6 steps in goal setting

The 6 steps in goal setting:

Set goals the SMARTS way.

It’s important to think of goals as a process, not a place to be. State your goal as an ongoing process, not “I will be…”, but “I am in the process of…”

S-pecific / simple

M-easurable / meaningful to you

A-ction-oriented / as if now, all encompassing

R-ealistic / reasons, responsible


S-teps required / smile, sincere (added by me from NLP)


Identify and write down your goals. Assign dates for achievement of your goals. “I want to go back to college” is not specific. “I am taking English classes at… in ___ Oct 2012” is. The here-and-now approach gives your automatic mechanism a time-specific target on which it may begin work today.


Are you doing something daily, weekly, monthly toward your goal?

How many kgs, how much time, how much money etc. is that you want?

Evidence procedure: you will you know when you get there?


What will you see, hear, feel etc.. when you have achieved that goal???

ACT AS IF. … as if you were already that person… as if you already possessed that skill… as if you were already in that position/situation… The world around you will have no other choice than to reflect all these. Focus on your skills. Bring through your action plan.

Identify possible obstacles, then separate the real obstacles from the fanciful ones.

Surround yourself with people who want you to succeed. If someone reacts negatively, “you’ve got to be kidding! You can’t do that!”, reaffirm your goal out loud “I’m sorry you see it that way. I’m determined to make this thing work.” Then avoid the person at least with this topic.


Your goal needs to be balanced between safety and risk, and must be realistic.

Ask yourself “What’s in it for me?” Who are you doing it for? For yourself? Good. Do you also take the responsibility?


Set time-conscious goals.

Be sure you allow yourself ample time to complete one goal before you move on to the next. If you don’t, you’re going to find yourself under intense pressure.


Smile, and be grateful for everything that you have.

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