• John Panepinto

How To Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them

Updated: Dec 26, 2020

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In all major areas of your life, and all important undertakings - you should always have a good understanding of your desired outcome. The goal. The ideal future state you want to get too.

This is why you must know how to set goals and actually achieve them.

Goals give you direction. They help guide your day-to-day actions, and they are the first step in building the life you want to live.

No matter the context – setting a goal will always be the first step in making plans to reach it.

Yet people still either half-heartedly set goals, or don’t set them altogether – and then they wonder why they never attain ‘success’.

How can you expect to get the results you want, if you don’t know what they are in the first place?

Success doesn’t just fall out of the sky. You need to make it happen.

Today I am going to teach you how to set goals properly – how you can craft them in a way that puts you in the best position to reach them.

No matter how big or small they may be, if you follow this guideline you will be taking the first step in manifesting them.

Implications of Not Setting Goals:

What happens if you don’t set goals?

You drift aimlessly.

Think of any area in your life right now where you aren’t setting goals – now ask yourself: have you fully taken control of that area? Probably not.

Are your results as good as they could be? Probably not.

When you don’t set goals you:

  • Have no direction / drift aimlessly

  • Don’t have a good understanding of what is important / what to prioritize

  • Lack control over your future

  • Don't have a high standard you can hold yourself too

What Setting Goals Does For You:

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“Without goals, you are like a ship that has set sail with no destination.” –Fitzhugh Dodson.

You should absolutely be setting goals for yourself in the aspects of your life that matter most to you.

Personally, I have health goals, wealth goals, relationship goals, and a few other areas that are important to me.

Setting goals comes with a handful of benefits, but the three most powerful benefits are:

They Provide You With Direction

By having a destination you now have something to aim for, and to strive towards. Have you ever tried throwing a dart at a dart-board while blindfolded? It doesn’t work. Goals give you clarity around your target.

They Make Decision-Making Easier

Now that you know where you want to go, decision-making becomes much easier. Decisions like should you go to the gym or take the day off, become more clear-cut when you have a goal of losing 15 lbs in 2 months. If you have a goal of making millions of dollars per year through your business, should you party every Friday and Saturday or grind? The pathway you must take becomes clear once you set your goals.

They Give You Control of Your Future

Setting goals lets you choose the destination you want to reach. If you set the destination, it is now yours for the taking. You just need to get out of your own way, and put in the work to get there. The very first step is just becoming aware, and knowing where you want to go (setting goals) – from there, it is within your power to reach that exact destination with enough guts, grit, and discipline.

The Mindset Required:

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Setting goals correctly requires a particular mindset in order to truly maximize your potential.

You must open your mind to all of the possibilities and understand that anything is possible with time and effort.

Do not:

- Sell yourself short

- Put limitations on yourself

The first step is realizing this, and then narrowing in on a goal you would like to achieve, and finally taking action towards it.

It's as simple as that.

I promise you – anyone you look to who is achieving success in a certain area, is doing so because they've underwent this exact process.

Success does not just fall out of the sky.

If someone is wealthy – either they worked for their wealth, or their ancestors before them worked for it.

How to Set Goals Properly:

Now that you’ve adopted the correct mindset: it’s time to set your goals.

So schedule 30 minutes for a brainstorming session where you will not be bothered or distracted.

Here is how you will do this correctly:

1. Brainstorm What Is Important To You:

Let your goals derive from what is important to you at the moment, and what will be important to you in the near future.

If laying the ground-work to be making millions of dollars per year in the future is important to you – set goals around that.

If making money isn’t important to you currently, but building great relationships is – set goals around that.

If being healthy (mentally and physically) is really important to you – set goals around that.

This will be different for everyone and where you are in life – but do some soul-searching and truly understand what matters most to you at this stage of your life.

The focus areas that derive from this, will be what your goals sprout from.

2. Pick Your Focus Areas & Identify Your Goals

Now that you’ve listed out all of the areas that are important to you – pick the 4 most important areas that you want to take control of and set goals around.

You will probably have a rough idea of what your goal might be in each area, but you need to flesh it out.

Use S.M.A.R.T to set your goals – your goals should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-Specific.

Health - “I want to weigh 185 lbs in four months”.

Wealth - “I want to be making $200,000/year by the age of 25 through X source”.

The list goes on.

Visualization is a great technique you can use to flesh out your goals, and lay the groundwork for manifesting them into living realities.

Close your eyes and truly see the specifics of what reaching your goal looks like for you, as well as the obstacles that you must overcome to get there.

These goals should have a time-frame to them. So decide when you would like to reach your goal by.

Ensure you are finding a healthy balance between not giving yourself too much or too little time. You want it to be urgent enough, but not due so soon where the goal is unrealistic to achieve.

3. Understand & Cultivate a Powerful ‘Why’ Behind Your Goals

Never set a goal that doesn’t have a powerful ‘why’ behind it. When you have a powerful ‘why’ / purpose behind your goal, you will be able to overcome the obstacles and tribulations that come your way in reaching it.