5 Steps to Set Goals and Achieve Success

Updated: Mar 26

What if you could create anything you wanted in your life without limitations?

Setting goals is a way you can create the future in advance, harnessing the power to grow, expand, and transform your life. Goals help connect where we are now to where we want to be. I'm going to walk you through a framework designed to help you gain clarity to set and achieve your goals, inspired by Tony Robbins Results Coaching.

Give yourself the next 30 minutes to focus on YOU. Go ahead and grab a pen and paper, put your phone on airplane mode, and find a quiet spot with minimal distractions. Research shows that you are 42% more likely to accomplish your goals if you write them down so pen and paper are ideal compared to typing.

"A goal should scare you a little and excite you a lot!"

Who Do You Want to Be?

Step 1: Set a timer for 6 minutes to brainstorm ideas of what you want to develop, create, do, or have in your life across various areas: personal, financial, career, physical, social, and/or spiritual.

Do not worry now about how goals will get accomplished, just keep your pen moving.

  • What skills do you want to master?

  • Would you like to put yourself in a challenging situation that would make you grow?

  • What would you want to give?

  • Where do you want to go?

  • Who do you want to surround yourself with?

  • What gives you energy?

Step 2: Begin assigning a deadline to each goal listed, for example, within 1 year, in 2 years, in 5 years, in 10 years, etc. This will help you to see what is a priority, make note of your top 3 goals within the next year to accomplish. Take about 2 minutes to complete.

Step 3: Next, write a paragraph about why you are committed to achieving each goal (about 5 minutes per goal). The key to staying motivated in achieving a goal is your WHY - why is this so important to me? When I achieve this goal, how do I want to feel? This should take about 15 minutes.

Take Action!

Step 4: What is one activity that you can take immediate action on (within the next 12 hours) for each goal listed? This could include booking an appointment, reaching out to schedule a meeting, signing up to receive more information, starting a new routine today, etc.

Progress = Change

Once you begin to take action the "impossible" now begins to become possible, you can start to figure out how to make your dreams become a reality. "Everything around you in your life right now once started out as just a thought, a desire, an inspired moment."

Share your goals with a family member, friend, or someone you trust or say them out loud to yourself. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, lift you up, and support you through exploration, practicing new skills, and mastering your goals.

Power of Belief

Step 5: Science is proving, through brain scan studies, that what we believe to be happening whether real or imaginary is actually happening in the brain. You have the power to reshape your brain circuits to solidify and sustain long-lasting results by visualizing what it would be like to achieve the desired goal instead of why it won't happen. Take into account all of the positive things that are already working for you (ex. health, family, friends, home, food, etc.). The Five Minute Journal is a great resource to begin shifting your daily thoughts to a state of gratitude.

"What we focus on, we create more of."

Obsess over the goals you have set for yourself, review the list daily, hold yourself accountable to take action, change your approach until you find an effective method, and connect to grace. Make time to review and adjust your goals throughout the year. And don't forget to celebrate little moments throughout the journey! Progress equals happiness.


Years ago I did not even imagine starting my own business, I assumed I would be working for one employer, 40 hours a week, climbing a ladder with increasing responsibilities. As I look back on my career and personal experiences I can pull out moments that helped to prepare me for making this change. It started as an idea and I followed similar steps mentioned above to begin to make this dream a reality (and I'm still working on achieving more!). Believe in yourself. You are unique and have gifts to share with the world.

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take", Wayne Gretzky.

© 2020 Center for Heart Intelligence LLC | an Ohio Telehealth Practice 
Meagan Prost, LPCC-S, BC-TMH
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