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How To Set Goals

Wondering how to set goals?  By following this goal setting process, you’ll create a list of the top goals you’re committed to achieving; more importantly, you’ll know why you’re absolutely committed to achieving them.  

I learned how to set goals from Tony Robbins.  I'm going to share an overview of the process, which Tony does as a real time workshop in his Personal Power and Get The Edge Programs.  An advantage of going through the workshop with Tony is that he occasionally jumps in and gives you great brainstorming ideas.  I'm sure you'll find this process powerful.

If you're on this page, hopefully you already know why to set goals, and want to take advantage of the power of focus, aka the Law of Attraction.  Now it's time to learn how to set goals.

This process on how to set goals helps you create goals in three important areas:  personal development, things, and financial.  First, a few groundrules:
  • Set goals big enough to drive you and excite you
  • Purpose is stronger then outcome:  Reasons come 1st, answers come 2nd
  • Realize that the purpose of achieving your goals isn’t to get things; it's real purpose is who you become in the process
Now grab a pen & paper, turn off your phone, find a place where you won't be interrupted and let's get started right now.  

Goal Setting Santa Claus
Put yourself into a state of total expectancy...a state of mind of total faith and expectation.  Pretend like you’re a little kid on Christmas eve talking to Santa – you know you're going to get what you're asking for.  

As you get started in each area, write as fast as you can, and keep your pen moving - just keep writing.

Personal Development Goals – Who Do You Want to Become?

First, write down anything you'd like to create; what skills, abilities, and character traits you want to learn and develop; where you'd like to go; your career goals; how you'd like to contribute....anything else you'd like to accomplish in the next 1-20 years.  

Write down anything you want to develop, do, accomplish or be.  Write for six straight minutes – get creative.  Once you start, keep your pen moving. When you finish writing after six minutes, you'll have a long list of personal development goals.

Next, go through and put a time by each goal:  1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years or 20 years.

Third, pick your top 3 one year goals.  Take 5 minutes and on a separate sheet of paper, write a paragraph for each of your top 3 one year goals about why you're absolutely committed to achieving it.  Remember, reasons come first, answers come second - if you have a strong enough reason, you'll figure out a way to make it happen.

Do you have strong enough reasons?  If not, go back and re-write them, or pick a different goal that you're absolutely committed to achieving.

Things Goals - What Do You Want to Have?

The process is the same as for your personal development goals:

First write down anything you'd like to have, do or create over the next 1-20 years.  Let you're mind go wild - write down anything you can think of, no matter how big or small it is.

It could be cars, homes, boats, toys, a staff for you home...write down anything and everything.

Next, put a timeline next to each - 1-20 years

Third, pick your top 3 one year goals.  Again, on a separate sheet of paper, for each of your top 3 one year goals write a paragraph about why you're absolutely committed to achieving it.  

Now you should have your top 3 one year personal development goals and your top 3 one year things goals, with a paragraph for each about why you're absolutely committed to achieving it within one year.

Please don't short-change yourself by skipping the paragraphs on why you want to achieve each goal.....it's the most important part of this how to set goals process....If you haven't done it, go back and do it now; if you have, then it's time for the last category:

Financial Goals - Where Do You Want To Be Financially?

Take two minutes and write down all of your financial goals.  You know the drill by know:  keep your pen moving the entire time, and let your mind go nuts.  Take 2-3 minutes.

This is the place to write down how much you'd like to be making monthly and annually, your net worth, your investments, businesses, passive income streams, etc.  Whatever you can think of financially.

Once you're done, review your list and summarize where you want to be financially in 1, 3, 5, 10 and 20 years.  Where do you see yourself financially at each timeframe?

Finally, write a paragraph about why you're absolutely committed to achieving your top 1 year financial goals, just like you did for your personal development and things goals.  

Now that you're finished, two more steps:
  1. Put your top 9 goals and reasons you're absolutely committed to achieving them in a place where you'll review them daily. Let me repeat that:  review your top goals and reasons you're committed to achieving them daily. 

  2. Do something towards the achievement of each goal TODAY.  Maybe it's a phone call, or telling someone about it, or my new personal favorite, use the power of public accountability and commit yourself on http://www.stickk.com.  As Tony puts it, never leave the site of a decision without taking action.
If you follow this process on how to set goals, I know you'll have great achievements and would love to hear about them.

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