The first key is that goals must be clear, specific, detailed, and written down.
The second key to goal setting is that goals must be measurable and objective. They must be capable of being analyzed and evaluated by a third party.
The third key is that goals must be time bounded, with schedules, deadlines, and sub deadlines. If you don’t achieve a goal by that deadline, you set another deadline – and, if necessary, another – and work toward that until you finally succeed.
The fourth key to goal setting is that your goal must be challenging. They must cause you to stretch a little bit. They must be beyond anything you have accomplished in the past. Your goal should have about a 50 percent probability of success.
The fifth key is that your goal must be congruent with your values and in harmony with each other.
The sixth key is that your goals must be balanced among your career or business, your financial life, your family, your health, your spiritual life, and your community involvement.
The seventh key is that you must have a major definite purpose for your life. You must have one goal that, if you accomplish it, can do more to help you improve your life that any other single goal.