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What the Four Steps Are For Setting Clear Goals

Updated on May 11, 2013

Building Blocks

Plan to Reach Your goal

Four Steps to Setting Clear Goals
Goals… without them, you do not have a roadmap to direct you to where you want to be at any given time in the future. You lack passion or motivation to arrive anywhere, because the truth is, you do not know where you are going. Setting goals with only a target destination is not good enough. In order to reach your destination you must have a clear and concise plan of action that will guide you toward your target with as few diversions as possible.

I am an independent contractor who works as a recruiter for an international corporation. And, as an independent contractor, I am responsible for my own success. The most common factor that I relate to the successes I have achieved in my career and life are due to the realization of precise strategies set in place to achieve specific goals. Whenever I am successful, I look back at my journal notes, I see that I set a clear plan in motion and almost like magic, my goals came to fruition. Likewise, whenever I have not been successful, I see that I may have had a goal in mind, but I did not have a noted plan of action to accomplish the tasks required for success.

Here are four basic goal setting steps to make sure you receive victory in making sure you reach your goals.

Planning Your Goal
You may have heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” Enthusiasm will not be enough, because, no matter how enthusiastic you are, you still need a guide to show you where to go. You must map out the steps you are going to take to complete the journey to your goal. The planning stage is the most critical act toward reaching your goal. You must establish a plan.
Follow these goal setting strategies to help you get through the planning process.

1. Decide what you want. Work on one goal at a time. And, you cannot just say you want to be successful. You must be specific. For instance, if you want to lose weight, you must state how many pounds you want to lose. If you want to earn money, you cannot just say you want to earn money, you must state how much money you want to earn. Take your time and think about it; visualize your goal and “experience” your goal as if you have already achieved it. Are you happy with the results once you have achieved them? If so, proceed to step two.

2. Be specific. You need to state detailed information about the exact steps needed to arrive at your precise destination. For instance, if you live in Texas and you want to take a trip to California, don’t just get in your car and start driving westward. No; map it out. Find out exactly what streets, highways, and freeways you need to travel. Take a look at your route and determine where the gas stations and rest stops are and your approximate time of arrival to your destination.

3. Write your goal down. That’s right! Write your goal down on whatever you use to create a visual copy of your thoughts. You can type it into your computer, or you can simply write it down on a napkin or piece of paper. It doesn’t matter; just write it down. There are two reasons for this:

a. Writing your goal down helps you keep track of all the details involved with reaching your destination.

b. Your plans to reach your goal become more real when you see them in writing. Plus, you have your notes to refer to if you happen get lost or stumble upon an obstacle on the road to your destination.

4. Break down your goal into segments. A grand goal is obtainable; however, you may find it difficult to manage all the elements involved with achieving your goal. To make your ultimate goal less complicated, break down your entire plan into small, buildable components, setting mini goals along the way where the accomplishments of the previous goals come together to attain your ultimate goal.

Once you have mastered the process of setting one goal, you can use the above steps to set other goals in life.

Go ahead and dream big! After all, dreams can become a reality if you set the proper plans in motion. So long as your dreams are forthright and fall in line with your happiness and the happiness of those around you, you have the power to accomplish great things.

Start today to create the tomorrow you want for your life.

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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      colorfulone, you mentioned one of the most important things about setting goals (aside from setting them in the first place). The goals must be realistic or we will surely fail and feel miserable because of it.

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      Susie Lehto 

      3 years ago from Minnesota

      I do believe that setting goals and keeping those goals before us is about the best thing we can do for ourselves to get to where we want to be. Goals need to be realistic though or we will set ourselves up for failure.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Hello William Savage. It was good to hear from you. Thank you for your very positive comments. Your words spoke to me in a way that made me aware of the many people in my life who inspire me. You, my friend, inspire me to keep going... to keep on track. Of course, I will certainly keep in touch.

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      William Savage 

      3 years ago

      This popped up in my inbox, this was a needed reminder. I am currently rebuilding my life on all levels, and it is truly through goal setting that I have been able to achieve the little victories I have so far. Good stuff, it was needed the first time I read it, and it certainly spoke to me today.

      Keep the creative juices flowing dear one, people like myself truly benefit. Stay in touch!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      3 years ago from USA

      Hi Mason, no I have not heard of Monezilax System. Maybe your friend might be in a good enough mood to share his earnings with you soon.

