beliefs, values, and emotional feeling)
  • Contribution (legacy and impact)

Setting goals in all these areas will lead you to a successful, fulfilled, and happy life. So carefully consider each category and write down 5-10 things you want to achieve in each area of your life. Essentially you are creating a life plan of who you want to become, accomplish, and have.

Do not hold back or worry about how you will achieve these goals yet, just write down your ideal life in each category regardless of your current limitations. Think of these as your life goals.

Remember, goal setting is a lifelong process, therefore, you will constantly be revisiting this list every time you want to set new goals in your life. Plus, you can always adapt or update new ones to the list as you go. At the very least this step alone will make your life much more intentional as you will begin to realize what your values are and what it is you truly want to accomplish and achieve in your life.

“The greater danger for most of us isn’t that our aim is too high and miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” – Michelangelo

Step 2: Timeline: (divide into short-term/mid-term/long-term goals)

Now look at each item in your categories and estimate whether this is a short-term goal (less than 1 year), mid-term goal (2-5 years) or long-term goal (greater than 5 years). Place an S, M, or L beside each goal.

This will put a better perspective on your goals and will allow you to better organize your action plan.

Plus, your short-term goals category will give you a list of goals to constantly choose from and remind you of when you want to add more goals to your current list.

“A goal without a timeline is just a dream.” – Robert Herjavec

Step 3: Choose the top 10 goals you want to achieve this year

I’m sure by now you are beginning to feel super motivated to achieve all these goals. But as you know success is achieved one step at a time, therefore, it is important to prioritize and focus on 5-10 goals that you want to achieve this year.

Your goals need not be 100% realistic, so long as they have about a 50% chance of being accomplished with some proper planning. The reason being is that your goals should be set such that they “stretch you not stress you” – Lisa Nichols. Therefore, a 50% probability is a good benchmark as to how likely you are to complete it with some intentional planning and work.

Go through your list and choose up to 10 goals (short-term or mid-term) that you believe you have a better than 50% chance of achieving with the proper plan in place (again don’t worry about the exact details of the plan yet). If you chose some mid-term goals you are going to have to break it down into a yearly milestone, so that by the end of the year you will be much closer to that mid-term goal.

Tip: try to choose at least 1 from each category plus an extra 2 from any area that needs more focus.

“Once you decide that something is a priority, you give it tremendous emotional intensity, and by continually focusing on it, any resource that supports its attainment will eventually become clear. Therefore, it is not crucial to understand exactly how you’ll achieve your goals when you first set them” – Tony Robbins

Step 4: Choose 1 goal as your major definite purpose (what is the 1 goal that by accomplishing it, it will make everything else easier)

Now there should be 1 goal that stands out from the rest. 1 goal that by achieving it, it will make every other goal easier or better (usually a financial or health-related goal). Put a star beside this goal as this should be your major definite purpose for the next year.

“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill

Step 5: Beside each goal for this year make a list of all the ways you will benefit from accomplishing them

This is honestly my favorite step, as this develops your purpose and makes it clear as to why you want to achieve these goals. This step alone should give you a big boost to your goal setting motivation.

So, beside each goal, brainstorm all the ways that by achieving it, it will benefit you.

For example,

  • The goal: going for a 5k run every day.
  • The benefit: I will begin to feel more confident with my body and improve my heart health. This will also allow me to play soccer on the weekend with my kids.

“You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.” – Jim Rohn

Step 6: Next to each goal write down what is holding you back from accomplishing it/any limitations you may have.

  • Consider where you are now and what is holding you back from accomplishing each specific goal (e.g. money, time, skills, resources, etc.).
  • Tip: we recommend combining step 6 and 7 on one page next to each other.

“ The important thing is not where you were or where you are but where you want to get” – David J. Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

Step 7: Then write down what resources you will need/can use to overcome these limitations

Are there any books, courses, videos you can use to help you learn a new skill, or maybe you can find someone who has already accomplished what you want and ask them to be your mentor? Can you wake up 1 hour earlier every day? can you put aside a little bit of money each month to save for the thing you desire? All of these are potential ways/resources you could use to overcome your limitations.

