1. Gain a clear grasp on our goals. If you don’t, you’ll never know if you’re getting close to achieving them.
2. Put your goals down on paper…or tucked away on a computer file.
3. Read the list often.
4. Arrange items in order of priority so you can work your way through the list.
5. That said, often the goals that are most important take a great deal of effort to achieve. Therefore, it’s always good to choose a more readily-achievable goal and fulfill it. It feels great to cross each item off the list.
6. Life’s big goals must be broken up into bite-sized chunks.
7. Sometimes goals must change and that’s to be expected. However, it’s best to deliberately set them aside when appropriate rather than let them slip through your fingers, which only leads to a sense of failure.
8. Not only will goals change, but so will priorities. Don’t feel bad about rearranging your list whenever needed.
9. When making goals that include others, if appropriate, include them in the goal making process.
10. Celebrate the achievement of even low priority goals or “sub-goals.” Just remember to be wise. Don’t celebrate losing 20 pounds with a piece of cake or giving away a box of books by buying a new one – unless, of course, that was your purpose for getting rid of the box.
11. While wise counsel ought to be heeded, you can’t listen to all the voices that would try to influence you. You simply can’t make everyone happy.
12. If you’re a Christian, I strongly urge you to prayerfully consider your goals. God cares about all the details of our lives.