How To Set Goals? 6 Simple Steps To Set Goals


In this article, I am diving into the answer to the “how to set goals” question and giving you 6 simple steps to set goals. These tips will help you to set your goals and achieve them successfully!


Having goals is a must to achieve success in life. Relationships, career, education, personal growth, etc. No matter what it is. You should have a vision for your goals so you know how to navigate life and overcome challenges.

Because goals give you purpose. Thus, you start working on your dream future. When you are making progress on these goals you are feeling excited. When you achieve them you are feeling fulfilled. The bottom line is goals are giving you a meaningful life.

That sounds good, right? You finally found a way to stop blaming yourself. Plus, it doesn’t have to be for one time. You can set goals regularly. The only thing that you should do is to make a habit of setting goals.

6 Simple Steps To Setting Goals

Perfect. But how to set goals? I mean, you are not having your goals in your mind like a magically growing bean. There must be some steps about that.

You are absolutely right. There are some methods that will make this process easier for you. The good news is I will give you 6 simple steps as an answer to the question of how to set goals, in this article. Let’s start!

1-Determine Your Priorities

I know, you have plenty of things to take care of in your life like career, finance, family, personal growth, and more. You want to set your goals for each one of them. You want to work on those goals, and in the end, you want to succeed.

The truth is you can’t run to all of your targets at the same time. You have to determine your priorities according to your feeling of satisfaction. Think about it. Which part of your life you would like to have more success at?

Is it your career, or family relationships? Maybe feel more satisfied when you have a smooth social life or better financial status? No matter what it is, determining your priorities is a must to start setting your goals.

2-Determine The Type Of Your Goals

After you determine your priorities, it is time to specify the type of your goals. We can divide the goal types into 3: Daily, short-term, and long-term. To be more clear, these goal types define how far in the future you want to achieve them.

You can put your short routines to daily goals. For example, you may want to meditate for 20 minutes every morning. Another example, you may want to read a book for 10 minutes before you sleep. I guess you got the idea. 

Short-term goals are for the things that you want to accomplish in the near future. For example, you may want to learn how to write a blog article in one month. Or, you may want to reduce the time that you are spending on social media.

Long-term goals are a bit more complicated than the last two. Because usually they don’t have any time frame. For example, you may want to travel the whole world, but you can’t specify the time range for that. Or, you may want to be a CEO one day but neither you guarantee that nor determine the time frame.

By specifying your goals, you’ll be able to see the way that is going to succeed clearly. After that you can step forward to the third step of setting goals.

3-Why?

It is not easy to motivate yourself to work on your goals. Because motivation requires commitment. To dedicate yourself to something, you need to convince yourself that you should work on this goal. Therefore, you need to ask yourself the question of why, and answer it.

Let’s say you want to lose 5 pounds in two months. Why did you set that goal? Why do you want to accomplish this? Will reaching this goal make you happy? You should see if the answers are enough for you to dedicate yourself to that goal or not.

If the answer is yes, you can start to look over the tools that you will use for reaching that goal. Which is step 4.

4-What?

Until now, you determined your priorities in life and the type of your goals. Plus, you convinced yourself by answering the question of why. Now, it is time to find how to reach your goals. You can ensure your progress by following some tactics, tools, and rules.

First, what kind of tactics can you follow? Of course, there are a bunch of tactics that you can use in your progress. But, keeping everything simple is my favorite. Try to focus on one thing at a time. Don’t break your focus by trying to reach more than one goal simultaneously. 

Second, what kind of tools can you use? Technology became our best helpmate in life for several things. Of course, it has something to say about reaching your goals as well. You can find numerous goal tracker apps in the App Store or Google Play store. Also, if you have a team, using tools like Monday and Slack can help you plan.

Third, What kind of rules can you determine? I have one rule that I am following to be able to reach my goals, hard-working. I suggest you do the same. Because, as I said, working on goals requires commitment. And, If you commit yourself to something, you know that no gain without pain.

5-Let Someone Know

Feeling some pressure is good when it comes to working on something. I am not talking about the horrible pressure like the one we might face at the workplace. But, telling someone you know about your goal seems to increase the likelihood that you will stick at them.

So, think about someone that you can share what you will start to work on and what is your target at the end. But, you should choose wisely. Tell someone who can support you while you are feeling under pressure.

This person could be your partner or one of your family members, or your best friend. The bottom line is you should choose someone that you feel comfortable with.

6-Start Working On Your Goals

Congratulations, you reached the last step! Everything is ready and you can start to work on your goals. Don’t forget, setting your goals is the first thing on your to-do list. There is a lot to do to reach the result.

Working towards your goals can sometimes be difficult, and even frustrating. You should always find something that will make you move on. If you are struggling, turn back to step 5 and talk to the people that you shared your target with. Take their ideas. They may help you see a different way. If you need to adjust your goals, make it happen. The only thing that you are not allowed to do is giving up.


This was a list that includes an answer to how to set goals. There are plenty of methods that you can try when it comes to setting goals. If you have tried one of them before, just share with us your experiences to support others in this adventure!

Furkan Patan

Digital Marketer & Traveller. Blogger @HowToMotivateMe & @OlmeGormeden

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