Setting Real Goals: A Step By Step Guide - Part 3

Hello and welcome to the final part of A Step By Step Guide to Setting REAL Goals.

In this series we’ve gone through all the hard work to setting for real goals and how they are achieved. If you’re jumping in here, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 to get a full scope of what we’re talking about.

If you’re all caught up, let’s talk steps 5 and 6.

So far we have been through a whole flipping bunch of work talk about goals. From the emotional determination of what we actually want all the way to breaking those wants into actionable to dos and getting the ball rolling. Small, easily digestible pieces are the key to setting real goals and this next two and final steps keep it simple, but are just as important.

This post is going to be more brief, but don’t let brevity fool you. These next steps are vital just like every other step. So let’s pick up where we left off.

Step 5. Reevaluate Regularly

You have been breaking everything down and starting the work for going through your goals step by bity bity baby step. There is a reason that we broke it down the way we did. The small, bite sized pieces are not just there to help you manage that dirty word “overwhelm” but also to help keep you on track in manageable ways.

One of the worst things that can happen to stop you from reaching your goals would be not realizing that you are not meeting the tiny goals that add up the the great big ones.

Imagine this:

You are rocking out week six of your quarter. You are smashing your week six goals and feeling like one bad lady.

But at the end of the quarter, you realize that your projections are off by 20%. [Insert all the crying, yelling, Oreos, and wine here]

You may have killed it weeks six through thirteen, but what about one through five? Were you keeping up then? No? That’s where your difference came in.

That segways perfectly (and totally unplanned ha!) into….

Step 6. Get A Method To Track Goals

Tracking is where the fine points are all kept in one place. Tracking is what enables you to celebrate those small victories.

And sweets, business and life are made of small victories.

There are so many great methods to use. Below I’ve listed a few, where I found them and links as needed for you to check them out further.

The Chalkboard Method: I heard about this from the lovely ladies of Being Boss (Kathleen Shannon of Braid Creative and Emily Thompson of Indie Shopography). I totally dig this and it hit me right in my magic, woo woo, trust the Universe parts of me. The Chalkboard Method is all about creating physical space in the universe for your goals and leaving the space open for those goals to manifest. If you’re not about manifesting, which is cool, it’s also a great way to keep it in your physical space and all up in your face to make you see what you are doing. They got super detailed in an entire podcast (and made a free worksheet!) about this method of changing. You can check that out here.

Trello for Business:  If you are not familiar with the badass ladies over at Think Creative Collective, you need to get familiar quick. They are AH-mazing! And even better than being awesome, they made this wicked course for trello. We are talking copy and paste boards ready for you to swipe and make your own. It’s affordable, easy to use, and has a whole section to break down your goals, input all the work you’ve done here, and keep it all organized (right down to color coding!) If you’re interested in checking that out, click here and go read their super funny sales page at the very least.

The Post It Method: This was my own go to for a lot of years. From job hunting to meal planning, I had a wall papered in post it notes. I organized it by breaking it into sections. This method is really flexible and easy to use. Pick a plain portion of wall and start writing and sticking.

A Paper Planner: This used to be my personal favorite. I still keep track of my personal stuff inside of my handy dandy planner (lovingly called my “brain”) and love it still. For my blog and services and products, this just doesn’t make sense for me to use anymore. It outgrew the paper planner I have, but I still jot down big important business dates in it. A planner that I love for business and personal life is the LiveWell planner from inkWell press. It is a freaking gem of a paper planner.

Finished But Not Really

This post wraps up the three part series on step by step goal setting. I hope that you see that by doing the work outlined in these steps, you can kick goal butt so hard that the other goals won’t look you in the eye anymore.

Do you have a favorite method for goal tracking? I have created The Ultimate Goal guide to get you started and help you keep track of your goals throughout the entire process. You can download it below!


Walk through the process of setting goals step by step by downloading The Ultimate Goal Guide.


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