Goal Setting: How to Make 2013 Your Best Year Yet

This month, I want to help you make 2013 your best year ever. I recorded a podcast that walks through my goal setting process. I hope that it’ll convince you to set goals if you don’t already. If you do, I hope it will make your goal setting process even better. I sent this out earlier this month through my Newsletter. If you like posts like these, you can SUBSCRIBE to my newsletter here.  You can also subscribe to the podcast here.



Here are the notes:Why Set Goals?The one thing I’ve discovered in over 30 years of researching success patterns is that a person of average intelligence who has the ability set clear goals, and has the discipline to maintain a goal-achieving mindset is 90% more likely to succeed than a genius without a plan. -Brian TracyDid you know that only 3% of adults set goals? This 3% can accomplish 10x more than those without goals! ~Brian Tracy

“The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the person it takes to achieve them.” — Jim Rohn

Write Down Your Goals

I set goals in Several Areas:

  • Be Goals – Who to I want to become this year and what will I need to do to become that?
  • Spiritual
  • Financial
  • Career
  • Family
  • Physical
  • Ship Goals
  • Bucket List Goals
  • People I’d like to meet

Dream Big!

If your goals don’t scare you, you aren’t thinking big enough – Michael Hyatt

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -H. Jackson Brown


  • Specific – Are they specific?
  • Measurable – Can you actually measure whether or not you’ve accomplished them?
  • Attainable – Are they realistic?
  • Relevant to your priorities?
  • Time-sensitive – Add deadlines to your goals! I never did this!

Dreams without deadlines are dead in the water. DEADLINES are LIFELINES to our dreams. -Mark Batterson

Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. – Parkinson’s Law

Write Your Top Ten Goals Down Weekly – Set an appointment in your calendar to set your goals on a weekly basis. Keep your goals in front of you as often as possible. Write them down on your phone!

Reverse Engineer Your Goals – Pretend you’ve already accomplished your goals. Start at the end and walk back through every single action step you would have needed to achieve your goal. Make a list of everything you can think of that you’ll need to do in order to achieve each of your goals. Once you have a master task list for each goal. Start to transfer 1-2 items each day to your to do list. Make sure you do at least 1 thing every day to help you make progress in achieving each of your goals.

“A goal without a plan is simply a wish.” – Coach Herm Edwards

“Saying you want to be a better mommy, have a better job, or learn a new language is admirable, but without listing steps of measurable, specific goals, you will not move toward any specific action. Then another year will pass without any real change,” Miller quotes. – Dan Miller

Tell someone your goals – We all need accountability! Grab a friend, a mentor, or a group of friends and share your goals publicly with them. Ask them to hold you accountable for achieving them. Give them permission to be hard on you! Set-up a time weekly, monthly, or quarterly to touch base and run through your progress.

Review Your Goals Daily, Monthly, Quarterly, and Annually – Set time aside to track your progress. If you’re not progressing as you hoped to, why not? What needs to change? What do you need to do differently? Are the goals you set in the beginning of the year still goals? Have you accomplished all your goals and you need to set more?

Celebrate Progress – When you’ve made significant progress toward your goals, make sure you take time to celebrate the journey!

I’d love to hear your questions and some of your suggestions when it comes to the area of goal setting. If this podcast helped you, let me know by e-mailing me at dougsmithlive@gmail.com.


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