5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (and creating the life you want)

A goal is a dream with a deadline. 

– Napolean Hill

Whether you are living the life you want, or the life you really want to change, there are things you desire. It maybe material things such as a house, a car, vacations abroad, designer clothes. It maybe things like further education, self-awareness, spiritual awakening, better fitness. More than likely, your desires combine both material and self-growth items.

Whatever it is that you want – the point is you want something.

This want is your goal.

This is the result you want to achieve.

You could just blunder through life, work on the things you want to achieve haphazardly, and maybe you will achieve some of them. Or you can set accurate goals, create action plans, follow through, and you will get exactly what you want, or something better.

The following five steps will make the process more efficient and results more achievable. 

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Figure out what you want

This is your goal post. This is your destination. This is what you are aiming for. Unless you are absolutely clear about where you want to go, you can’t set the most efficient route to get there. Figuring out what you want through self-awareness is the first and the most important step.

Set a clear goal

Your goal has to be absolutely clear. SMART goal works. It must be objective, measurable and must have a deadline. It must be written down in present tense, as if you have already achieved it.

For example: I run my own business by December 31, 2012. Instead of, I will run my own business, or I want to have my own business, or I hope to have my own business.

But that doesn’t mean you are stuck. Your goals may evolve and change as your life changes, and that’s perfectly okay.

Create an action plan

You know what you want, and you have set a clear goal. How are you going to make that happen? That’s what your action plan should have. Your action plan should be a step-by-step guide of how you are going to achieve that.

I understand that not everyone is a planner, and you don’t have to be. Your action plan can be as detailed or as brief as you want. The purpose of an action plan is to break your goals down into manageable actions that you can start taking today.

Your action plan should never be set in stone. It should reflect what is the most efficient route at any given time, not what was efficient when you first set the goal a month or even a year ago.

Take action

As the saying goes, “Road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

You know what you want, you have a clear goal, you have a very efficient list – maybe even a fancy spreadsheet of what actions you need to take.

Now what?

Take action. Do the damn thing. Without that, all of the above is pointless.

Analyse, evaluate and adjust

Have regular reviews. It’s easy to fall off the track. That’s okay, and you don’t need to beat yourself up about it. But use the review period to analyse what went wrong, what went right, and how you need to adjust your action plan to move forward.

If you need to modify or even completely eliminate a goal and set a new one, that would be something to think about at the review period as well.

Use this period to remind yourself of the goals you set, so that they are constantly reinforced in your mind.


If you can efficiently use these five steps, if you can follow through with your goals, you will see results more rapidly than you ever thought possible. You will see that you can achieve things you want, not just by fluke or lucky coincidence but by deliberate process. By relying on a deliberate process, you are the one in control. That gives you the power to create the life you want.

This post outlines WHAT you need to do to achieve your goals. In EPIC 2013 course I teach you HOW to do it.

I will breakdown each of these five steps and go into detail with downloadable worksheets, exercises and lessons. If you want to learn how to make each of these five steps with happen with practical, immediately applicable guidance, join us and make your 2013 EPIC.


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6 thoughts on “5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (and creating the life you want)

  1. Dolly,
    I love the practice of journaling for creating your life, one step and one goal at a time. It helps us realize what we can do to make positive change in our lives based on our preferences, personality and purpose. The steps you provide are terrific and workable.

    I have chosen your post, 5 Steps to Achieving Your Goals (and creating the life you want), for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 12/14/12 for all things journaling on Twitter;
    I will post a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, my blog and website Refresh with Dawn Herring, and in my weekly Refresh Journal: http://tinyurl.com/c4d256j.

    #JournalChat Live is every Thursday, 5 EST/2 PST, for all things journaling on Twitter; our topic this week was Your Journaling: It’s Just Perfect!

    Thanks again, Dolly, for a great strategy for moving forward with what we want in life.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition on Twitter
    Author of The Birthday Wall: Create a Collage to Celebrate Your Child

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