Do you need a goal setting worksheet to finally hold you accountable for your goals?
Goal setting is one of the most common habits of successful people and is needed to achieve your maximum potential. Did you know that 10% of the world sets goals? Unsurprisingly, those 10% control 90% of the resources of the world. If you’re not setting goals in your life you’re missing out on achieving greatness.
Setting goals are one thing but achieving them is totally different. Luckily, I’ve created this goal setting worksheet to help you crush all your goals.
Goal Setting Worksheet
This goal setting worksheet is based on the unbelievably effective videos from Neurogym CEO, John Assaraf. John has worked in personal development and psychology for years. He is featured in the movie “The Secret” and built a billion-dollar business.
The goal setting worksheet is based on these two videos. They are about 40 minutes total but well worth your time.
- How to Set and Achieve Any Goal You Have in Life (Part 1)
- How to Set and Achieve Any Goal You Have in Life (Part 2)
Here’s how to use the goal setting worksheet and start achieving your goals.
Goal Setting Worksheet (FREE Printable)
Set Clear and BIG Goals
The most common way to set goals historically has been SMART Goals. While they are a good place to start setting goals they have one major flaw. The “R” in SMART stands for realistic. The problem with most people is that they set “realistic” goals.
Don’t undercut the power of your brain. You have the ability to achieve greatness but you have to set a goal worthy enough of greatness.
John recommends setting goals in six major areas:
Vague goals produce vague results.” — Jack Canfield
Start by thinking about what you want to achieve in each of these six areas. Your goals need to be precise, focused and clear. The more specific the better.
The next part is determining when you will accomplish the goals. Without a completion date, it’s very easy to not follow through on your goal.
How will you know when you reached the goal? John says “To set the perfect bullseye of what you want to achieve.” A date will give you clarity on when you are reaching your goal!
Goal Setting Mistakes
The goal setting worksheet will help you achieve your goals but it’s important to avoid these major goal setting mistakes.
- Setting goals from the past and present circumstances. You need to set goals that make you feel uncomfortable. These goals might scare you and make you uncomfortable. That is when you know you are setting amazing goals.
- Not writing down your goals or making them vague. If you don’t clarify your goals your brain will be confused and not sure what you want to achieve.
- Trying to develop new strategies and tactics. You are not responsible for the strategy, tactics, and process if someone else has already achieved the goal. Learn from people who have already accomplished the goal!
Focus On Your Goals Daily
How often have you set a goal only to forget about it a week later? Life can get in the way but if you want to achieve your goals you must focus on them regularly. As Les Brown said, “Review your goals twice each day in order to be focused on achieving them.”
Reviewing your goals should be part of your morning routine. The morning and evening are the best times to review your goals as your brain is most acceptable to suggestion. Spend 5-10 minutes when you wake up and before you go to bed focusing on your goals.
Implement Strategy, Tactics & Processes
Setting goals are the easy part but you need to create a way to achieve them. John recommends creating a strategy and implementing tactics to achieve them.
Create a Strategy (What You Need to Do)
For every goal you want to achieve you need a strategy to make it happen. Hoping for a goal to end up completed is not a strategy. Every goal you want to achieve has a blueprint of what you can and should do to complete it.
If you want to lose weight there is a clear way to make that happen. If you want to earn more money outside of work there is a way to make that happen. Almost every goal has already been completed by someone else. Use their strategy to save time and speed up results!
Success leaves clues.” — Tony Robbins
Each goal needs to have its own strategy to achieve it, don’t make one strategy for all six goals.
Practice the Tactics (How You Need to Do It)
Once you create a strategy and know how to achieve the goal you need specific tactics. This is in the form of habits and your daily routines.
If your goal is weight loss start scheduling your exercise and meals. If your goal is to make money online start creating a specific number of blog posts.
The strategy is the big picture, tactics are the day to day activities to make it happen.
Process (The System)
The process is just the system to help you make the goal complete. For the previous weight loss example, this could include hiring a personal trainer for accountability or cooking all your meals every Sunday afternoon.
Create New Habits
Things in your life must change if you want to change. What has gotten you here will not get you to your goals.
Habits are what drives the behavior every single day.
