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Sharing my fool-proof formula on how to set and achieve realistic goals!

Hey friends!

How are you? I hope you are doing well! I wanted to share a post today a little bit more about how I set and achieve my goals. I wrote a post a few weeks back on how to stay motivated. In that post, I briefly touched on goal-setting, and the response was huge! I had a few of you reach out to me that the tips were helpful. I recognize that in this extremely fast-paced society in which we are all trying to get ahead, goal setting is imperative to master! I’d love to help assist y’all in reaching your goals.

Today, I’m sharing with you my foolproof way on how to set and achieve realistic goals!

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1.) Keep it realistic

I can’t tell you how many times I have made goals that were completely unrealistic….To get a 4.0 in college, to be filthy rich by the age of 25, to get a 6-pack, I could go on and on! LOL. Many of you mentioned in the comment section in my last blog about motivation how you feel taunted by your to-do list. I shared how important it is to break your list down into smaller, baby lists! The same goes with goals. It’s important to keep them realistic! Set goals that you KNOW you can achieve, because nothing feels worse than failing – TRUST ME. For example, if your goal is to reach a certain amount of money in your savings by the end of the year, but you know you are buying a house, chances are you may not reach your goal! Don’t set yourself up for failure.

2.) Set SMART Goals

Goals should be:

S- Specific
M- Measureable
A- Attainable
R- Relevant
T –Time bound.

What does this mean? First of all, your goals should be clearly defined. Have a specific purpose. Don’t just set a goal to “do well in statistics class.” Set a goal, such as, “I will earn a B or higher at the end of the semester in my statistics class.”

In addition, goals should be measureable. Use variables to specifically measure how you are meeting your progress. For example, take again the goal of doing well in statistics class. Set weekly deadlines for yourself to study, submit your assignments in on time, and complete your online quizzes.  This allows you to break down the variables and physically measure your success.

Keep those goals attainable. Don’t completely squash your confidence by setting a goal to earn a 4.0 in college if you know that you will not be able to accomplish this. (I learned this one the hard way, ha!)

Relevancy refers to how relevant the goals are to your success. How will this goal help you in the future? How is it meaningful for you? Make sure your goals are aligning with your personal, career, and financial aspirations. Don’t waste time over goals that truly don’t matter. For example, I will probably never set a goal to have my basement organized. As much as I’d love for an uncluttered basement, I don’t have time to commit to this goal, nor is it really important to me in the grand scheme of things. I’m not in my basement often, and I can learn to let go of that unrealistic expectation!

Lastly, goals should be time- bound. Make sure you are setting deadlines and are mindful of when dates are approaching! That is why I added “….at the end of the semester… to the statistics goal example.

3.) Keep a Goal Journal

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I’ve said this at least a hundred times in this blog, but a goal is merely just a wish if it is not in writing. I like to keep a goal journal. Why? It helps me stay on task, track dates, and motivate me. I particularly love the SELF Journal from the BestSelf Co. The SELF Journal helps organize and align the tactical day-to-day tasks with larger life goals. It helps you craft 3-month goals in order to create long year or lifetime goals. It breaks down these goals into measureable chunks to keep you on the right path. In addition, it allows you to make a daily action plan to understand what action steps need to be taken each day to reach you goals. I love it because it helps me not feel so overwhelmed when goal setting!

My Killer Goal Setting Formula That Works | My Killer Goal Setting Formula That Works |

4.) Break Them Down

As I mentioned above, breaking down those goals is critical for your success. You will be extremely overwhelmed if you try to tackle your goal all at once! Break your goals down into time constraints and tiny tasks that build up to one big task, such as turning in your weekly assignments in order to get a B in statistics class.

5.) Celebrate Your Successes!

Whoop whoop! You go girl! Celebrate your successes after reaping the rewards of reaching your goal! I’ve been telling my friends that as soon as my semester is over, we are going to get our nails done. (That has been my only goal this semester- to just make it through! LOL). But in all seriousness, you deserve to celebrate all of your hard work! It makes the process so much more rewarding.

There you have it! This is my foolproof goal-setting formula. As you can see, achieving goals certainly isn’t easy, but it is my hope that by breaking down your goals into measureable bits, you will kill them! Don’t allow the overall goal to overwhelm you! You’ve got this, babes!

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As for me, I just started a 6 week health challenge today, so I’m feeling as motivated as ever to kill my goals!

What is one goal you are currently striving to achieve?
Leave me a note in the comments below!


