Setting Goals that you will Achieve

I love setting goals! What I enjoy even more is following them through and getting the result I want. Whether the goal be for career, fitness or finance the same rules apply to them all in order to make them lasting and attainable.

Have short, medium an longterm goals

Having an overall dream is great, but without breaking this down into smaller steps you will never be able to bring the dream to fruition. A rough timeline for short term ( less than 1 year), mid (1-5 years) and long term (5+ years).  Be as clear as you can with each of your goals.

For example if you want to become the Chief Officer of Operations for a company the below may be included on your list:

  • Get a job in operations
  • Complete a management course
  • Understand how the operations at your company are run.
  • Apply for promotion. 

I expect you will dig into the process for breaking down your goals a lot further than list above. With all the goals I have ever worked towards and achieved I have found it very important to have a set date for when they need to be achieved.

Have motivation – Vision boards, an aim for your goal

Emotional ques and vision boards really help to reinstate your goals and will help you feel motivated to reach them. Reminding yourself of why you are quitting a habit or working on creating a new one will make you feel more in control.

I have vision boards for my short term goals; these can be found in my planner, in a Pinterest board and on my bedroom wall. Pretty much everywhere I look at least once a day I will see a reminder of what I am working towards. Keeping your goal in the forefront of your mind will help you from going astray and potentially eating that cheese burger that won’t help with your beach body for summer.

For longer term goals I prefer to have written statements as to why I am working towards them, or how I will feel once they have been achieved. Having emotional ties will help you commit to it completely to what you are working for and remind why the hard work is always worth it.


Calculate the steps needed to stay on track  – make it fun

Now you know what your goals are and have the motivation behind you to take the steps needed to achieve them you need to solidify the actions. If the goal is financial divide your short term aim into monthly saving steps to make sure the result can be achieved.

For example, if you plan on having £6,000.00 saved in a year for your fancy new car you will need to take £6,000.00/12 months = £500.00 that needs to be saved each month. This needs to be done for each goal whether the actions be broken down into figures, calories or time. 

Have a priority – If your life is to become busy how will you make sure to continue to make progress

It is important that you have a priority list for your goals which are over the same period of time. As I have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic this year not all goals can be met when there are changes to our lifestyles especially those which are outside our control. It is important to know which goals rank highest in terms of time, benefit and financial cost. 

How do you set and track your goals? Let me know in the comments below!



31 thoughts on “Setting Goals that you will Achieve

  1. This is such a thoughtful article! I especially love how you point out the importance of breaking things down into small steps that lead to bigger picture milestones! And vision boards are definitely helpful when it comes to visualizing my hopes for the future. Thanks for these helpful tips.


  2. Goal setting is so important to be successful! I agree with you that the pandemic has made it very difficult to achieve many goals this year. Hopefully next year will be a lot better!


  3. This is such a thoughtful article! I especially love how you recognize the importance of breaking things down into smaller steps that will lead to the accomplishment of bigger milestones. And I love using vision boards to help me visualize the future I’m striving towards. Thank you for sharing these great tips!


  4. Setting realistic goals has helped me IMMENSELY in both my personal life and my career. Without goals, I feel lost in a way. But goals keep me focused and on a mission! Thanks for sharing!


  5. This is such a valuable post. As a planner myself, I learn some new things that I hadn’t considered about setting goals and archiving them. Thank you for providing me with this new insight.


  6. Great tips. I have found that for me my lack of motivation would usually lie in the lack of belief in myself. When I worked on eradicating limiting beliefs (ongoing) my motivation increased because my self-belief increased. Reaching goals has no longer been a struggle.


    1. That is so good to hear, self doubt is such a killer of motivation and such a tough thing to overcome. I am really happy that you are working on removing your limiting beliefs.


  7. Thanks for the practical skills and tips and we all need some guidance and push to achieve our goals, I agree that we have to be focus! – Knycx Journeying


  8. I always say every year I am going to make a vision board, but I never get around to it. This year I got all the supplies but then not leaving the house most on my vision board couldn’t be done. I have been thinking about it all year long and think I have come up with a way to achieve my goals at home so this year coming up I am making that vision board.


    1. Vision boards are really helpful, but I can imagine how frustrating it may have been this year. If I am not able to complete an item on my vision board I will just carry it across, hopefully next year you will be able to complete all the outstanding items on your vision board!


  9. As someone who is trying to set their upcoming year and quarter goals I found this post particularly helpful. I totally agree that calculating the steps to stay on track is extremely vital!


    1. I agree it can be difficult to find motivation, which is why I use visual ques as a constant reminder of what I am working for. In regards to time this can be terribly hard to find in the beginning, I would suggest starting small. Find an hour in your week where you can dedicate your time to working on just one goal. You need to make them a priority and at the end of the day any move in the right direction is progress.


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