Goal Setting for Beginners [Podcast S04E08]

5 Principles for Setting Goals That Work

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 8 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to start setting goals that actually work.


When I speak, I’m amazed at how many people in the audience recognize the value of setting goals. I’m also surprised by how few actually do it. I’ve been setting and achieving big goals most of my life, and I’ve identified five simple goal-setting principles that will help you get results.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • How writing down our goals actually helps us accomplish them.
  • Why it’s critical to keep reviewing your goals until they’re complete—plus one little hack to help you do it.
  • Why it’s best to keep your goal list short—and why it helps to take your short list and make it even shorter.
  • Why you need a mix of professional, relational, and personal-care goals.
  • The necessity of making your goals as specific as possible.
  • How discomfort can be your friend when it comes to achieving goals that really matter.
  • Why you need to be careful in sharing your goals—but how to make selective goal-sharing work for you.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What would be possible in your life if you could finally get traction on your most important goals? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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