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How to make a plan to achieve your goals

Updated on January 19, 2015

This is in response to the Question raised by Pete Michner in Q & A Section of Hubpages.

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Planning to Achieve your Goals.

  • Get yourself a notebook or Journal. Write down your short term and long term goals. E.g Goals you want to achieve within 6 months to a year and goals you want to achieve withing 3 –5 years, if possible 5 to 10 years. Make sure your goal is SMART. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based).
  • Start with the short term goals and write down one or two actions that you could take to move you a step closer to achieving that goal and set yourself a deadline. (not more than a week). Example: An eighteen year old who has never driven before, has a goal to drive a car within 6 months. The first 2 actions could be (a) Apply for a Provisional UK Driving Licence and (b) Save up for driving lessons or book for driving lessons. Sometimes an action could be a simple phone call, which can be done in a day. E.g enquiring about something you want to buy.
  • Review your goals at least weekly. Daily is good but incase you are busy you can do it weekly or few times a week. As you review, tick off the actions you’ve done – you can date them if you like. As you tick of the completed actions, you are moving a step closer to achieving your goal. Also as you review and make notes, your mind will bring to focus other effective ways you can use to achieve the goal.

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  • Next, Set up another action or two. In the case of this young teen, it could now be (c) Book for a driving test and (d) Hint to mum and Dad what he’d like for his Birthday present or Christmas (◕‿◕). If he passes his test and his parents get him a car, that’s it! Mission Accomplished!
  • Its important though, that you take an action at least every week. We can dream, but nothing will manifest unless we do something. Ps. Structure your plan the way you like. You can outline it in a note book or do it on Microsoft Word or Excel if you want.

There could be other ways to achieve goals but I have found the steps above to be very effective. Good Luck!

**The Path to success is to take massive, determined Action**

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Jay

    Wishing you success all round.

    Cheers.

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    jay pm 5 years ago

    Hi Lady nice tips **The Path to success is to take massive, determined Action** ,This is what i have missed in my life.

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks so much Debby.

    God Bless. :)

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    Debby Bruck 5 years ago

    Hi Lady ~ A nice little guide, especially for young people starting out. Blessings, Debby

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Cheers Jawwadsaif. :)

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    jawwadsaif 6 years ago

    Great tips. Thanks

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Cheers Almasi. :)

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    almasi 6 years ago

    Thanks for an inspiring and informative hub.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Stars439 and Alladream. :)

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    Victor Mavedzenge 6 years ago from Oakland, California

    Great suggestions. Thanks

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    stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

    Wonderful hub. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks toknowinfo

    Glad you found it useful.

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    toknowinfo 6 years ago

    Excellent hub with great tips. Thanks for sharing this valuable and useful information. rated up and useful.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Coderis - glad you stopped by.

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    codeiris 6 years ago from Milky Way

    I really like your points. They are all actionable items. I would recommend to a lot of my pals.

    Thanks :)

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Sima,

    Good luck with them. :)

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    Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

    I do have goals, and am working hard to stick with them. Thanks much LadyE, this Hub will go a long way because it is timeless!

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for visiting Acaetnna

    Regards, E.

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    acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

    Great hub and advice as always. Thanks for sharing.

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    Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Kind Regards - I appreciate you reading my Hub and including it as a link. Congrats on achieving one of the Goals in your Hub. :)

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    Kind Regards 6 years ago from Missouri Ozarks - Table Rock Lake

    Lady_E, I found this Hub when adding an UPDATE to an old Hub of mine because I had accomplished one of the goals in my Hub. Your Hub came up when I just now added a list of links to it. I wanted to personally read each of the Hubs I chose.

    You've created a wonderful step-by-step list. I like how you've attached action to the goals. I'm pleased to have your Hub listed. Kind Regards

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks dvdpro. Best Wishes.

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    dvdpro 7 years ago from Studio City

    Great article & positive comments. I bookmarked it.

