Pliers, wrench, hammer, saw … terrific, reliable tools – for Mr. Fix-It. Goal setting tools are a different animal, although like a handy man’s belt, they can help you shape, connect and build a framework for success.

Here are a few simple goal setting tools that will help you achieve the goals you set.

1. Pen and Paper

Or any kind of art supplies that tickle your fancy. Shoot, you could make a slide show or video if you want – or a PhoGo. The point is that your first goal setting tool is a way to make them visible. This ‘bringing into form’ your intention gives it – and you – the power and motivation to build momentum toward your dreams. Once you’ve written your goals down (or drawn them out or made a movie of them), you can display them prominently to review them regularly and keep them in the front of your mind.

2. Time Frames

Set reasonable but specific time frames to achieve your goals. Vague completion dates result in, well, vague completions. The time frames you set should be challenging, and even a little scary, but not so crazy that you’re setting yourself up for disappointment.

You also want to think about shorter- and longer-term goals. You may want to arrange your goals in 3 different categories: 6 month goals, 1 year goals and 3 year goals. But you don’t need to follow these specific time frames, just keep in mind that some of your goals are better suited for the long-term picture, while others are achievable much sooner.

3. The Chunk Down

Once you’ve decided on your goals, written them down and arranged them according to sensible time frames, the next step is to ‘chunk them down’. This means you want to create the in-between steps to get you from where you are to where you want to be. You can create weekly and monthly ‘steps’ or sub-goals. By doing this, you’re able to watch your own progress, build your confidence and feed the momentum toward the final outcome you seek.

4. The Pat-on-the-Back

In your ‘chunk-down’ schedule, make sure to add in some rewards. By giving yourself a little pat on the back once in awhile (or a cookie, for that matter), you acknowledge the progress you’ve made, which re-invigorates your motivation to achieve the final goal.

5. The Review

A monthly review of what actions you’ve taken and sub-goals you’ve achieved is a great way to get perspective on just how far you’ve come. This is particularly important with long-term goals because it’s easy to get mired in the small stuff and lose sight of what you’ve achieved and what’s next along the way.

Do you have goal setting tools you like to use? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know.

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