Goal Setting Steps In a Nutshell!

Goal Setting Steps #1

Brainstorm out all your goals. Write down an exhaustive list of them, and think big! You might decide to use some categories to help organize your thoughts.

If categories hinder your creativity, then don’t use them! Otherwise, you might choose the following categories:

  • Career Goals
  • Financial Goals
  • Health and Fitness Goals
  • Relationship Goals
  • Leisure and Recreation Goals

Goal Setting Steps #2

Prioritize which goals are the most important to get started with right now! Here are a few ways to do this. Choose one.

1. Rank all your goals starting with what is the most important. Write a “1” beside it, and so on.

2. Rate each goal on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the most important, and 10 being the least important.

3. Try giving each goal a date by which you’d seriously like to have it accomplished by.

These techniques, along with simply taking a few moments to seriously reflect on what is most urgent or important to get started with, should give you a good idea of which goals to pursue.


There really is no one answer to this question, as it is completely personal. It also depends on the time commitment and level of energy that each goal

requires. If your goals are quite simple, then you can pursue many at once. As they increase in complexity, it is natural that the number of goals that you can focus on at once would decrease. So just keep that in mind.

Goal Setting Steps #3

Break each of your goals down into a series of action steps. You might do this on a large sticky note, and post it up on your wall or bulletin board.

Keep the action steps in a visible place, where you are constantly reminded of what steps you need to take! Break the goal down into many mini steps so that it is easy for you to take action on a consistent basis!

Goal Setting Steps #4

Give your goal a deadline. Take the time to seriously decide when you’d like to have accomplished your goal. This is not a race, nor is the deadline meant to rush you into action. It is simply to get you to think about when you want to have achieved your goal by.

In addition, with your action lists, you should schedule those tasks into your calendar. Decide when you will do them, and stay committed. Again, use even more sticky notes or “to-do” lists to make sure that you complete the necessary actions to achieve your goal.

Goal Setting Steps #5

Remind yourself of your goals every day, or at least several times each week. So often we forget what our goals are, so we need to be like advertisers and influence ourselves to take action toward our goals.