How to Set Your Goals to Succeed

How often have you set a goal only to make limited progress with your good intentions fading away? The secret is knowing how to set your goals to succeed.

Welcome to my friend and colleague Katrina Wood with her tips on how to do just that.

The Four Things You Need to Remember When Setting Your Goals

We all know the widely-used acronym SMART when setting our goals.*

It is also important to remember the four P’s


Writing our goals in the present tense as if we have already achieved them makes them more effective. For example, instead of stating “I will go to the gym three times a week” put:

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As goals are directed at the subconscious mind, they are more effective when written as positive statments, focusing on what we do want instead of what we don’t want.

Rather than “I want to stop feeling shy” say:

 I-feel-confident-in-my-dealings-with-people-socially-and-in-business.jpg Key Steps Coaching blog post How to set your goals to success 3.11.14 Katrina WoodRemember you get what you think about!


Goals are also more effective when stated using “I”.

So instead of writing “My goal is …….”¬† write:

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Brian Tracy describes the power of “I” statements as submitting a factory order to your subconscious mind which will immediately go to work to figure out how to deliver.


Whilst it is okay for a goal to be a “stretch” for you, it must also be realistic because if it’s not attainable there is no hope and therefore little point in setting it!

 impossible-and-possible-sign.jpg Key Steps Coaching blog post How to set your goals to success 3.11.14 Katrina WoodWhy set goals?

Goals are an important and powerful part of success and happiness. We hope this helps you in writing stronger goals and achieving them.

©Katrina Wood, Personal Development Coach,

Katrina guides and supports people to reach their goals faster and more effectively than they would on their own. Goal setting is a fundamental part of “Your 7 Stepping Stones” workshop for women.

*SMART Goals

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Timely




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