A Winner’s Goal Setting Formula

Goals are something that we should all have or aim to identify. Where are you heading to? Why are you doing this? What’s the point? What’s the outcome? These questions should accompany us along the way of setting up a SMART goal. SMART here stands for – specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-constrained. When you’re looking to achieve your dreams, it is a good idea to split them into smaller SMART goals that will allow you to progress in the right direction. Unfortunately, this is not something they teach you in school, thus we take the responsibility here at The Real Life Education to ensure that you get the necessary information to take action upon so that you can turn it into knowledge and get the desired results. In this article, we’ll present the successful goal setting formula from the book Million Dollar Habits by Brian Tracy.

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The Ultimate Goal Setting Formula

I’ll be giving you 7 specific steps you can utilize to set up your goals in the most effective way. I highly recommend taking these 7 steps and writing them down somewhere so you can take them in the future and put them into practice. I also want you to be aware of the fact that you shouldn’t be setting up too many goals at the same time. This will only divert your attention from your priorities and reduce your efficiency in return.

Step #1 Decide What You Want and Write It Down

Figuring out what priorities you have is probably the first and the core step you need to take in order to set up your goals effectively. Once you have successfully prioritized, you want to make sure that you write your goal down. Make it specific and measurable so it is easier for you to track.

Step #2 Set A Deadline For The Achievement of Your Goal

Putting a time range on your goal gives you a sense of urgency, which is a point where you feel like you really need to take action to achieve that goal. You should always aim to operate in this area, however you also need to make sure that you’re patient and that you’re not rushing anything. In short, push yourself but use common sense.

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Step #3 Make A List of Everything You Have to Do to Achieve It

As I mentioned above, deconstructing your goal into smaller tasks will allow you to stay more focused and to systematically pursue your goal step by step. This also makes your progress easily trackable, which can give you a small boost in confidence and motivation since you will see your accomplishments as you go.

Step #4 Organise The Small Steps into A Plan

It is always good to plan. Not for the sake of going by the plan, but for the sake of having planned. This will give you a sense of direction and it will make your steps seem more holistic as the plan will connect the dots for you.

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Step #5 Identify The Constraints that Are Holding You Back and Figure Out A Way to Overcome Them

This step goes hand in hand with your plan. You want to make sure that apart from seeing what steps you need to take to move forward, you also need to understand what roadblocks you will be overcoming, how you can overcome them and when they are most likely to pop up.

Step #6 Step Out in Faith

Simply start making it happen. Have faith that you can do it and start making it happen. Take action!

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Step #7 Do Something Every Day that Moves You Towards Your Goal

Develop a habit of doing something daily that moves you towards your goal. Babysteps are the factor that wins the game. Develop a sustainable, consistent habit of making these small steps so you can move towards your goal on a daily basis. Most importantly, don’t break the cycle.


  1. This could not have come at a better time for me. I was just trying to make a list of goals for myself this morning because I have been feeling “stuck and unmotivated” since the whole Covid19 thing started. I opened my email and there it was!! Thank you so much for the nudge in the right direction. 🙂

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