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The Goal Setting Blue Print

The Goal Setting Blue Print

A personal and professional development resource, a resource on continuously improving you, wouldn’t be complete without a thorough section on Goal Setting. Although, most of the experts will encourage you not to re-invent the wheel when you set out to do something I typically prefer to not stick to what everyone else is doing, or work off a “cookie cutter” approach. However, with goal setting there are tried and true approaches to setting and achieving goals and it would be pure experimental to deviate from the already well established approach. That being said, I’m going to stick to using the wheel as it’s already been designed.

This tried and true approach, which you will find many places online and in most books on personal and professional development, is referred to as “The Goal Setting Blue Print”.  There are seven steps to the Goal Setting Blueprint; Desire, Write, Identify, Deadline, Plan, Mental Picture, Persistence.

  1. Desire (Intense Desire) – It’s important to have a desire for your goal… DUH!!  Who would set a goal that they do not desire.  Although I’m sure it happens, as in the case of setting a goal that you think others would like to see you achieve, I’m not going to focus on that.  If you’ve made it to this website you’re intelligent enough to know to set goals that you desire.  The key, as it shows in parentheses, is having an intense desire.

    So,  how do you develop this intense desire?  There are a number of ways to develop this intense desire.  Sit down and write out all of the benefits and advantages that you will have once you achieve your goal.  Get as specific and concrete as possible.  The key to achieving goals is to always be as specific and concrete as possible. “They” say that the subconscious mind will be much more likely to help you achieve your desires if everything you “feed” it is as concrete and specific as you can make it.

  2. Write – Write your goal down.  Remember how the subconscious works. Write it down in specific, detailed and as concrete as you can.  Also, write your goal down in the present tense as if you have already achieved it, using “action” words. Example:  “I’m happily earning $100,000, or more, per year working from home as a professional blogger.”
  3. Identify – You’ll want to identify those things that may keep you from achieving your goal.  You’ll also want to identify those things that will help you to attain your goal. Write them out in a clear list and for those things that you’ve identified as road blocks plan out what you will need to do to bust through them or go around them. For those things that you’ve determined will help you reaching your goal you’ll want to set a plan for doing those things.
  4. Deadline – Set a deadline, or date for when you want to accomplish your goal
  5. Plan – Create a plan by using the first 4 steps. This should be relatively easy to do since the first four steps lay the foundation of the plan. Plan on writing the advantages and benefits down, and plan on reviewing them daily as you work towards your goal. Plan on writing your goal out and rereading it frequently to keep it fresh in your mind. Don’t be content with just writing it down once. Do it weekly. Plan on doing what you need to do to deal with the roadblocks and plan on what you need to do to get the help you need to achieve your goal.
  6. Mental Picture – Create a mental picture of already achieving your goal. Visualize yourself as if you’ve already achieved that goal. This is why it’s important to write your goal down in the present tense as if you’ve already reached it. Visualize that mental picture daily. I recite my goal every night in bed as I’m going to sleep and I visualize it every night as I go to sleep as if I’ve already achieved it.
  7. Persistence – Be persistent. Don’t ever give up. I’ve set many goals that I wasn’t successful in achieving for the plain reason that I wasn’t persistent. If you have set backs, don’t let them decide for you that your goal isn’t attainable. View those set backs as road blocks and figure out what you have to do break through them.

Now that you’ve read these it can’t be emphasized enough that you need to take action. If you don’t set out to take action you will not achieve your goals and dreams. So right now go back to the first step and take some time to do that one first step. You can do the other steps tomorrow, or if you’ve got the moment to do more don’t hold back. The main thing is to do something each and every day that is moving you towards the achievement of your goal. My grandfather once said about money that if you want to make money you have to eat, drink, and sleep money. It’s got to be something you are always thinking about. The same is true with your goals. Eat, sleep and drink your goal. Make it a part of you and everything you do.

If you would like to share my personal journey and see first hand how I do this you can go to the “My Journey” link and read about how I’m doing everything I’m writing about. You can see first hand how I’m walking the talk!


Harvard Business School & Yale University Goal Studies Hogwash | Continuously Improving You  on September 6th, 2010

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Judith Fogarty  on January 11th, 2011

This makes a lot of sense. I’d like to refer my clients to it via our bi-monthly newswire. I’m seeking permission from you to do so. How do I get that? My usual approach is to copy the weblink into the newswire, so that interested readers can come straight to this article (and, of course, browse further if they wish to do so). Please let me know if I have your permission to do so.

SeanPElliott  on January 13th, 2011

Hello Judith… I hope all is well on your end and that you are having a great week. Yes you have permission to use links to Continuously Improving You into your newswire. Thank you for asking. I hope that you and your clients find it helpful.

Have a wonderful day/night!


Judith Fogarty  on January 16th, 2011

Thank you. That’s very helpful. You now have another regular visitor to your blog!

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