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      Mason 

      3 years ago

      Hey There! Thanks a lot for this helpful video. By the way, I hear lots of pelope keep on talking about Monezilax System (do a google search), but I'm not sure if it's good. Have you thought about Monezilax System? I have heard many incredible things about it and my work buddy earn tons of money with it, but he refuses to tell me: (

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi Rajan, thanks so much. Yeah, I find that it is far easier for me to do small parts of a larger task in order to get the whole thing done.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful points all! Breaking down a goal into smaller manageable goals is very important.

      Thanks for sharing this useful hub.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      Hi receivetipstricks, yes, I agree. I think when people break down their goals, it puts things into manageable segments that are easy to accomplish. Thank you for your positive comment.

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      Mrinal Saha 

      5 years ago from Jaipur,India

      Break down your goal into segments is most important, for long run,,

      thanks

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      alocsin 

      5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      This idea can help procrastinators who keep delaying setting goals because they think it would require all day. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Yes, FSlovenec, it really is easier than we make it out to be. But, once I got into the hang of it, I found it to actually be a time saver and a stress reliever. Seeing my goals written out shows me when I'm going astray and puts me back on path to be successful.

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      Frank Slovenec 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      So basic and so true...well done ..to many of us make Goal Setting much more difficult and complex than it really is...thank you

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi William Savage! It seems so simple, but following these small steps can make life a little easier.

    • William Savage profile image

      Keep Moving Forward 

      6 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland Living in North Greensboro, NC

      Needed!

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi jpcmc, I think you just described me to a "T"... simple and practical! Why make things more difficult than they need to be? I break everything down into bite-size pieces so that I can have that feeling of accomplishment every hour of every day. It keeps me motivated. It keeps me successful. Thank you very much for your positive feedback.

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      JP Carlos 

      6 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Simple and practical! Your step 4 is where many fail. Breaking goals into more manageable tasks and activities will ensure success. I know many individuals who have great goals but fail to turn them into concrete activities.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      You are very kind. Thank you for your compliment. Setting goals is where the success starts. And, breaking goals down into "bitesize" pieces makes them more manageable. I can see where I'm going when I stay focused on the little steps which lead the way through the journey to the final destination.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      I usually break my goals down into segments, and I also have a proactive action plan in place, just in case certain elements to a well constructed plan breaks down suddenly and unexpectedly.

      Nice hub here, and thanks for sharing such useful and well detailed info on the whole goal making thing. I'm also deeply rooted into making effective goals, and following them through to successful completion, you got all the right stuff here, and it is the best ways to attain ones goals as well, great job!

      Voted up getting pinned and shared.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your compliment Ian Dabasori Hetr. The fourth one is the one I work on the most. Setting those mini goals makes life so less complicated and I get to reward myself along the way to the ultimate goal.

    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 

      6 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      The hub is very useful to me personally. The 4th is the one i need to work on..

      useful and voted up.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Debby Bruck, thank you for your compliment. My whole life is set around goals. Accomplishing little goals every day allows me to stay positive, no matter what is happening. I can at least look at the goals set for that moment and say at least I accomplished this or that. It helps.

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      Debby Bruck 

      6 years ago

      You're on the right track, Marlene. I like this message. Best, Debby

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      @Website Examiner, I have noticed that some people seem to turn anything they touch into gold. I read the biographies of successful people and the one character trait that they all have in common is that they all set goals. It doesn't seem to matter what the goal is, even if it is something that appears to be outrageous, they still manage to reach their goal. Even if they have to restructure the plan to get to the goal, setting the goal is the common thread for the people we see as successful. On paper, the steps seem so simple. I think people just need to believe in the magic of goal-setting. Unless people believe, there is not much hope in them acting on anything. Believing will spur them into action. Action will get them to their goal. Getting to their goal will make them a believer. And then the cycle begins again, moving people toward even greater success as their goals are set higher and higher. I'm a believer!

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      Website Examiner 

      6 years ago

      Very interesting write on a worthwhile topic. Do you agree that some people seem capable of doing almost anything, whereas others can have difficulties with meeting even modest goals? It must require some patience to help others with these kinds of things.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thank you for your feedback, DezmondDiz. Writing this hub was a reminder to me, also.

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      DezmondDiz 

      6 years ago from United States

      very good, thank you for the USEFUL insight, it is very refreshing to my perspective to be reminded of things of this nature from time to time.

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      Taleb AlDris 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for these brief helpful guide to achieve our dreams.

      I voted Useful

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      mdratulbinhasantr 

      6 years ago

      Nicely written. www.vio-club.com

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