Ask yourself “what kind of person will I have to become in order to achieve all that I want?” – Tony Robbins

Step 8: Now from your yearly goals choose a few that you want to work towards this month

Alright, so you are probably feeling pretty anxious now to get going. So now grab a calendar and start analyzing which goals will require time and which can be accomplished quickly if worked on.

Break down your yearly goals into either quarterly or monthly stages. Choose a few that you want to start working towards this month keeping the rest for upcoming months. Remember this is a marathon, not a race. You do not want to overwhelm yourself and then not achieve anything. So, stagger your goals throughout the year and if you do happen to finish some early you can always refer back to the lists done in step 1 and 2 and add more.

 “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” – Zig Ziglar

Step 9: Now for the goals you have chosen to work towards this month make each one SMART

What is SMART goal setting?

  • SMART goal setting is the most effective way to achieve your goals. Used by businesses, organizations, and individuals alike, the SMART Goal method is crucial to achieving any tangible goal. So, if you’ve never heard of the SMART acronym here is a quick summary:
  • S – specific (you should identify exactly what it is you want to accomplish, e.g. “I want to lose 20 pounds” rather than just “I want to lose weight”)
  • M – measurable (how are you going to measure your progress for this goal, is it by how much weight you lose? is it how many sales you make? etc.)
  • A – achievable (are your goals realistic, remember you want to make them at least 50% attainable so that they “stretch you but not stress you”. Although dreaming big is a very important element to success, it is not very effective for accomplishing specific goals. You need to set goals that can be realistically attained with some proper planning in place and maybe even a touch of luck, but either way, it should be realistic enough that you can vividly visualize yourself achieving it.)
  • R – relevant (your goal should be aligned with your greater purpose in life, is it really what you want or is it what someone else wants for you? Carefully consider whether your goal helps you achieve or get closer to some of the longer-term goals you set for yourself in step 1 and 2.)
  • T – time-specific (it is equally important to not only be specific about your goal but to set an actual time frame for completion. This will drive you to make an action plan that can measure your progress and will hold you accountable. Therefore, you can check in regularly to make sure you are on target or if you need to make any adjustments.)

Smart goals examples/examples of smart goals

  • Non-Smart: “I want to create a successful business”
  • S – first define what is successful?
  • M- how would you measure it?
  • A – is this an achievable goal with some proper planning?
  • R – is it aligned with my greater goals and long-term vision of my ideal lifestyle?
  • T – what is a realistic time frame for achieving this?
  • SMART Goal: “I want to create a successful business that makes $10,000 a month by selling premium calendars to people helping them better manage, organize, and prioritize their schedule. I will achieve this by selling 1000 units a month by December 31st, 2018.

This process may feel a bit time-consuming at first but once you get the hang of it, it is really just a matter of identifying what you want to specifically achieve, how to measure it, and in what time frame. And remember this only applies to tangible goals like the above examples. If it’s a goal like improve your relationship with your spouse, you may be able to make it more specific but setting a time-frame may be difficult as it is probably an ongoing process.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso

Step 10:  Now that you have a SMART Action Plan for the month. It is time for the most important step which is…. Take Action!

Once you have made a list of your SMART monthly goals, begin breaking it down into what you are going to accomplish this week that will move you closer to your monthly goal. If you do this correctly then you should have an effective built-in system for achieving your goals. You can then set daily tasks that will help you achieve your weekly goals which in turn will move you closer to your monthly goals which then brings you closer to your yearly goals and thereby closer to your life goals.

This is easily the most important step. As all of this planning is of no use unless you make the necessary sacrifices to take action on your goals. Luckily, if you followed all the steps you should realize the major benefits of accomplishing your goals and how it will help you live your ideal balanced life. So, don’t wait any longer and start acting on the daily steps that will bring you closer to your first weekly milestone. 😊

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

Congratulations! You have now learned the most effective way to set and accomplish your goals.

