Being able to set goals effectively doesn’t mean becoming a magician that makes all dreams come true. However, living without any goals is like building a house without a plan or traveling without a map. Our life is full of events. Every day we plan something new. Every minute we want more and expect more. Our opinion can be changed in seconds. So, it is highly important not to go astray as our fast rhythm affects everything that happens to us daily. 

Do you know the feeling when you think that you know what you want, and you can even imagine the picture in your head, but the results are not satisfying at all for a long time? 

I’ve gone through so much this year, but what have I achieved? 

If you don’t understand how to turn your dreams into an action plan and achieve all of your goals this guide is perfect for you! Let‘s go.

Think big

Thinking about the goals we usually think within a maximum of a year. But all the successful leaders and the greatest CEOs like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg have achieved results due to having a bigger picture and long-term planning. 

Answer the following questions:

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

What do you want to achieve in 10 years?

Although these questions may sound like a cliche, they are worthy of thinking about. 

Do not limit yourself even if you think that something is impossible. Setting a long-term goal means to listen to your true desires, to what makes you happy in life. 

Keep balance

What does it actually mean keeping a balance while setting new goals? Let me show you an example.

Say, all you want now is getting financial freedom and making $10k a month. Lots of people have a dream to travel the world and buy everything they want without worrying about regular payments. So, you work so hard to achieve this goal that you forgot about everything else – your family, friends, self-growth, getting new emotions and just being happy. As a result, suddenly you start getting health problems, then your family relations get worse, you don’t have any inspiration and energy. Only depression.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Keep balance by setting goals for every aspect of your life. Only this approach will help you to support your inner resources and harmony making you even more effective and result-oriented.   

Body – physical well-being, health, and sport;

Relationships – family, friends, communication, socializing;

Activities – professional growth, business, work and career, education, self-development;

Soul – emotions and impressions, spiritual development, hobbies.

keep balanced while setting your goals

It is perfect when each of the spheres mentioned above plays the same role in your life, i.e. your energy is distributed between all the segments. Try not to ignore any of the spheres, even if you think that everything is ok with it now and there is no need to make new plans. 

Be consistent

Stay focused and do not spread yourself too thin – that is the background of an effective goal-setting strategy. 

Always start with setting long-term goals and move to short-term ones. For example, planning your day, first look at your weekly tasks and then decide what needs to be done today. 

So, this is how you can set your goals effectively:

– Big goals

– Long-term goals

– Short-term goals

– Monthly Goals

– Weekly Goals

– Daily Goals 

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Write Down 

You may think that there is no need to write down anything because you are aware of what you want to achieve. But writing your goals down is a very powerful and effective tool!

  • Goals that are written down allow finding any solution faster.
  • Writing down your goals will help you to analyze the results in a year. You will understand what you planned to achieve a year ago and how many changes happened during that time.
  • Once your goals are written down your brain starts automatically searching for new opportunities to achieve them. And it is not the magic but proven fact. 

Set SMART Goals

SMART is a goal-setting technology that is highly used in business and management. SMART means the following: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound. 

Let’s look at each of the criteria in more detail to understand how this technique works.


Setting SMART goals means being specific. Sometimes, this is the most difficult task as in most cases we don’t realize what we want. And, at the end of the day, we do not achieve the results expected. So, in this case, we should clearly understand what is our “expected” result. 

Stop being a dreamer who wants “to become successful and one day achieves something in life”. Unfortunately, such a position will lead you to nowhere. 

Make sure each of your goals has a specific result. If the goal is too big, consider breaking it into subgoals.


The goal must be measurable. It is even better to specify the result of each goal with numbers.

If your goal is to get financial freedom, then how much would you like to earn?

If your goal is to lose some weight and be in a better physical form, then specify your desirable weight and how many kilometers would you like to be able to run for a particular period.

Also, what is more important here, you should identify what will make you understand that your goal is achieved. Be as specific as possible.


Your goals should be inspiring, not scary.

It is ok if your goals cannot be achieved now because they require time for self-growth. But make sure your goals are achievable and lie in the zone of your personal growth. 

Simplify. A too-big goal may seem unattainable, so you need to break it down into smaller steps. 

Remember, that a goal is achievable when you understand what steps need to be done to get the results.


Why do you need to achieve this or that goal? 

Will it make you happier?

Will it help you to live a better life?

Think about your life and how it could change once a specific goal is achieved.

Is this goal useful? Is it worthy of time and energy spent on it?

If all of your goals are highly important, let’s move on to the next criteria.


Every plan should have a deadline. Set time limits for your goals. 

It is not necessary to be as specific as possible here. Also, consider the possibility of achieving the goal in this period of time. Time frames allow you to control the progress and analyze the results.


Setting goals effectively is a skill to learn. There are many tricks and approaches to setting goals that will be achieved but only practicing it will help you to find your ideal technique. 

Do not ignore the role of setting goals effectively. Do it regularly and soon you will notice how your plans turn into reality.

Tatyana Artemova

Tatyana Artemova is an entrepreneur, blogger, and motivator. She is a founder of IStartHub, an online magazine for ambitious entrepreneurs and small business owners.