How To Set Goal Plans: Goal Setting For Success


Most people do not know how to set goal plans effectively. Now they can with our Goal Setting For Success tool. In this goal planning article, discover how to break down your goals down into small achievable steps.

"Most people change only after finally reaching an emotional threshold.”

Earlier in our goal setting guide we covered the importance of identifying your purpose, and also how you should clearly visualize your result or outcome.

"Goal planning is all about breaking things down into bite-sized chunks. Once this is done, you'll have a firmer belief in your ability to achieve your goals. "

Once you've completed the visualization step, your first question is probably something like, "Okay, now what do I do?" or "How will I ever accomplish such a great feat?".

The next step in learning how to set goal plans, is to identify all of the smaller tasks that will need to be achieved in order to reach your ultimate goal.

To help you identify and organize these smaller tasks, we utilize the Three "C" Process, which includes:

  1. CAPTURE - Sit down in a quiet area, with a pen and notebook, where you can think and write peacefully.

    Picture clearly the goal you wish to achieve. Picture the goal waiting for you on the other side of a wide river that has many large boulders sticking out of the water. These rocks represent your stepping stones to your success. Determine clearly just how many stepping stones you will need in order to realistically meet your objective.

    Then, begin to name each stepping stone. Each stone is now a subheading under your larger goal outline.

    Once you have identified the stepping stones, you will need to take each stone one at a time and identify every single task that will be associated with the stepping stone. Make your list as long and as broad as necessary. We'll work to condense the list next.

  2. COMBINE - Once you've created your list of projects (stepping stones) and associated tasks, you are probably wondering what you've gotten yourself into. Indeed the list is likely to be long. But you've already completed the most difficult part of how to set goal plans. You've created a draft of a Master Action Plan, or M.A.P, down on paper.

    Next you need to review all your tasks and see if you can combine some of the tasks in order to leverage your time and get the most out of every hour you invest. For instance, if one task requires you to make a trip to another city, ask yourself what other tasks you might be able to complete during the same trip, or while you sit in the airport or on the plane.

    The art of combining your tasks will provide you with an emotional boost as you begin to quickly check off each task as it's completed. Soon you'll learn how to set goal plans in a way that is broken down step by step and you'll be making your way across that river to your ultimate goal.

  3. COMMIT - The third "C" is provided here simply as a reminder. As you begin to tackle each project and every single task, you WILL run into barriers. Expect challenges to occur in advance. Try to anticipate these obstacles. Complete a "what if" exercise to help yourself to prepare for things to not always go according to plan.

    Commit yourself to conquering your fears and overcoming any obstacle that rears it's ugly head. As you face these barriers and overcome each one, you'll grow stronger in your confidence, you'll continue to build your physical and emotional foundation and you will truly become a warrior in the great battle of life.

By using this three-step process, you'll find yourself managing multiple projects more effectively. Most people are only able to focus on a limited number of items at one time. Because you now have a "system" for goal setting success, you'll be achieving results at lightening speed and quickly passing by your astonished peers.

Success Lesson #21: Facing Life The Right Way

"There is nothing human beings need quite so much as sweetness and light, as love, friendship, sympathy and unselfish service. These are what make life worth living."
- Unknown

The expectation of winning, even though we cannot see how or when, is a tremendous sustainer, a wonderful stimulus to effort and a real dynamic force.

"Expect eternally what you desire; and act always as if every expectation were coming true," says Christian D. Larson.

Your expectation opens or closes the doors that that are in front of you. If you expect grand things, and work honestly for them, they will come to you, your results will correspond with your expectations.

"Hope and determination are mighty factors in the life race."

The vast majority of people who fail, anticipate failure - they expect it. Long before they failed, they had a fear of failure, pictured it in their minds, and this fear and mental picturing sapped much of their ability and wasted much of the mental power that if rightly used, would have brought them success.

In learning how to set goal plans, you must not allow negative images into your minds eye. It will only weaken your chances for victory.

Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that the important thing is not where you stand but the direction in which you are facing. In other words, it is not your environment; not the place from which you start and not how far you have gone, but which way you face mentally that counts.

If you wish to change your life, change first your outlook upon life. Doing so will change the direction you face, and the life you lead.

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"Never be afraid of demanding great things of yourself. No one can shut the door leading to your ambitions, to a larger fuller life, but yourself."

- R. Gorham

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