Goal Planning – Planning, Your Vision & Reviews

Goals - Goal Planning

One you have settled upon your desired goal, it is essential that you create a clear plan, the provide you visibility of the steps that you need to take to help you achieve your goal. Planning how to reach your goal, is the immediate next step post your having established what your goals are.

Advice from the Masters – Goal Planning

Planning for your Goals

Goals quote by David J Schwartz - The important thing is not where you were or where you are but where you want to get.
Goals quote by David J Schwartz - Your energy increases, multiplies, when you set a desired goal and resolve to work toward that goal.

The importance of Planning & Preparation: Take a second look at what appears to be someone’s “good luck.” You’ll find that not luck but preparation, planning, and success-producing thinking preceded his good fortune. Just concentrate on developing those qualities in yourself that will make you a winner.

Goals give you direction: Nothing happens, no forward steps are taken, until a goal is established. Without goals individuals just wander through life. They stumble along, never knowing where they are going, so they never get anywhere.

Act like a corporation: The modern corporation does not leave its future to chance. Should you?

Goals give you energy: overwhelming majority of really successful people work much longer than forty hours a week. And you don’t hear them complain of overwork. Successful people have their eyes focused on a goal, and this provides energy.

David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

Fail: By failing to prepare you are preparing to fail. —Benjamin Franklin

John C. Maxwell – Author – Failing Forward / How Successful People Think / Put Your Dream to the Test

The Importance of Vision in Goal Planning

Your vision is essentially how you see yourself many years down the road. Great achievements take time, and Clarity of your longer-term vision is essential to be able to put together the series of short-to-medium goals that can help you reach your final destination.

How can things be?:  Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn’t stuck with the present. It isn’t what one has that’s important. Rather, it’s how much one is planning to get that counts.

David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

The long-term play: Remember, this is a long-term game played over years and even decades, not something that is over in a few weeks or months.

Sunil Saxena – Author – Massive Action equals Massive Results

Review your goals periodically

Review your high-level goals daily. My high-level goals are on my phone, and I look at them within the first hour of waking up as part of my morning routine. I also review my why statement on a daily basis, which keeps me on track at a high level. This puts me in the right frame of mind for the day and reminds me why I am doing what I do.

Reviewing your high-level goals before you go to bed is also a powerful concept. This helps your subconscious mind even more as it works to provide solutions and direction while you’re sleeping.

Sunil Saxena – Author – Massive Action equals Massive Results

Recommended Books on Goal Planning

Videos – Goal Planning

How to Design Your Life (My Process For Achieving Goals)

Designing your life is a 3 part process. Part 1 is the design – involving writing down your goals, and reviewing them periodically. Part 2 are your daily habits – forget the longer-term goal, and focus instead of the small thing you need to do today to reach your goal. Part 3 is the follow through – are you actually doing the things you set out to do?

Other concepts on Goals

Life Purpose - The Right Road

The Right Road

We often get so caught up in doing, that we forget to check if what we are doing is really helping us proceed to our desired goals or destinations. While action is important, it is critical that the action is something that it taking you closer to (and not further away) from your desired goals. Are you on the right road?


BHAG – Big Hairy Audacious Goals

BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) is a goal setting style that focuses on setting goals that in normal circumstances would be considered unrealistic. Setting BHAGs have tremendous benefits in terms of motivation, a drive for massive action and to galvanize and bring teams together to achieve the improbable.

Goals - SMART Goals


How do you know if you are setting the right type of goals? A quick way is to check if your goals are SMART (i.e. Specific, Measurable, Agreed upon, Realistic, Time-based).

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Dominate – Don’t Compete

People who truly succeed big, never try to compete – they choose instead to dominate their particular niche and become known as  the ‘go-to’ person or company for those specific requirements. Domination allows you to never have to compete on price, not get involved in feature wars and bring along free marketing.