Completing this process may seem a bit time-consuming at first. But, eventually, you will start to get the hang of it until it becomes second-nature. Also, you have already taken the time to develop a life goals list in step 1, so you can easily refer back to it when you want to make sure you are accomplishing things that bring you closer to your ideal life.

We also highly recommend reviewing your goals regularly (daily, weekly, monthly) and visualize yourself accomplishing them. There is amazing power in visualization which you can learn more about from some of the resources down below.

Moreover, we understand that things change over the course of a year. So always remember to evaluate your progress and make adjustments if needed.  Life, unfortunately, is not a straight line. But if you follow this process there is no doubt you can reach your goals, maybe just not in the way you imagined 😉

“A goal is an objective, a purpose. A goal is more than a dream; it’s a dream being acted upon. A goal is more than a hazy “Oh I wish I could” A goal is a clear “This is what I’m working toward”. Nothing happens, no forward steps are taken, until a goal is established. Without goals individuals just wander through life. They stumble along, never knowing where they are going, so they never get anywhere” – David J. Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

Goal Setting Motivation:

  • Still need some motivation on why goal setting is so important? Check out some of the resources below:



“It must be borne in mind that the tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach…. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is sin.” – Benjamin E. Mays

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“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities” – Stephen Covey


  1. Wow, this is an awesome write-up for goal setting. Nice work! I will definitely make use of this in my business. I also love your calendar. My co-workers have always said I was too “old school” because I still use a day planner and carry it with me everywhere. But I like to see my daily/weekly/monthly plan laid out in front of me. And I dont want to always have to stare at a screen while doing it. I signed up to receive your 10-step worksheet, but I didnt receive a confirmation email. Thoughts? I can try again through another email address perhaps.

    Thank you again for sharing such a thorough outline for goal setting. I look forward to reading more from you in the days to come.

    1. Hi Jen, Thank you for the positive feedback! 😊 I am really happy to hear that you find this post useful!

      In regards to the worksheet, I apologize that it did not go through properly, thank you for pointing it out though. I am currently looking into this issue with my support team.

      So, in the meantime, if you can send an email directly to David@TheOrganizedCo.com I will promptly send you the worksheet and also for your inconvenience I will send you a 10%-off coupon code in case you are ever interested in purchasing the dry erase wall calendar.

      Thanks again your support and interest in this post,
      Wish you all the best!

  2. Unbelievable! This post is full of contents, they are very good as well, sometimes, I always procrastinate something I want it to be done at first, I will try your methods if I have time.

    1. Hi Frankie, thank you for your comment! I hope you get the chance to try it out even just one step at a time will make a big difference! Let me know if you need any help. 🙂


  3. I got very motivated after reading this article and already got my pen and paper out! I guess we always have some sort of goals, but as it is said in the article being specific and visualizing them makes a big difference. Your list of the different goal categories makes it a lot easier to scan all areas life and set goals for each specific area. Very excited to start working on my goals! 🙂

    1. Hi Lotta, I am very happy to hear that you felt motivated to start planning and working towards your goals! 🙂

      Personally, it made a big difference for me once I became ultra clear on what I wanted to achieve in every area of my life. I hope it can do the same for you!

      Wish you all the best!

  4. I am always looking for effective ways to organize my limited time. Your website is a wonderful tool for me especially this article on the 10-step goal setting process. It is very thorough! Thanks for the free goal-setting worksheet! It is very useful, too!
    Do you have suggestions for those of us who also are masters at procrastination?!


    1. Hi Karin,

      You’re welcome 🙂 I am very happy you enjoyed the material. I hope it can help!

      And in regards to procrastination. I am nowhere near perfect but what has helped me is becoming extremely clear about my motivations and why I am doing the work that I do every day. If it doesn’t move me closer to my goals than I try to eliminate it. Here is a video I found useful in the past for overcoming procrastination: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLp9EimaEQI


  5. Hello,
    Just finished reading your article on goal setting and while I am a goal setter I have come to a stage where I need to renew both my goals and my commitment to achieving.
    This is ideal timing for me and The procedures you mentioned are clear and thorough
    I have been feeling a bit stale and anyone who has set goals knows that they are continually changing as everything does.
    I will put your 10 step plan into action and greatly appreciate your work

    1. Thanks Paul,

      That’s great you enjoyed the article! And yes, you are correct, effective goal setting requires regular review. Aside from setting my monthly and weekly goals, I try to do a full evaluation at least quarterly. This way the progress I’ve made keeps me motivated or if I need I can still make any adjustments before it is too late.

