7 Steps to Successful Goal Setting

Written By | General, Personal Success | June 1st, 2009 | 35 Comments »

goal settingYour ability to set goals and make plans for their accomplishment is the “master skill” of success. The development of this ability and your making it a lifelong habit will do more to assure high success and achievement in your life than any other skill you can possibly learn.

As with anything, you only own the process of goal setting by learning it and then by applying it over and over for yourself until it becomes automatic, like breathing in and breathing out. Your goal must be to become a continuous goal setter. You must become so clear and focused about what it is you want that every single hour of every day you find yourself doing things that are moving you in the direction of your own choosing.

Here is a remarkable fact. Your intelligence is malleable over about 25 IQ points. That means that you can become smarter and smarter by working on your mental muscles just as you can become stronger and stronger by working on your physical muscles. And with clear, specific goals, that you are working toward every single day, you find yourself acting more and more intelligently in everything you do.

The good news is that you have an automatic, cybernetic, goal-achieving mechanism built into your brain. Human beings are the only creatures on earth that have this particular capacity. You automatically achieve the goals that you have set for yourself, whatever they are. This “success mechanism” works night and day, consciously and unconsciously and both drives you and motivates you toward achieving the things that you have decided that you want. It is almost like a light switch. Once you turn it on, it stays on until you do something to turn it off.

Watch this video where I will give you a step by step guide to achieving your goals.

*What did you learn? Leave a comment!

About Brian Tracy – Brian Tracy is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on google+, facebook, and twitter.


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  1. Aman Sial says on March 15, 2014 at 2:59 am:

    thanks Brian,you are absolutely right ,Writing down goals forces you to select something specific and decide what you want.

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  3. Harry says on January 3, 2013 at 4:03 pm:

    This is one of the best pieces of advice offered on goal setting!

    For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called http://GoalsOnTrack.com, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate.

  4. John M says on December 6, 2012 at 11:32 am:

    Brian (or anyone willing to share). It’s always been a little confusing how to determine this “one goal that if achieved will have the most impact on one’s life”, which is what Brian calls the major definite purpose. The difficulty in this is that my goals are often ones that can be achieved in 1-5 years, and often sooner. For example, buying a house, going to graduate school, getting married. But I can’t see how any of these goals could be a major definite purpose, because once any of these is achieved, it seems it’s a “goal reached”, and not a major purpose, and not even necessarily one to have the most impact on one’s life. Should this one goal be something more related to making a certain amount of money or starting a business? Thank you for any feedback you have.

  5. David says on October 23, 2012 at 8:56 am:

    There is nothing more powerful than knowing where you are going. The process has made my life… everything I have achieved and accomplished in my life has come from goal setting.

    Ten years ago, I wrote that by December 24, 2012 my business would sell, giving me the freedom I dreamed about… guess what… its happening. The story gives me a shiver when i think about and tell the story.

    i’m happy to share my experiences with anyone. Please reach out if you’d like to dialogue. David@neroglobal.com

  6. Tony Whittle says on March 16, 2012 at 7:12 am:

    Thanks Brian, I first started using your system in the early 1980′s. I’m still using it today! It worked then…and it works now, for me and for my clients. The overall effects have been life changing!
    Kind Regards,
    Tony Whittle
    The Aspiration Company

  7. Jane Leonard says on November 26, 2011 at 6:32 am:

    I think the key is to write the goals everyday. if you can’t devote the 15 minutes to write your goals every day, do you really want the goal or is it just a wish, a hope, a dream or an excuse to lie on the couch and watch TV while waiting to win the lottery.
    The most important thing I have learned from listening to B Tracey over the years is that, it’s not about positive thinking it’s about positive actions.

  8. Aparna says on September 6, 2011 at 2:04 am:

    One of the best articles about goal setting. Thanks Brian…

  9. Val says on April 14, 2011 at 8:38 am:

    Hi Brian,
    Good tips – like the info about the importance of writing things down. Val

  10. Modestus says on March 30, 2011 at 10:49 pm:

    Another master piece from Brian, thanks its really thoughtful

  11. VIVEK says on March 30, 2011 at 10:08 am:

    Thanks brain its time for meto revolutrinize my life with this visionary system

  12. George says on March 27, 2011 at 2:28 am:

    Thanks for sharing this video, Brian. It’s amazing – this simple formula is so full of power.

