Goal Setting Success: Setting Goals So You Actually Accomplish Them

Goal Setting SuccessThe number one, absolute best way to guarantee your success, is to write out your goals.

How many times have you heard that? Dozens? Hundreds?

But how exactly do you go about it?

Do a quick Google search on “goal setting” you’ll find about 1,400,000+ suggestions, opinions, unbreakable rules, software, forms, templates, and products for sale that relate to the “how” of setting goals.

Why yet another one? Because:

  • This methodology has worked for me consistently for over 10 years,
  • I get asked all the time how I go about setting personal and business goals,
  • It’s a mashup of what I feel is the best goal setting theories, tweaked and changed to be easy to use,
  • And it attempts to trim off the BS that is usually associated with setting and achieving goals.

The Basic Model

Let’s start by taking a look at the diagram:

Goal Setting Success Template
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As you’ll see, it’s a little different from most goal setting templates. It’s sort of a “meta-model” or high level template for setting goals in a way that ensures your success at achieving them.

In this series, I’ll cover each of the steps in the goal setting model in more detail:

  • The Key Elements – The things that are essential for your happiness and main drivers of why you do the things you do.
  • Your Master Goals – Big picture goals that tie directly to your Key Elements.
  • The Finer Points – The measurable details.
  • In The Wild – What happens when you put your goals out there in a tangible way.
  • The Results – Well, the results…

I can trace every success I’ve had back to following some form of this model. Some of the ideas will be old hat to you. Others will go against what you’ve heard before. Some of it will resonate with you. Some of it may not.

No matter what, don’t accept or dismiss it without trying it for yourself. It may not work for everyone, but it’s at the very least, a good place to start.


The Goal Setting Success Series