Just because you set big goals doesn’t mean your habits will automatically change. With willpower, you can change your habits for the short term but it’s unlikely to last forever.
Studies have shown that habits take anywhere from 21-66 days to go from conscious to unconscious behavior. The problem is that most people get stuck in habit loops.
Think about it, from the moment you wake up you are pretty much on autopilot the majority of the day. Brain studies have also shown your subconscious control 95% of your daily activities.
The way you think, the answers to questions and the activities you do every day happen almost automatically.
- Think about your goals every single day!
- Create new triggers.
Habits are triggers, routine, and rewards. John gives a good example of a typical morning routine.
- Wake up (trigger)
- Check email, texts, news in bed (routine)
- Satisfaction of checking everything (rewards)
Your habits drive your behavior every single day. You have to become the person that can achieve your goal.
Learn How to Change Your Beliefs
You will almost certainly need to change your beliefs to accomplish your goals. Beliefs are nothing more than patterns.
What you believe about yourself is nothing more than a culmination of what everyone has told you throughout your life. This is how your life has been programmed thus far:
Beliefs –> Habits (how you are supposed to behave) –> Created strategy & tactics –> Results
It’s time to change the loop. You can recreate your own beliefs.
Explicit beliefs are external. “I believe I can lose weight” or “I believe I can make more money” are examples of explicit beliefs.
But studies have found that external beliefs do not drive new habits. While it’s important to share your goals with others you still need to change your implicit beliefs.
Implicit beliefs are underneath the surface. Think of implicit beliefs as the small voice in your head that only you can hear. They will sound like this:
- Am I smart enough?
- Do I really deserve success?
- What if I try my hardest and fail?
- Can I really do this?
Everyone has implicit beliefs on some level, I know I’ve fought bast some my whole life.
If you have implicit beliefs your mind will create doubts. Doubts kill your goals.
For example, let’s say your goal is to make $250,000 in the next 12 months but you have a belief that you aren’t smart enough to earn that much. If there is a gap between inner belief and your goals you will NEVER accomplish that goal.
Luckily, you can create new beliefs and get rid of limiting beliefs.
How to Change Your Beliefs
Start by reading your goals with emotion every single day. After reading your goal spend a moment visualizing the goal as being achieved. Imagine the feeling of completing each goal.
Warning: In the beginning, your inner critic will be loud! Negative self-talk can last for weeks and months but you have to keep going. Negative self-talk is a lifelong habit that you are trying to break.But eventually, you will break through.
Once you create the new belief you will change your life forever. Your goals will become implicit and start to believe it from the inside out. You will see new opportunities and take action like never before. Plus, the habit of reading and visualizing your goals on a daily basis will develop the habit of consistency.
Staying consistent will give you a compound effect on your results.
You were not given a dream if you weren’t able to fulfill it.” — Jack Canfield
Find Your Big Why
The last part of this goal setting worksheet is to understand what is your big why. Why are you trying to achieve these goals?
Do you want to help yourself, your family or your friends? Do you want to impact others by giving back and contributing to causes you believe in?
Everyone will have a different why. If you don’t have a strong why you are more likely to quit when things get tough.
Your why will give you the extra bit of motivation to help you accomplish your goals. Spend time with yourself and really figure out a strong why (or several) to give yourself absolute conviction to achieve the goal.
Start Your FREE Goal Setting Worksheet
Hopefully, these videos and post will help you give you the framework to start achieving your goals.
Start by printing this goal setting worksheet. Dedicate time to use the worksheet and don’t rush the process. This could be 30, 60, 90 minutes or longer. Once you have completed it, put the worksheet somewhere you will see it daily.
Remember, your goals need daily focus. Spend time each day and night reviewing your goals to give yourself the best chance of success.
Goal Setting Worksheet (FREE Printable)
Remember you are lucky to be able to set goals. Unlike other organisms in the world, humans get to decide our goals.
Align your life with your goals. Once you have coherence for everything you will attract more of what you want in your life.
For more information on John Assaraf check out his awesome interview with Lewis Howes to unlock your brain’s full potential. For more inspiration on goal setting check out the best goal setting quotes.
Do you set goals? Have you used a similar goal setting worksheet before?
Let me know in the comments.
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