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How To Set Lasting Goals!

Updated: Feb 8, 2022

The question many ask and I have myself is... how to set lasting goals? And then how to stick with them and stay true to ourselves so we accomplish what we set out to do? Well here is the true meaning of goal setting and to me its spot on....

Goal setting involves the development of an action plan designed in order to motivate and guide a person or group toward a goal. Goals are more deliberate than desires and momentary intentions. Therefore, setting goals means that a person has committed though emotion, and behaviour towards attaining the goal.

Their are four goal setting strategies I have utilised over the years and today I am going to share them with all you mental mums. You can use one or you can use all four if you wish, you must test them out for yourself and see what is best for you and what you would like to achieve.

Having goals in life for me is essential and to be honest I'm not sure why they don't teach goal setting at secondary school especially when they give out so much homework and they have not only the hormonal changes to go through but a bunch of tests and exams to study for. Goal setting would stop the overwhelm so they could focus and be stress free.

I wish I had been more aware of goal setting when I was a teen I would of accomplished so much more in life and a lot sooner! But I believe everything happens for a reason, so here I am in the here and now finally setting goals for myself and helping others do the same.

1) Long Term Goals 5 Years +

The idea is to start with your long term goals so then you can re-engineer your way to your short term monthly, weekly and daily bite size goals. "When you know where your going, you can then work out how to get their".

So what I want you to do is start listing areas of your life such as...

  • Family

  • Relationships

  • Work/Business

  • Money

  • Personal Development

You may have different areas than me but basically anything that relates to you and you would like to improve in any way. Then brainstorm each of these areas just like in this example...

Now you could end up with a few or a dozen from each area, so then you choose your top three from each and you should end up with around fifteen Big long term goals!

Now I would advise you to create a vision board or book of these goals so you can remind yourself of them daily and envision them so they feel real as this will help your brain believe it to be true! Below is a pdf for you on how to create a vision board/book:

Remember don't be scared to dream big!

Download PDF • 1.63MB

2) Quarterly Goals Three Months a Time

Some people like to run their goals three months at a time so Jan, Feb and March the first quarter, April, May and June the second quarter, July, Aug and Sept the third quarter and finally Oct, Nov and Dec the forth and last quarter.

I have done my goals this way in the past but personally prefer monthly goals as they work better for me and my family.

But that's me, you may like quarterly goals it breaks up the year into 4 sections instead of 12 months making the year seem shorter. You can find many examples on google for you to print out or draw yourself.

3) Monthly Goals

With monthly goals you can choose an overall goal for the month, (so you will have twelve goals for each month) such as loose weight, that's a popular one for January right! then you would break down each month into four bite size goals (one each week) to help you achieve the overall goal.

Tip: Don't overthink it! Read the book How to change your life in a year for some inspiration, its where I got mine from and then turned it into a goals calendar that is going to also be a weekly podcast series!

Here is my calendar for you to edit and customise yourself for you to keep as either a digital copy or why not get it printed like me?

fbgroupMy2022yearofresolutionschallengecalendar (2)
Download PDF • 78.96MB

4) Weekly Goals

Some people just prefer to do their weekly goals on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of coco. This past year I have been trying this strategy out but found it needs to be paired with either monthly goals or quarterly goals for it to work or you just get lost in what your end goal is, so bigger monthly goals along with weekly mini goals works great together!

Download PDF • 847KB

Give these strategies a test drive and see what works for you? Let me know how you get on and if you have any strategies of your own we would love for you to share them!


Some sort of goals are important for everyone to have and the sense of achievement once you have hit your goals is amazing! Try it whats the worst that could happen?

So what works for me is monthly goals and for 2022 as iv said above I have created a whole calendar for the year with a different goal each month and mini goals each week to help accomplish that goal. Just download the pdf in number 3 above and fill in your own goals.

If you need more help then join my Facebook group in the guides you will find the link for the book "How I changed my life in a year" by Shelley Wilson so you can read the book for inspiration as i did and then watch the video and create your calendar using my templates.


I also use my productivity weekly planner to keep me on track and organised so I am giving it to you as a bonus today coz I think you will love it just as much as I do!

The Mental Mum's Weekly Productivity Planner
Download PDF • 995KB

Just print it out and get setting those goals, get organised and stay productive.

That's all from me today, until next week...

Remember to keep Smiling & Laugh a little everyday!

Your Mental Mum...

Ps, Are you a goal setter or do you want to be? Please share with us what works for you or if you use any of mine, I would love to hear from you.

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