5 Goal-Setting Strategies

To Help Start the Year Off Strong

Now that it’s the end of January, how are those resolutions coming? While some people start the year by making a list of goals, it doesn’t take long to lose that list. However, if you’re serious about making this the year to change that, here are five goal-setting strategies to help make it easier to stay on track.

Goal-Setting Strategies

It’s good to have goals. It’s like picking a destination to look forward to. But like most journeys, sometimes you can get lost along the way. That’s why having a map makes it easier. There are different goal-setting strategies that act as guides along the way to help keep you on course. There’s no guarantee you won’t run into roadblocks, but at least you’re not flying blind.

Some of these strategies may be familiar and some may sound silly. But all it takes is a solid plan for achieving your goal to help enhance the process.


This strategy is the most talked about. It stands for setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound. It helps you focus your efforts on clearly defining a goal that’s easy to achieve in a certain amount of time. You can make the goal SMARTER by Evaluating your progress and Readjusting the plan if needed.

HARD Goals

These tasks are more Heartfelt, Animated, Required, and Difficult. Attach an emotion and all of the senses to the end result. Imagine what success looks, sounds, feels, smells, and tastes like. Add a necessary skill to the goal to help motivate you. For instance, you may want to want to grow your business to start saving more for retirement. The more difficult the goal, the more accomplished you’ll feel once it’s completed.

WOOP Goals

An exciting Wish elevates the positive vibe around your goal while imagining the best possible Outcome in vivid detail. Consider the Obstacles that may slow you down so you can Plan on how to eliminate them.

Micro Goals

If you have one major, overarching goal, try to break it down into smaller micro goals that are easier to achieve.

One Word Goals

This strategy is all about simplicity. Define your goal by one memorable word. For instance, if it’s related to making more money, you can use security or freedom to help define the feeling of not worrying about cashflow.

If you’re more of a visual person, try transferring these SMART goals into your calendar, make WOOP goal vision boards, or write your Word on a sticky note to place on your bathroom mirror or workspace. This way, every time you see the words or images, you’re reminded of where you want to be.

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