5 revolutionary steps for effective goal setting


Rohit Chopra

Founder CEO @Zifcare

Tony Robbins' rules for setting goals

Tony Robbins has authored numerous best-selling books. He manages numerous businesses that clock billions of dollars in annual sales. He is justifiably considered to be one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time.

According to him, setting clear goals is one of the most important steps for success. Without goals, you lack focus and direction. Setting personal goals puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you the power to transform your own life in whichever direction you desire.

To accomplish your goals, you need to know how to set them. This process begins with careful contemplation, followed by ample hard work to achieve what you set out to do. To make the most of this process, here are some tips from him on how to set effective goals:

1. The pursuit is as important as the goal

According to Tony, the purpose of a goal is not to “get it”. The purpose of a goal is “who we become in pursuit of it”. Success is growing in pursuit of a goal.

So let’s say we decide to earn 1 million per annum. That’s a great way to start. However, it’s the joy of pursuing the money that is the real success. To get it, we take courses, work harder, show up to work on time and network like crazy. That’s when real growth happens. The money is bound to follow anyways.

2. Goal setting needs to be in context

Too many times, we start out with big goals that are unachievable. For example, we often start by saying: I’m going to lose 10 kilograms of weight this month. This is extremely difficult for most people and ends up demotivating us when we realize it’s not going to happen.

We need to understand that achieving a goal is a process that takes time and discipline and effort. Mostly, we overestimate what can be done in the short-run but underestimate what can be done in the long-run.

We never know how far the initial steps could take us, so it’s important to start with some perspective.

3. Getting the goal doesn’t mean it’s over

The world’s most successful people set new goals for themselves regularly. After they’ve built one business and completed their goals, they don’t sit down and say: “I’m done”. They take a break, and set their minds to the next challenge.

That’s why businesspeople create new businesses and the movie stars create better movies and atheltes create new records . Accepting and accomplishing challenges becomes part of their DNA.

4. Set smart goals

Our brain loves goals that are specific and challenging, yet achievable. When a goal is too vague to visualize or too lofty to attain, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Setting SMART goals – which are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and set in a Timeframe – makes them much easier to achieve. By writing down exactly what you want, how to accomplish it, and benchmarks for measuring your progress, you set yourself free from the fear of failure. You’re able to chart a course toward the extraordinary life you deserve.

5. Visualize the desired outcome

Accomplishing goals doesn’t start in the physical world – it starts in your head. When you learn to control your emotions and thoughts, you’re empowered to accomplish anything. There is so much you can do if you convince your mind to do it first. Visualize the outcome you desire, then think and behave as you’ve already achieved it.

Allow yourself to feel the joy you are going to feel after achieving your outcome. Your actions align with what you want to accomplish, and everything else falls into place. Feel how that success affects every part of your life.

By following the Five Golden Rules of Goal Setting, you can set goals with confidence and enjoy the satisfaction that comes along with knowing you achieved what you set out to do.

So, set and achieve your goals, and in the process, become who you truly want to be.

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