How To Effectively Set Goals: 8 Tips

By Shy Dinopol —

Setting goals is not as easy as it seems.  You don’t just decide what you want and *poof*…everything you ever wanted magically appears right in front of you.  Unfortunately, it does not happen as effortless as that.  Like all things, you need to strive hard to start getting what you want however difficult the process may seem.  This post aims to help you effectively set goals and achieve them in the long run.

Whether you are taking on something as simple as making a small home project or something as momentous as starting your own family, knowledge on how to efficiently set goals is imperative if you really want to see through your plans.

Are there any secrets to doing this?  There is no one-size-fits-all solution for this kind of dilemma but you can start planning and achieving your dreams with the help of the tips below:

  1.  You are important.  You need to start believing in yourself.  I cannot stress enough how important this tip is because this is your stepping stone to bigger and better things.  In order to be successful, you need to first have faith in yourself and your capabilities.
  2. Decide.  It all starts in your head so you have to decide what you really want so you can come up with a plan on how to accomplish it.  Just make up your mind.  Once you have come to a decision, set your mind and sights to it.  Be determined and perseverant.  Stick to your decision despite all the troubles that you might face as you set out with what you intend to do.
  3. Learn to set your priorities.  What are the things you need to do to get to where you want to be?  Is this step essential to my goals or will it just hinder me?  Will this negatively or positively impact me?  Think about these questions so that your actions perfectly line up with your goals.
  4. No man is an island.  Even if you came up with your plans or goals on your own, it does not necessarily mean that you are alone in this. You can always ask your family and friends for help.  Plus, your colleagues can offer you their constructive criticism and encouragement.
  5. Have a system.  Organize everything so you don’t lose track of anything.  It can involve the important dates to remember, tasks to be done, and people to meet.
  6. Envision your aim.  In my experience, thinking about my plan before I sleep at night really helps.  A quiet time at night usually helps in de-stressing therefore making it easier to think.
  7. Stay positive.  Things don’t always work the way you want them to so don’t lose hope.  Be optimistic and you’ll see.  You’ll be able to jump over the hurdles in your way.
  8. Make use of tools.  This is the age of technology so there are many tools available online that can help you set your goals.  Taking advantage of those tools will make a huge difference in your goal setting.

You will be able to attain your dreams if you believe that you can do it.  Just take these tips into consideration and you will surely go a long way.  Good luck!  Remember:  You can do it!



Shy Dinopol is an aficionado of self-improvement and changing for the better.  She is currently under the wings of ChangeMe, a company that created an app that aims to change undesirable behavior while you are asleep.

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