Setting Personal Goals

7 Tips to Setting Personal Goals That Will Inspire You to Take Action

Are you drifting and living day by day or hustling hard at what you do…

But don’t know where you’re going?

As my friend, Mark would say, “I’m just going with the flow”…

The reason you may feel this way is that there is no clarity.

What do I mean?

Basically, you need to set personal actionable goals.

Deciding to strive and become committed to your goals can actually change your life and help you take complete charge of everything that happens to you.

Setting personal goals is something that took me awhile to understand and finally made it a habit to add to my personal life.

The goal setting theory states that your mind will establish specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted ideas or SMART goal settings.

Goals support your success and keep your focus. Setting short and long-term goals are common practice among some of the most successful people.

To help you get started with your set goals, here’s a list of my goal setting tips and hopefully inspire you to take action:

Decide What it is That You Really WantOne: Decide What it is That You Really Want

Deciding exactly what you want is always the first step.

But what if you don’t know what you want?

Ask yourself, is there something you need or want to show up in your life?

These thoughts can be setting financial goals, setting career goals, setting business goals, relationship goals, health goals or any desire that you feel right for yourself.

Being able to really pinpoint a goal you need clarity and going after something that you really want, you must stay positive.

What is clarity? In short, clarity is to be certain and clear that you know you will achieve your goal. You just know.

If you need more tips to deciding, here are my 7 mindset hacks to chase your goals.

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

Two: Getting Use To Writing and Why You Should Start Now

One of the most things people don’t realize is that when you set your goals, and you get all excited about, you’re ready to take action, but then a couple of days later you forget about it or procrastinate because you doing know where to start and end up giving up.

Write your goals down!

Write down what you want and list the steps how you’re going to achieve it.

This is something that I continue to do on the daily. Keep a small notepad with you and look at it often, daily, day and night.

When you write down your goals of that end result, your emotions open up and that feeling is what connects you to your goals. Stay focused!

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” -Bruce Lee

How to Set A DeadlineThree: How to Set A Deadline

Most people will tell you to set a deadline; however, my deadlines aren’t always exact.

I would look at my calendar and decide on a day but its usually a day off, a week off, or even a month.

Things can show up and hold you back from getting to the day you set as a deadline, and this is okay, just know that you will reach it and feel that feeling of how bad you want it.

As long as you stay focused, there is no choice but to reach it. It doesn’t matter if your deadline isn’t right where you set it.

Keep going!

Four: Increase Productivity by Breaking it Down

A lot of people seem to give up on goals because they don’t know where to begin.

Days pass, weeks pass, and the goal fades into another dream.

This is why people procrastinate; you don’t know where to start.

Here is the solution, as you write down your goal, add steps to the goal randomly on your notepad.

Go back and list them from 1 to 10 or whichever way helps you determine which steps to take first.

Another way is to break those steps into even smaller steps. That way you can have an even more clear way to check off your list.

Stay persistence and don’t start on the next step until you are finished with the first.

How to Stay Motivated and Get To Your End ResultFive: How to Stay Motivated and Get To Your End Result

With this hectic world and laziness environment, we surround ourselves.

It’s easy to get caught up and forget about your goals or even drop the whole idea.

To get through this, set apart away from work and sit somewhere quiet and visualize the end result. Notice I mention “end result” throughout this article.

Try this; imagine your goal when you’ve reached it.

How does it look? How does it feel?

Now, hold that feeling for a couple of seconds or minutes.

Feels great right?

It is very inspiring knowing that you can actually see within your mind of the goal reached.

It is proven what you see within your mind, you can achieve. Believe that is true and keep focusing on the end result.

I know it may sound weird and you may not be aware of it but when you’re caught up with all these busyness around you, you forget to appreciate your desire or your goal.

You try to figure out how to get it done, your mind gets caught up with so much “How” that it hard for you to get to your goal.

There are more details on this and I’ll write that in another article but just focus on your end results and all the steps will come to you.

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint, and begin to build.” -Robert Collier

Six: Learn How to Take a Break and Relax

You’re in the zone and want to keep going but your body is tired.

Even though you’re doing well on your list and getting closer to your goal, its ok to take a break.

Give your mind and body some time off. A day or two is fine. This will allow your body re-energized for the next steps ahead.

Just make sure when you do, leave everything alone, worrying about what needs to be done will only stress you out.

Relax, enjoy the moment of the now.

Let go.

Work smarter not harder.

What Should You Do If You Fail and Hit Rock BottomAnd Seven: What Should You Do If You Fail and Hit Rock Bottom

This is one that most that everyone fears.

To try to attempt a goal but fear they will fail or end up failing after reaching the goal.

Fear actually prevent people from going after what they want. They only want to be in the safe zone and say they rather be safe than sorry.

Or, after failing the goal they give up too easily because they fear they will fail again.

The truth is, you don’t know if you will fail; only you know if you will succeed.

If you feel that it is something you really want, try it until you succeed or at least to find out if it was for you in the first place.

Stop making excuses for yourself.

Become aware of your thoughts and the excuses you say. Not a lot of people are aware of this, but listen to yourself when you are questioned about your goals.

Those excuses you make are habits, it comes out and you don’t realize that you thought of it. Aware or not, you are the one who creates excuses.

Start becoming aware of your thoughts. There should be no excuses for setting personal goals and achieving them.

