Setting Goals that set you up for success: A Guide

Do you regularly set yourself goals? Are you finding that they help you achieve success in life? Do they leave you fulfilled or anxious?

Setting goals is an integral part of success, goals can remind you what you’re working towards. Whilst also acting as a way for you to consistently see things you’re getting right when you hit them.

However, sometimes goals can actually be bad for you. And that’s when they are the wrong kind. They are either unhealthy or unachievable.

So how do you choose the right kind of goal? Read on to see 5 tips on choosing healthy and achievable goals.

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Do not use social media

When people are looking for inspiration in life they often turn to social media, especially Instagram. #goals is one of the most widely used hashtags on the platform.

For example, people use social media as ways to decide what their travel plans are. They see beautiful places on Instagram and decide to travel there. In a more extreme way, people see the way influencers and celebrities live their life and declare that their only goal is to live like that.

The issue here is that social media is not necessarily real! If you are choosing how you’d like to live your life by looking at social media then it is practically unachievable because life will never look like that.

If we stick with the travelling example someone might choose to go to a place because it looks nice on Instagram. But when they get there they find that the images are heavily filtered. This leaves an almost empty feeling when the goal is achieved – and that defeats the point!

If you set your goals based on social media they will be superficial and will never actually fulfil you. They’re probably unachievable anyway!

Focus on goals that you can constantly work on

This tip could alternatively be called set little goals to your big goals.

One big goal can seem intimidating and unachievable and will put you off ever trying to work towards it. It’s like looking at a huge mountain that you have to climb.

But if you set little goals along the way it means that you can see the rest stops on the mountain and suddenly it doesn’t seem so hard.

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If you think about a really big task like opening up your own business it seems impossible, but think about all the different steps towards it. If you think about all the steps as separate goals then when you hit each one you will have cause to celebrate and move onto the next one.

By doing this you have turned the impossible into the possible and suddenly your goals are achievable!

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When you hit a little goal think of a little reward for doing so. It could be something as little as a chocolate bar for tiny little goals or it could be something massive depending on the task.

Make the reward relevant to the amount of work hitting the goal will take you and you will have the motivation to continue even when you are struggling.

By rewarding yourself you also have reason to set more goals you will start to do this in all aspects of life and that is the key to success.

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Try to stay away from money goals

When you are looking for the inspiration for what your goals are going to be you should not make all of the goals focus on money.

Of course, you will have some money-related goals as you want to be successful in your financial life as well.

However, you should not always be money focused as it is a very difficult thing to achieve and it can lead you to feel unfilled when you do achieve it.

For example, many people with a lot of money admit that having money is not what fulfils them. Instead, they say that it is what they do with their time. This is what you should also focus on.

Use them in a positive way

If you have followed all the steps above then your goals should be meaningful and thoughtful as well as actually helping you on the road to success.

Your goals should be set around things that make you happy and that when you have completed them will make you even happier!

So how do you work towards them in a positive way?

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Write them down and let them be a constant reminder to work for what you want, change your desktop background, or stick a picture on your noticeboard. Anything to remind yourself of why you are doing what you are.

Never beat yourself up, always remember how far you have come and that change doesn’t happen overnight!

What are your goals? Let me know in the comments


  1. Mila

    These are wonderful tips to helping you achieve your goals. I loved the part how you mentioned not to use social media, it’s so true social media so many times is unrealistic. Instead focus on goals you can work on. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Shannon

      I know it was one of the first things that came to mind because so many people do base their goals on social media and then they are unrealistic and unachievable!

  2. Daisy

    The part on using social media to set goals is to true!

  3. Jenn Summers

    Great tips! I do have to say though that I find social media keeps me accountable for my goals. If I say something on facebook I’m definitely more likely to push myself to follow through.

    1. Shannon

      Oh I never thought about that! I suppose it can be such a good way to hold yourself accountable!


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