Your 7-step goal-setting exercise

Here is a seven-step goal-setting exercise that you can use to set and achieve goals for the rest of your life. These seven steps summarize the best techniques that have ever been devised for setting goals, streamlining your activities, and enabling you to accomplish vastly more than the average person.

Step No. 1: Decide exactly what you want and write it down. As mentioned at the start of this report, this activity alone can change your life for ever.

Step No. 2: Set a deadline for your goal. Set sub-deadlines if necessary. Be very specific about the timelines and what you intend to accomplish every day, week, month, and year. The more specific you are about your deadlines and your dates, the more you will accomplish — and sooner than you expect.

Step No. 3: Determine the obstacles that you will have to overcome to achieve your goal. What are the bottlenecks that determine the speed at which you can achieve your goal? Why aren’t you at your goal already? Of all the obstacles you will have to overcome, what is the largest single obstacle? Begin with that.

Step No. 4: Determine the additional knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need to reach your goal. Remember, to achieve something you have never achieved before, you must become someone you have never been before. You must develop knowledge and skills that you do not have. Every new goal requires that you become a new person, in some way, by developing additional knowledge and skills in order both to achieve it and to keep it.

Step No. 5: Determine the people, groups, and organizations whose help you will require to achieve your goal. Big goals require the active cooperation of lots of people. What will you have to do to earn their support? What will you have to do to deserve their support and backing? What is in it for them? Remember, it’s all about relationships. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, even if it is in the form of advice and introductions from the people you know. One person, one contact, can make all the difference between success and failure.

Step No. 6: Make a plan to achieve your goal. Make a list of the obstacles you will have to overcome, the additional knowledge and skills you will have acquire, and the people whose help you will need. Organize the list into a plan based on priority and sequence.

Step No. 7, and perhaps the most important of all: Take action immediately on your plan. Once you begin, never stop. Do something every day that moves you toward the achievement of your major goal. Become intensely action oriented. Develop a bias for action and a sense of urgency. Be a moving target. Develop the momentum principle of success. This principle simply says that once you are in motion, it is much easier for you to stay in motion than if you come to a complete halt and try to start again. This momentum principle is one of the great success secrets practiced by all high-achieving men and women. Once they begin working on a goal, they never stop until they achieve it