      Nonetheless, goal setting is an exciting process. So, I wish you all the best on your journey and I hope this 10-step plan can help! 🙂

  6. These are some excellent tips for defining and achieving goals. I or better we, my wife and I have goals but we never really laid them out this way.

    I have applied for your exclusive worksheet due to not being able to do all this research online right now. I want to reach our goals and we also have some short, long term definitions but never really worked out the plan in detail how we can achieve what we want.

    1. Hi Stefan,

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m really happy that this post can be of value to you and your wife and that you’ve downloaded the worksheet for later use. Setting and planning goals for your life is no small matter, therefore, please take your time in going through the steps and if you ever need any help or clarification feel free to reach out to me.

      Rememeber: The more intentional you become about where you want to go the easier it will be for you to plan the action steps towards it.

      Wish you all the best in achieving your goals,



  7. It is an inspiring and well thought out life changing blog. 

    Write your plan of day to days on this blank canvas. 

    Many procrastinate, run wild on timeline and action and they need discipline.

    To make you successful  here is the place to check out.

    I simply like this post, it is meticulous., references of books and videos gives this blog a completeness.

    I need to work on my goal for 2019. This blog really helped me.

    1. Thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate the feedback and am happy that you enjoyed this post and its resources. Don’t forget to sign up for our exclusive goal-setting worksheet so that you can use it as a template when planning your 2019 goals.

      Wish you all the best in achieving your goals for 2019! 🙂

  8. Hi David – What a great post. my wife and I have set aside some time next week to run through our goals for our businesses for the next year.  I can guarantee you we will using the steps outlined within this post to guide us on our endeavours.  We have also jotted these down to work through with our staff in our planning day early next year.

    You can obviously find a lot of this infomration in the books you have outlined but I doubt any would have set it out as clearly as you have here.

    Thanks again


    1. Thanks, Paul! I’m really happy that this 10-step goal setting process can be of value to not only your family but also your staff. That is very encouraging to hear and I really appreciate that. Wish you all the best and hope this helps you achieve your goals! 🙂


  9. Just love your quote at the top. I am a big dreamer and now looking for ways to consolidate those dreams and make the ideal future I know I can have. I suppose I do this about this time every year, coming into a New Year and all, but I have to say I don’t often follow through.

    Loved you blog and I’m going to formally start the process this weekend, but I’m thinking already. I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed at trying to set 10 life goals all at once, so I’m going to start with 5. I think the biggest part I have been missing is writing down what might/is holding me back. Even now thinking about my ideal life I can see things that I have hindered my progress and ways to overcome them.

    Thanks heaps for such a thorough write up. I definitely feel like I have the knowledge to do a better job of my goal setting this year. 

    1. Hi Heidi, thank you so much for all your positive feedback! I am really happy that our goal setting process can potentially help you achieve more this year. I totally understand that setting 10 goals can be overwhelming so don’t worry about it. I would say set as many as you are comfortable with and you can always come back and add more as you start accomplishing the smaller ones. And yes, I agree that writing down what is holding you back really helps clarify what resources you’ll need to overcome it and thereby, achieve your goals!
      Wish you all the best in 2019!

  10. What a content you have in this post after i reading i realized the i should been doing this specially now the i starting my business and i going to start setting my goal around your 10 step set goal, i noticed after reading your post i see  the my goal the i set before it doesn’t compare it to your, thank you for your post it was very helpful to me .and is time to take my worksheet…

    1. Hi there, you’re very welcome. I am happy that this 10-step goal setting process can help you become more intentional about your goals. Wish you all the best in 2019!

