The Art of Goal Setting in 10 Steps



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October 10, 2023

Setting goals is an integral part of any entrepreneur's journey toward success. 

Goals provide direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose, driving us to push our limits and achieve our dreams. 

However, setting goals is not just about envisioning the endpoint; it's about breaking that long journey into manageable milestones. 

In this post, we will delve into the art of goal setting and explore how achieving success is a journey composed of many small victories along the way.

I’ve used goals since I was a kid.

I remember setting goals loosely as a kid. From passing a project or test to making a sports team.

Since then, goals have been one of the most important and impactful things throughout my journey. 

1. The Importance of Goal Setting

Goal setting is crucial for entrepreneurs. Clear objectives can provide focus, motivation, and a roadmap for your business endeavours.

2. SMART Goals

SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound) help entrepreneurs create precise and attainable objectives.

3. Breaking Down the Vision

Breaking big, long-term goals into smaller, manageable milestones. This makes the journey less overwhelming and allows for better tracking of progress.

4. Creating an Action Plan

Develop an action plan for each milestone. Discuss the steps, resources, and timeline required to achieve these smaller goals.

5. Measuring Progress

Be sure to measure and assess progress toward milestones regularly—use key performance indicators (KPIs) and other metrics to gauge success.

6. Staying Motivated

Staying motivated throughout the journey can be challenging but necessary. This could include celebrating small wins, visualizing success, or seeking support from mentors or peers.

7. Adapting to Challenges

Setbacks and challenges are part of any entrepreneurial journey. Flexibility and resilience are essential when facing obstacles; adjusting goals and strategies can be a strength.

8. Celebrating Achievements

Entrepreneurs must celebrate each milestone achieved (I know this can be tough!). All wins are significant, whether they are big or small. All of these victories build confidence and maintain motivation.

9. Setting New Milestones

Goal setting is an ongoing process. As an entrepreneur reaches one milestone, you should set new ones to continue progressing toward your ultimate vision.

10. The Journey to Success

Success is not just about reaching the final destination but about embracing the journey, one milestone at a time.


In this post, we've explored the art of goal setting, emphasizing the importance of breaking down big dreams into achievable milestones. 

By following the SMART framework, creating action plans, measuring progress, staying motivated, and adapting to challenges, entrepreneurs can navigate their journey to success with confidence and determination. 

Remember, achieving your vision is not a sprint; it's a series of well-planned, purposeful steps.

If you are interested in setting and achieving your goals, please book a call with me here!

Chris M Wilson

Chris Wilson is a keynote speaker, CTI coach, and entrepreneur. Through his Hover to Fly framework, he aims to impact the next generation in their careers and lives.

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