8 Rules for Highly Effective Goal-Setting

We’ve talked about how to find your God-given Genius and defining your purpose. Knowing both of these are essential for effective goal-setting. However, once you’re ready to set goals—it can be a daunting process.

Here are eight ways to set effective goals that will help you move towards achieving your God-given potential! 

Highly effective goals are written. 

By putting your goals on paper, you make them concrete, tangible, and physically real.  Many studies have shown that people who write down their goals are ten times more likely to achieve them than those who have only mental goals.

Highly effective goals are stated in the present tense. 

Stating a goal in the present tense communicates that goal to your brain in the most effective format, allowing you to visualize the goal clearly and to believe that it is possible.  Refuse to state your goals as “I will do this.”  When you use the phrase I will, you mentally push your achievement somewhere off into the vague, distant future.

Highly effective goals are stated positively. 

This is so important because we think in pictures.  Every time you write or say a word, you evoke a vision in your mind.  Instead of saying, “I no longer eat junk food,” you can say, “I eat healthy, nutritious foods.”

Highly effective goals are consistent with your personal mission statement. 

Your goals should cause you to grow more like the person you were created to become.  They should be personally meaningful to you.  Many people make the mistake of setting goals that are meaningful to someone else or that will please someone else but that evoke no passion in their own lives.

Highly effective goals are specific and measurable.

There must be no fuzziness or ambiguity whatsoever in your stated goals.  The more specific your goal is, the clearer you will be about what steps you must take to achieve it, and the more focused you will be.  Goals like “I want to be happy” or “I want to have a better marriage” are much too vague.

Highly effective goals are time bound. 

Deadlines put positive pressure on you to take action.  Without concrete deadlines, it’s just human nature to keep putting things off.  It’s been said that there is no such thing as an unrealistic goal, just an unrealistic time frame in which to accomplish it.  Make sure your goals are time bound with reasonable deadlines for accomplishment.

Highly effective goals are reasonable and challenging. 

You want to set goals that are achievable, but that also build character by exercising your self-discipline and perseverance.  Goals should cause you to stretch, grow, and get out of your comfort zone.

Highly effective goals are thoroughly planned. 

You should have tangible action steps for each of your goals.  You need to compile the details, make a plan, write out all the activities, prioritize them, organize them, and rewrite them as often as necessary to make your plan perfect.

Tommy Newberry

America's Success Coach®



As a Christian entrepreneur, you want to earn more, work less, and leave a lasting legacy.

Maybe you find yourself overworked, underpaid, and left with very little time for the things that really matters like faith and family. 

I’m here to coach you along the way.

I’ve dedicated the last 30 years to helping entrepreneurs and their families maximize their God-given potential. I’ve worked with business leaders in more than thirty different industries to work less, earn more, and create greater significance with the right accomplishments.

Tommy Newberry is the author of seven books—including the New York Times bestseller, The 4:8 Principle, and the motivational classic, Success is Not an Accident—both of which have been translated into dozens of languages.


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