The Five Steps of Goal-Setting

Are you satisfied? Do you feel like you do enough in your day? In your week? Do you feel like you’ve accomplished enough in your life? Do you feel like you’ve accomplished what you want?

Zig Zigler said, “Success is where opportunity meets preparation.”

You can accomplish your goals if you prepare.

Step One: Determine what your goals are

What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to finish your novel? Write a novel? Buy a car? Write a short story? Lose weight? Find an agent?

Think about what you want to accomplish.

Step Two: Write Them Down

When you write down your goals, you see them in front of you. It can help you remind you what you’re working for and what you want to get out of it.

Step Three: Schedule short-term and long-term goals

Maybe your short-term goal is that you save up enough money for a down payment on a car, or that you write 100 words a day or 5 pages in a week. Your long-term goal, then, could be that you have a novel in a year.

Step Four: Make them realistic

If you’ve never written a novel before, you probably don’t want to make your goal that you write 500 pages in a week. Think about what you could accomplish with your time constraints and with your abilities.

Step Five: Measure them and reset them

If your goal was to write 100 words in a day and you wrote closer to 1,000, reset your goals. Shoot for something more difficult. On the other hand, if your goal was to write 500 pages in a week, and you wrote 15, you should reset your goal.


As you think about what goals to set, it’s important that you’re constantly adjusting your short-term goals to help you meet your long-term goals.

Plan. Do. Check. Adjust. This will help you meet your goals.

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  1. Great advice! Going to follow it as I seem to be wandering aimlessly around. lol

  2. Robin says:

    Patricia – I think we all know what that’s like. I have to reset my short-term goals regularly or I would never get anything done. 🙂

  3. Great advice, Robin! We need to set standards if we are ever going to accomplsh our goals. May I add the following..when setting goals, many individuals, who have continually failed, set their goals so high as to blame that particular goal as their reason for failure. This has been their so called crutch. Know your capabilities, stick to them, and erase the term, “Failure” from your mind.
    Aagain Robin, Thank you. Blassings.

    • Robin says:

      That’s a good point. It’s unfortunate, but true.

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