  • This is a genius formula, Chelsea!! Love SMART goals – though, I often forget about them. I need to put up a sign in my office to remind me to set them. :) I love the idea of keeping a journal of my goals. It’d help keep me encouraged!

    • I love that you have a sign in your office to remind you! So perfect. Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Such a great post, Chelsea! I love setting SMART goals. They are definitely helpful in achieving my monthly and yearly goals.

    • Thanks Jenny! So glad it helps!! Best of luck with your goals!

  • I love the way that journal asks you to list your wins for the week. I think sometimes we have our eyes on the big prize we’re working toward and forget to celebrate the little victories in between.

    • Exactly!!! I’m all about celebrating your successes, even if maybe you didn’t reach the top goal you hoped you would achieve!!

  • Wonderful post! I love goal setting. I definitely agree with breaking your goals down to make them more manageable! I also started using a bullet journal which really helps me keep track of things.


    • Bullet journal! Those are AWESOME!!!! Great idea. Thanks for sharing!


    it was a very good post! I just have trouble with goal setting and this might of helped. Thank you!

  • For SMART goals I always make the R “realistic” – and make sure it’s something within my control! It’s funny how each of those letters has 2 meanings that still make it work haha

    • YES! It could stand for either/ or!! I love that.

  • I like the idea of keeping an actual goal journal–I think that could help me stay on track. I’m a teacher and we have to use backward design to plan some of our lessons, so I think it’s beneficial to list out the overall goal and then think of the steps needed in order to attain it. Best of luck to you with the health challenge you’re starting!

    • I love that! I’m sure it would help you in the classroom. It helps me with school counseling! :) Thank you so much!

  • I need to start keeping a goal journal. Writing down my intentions really helps the goal come to life and makes me more motivated to accomplish it.


    • Yes, I think just committing to the act itself in writing helps! Good luck!

  • SMART goals are my favorite goals! That’s the ONLY way I can goal set anymore. It really works wonders!

    Coming Up Roses

    • It does! Thanks for stopping by, babe!

  • Alexandria Snider

    I need to start a dedicated goal journal. I have goals, and write them down, but don’t look at them a lot. If I had something that was dedicated to my goals, that I tracked in at least once a week, that might help a lot!

    • Hey Alexandria! I totally get that. I know that if I don’t write my goals, they simply just don’t happen. Writing can be a great source of commitment!

  • This is great! I absolutely love setting goals – there’s nothing better than the feeling of completing something you’ve set out to do. I find that writing my goals out (and publishing them on my blog) really helps motivate me to get shit done. :)
    Great tips!

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

    • Exactly. Accomplishing those goals is SO much sweeter when they are in writing!!

  • Another very helpful post Chelsea! I like the SMART tip the most. It somehow summarizes and defines my goals–whether long term or short term. Your journal is so lovely btw. Thanks for the amazing share mama! xx

    • Thanks so much, lovely girl! You are the best!!

  • Cynthia @craftoflaughter

    I am getting ready to the 100 goal challenge and I have always had such a terrible time breaking the goals down into microaction! Ugh. The goal journal sounds like a great idea

    • Omg! I love that! That kind of sounds overwhelming, but I love challenges!! 😉

  • Samantha

    This is awesome! Goals are really helping me get through the year this year and be more productive.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Keeping a goal journal sounds like a great idea for me. I haven’t written my goals out in the past and I think that’s why I haven’t had much success with them. All of these other tips are so helpful as well!

    • Thanks for reading, Krysta!

  • Aarika Chilson

    These are some great tips for successful goal setting! I keep a goal journal, and it’s so helpful! Your acronym SMART is fabulous; one I will definitely remember. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Sheila Jo Spencer

    I love a good journal! Yes, it can be tough to keep the goals “realistic.” My closet will never remain organized for more than a week, and that’s okay! :)

    • It can be SO tough! We need to be okay with the other ‘fluff’ in our lives!

  • I love that journal! These goal keeping tips are awesome!

    • Thanks Kara! Glad you enjoyed the post!

  • Rachel Golden

    If I don’t write my goals down 7 times out of 10 they won’t get done. As soon as I write them down I hold myself accountable! It seriously does make all of the difference. & yes, celebrating even the smallest of victories is important!

    • It totally does!! I NEED to write them down. Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I love all of these tips! Setting goals for yourself are so important to personal growth as well as career growth. I’m also OBSESSED with that journal and will definitely be checking it out!

    Kristen |

    • You need to, girl!!! It’s AWESOME