  11. What an educative accrual, I guess we always have some sort of goals, but as it is said in the article mammal specific and visualizing them makes a massive difference. Your list of the swap endeavor categories makes it a lot easier to scan all areas vigor and set goals for each specific place. Very rosy to launch excited upon my goals!  I always procrastinate many goals which I will true myself from the knowledge I gained from reading this say and i will attempt methods highlighted in this publicize to suite my set sights on. Thanks

    1. Hi there, thank you for your positive feedback! I’m glad this goal setting process can help! And yes, visualization is really the key 🙂
      Wish you all the best in 2019!

  12. I just turned 26 this year and I have set so many goals for myself that my friends think they are way too impossible to reach. They tell me not to set my goals to high but I have to set them high. I feel like people don’t understand the power of manifestation, daydreaming, and keeping a focus. For years I have done so and now here I am living in Los Angeles , the city of dreams.

    1. Hi Kira, that is great to hear! 👍 You seem to already have an excellent grasp of what is necessary to achieve your goals. I would totally agree that most people don’t understand and just label us as “dreamers”. But really the power of visualization, concentration, and thereby, manifestation is real. So, wish you all the best in 2019 and that you keep crushing your goals! 🙂

  13. Thanks for your article on the goal setting process.  I get two key points out of it:  Having goals is key, but even better than that, is the fact that once you have a goal, you need to go through a process in order to make the goal achievable.  The fact that you include many quotes from successful and well known people only drives the point that the ideas presented in the article work.  And finally the step by step process you describe takes away any excuses for not succeeding.

    Thanks again for the very useful suggestion here, and for putting the information together in an easy to follow format.

  14. I would consider this as one of the best post I have read because it has made me to realize that I have not really set goals for myself on how I intend to live my life. Sure enough I know exactly where I am going to but I have not really broken it down to little pieces that can eventually lead to my ultimate goal.

    I have also just realized through your article that there are some aspects of my life that I have neglected and not paid much attention to in order to have a fulfilled life. This was really helpful and motivational. I am going to be visiting this post on a regular basis to use it to put myself together. This was really helpful. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hi Jay, thank you for your encouraging words! I’m really happy that you thoroughly enjoyed this post and that it will help you in achieving your goals in 2019. And yes, you nailed it with breaking down your ultimate goal into smaller steps. That really is the best way to make it more manageable and therefore attainable. Thanks again, wish you all the best in 2019! 👍

  15. Hi David, this is an excellent post with lot’s of information about goal settings. Since it is step by step instruction, most beginner will find their inspiration for setting their goal through this article. I found this article with all 10 steps are also important for me and already bookmarked for my future use. I will use your information to establish my goal.Thank you for sharing such informative goal setting post. I look forward to read more from you in the future.

    1. Hi there, thanks so much for bookmarking our website. I’m very happy it can be of value to you and I hope that you will use this 10-step goal setting process to achieve your goals in 2019! 🙂

  16. Hello,

    Fantastic article, it’s relevant and very useful. 10 step goal setting process that I will implement right away! I even signed up for my free goal setting worksheet and booked marked your website to reference it when need to. Steps 1-10  from beginning with categories to the10th step (time to take action) toward the goals being set, is right on time! 2019 is right around the corner, I feel I will be more prepared to reach goals that I set based on your amazing 10 step goal setting process!

    I’m excited about the opportunity to become more organized and motivated for the action part of my goal setting journey!

    Thank you!


    1. Hi Dwilli, Thank you so much for all your positive feedback! I really appreciate that you enjoyed this article so much and that you will be bookmarking and using our 10-step goal setting process! 🙂 I wish you all the best and hope you go and crush all your goals this year!

  17. Setting goals has always been somewhat of a struggle for me, but I have to say I really like the way you break it all down, and my favorite part of this article is the quotes.  They make me realize the importance of goals toward the proper mindset if I am truly to be successful.  Thank you for a great article.  It will help me to set and achieve my goals.

