The Ultimate Goal Setting Template

Anthony Basich March 23, 2011 10

Ultimate Goal Setting Quote

How to Change Your Life in the Next 12 Months

Did you know that having a sound goal setting template that you can easily follow is one of the greatest tools to help fulfill your dreams and attaining anything that you desire in life?

You may also may or may not be aware that every super successful person follows some form of goal setting practice to attain the level of success that they have.

This is an absolute fact:  Remember, you cannot hit a target that you do not have.

That is why goals are so important to the success of any person, organization or business.

Now, one thing that I have learned is that some people find it difficult hit the mark and achieve their goals simple because of the specific type of goals that they have set.

Now I’m not talking about the actual end result here; I’m actually referring to the length of time of the goal.

Too many people set their sights on the bigger long term goals rather than taking small steps first and aiming for something in the short term.  It’s like putting the horse before the cart. Conquering smaller goals is what will actually get you to the bigger end product.

So it all comes down to the actual goal template that you create that will lay out the first and successive steps to get you to that bigger picture. Having a smart system for setting goals is extremely important, especially if you want to actually achieve what you desire.

Well you’re in luck today because I’m going to share with you an awesome outline that you can use when setting your goals that will actually help you realize your dreams much quicker than you can imagine.

The only requirement that I have is that you keep an open mind.

So, with that said, let’s get on with the show.

An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.” ~Robert Louis Stevenson

1. Decide exactly what you want your long term goal to be

This is what is going to set the ball rolling and it is the most important part in the goal setting process.

Deciding what you want will set the stage for the rest of the process. Make your long term goal to be within the next 12 months.

What is it that you ultimately want to end up with?

Is it a certain level of income or something tangible like a new home or a new car? Or maybe you want to start a successful online business or maybe even an old fashioned brick and mortar business. Maybe you want to increase your sales by a certain percentage or maybe find the relationship of your dreams.

These are all great goals but just remember that this is the bigger picture; the ultimate end result.

The key to this first step in the process is to be extremely specific right down to the size, color etc.

Now you need to start at the beginning and plan out the steps you will take to get there. But before that, there is something very important that you need to decide…

2. Make sure you really want the goal

This part is going to take a minute but it is one of the most important parts to the process.

Did you ever hear the phrase “watch what you ask for because you just might get it”?

I have had to face this reality so many times. I set a goal and then achieve that goal only to figure out that it really wasn’t what I wanted.

Do you really want the brand new BMW or do you just want the financial freedom to buy one if you felt like it.

Ahhhh….. This is where goal setting gets interesting.

If you don’t really, really want that new luxury automobile then you will find yourself stuck with an outrageous insurance premium, oil changes that cost $100, repairs that cost a fortune and you’ll also find yourself parking out in BFE at the grocery store so your car doesn’t get hit by a runaway shopping cart. Don’t forget if you live in the snow-belt you may even find yourself buying another beater for the winter because you don’t want the salt to rust your ultimate driving machine.

Get the picture?

I remember back when I wanted a new BMW and a brand new Honda motorcycle.

Or at least I thought I wanted them.

I would dream about them every day and couldn’t wait until the day came when they were sitting in my driveway.

Well that day never came because after my personal training business really took off and I started to make some real money, I quickly realized that it wasn’t really the car or the bike that I wanted.

For me it was actually financial security; the ability and the freedom to purchase them if I wanted.

Just knowing that I had the money to buy either of these two machines was all I really wanted. That was the goal that I should have set from the beginning but I didn’t know any better at the time.

Let me give you another great example.

I did the same thing when I started my personal training business in the first place. I was sick and tired of being broke and tired; slaving away in restaurants and factories. All I wanted was to be self employed and do something that I absolutely love to do and make a living out of it.

Bodybuilding and Fitness is one of my passions so I followed that dream. I became a personal trainer and started my own training business.

It wasn’t long before I exceeded even my own expectations and business was booming.

Over the years I came to realize a few things though.

Although the money was absolutely great, it was the lifestyle that really got to me. I became pretty tired of spending 14 hours a day at the gym loading and unloading 45lb. plates.

I also became pretty tired of clients dictating my schedule. 5am workouts are really no fun; especially after your last client was at 9pm the night before.

So I sat down and re-evaluated my goals.

What did I really, really want?


To be specific, financial freedom and also the personal freedom to work whenever I wanted for as long as I wanted.

I also wanted to freedom to spend time with my wife and family that I didn’t have before.

And how would I achieve this?

Internet marketing.

So after I came to realize what I really wanted, my whole goal setting strategy changed.

So before you go any further, take out a sheet of paper and write down all of the pros and cons of achieving the particular goal that you set for yourself.

This will help you decide if this is what you really, really want and will save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

Be sure to really go into detail about the effects that achieving this particular goal will have on your life.

How will it affect the people around you?

How will it affect your lifestyle?