  13. Derek says on November 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm:

    Love your stuff Brian!

  14. Sherif says on November 21, 2010 at 5:42 pm:

    U’re marvelous! U turn every word into a delightful read.one never knows if it is the enviable sense of details or the adept administration of words or the fluidity of prose.whatever it is sir,just keep writing. From Nigeria

  15. hayat says on August 31, 2010 at 9:58 pm:

    Best wishes for you Brian Tracy.

  16. David Rynda says on August 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm:

    God Bless You. Have a speedy recovery.
    Thanks for all you’ve done.

  17. Laurie Gondreau says on July 31, 2010 at 5:55 pm:

    Brian Tracy is abolutely the most brilliant thought leader in goal setting and personal development EVER!! His teachings are golden!!

  18. Kilanko Seun says on September 12, 2009 at 8:49 am:

    Really thoughtful and a good diet for my mind. Thanks, Brian.

  19. Harold Zimmer says on August 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm:

    Brian, I have read several of your books and listened to your CD’s. You have been very inspiring, after applying your suggestions to my life has made a tremendous difference. Looking forward to your next publication.

  20. Leila says on July 1, 2009 at 10:41 pm:

    I am from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and although i am able to write in English, it is is very hard to understand when someone is speaking in English. However, I could understand every single thing you spoke in this video! You speak very clearly!

  21. jennifer says on June 30, 2009 at 8:17 am:

    Awesome. We always need that reminder of the steps. Especially, after making commitments to a team!!!

  22. Dan says on June 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm:

    Great insights.

    If you’d like a tool for setting your goals, you can use this web application:


    You can use it to manage your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A Vision Wall (inspiring images attached to yor goals) is available too.
    Works also on mobile.

  23. Becky West says on June 6, 2009 at 2:56 pm:

    Thank you Brian!…perfect timing for your post. I want to be able to do everything I’ve set my heart on – and the only way I can do this is – by following your goal setting method!

  24. Brian D says on June 4, 2009 at 8:16 am:

    Great post. You have really made good point about achieving success. Thanks for posting :)

  25. Joy says on June 3, 2009 at 8:30 pm:

    I think that is a very fascinating – that the goal is to become a goal-setter. It was also very encouraging to hear that it is possible to become smarter. I really enjoy your writing, it just makes sense and is easy to understand. I have come across Million Dollar Habits on the site http://www.audiobooks.net and am really interested to learn more about how to be a success.

  26. Michael Xia says on June 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm:

    I have read the book already, call: Flight Plan. Best wishes for you Brian Tracy.

    That’s Great.

    Michael From China.

  27. Michael Xia says on June 3, 2009 at 6:08 pm:

    I come from China, as a Trading Business Man. Brian Tracy’s words are good.


  28. Raymund says on June 2, 2009 at 5:37 pm:

    Simple, Clear and easy to follow.

    The greatest challenge is keeping the momentum in following through with the goal. Thanks Brian for the sharing

  29. Alicia says on June 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm:

    It seems so simple. I’m going to take you up on this Mr. Tracy … and it’s going to work isn’t it (not really intended as a question). Thanks so much.

  30. Julian says on June 1, 2009 at 11:24 am:

    Hello Brian,

    I’ve read your books and enjoy listening to your audio programs. Your voice is very sympathetic and you’re almost always easy to listen to. I think what I like most about you is that you genuinely seem to care about other people and their success in life. You say that working hard and being disciplined is the key to any success in life. I have a question for you: What do you think people prefer ? Having $ 1,000,000 in their bank account and working very hard to achieve this (Arnold Schwarzenegger refers to this as working your ass off) or do people want to experience what they believe only millions can buy? I recently read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. He says that it’s possible to have enough money, learn any skill you want in life (e.g. taking Tango lessons in Buenos Aires for 6 months) and be absolutely happy about life. Would you say that the “deferred-life plan” (slave > save > retire) will continue to be the dominating paradigma in the 21st century ? And is that a good thing ?

    Thank you for your continous insight and inspiration,




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