    1. Hi Babsie, glad you enjoyed the article! If you love our goal setting quotes then be sure to check out our Facebook page (@OrganizedCo) or our Instagram page (@The.OrganizedCo) for lots more. 🙂
      Thanks for the positive feedback!

  18. I felt like I’ve not set any goal at all after going through your article. You’ve carefully thought through this and comprehensively laid it out neatly for easy understanding and implementation. I love the way you’ve organized everything and has inspired me to revisit my old piece and make it a real “goal”. 

    For me, I like to keep all my things electronic so that I can assess it wherever I go. Do you think it a good way to keep records of my goals or getting a hard copy is better? I hope to read more your site. Thanks

    1. Hi there, thank you for the positive feedback! I’m happy to hear that this will help you more intentionally set your goals. In regards to your question,I have found that going through the whole goal-setting process digitally makes it much easier to do and revise. Especially for the first section about life goals. However, after that I love writing things down physically and would recommend doing that for your monthly, weekly, and daily goals. Something about writing it down on paper makes it much more real for me. Hope that helps!

  19. This is a great article especially with 2019 coming up in less than a week.  we always talk about New Year resolutions.  Well maybe taking these ten steps to goal setting would be a great way to start the new year.

    I know I will be making a lot of changes with my business and I think Im going to download the worksheet so I can use it to get started.

    Thank you very much for this great article.


  20. This is something I need to take more seriously in 2019. I’ve been trying to reach my goals for the last 2 years now but can’t seem to reach them! It sucks so much because I work and put in the effort but still get nowhere. I feel like giving up, I’m so close to giving up but I at least want to give this method a try. It makes sense to break everything down into small steps rather than trying to achieve one huge goal that’s hard to reach. Thank you so much, I will be implementing these steps asap!

    1. Hi Brandon, you’re very welcome! I’m happy that you are willing to give this 10-step process a try and I am sure you will achieve much better results by doing so. Don’t give up, I know goals can sometimes be intimidating but if you truly stick to the process and break each goal into smaller manageable steps, you will be surprised by how much you achieve! Wish you all the best in 2019! 🙂

  21. This is an incredible exercise! I’ve heard of the S.M.A.R.T. acronym for coming up with goals but I never would have thought that you could break this process down into 10 specific steps that will ensure the goal setting is something that takes time and thought rather than just shot-gunning a list of goals that first come to your head.

    Have you heard of Grant Cardone? Setting goals is one of the foundations for his book the 10X Rule.

    1. Hi Eric, glad you enjoyed our goal setting exercise! You are absolutely correct, the more intentional you become about goal setting the better results you will achieve. And yes, I have heard of Grant Cardone and have actually been meaning to read that book. Thankks for the reminder I will definitely add it to my list asap.

  22. Goals are an important aspect.  The way you laid out the process is very useful when getting up goals.  Breaking down long goals into smaller chunks is a very good suggestion.  Goals can help accomplish tasks. I personally set up goals all the time. The worksheet will be a great help in the future as I set up goals. Setting up goals and choosing the most important ones was very important. Thank you for a good read.

    1. Hi Dan, thank you for downloading our free 10-step goal setting worksheet! I’m glad you found it and this article to be of value! Wish you all the best in achieving your goals in 2019! 👍

  23. I love the dea  of helping people  set their goals .we will agree that most of set goal  and somewhere along the way we forget we had goals we had set for ourselves. This where this site comes in hard in heliping my goals and live up to them.thenkyou for sharing this great idea

  24. Hi! Thank you very much for these 10 steps! Very useful and I totally agree, goals are key! I have bookmarked your site to track my progress along these steps. And I have also found great value in the selection of quotes you have on this post. They are a huge inspiration. I would like to pick out the one that impressed me the most:

    “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein

    This article is definitely worth sharing. Great job! 

    1. Thanks Henry! I’m happy you enjoyed learning our 10-step goal setting process and found value in the quotes. I agree, I love the idea that tying your happiness to the progressive achieviement of a goal is what actually leads to personal happiness rather than external things. 

