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Success Tools - Setting Goals

Updated on April 8, 2012

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” Bill Copeland


My previous Hub on Success Tools is: Success Tools – Motivational Books As stated in that Hub, success is not just about money. If that was the case we wouldn’t have so many millionaires still committing suicide. Some people have all the money in the world, but have no purpose anymore in life.

Goal Setting is another important tool for success in life. It’s useful to set specific goals for different areas of our lives:

  • Relationships (with partners / with our kids)
  • Finance
  • Career
  • Health
  • Personal Projetcs
  • and more...

To get started we could start by asking ourselves where we would want to be in 2 years time or maybe just one year. We could even make it very short-term (6 months) Once we have established this – it gives us a goal to work towards and all we need to do, is note down one or two actions that will help us achieve it.

Example: If you want to lose a bit of weight. What actions could you take?

  • - changing diet?
  • - Exercising?
  • - Eating less?
  • - Going to the gym?


Maybe you want improved communication with your Teen. It’s not nice when they confide in other people and to make matters worse, get bad counselling.

Example of goals for above could be:

  • - Setting a side 1 or 2 evenings a week to do something nice/creative with your Teen or just chat about anything. Gradually, they will open up more to you.
  • - Taking an interest in things they do.

Once we take action on any of these, our bond with our Teens becomes stronger and they woudn’t even hide things from us. There will be more openness.

Ps. A 12 year old Dutch girl gave birth while on a school trip this April 2011. She had bad stomach cramps and didn’t know she was pregnant - neither did her parents. She has now been put in Foster Care.

The most important thing about Achieving goals is to take action. If we write them down, read them every day and do nothing, there will be no positive changes.



Goal quotes

“Without goals, and plans to reach them, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.”
Fitzhugh Dodson

“I feel that the most important step in any major accomplishment is setting a specific goal. This enables you to keep your mind focused on your goal and off the many obstacles that will arise when you’re striving to do your best.”
Kurt Thomas

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Henry David Thoreau

“Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction.”
Author Unknown


                                 *•.¸♥ Wishing you Success in Life. ♥¸•*



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    • Royalmark profile image

      Royalmark 6 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Well, my humble opinion?

      Be a motivational speaker. I mean it.

      I love this and I'm mailing you for something important now.

      We need our goals effectively and for it to work for us, we have to work for it by setting it and adhering to it.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks so much JS Parker. I hope you have fun achieving your goals too. Enjoy the journey.

      ** Thanks SKYE - So nice of you to stop by.

      Best Wishes.

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      SKYE 6 years ago

      hELLO PRECIOUS HP ANGEL I enjoyed your hub of love. Leep shining the light and truth. You are precious i love you,Glory to God, Much love and sending many Blessings Love your sista in Chirst

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      JSParker 6 years ago from Detroit, Michigan

      Ah, yes, goals. Thanks for the reminder. (I voted useful.) I will set some 30 days goals now. I really like your photos and illustrations. I'm a fan, now. Best regards.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      @SupportMed - Thanks so much for stopping. It's good to stay motivated. Good luck with the goals.

      @Jayb23 - Thanks for your kind words.

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      jayb23 6 years ago from India

      Inspirational hub Lady E. You have nicely elaborated how success can be achieved. Keep up the good work.

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      Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

      Love this hub! So true - goal setting keeps me inspired and working daily on them keeps me motivated. So true that success is not just about money - although it helps, LOL!!!!!! v/r

      BTW: I know I'm not here as often as I used to be. Just been busy working on my goals. But I'm still here. Have a great day!!!!!!!

      PS: Love the smart logo!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks @F Gual, @DrPastorCarlotta @stars439 @Docmo and Sima (Treasures).

      I appreciate you stoppping by to comment.

      God bless.

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      Sima Ballinger 6 years ago from Michigan

      Lady E, I especially like the last quote, "progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction." This is great! VOTE UP!!

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      Mohan Kumar 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub Lady E- I also wrote about goal setting for a 'New year New you' hub and I share your passion for SMART objectives. Thanks for sharing- good one!

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

      Beautiful Hub Dear Heart. Happy Easter, And God Bless You, And All Your Family And Friends.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      Love this Hub Lady_E. I always teach my clients for those who believe, that they must always have a goal in life especially the ones that God has plannned for them! I explain to them they must read the Bible to exactly find out what there goal is suppose to be, and then live it.

      Philippians 3:13-

      Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

      They will soon find out that going this route they will never be lead wrong. God Bless you my beautiful friend! Voted-UP!

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      FGual 6 years ago from USA

      Hello LadyE. This is quite inspiring, so true that just writing down your goals and staring at the list is a non-starter. No action no results.

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much lovely Peeps for your inspiring and encouraging comments. I'm sorry for not responding earlier. I've been away for a few days.


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      * Hello hello

      and lovely Acaetnna.

      I wish you all success in every area of your life and hope your lives radiate and inspire many.

      Love and Best Wishes.

      Elena. :)

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      acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

      A very inspirational hub. I agree that setting goals in life is crucial to achieve success. Voting up and bookmarking. Thank you for sharing her expertise so generously.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Splendid hub and advice. Thank you.

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      Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

      Voted up - Thanks for reminiding us how easily we occupy our time without moving towards our goals. How easy it is to get side-tracked and when we realise what's happened we are often way off course! We set our goals but forget to plot the route to get there! Thanks Lady E!

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      dreamreachout 6 years ago

      Elena, this is a superb hub guiding us well about our life!! Yes, smart target is key to achievements!!


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      Nancy's Niche 6 years ago

      Lady E, as always an excellent article. I set goals and am proud to say I achieved them all beyond my own expectations. Realistic and achievable are the horses you want to hook your carriage to and the other three components of S. M. A. R. T follow along...Now I am on to new goals!

      Blessings 2 U xx

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      StayPos 6 years ago from Florida, USA

      Great hub Lady_E,

      Thanks for sharing on such an important topic and doing so in a very S.M.A.R.T way that helps us remember the information and put it to good use :-)

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Great article on setting goals. I've always set goals and tried to meet them. I think it's important. Thank you.

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      Jennifer Pena 6 years ago from California

      Your Hub about setting goals was really inspiring.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub to benefit many. Thank you for sharing this gem.

      I push all the buttons here plus bookmark.

      Take care


    • profile image 6 years ago

      Thanks Lady E - Satisfaction and Success are two different thinks eh? Voted this up.

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      Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

      This is a very useful hub. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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      Multiman 6 years ago

      Great article on setting goals. Voted up

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and beautiful! Well written and informative. Thanks for reminding me that we need a plan for the important things that affect us all...

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      poorconservative1 6 years ago

      I just recently read another Hub about setting goals, this is something that is very important in the quest for success. I bookmarked that Hub and I shall bookmark this one as well. Up and Awesome.