Also be sure that your end goal will actually help to enrich your life and the lives of others. If your goal isn’t really going to make your life or the lives of others any better, then the heck with it; set something else.

3. The Goal Setting Template: Start Writing Down Your Goals

Now that you know what your long term goal is, the next part consists of writing down the steps that you need to take to get you there.

Look at it like a ladder. Each step will get you higher up and ultimately you will get to where you want to go.

Break your long term goal down into the following steps:

  • Ultimate Goal
  • Daily goals
  • Weekly goals
  • Monthly goals

With this particular template, you don’t need to go any further than a month. Your goals are going to change along the way depending on how far you get in a month.

As long as you know the end result, your long term goal, you have the most important part already laid out.

Let’s look at an example:

Goal: $120,000 income in the next 12 months

If your goal is to earn a 6 figure income within the next 12 months then you need first take a good look at how much you need to earn each month, week and day to accomplish this:

120,000 / 12 = approximately $10,000 per month.

That equates to approximately $2,308 per week (52 weeks per year) and $330 per day (365 days per year).

I say approximately because you have to remember that there are 52 weeks and 365 days in a year so there will be some bias when going from monthly goals to weekly and daily goals etc.

So now that you have your tangible goals set out it’s now time to move on to the actual steps in the process:

Step 1:

How are you going to make $120,000 in the next 12 months?

This is where you are going to use the power of your subconscious mind to help you get the job done.

Let’s say you are in sales and are paid on a commission basis.

Take out a yellow notepad and write out at the top:

“How can I easily make $120,000 in the next 12 months?”

Then just brainstorm and write out anything that comes to your mind. Don’t think about it or try to do anything.

Just write down anything and everything that comes to your mind.

Let your subconscious do the work for you.

Do this exercise for about 15-20 minutes or until you have exhausted all of your resources. You will be amazed at what you can come up with.

Step 2:

This step will be performed at the beginning of every month.

Take another page in your notepad and write out the following:

“How can I easily make $10,000 this month?”

Again, write out anything and everything that comes to your mind. In this step you will break down and expand on anything that you have written down in step 1.

Step 3:

This step will be performed at the beginning of every week.

Take another page in your notepad and write out the following:

“How can I easily make at least $2,500 this week?”

Again, write out anything and everything that comes to your mind. In this step you will break down and expand on anything that you have written down in step 2.

Do this exercise for about 10-15 minutes or until you have exhausted all of your resources.

Step 4:

This step will be performed at the beginning of each and every day and is the most important and most effective step that will change your life forever.

I can guarantee that if you follow this exercise daily you will dramatically change your life over the next 12 months.

I do mean dramatically!

I personally do this exercise every morning and it has helped me take my life to a whole new level both personally and financially.

You are going to use a new yellow notepad for this one.

Write down the following at the top of the page:

“How can I easily make at least $330 today?”

Now write out anything and everything that comes to your mind. In this step you will break down and expand on anything that you have written down in step 3.

Do this exercise for about 10-15 minutes or until you have exhausted all of your resources.

Perform this exercise every single day first thing in the morning.

Now Get Going!

Remember that you can use this outline for anything that you desire whether it is a financial goal, a relationship goal or a fitness goal.

The bottom line is that this goal setting template works wonders and if you follow the daily goal setting exercise you can literally achieve anything!

Now make like Nike and “Just Do It!”

Be Unstoppable!
Yours in Success,

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  1. fizydinle March 24, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing. this is very helpful.

  2. Steph Chasen March 25, 2011 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Hello Anthony… Thank you so much for sharing this very valuable information and helpful tips in here. It’s definitely worth the read!

    • Anthony March 26, 2011 at 4:22 am - Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Steph!

  3. ann smith April 16, 2011 at 2:00 am - Reply

    hi ! thanks for the share!

  4. Harry May 14, 2011 at 1:24 pm - Reply


    These are wonderful tips.

    • Anthony May 15, 2011 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Thanks Harry! Hope you found them helpful ;)


  5. Chris June 9, 2011 at 2:47 am - Reply

    Do you believe in picture boards aligned to all the steps you outline in the post. You know, where you cut out pictures of the things you really want in life and stick them on a board that you can look at from time to time. It doesn’t even have to be purely material things, the images can represent spiritual and emotional wants and needs.

    I guess it’s more for motivation but some people reckon that it plants a subconscious thought or goal in your head that you work towards even though you may not be aware of it. Your advice is more practical and pragmatic whilst this seems a bit more esoteric and law of attractionesque if you will.

  6. Kaley Klemp August 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Very useful post, Anthony! Thanks!

    • Anthony August 25, 2011 at 11:58 pm - Reply

      Hope these tips on goal setting helped you out! Have an AWESOME day Kaley!


  7. Tamuka November 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    Thanks Anthony just what I wanted. Reinforced with the word of God, a lot can be achieved. Thanks

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