      Hope this process helps you achieve more in 2019! 🙂 

      All the best,


  25. Lots of sage advice and actionable steps you have included in your 10-step goal setting process article.I have always believed in using a system when approaching business, education, and life in general. Perhaps that is based on my upbringing (Norther Minnesota) and work background (25 years of military service). 

    This particular system provides a good way for those that are in need of a plan to follow to get to a plan for their own goals. It really dives deep into the why and the how too. There is no doubt that the reader will be in good shapr if they follow the steps you have laid out.

    I also like the acronym SMART you have used. This is one that I use myself, for IM products. It is more what lies behind the acronym that is important of course. For me, it provides a basis for the thought process I use in setting my goals. It also works well in follow-on activities when you start implementing the steps to achieving your goals.

    This article is something that could easily be turned into a full-blown course, there is that much content in it. Perhaps that is a direction that you might consider going forward. You would be helping people that have a need for such training. I see too often people go about life with very little goal-setting, little sense of direction, and wasting their life. Good luck and thanks for your work!


    1. Hi Dave, thanks so much for all your positive and constructive feedback, in addition, to your service for the country. It is very encouraging to hear that you believe this 10-step process can help people out and furthermore, could lead to a course.  We have actually already been considering how this could be turned into a course or some sort of coaching program. So it is very inspiring to hear that you too can see the potential in that. 

      Your feedback is much appreciated, wish you all the best. 👍



  26. These are a great break down of how to set goals, explaining in appropriate detail each section. I noticed when I was reading point #3 that I started thinking of how overwhelmed I get if I have 5-10 goals to achieve – my mind went to ‘how do I keep up with that’ but I kept reading and felt reassured when you said it doesn’t have to be 100%. I think your outline certainly does help with managing not feeling like the goals are unattainable, but shows readers that it is possible to set the goals that can stretch you without being too daunting. I also love the quotes you’ve included, very motivating :).

    I need to have my goals in an obvious place so I can refer to them frequently. I have found that by setting short, medium and long term goals, this has definitely helped me keep on track. By having my list of goals, I’ve been much more focussed towards them, and has created clarity. I’ve never had specific goals until this year, and I have certainly noticed that I have made more progress than my previous years. I will definitely be bookmarking this post to help me stay on track and be more specific with my goals to further develop myself and progress. Thanks so much for your detailed help with your knowledge in this area. I will be referring friends to your site for sure 🙂

    1. Hi Kat, thank you very much for sharing this post and for all the positive feedback. I am really happy that this can help you be more intentional about your goal setting and potentially help you achieve more in 2019. 

      I agree, setting 5-10 goals can be overwhelming but over the course of a year you’ll be amazed at how much progress can be made with some intentional planning. By breaking each goal down down into smaller, more actionable steps it makes each one less daunting and will help you achieve slow but steady progress. This I have found has led me to accomplish so much more, and although I may not hit all my goals I definitely have made significant progress.  

      Wish you all the best,


  27. Very good and inspiring post. 

    Many people would forget about the important things in life today. 

    And it is quite sad, in my opinion, the 10 step goals you described, is actually normal in a persons life. 

    Health and fitness, relationships, every human being needs it, but stress, and other factors are somewhat the common thing now. 

    Anyway, I will share this post, so people can realize what really matters. 

    Thanks a lot. 

    1. Hi Emmanuel, thank you for sharing, we really appreciate that! And yes, all the goal categories are normal things in people’s lives. However, most people don’t take the time to intentionally set goals in each category. Thus, we found this to be a great thought exercise in seeing how you are doing in each area of your life and how to improve.

      All the best,


  28. Nice work! I found this article is very practical. I will definitely apply the 10 steps goal setting in my business. I have downloaded your 10-step worksheet and your calendar. It helps me in setting my life goal easily and l can review them whether l have achieved my goal.

    Thank you again for sharing such a thorough outline for goal setting. I look forward to reading more from you in the days to come.

    Shui Hyen

    1. Hi Shui, thank you very much for your positive comments and for downloading our free 10-step goal setting worksheet. I hope it helps you achieve more in 2019 and beyond! 🙂 

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