12 Steps to Set and Achieve Any Goal

Updated: Apr 2

1. Have a Desire: What Do You Really Want?

2. Believe That Your Goal is Achievable

3. Write Your Goal Down

4. Determine Your Starting Point

5. Determine Why You Want It

6. Set a Deadline

7. Identify the Obstacles in Your Way

8. Determine the Additional Knowledge and Skills You Need

9. Determine the People Whose Help You Will Need

10. Make a Plan: Put It All Together

11. Visualize Your Goal Continually

12. Never Give Up


When setting goals, the very first thing you should do is seek God for wisdom and invite Him in as you set goals. Ask Him to lead you as you follow Him, according to Luke 9:57, and the Bible also says in Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans. Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not to your own understanding. Know Him, and He shall direct your path.


Never giving up means backing everything you do with persistence and determination. It means resolving in advance that you will never give up! You will make the necessary decisions long before facing any obstacles or difficulties. No matter what, you will stick with the goal you've set out to accomplish until you reach your goal.


Make a list of at least 10 goals for the next 12 months. Take out a clean sheet of paper, and at the top of the page, write the word "Goals" with today's date. Make a list of at least 10 goals you want to accomplish within the next 10 months.


Identify your Major Definite Purpose. Read through your list of goals and select the one that answers this question: "What one goal on this list, if I accomplished it, would have the greatest possible impact on my life?" This becomes the goal you will use for the 12-part goal-setting process above.


Apply the 12-step goal-setting process. Now that you have selected a goal that you really want and believe you can achieve, write your goal on a separate sheet of paper, and set a deadline. Write out a list of reasons you want to achieve this goal. Identify the obstacles that stand between you and the accomplishment of this goal. Identify the knowledge and the skills you will need to achieve the goal. Identify the people who collaborate and support you as you take on this new journey. Make a plan to accomplish this goal within a reasonable time frame. Take action on your plan and do something every day that moves you toward your goal. Visualize your goal continually as if you had already achieved it, and resolve that you will never give up until you are successful.



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