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    True - Entourage, one step at a time and you'll eventually arrive at your goal. Thanks for your kind words. All the Best. :)

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    Stuart 7 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

    Lady_E , Your Ideas are so inspiring and you have so many hubs that are so interesting I dont know where to start. This hub had some very good points, I find that in order to achieve goals - its best to take one step at a time. I tend to multitask too much and I forget to fill in the blanks if you know what I mean.

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    That's true Support Med - You know that saying. "where there is no vision, the people perish".

    Thanks for stopping. :)

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    Much wisdom in this hub (and a little humor). Monitoring your goals is really a good idea. It is important to stay focused. Voted-up/rated.

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    ** Thanks samboiam. Best Wishes.

    ** Thanks for sharing bharath. Good Luck.

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    bharath.adupa 7 years ago from India

    good topic choosen i will suggest to my friends......

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    samboiam 7 years ago from Texas

    Great hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks Derek

    Like the way you broke it down in 3 simple steps. Recording goals, breaking them into tasks, work towards achieving.

    Best Wishes

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    derekmaxmarketing 7 years ago

    Ahhh, nice hub, Lady E... It is all about Visual Mapping! Record your goals, break those goals down into tasks, and then work towards Super Achievement. It can be just like making a list of groceries and checking each item off as you buy them. If we can do that with our grocery list, then we should be able to do that with our life. Thanks for sharing, Lady E!

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks for your comments, Gavin.

    Best wishes for the New year. :)

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    Greenheart 7 years ago from Cambridge

    Thanks for the hub.

    I agree that regular action is essential.

    Like you say,ideally every day.

    Happy Christmas

    Gavin

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    Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

    ** Thanks Loveofnight.

    ** Cheers Madison. I hope you are able to achieve all your goals in life. :)

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    Madison 7 years ago from NYC

    Great hub! Straight to the point and full of encouragement, thanks Lady_E!

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    loveofnight 8 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    sound advice.....worthy of the share

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    Rebecca E. 8 years ago from Canada

    This is a great advice hub, tells everyone exactly what we need to know.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you Samantha and Deepest. :)

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    deepestwisdom 8 years ago from England

    Taking action is hard for me, but I do use a number of these techniques as a way of constantly pushing myself towards better things. Another great hub :D

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    samanthagardner 8 years ago from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

    Setting goals is a critical step in moving forward. Thank you for the reminder.

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    Elena 8 years ago from London, UK

    Thanks lovely people for your comments. I'm glad you find it useful. I learn a lot from you too. :)

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    dawei888 8 years ago

    Hi Lady_E! This was an EXCELELNT hub about the importance of setting goals. I have to do more of this when it comes to my online marketing. Usually before I sit down at the computer I think through my immediate goals for the evening or day but not any longer. I'll buy a note book and start a goal log. I appreciate your suggestions very much! dawei888

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    Charia Samher 8 years ago

    I think it's always good to write things down; so you'll always be reminded of what you have done or not yet done. This is great! =)

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    Bala Subrahmanyam Vishnubhotla 8 years ago from Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

    Lovely! You have given the right approach.

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    keep walking 8 years ago from ChangChun

    love your hub! Thank you for your suggestion.

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    JDove-Miller 8 years ago from YOUNGSVILLE

    Thanks for the tips, Lady_E. I need to start following your advice immediately.

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    fierycj 8 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

    Good advice on this hub, Lady_E!

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    keith vancha 8 years ago

    The shimmer of a thought, can lead to big things.

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    Wingrider 8 years ago from South Carolina

    Writing goals and objectives down is a wonderful idea. it's way too easy to get sidetracked from your plans, especially if it's a long term goal.. Sometimes it becomes neccassary to monitor yourself if you want to succeed.

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    Pete Michner 8 years ago from Virginia

    Great tips, thanks!

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    Pete Maida 8 years ago

    Sound advice for people of any age.