It is about experiences, not the doubts, worries, or being “safe”. Take the risk and try new things.

If you have been doing the same thing all of your life and too comfortable to change, It’s not too late, the only time is the present time. Everyone fails; failing is a part of the process.

Keep failing, the best feeling is to emerge out of that and come back 10 times stronger.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I didn’t realize this article came out to be 1,500 plus words. I only planned a 500-word article. I guess I have a lot to say about personal goal settings. 🙂

Well, I hope you enjoy this article and possibly inspire you to take action on your goals to that end result.

What do you think?

Anyway, I would love to hear your feedback and personal goals.

Did this article help you with setting personal goals? Do you have any go tips to add? What drives you to your goals? Do you agree or disagree about failing? Comment below! Let me know.

  • Haya

    After I entered the University my life changed , It seemed that the organized person that I used to be has gone, I just keep putting goals for myself a big ones but they didn’t get close to happen, I felt disappointed so many times coze I’m not achieving anything , when I think about it I find that there are thousands of things and activities that I can do especially at the University and I like them all and I like to do them all, and I don’t chose some of them to do and let the others, this was the problem , I wasn’t concentrating on just one thing and I wanted them all, and at the end I couldn’t finish any work or achieve anything..
    But now I’m trying to put goals and arrange them at their priorities , the most important thing for these days is my studying, It’s more important than other activities , and then I chose some activities and hobbies and be good at them, I understood that I have to chose can’t get everything ,,
    MashaAllah , this article really helped me , It remind me to put some beginning steps for my goals , and setting a deadline which I didn’t do in my plans.
    Thank You 🙂

    • Thank you for your comment Haya!

      I know how it feels trying to do it all at once, when we really should be only focusing on one goal at a time. To be honest, even after writing this article I still put myself into that situation haha, but I do take moment to write everything down and take it one by one and plan it.

      Good luck with your goal settings Haya 🙂

  • Viv

    Hi long,

    After reading your article I could see in my mind the sense of purpose for my goal achieving line, but the one thing is it doesn’t talk about what you need the gain confidence to build on your goals or else fears will not pass, so you maybe set to fail again. It’s mind over matter I understand, and this must sound like a silly question I apologize but can you let me know how you over come the mind to keep going on when you fail or you can’t start, what gets you off your feet if feelings of fear are with you?

    • Hi Viv,

      Fear is a strong emotion everyone goes through. Some people actually fear the word “fear” and deny that they are feeling fear. It is the number one emotion that causes our life to hold back from what we really want. I’ve definitely been through this even today. From my personal understand of how to over come fear, I affirm confidence when fear kicks in. I would repeat to myself “I am confident”, doing this shifts my current thoughts and feelings into a positive state, it stop myself from thinking and feeling the fear and only think of confidence. Do it continuously until fear fades and you know in certainty to get what you want.

      Affirm yourself with confidence, continuously to do it, act on confidence, and fear will pass. The repetition is training your mind to become stronger and overcome that emotion. It’s like going to the gym, you’re building that muscle, the more you continuously do it, the stronger you become.

      Hope that help Viv. Good luck with your goals 🙂

  • Hi,
    Great post about goalsetting. However, there’s one aspect I believe you need to add into your system, and that is the environment around your goalsetting. I have taught goalsetting for 2 decades now and the difference between those who succeed and those who dont is often directly related to the environment around them AND the one they cultivate in their mind.

    The best way to counter this is to create a structured program that handles all the peripheral stuff that gets in the way, the stuff of life, friends, family, work, all the little things that jump up and try to distract you from your path, or take you back to where you are trying to leave.

    I have written books and more on this, but here’s a page I wrote recently. Proven effective way to create a supportive environment around your goalsetting. And thene verything else in your post will work incredibly well!

    Best wishes
    Ray Jamieson

    • Hey Ray,

      Thanks for the comment. Yes you are correct, environment does play a role majority of the time when it comes to big goals. From experience and being aware, I end up having to shift my environment away from people and places that did not align with my goals. When I did, things seems to move towards my goal and I do believe it helps a lot.

  • Elaine

    I have recently reached a professional goal and now am ready to pursue my personal goal of successfully competing my horse in dressage. It seems so much easier for me to focus on the professional goals.

  • Hi Long,
    Thanks for the article, it provide some excellent lessons and ideas for goal setting. As a person who has been driven to create and achieve goals personally and for businesses, I took my formula for creating, tracking, and getting daily graphical feedback for goals and turned it into a free web application. The application forces your to create simple, concrete, and actionable goals where you log your progress and then can see on any given day if you are meeting, failing or exceeding your goals. Check it out at:

    • Hi,

      Very nice application. It looks like it can help with organizing goals. I’m definitely going to check this out myself.

  • Tejas Mojidra

    Good morning Dear Lee,

    It’s 5.00 am here and I just read this article. I am happy to start as you say but if a complete case is shared with an example will be more easy for any one.

    Thanks again for a wonderful tips.

  • Lukas

    3P is the best! I like to “switching” people around me when they start complains about their life, work, health…

  • Isabella

    I find that when you decide to do some personal goal setting, it’s often a good idea to use a model to work from. I know that’s how I’ve achieved my goals in life. 🙂

  • ariana

    This was very helpful. I do online classes and we are talking about goals now and the smart goals. So This blog is very helpful. Thank you.

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