How to Achieve Your Goals Faster

If you want to achieve your goals faster, there’s a simple yet powerful action you can take.

It’s such a shame, because if you really are committed to success, if you really want to achieve your goals faster, then doing this one thing can almost assure, almost guarantee that you will do just that.

In fact it’s so simple that you may not even believe what I’m about to say – but I’m going to share it with you anyway, because it’s transformed my life and transformed so many of my clients’ lives as well.


In this video I’m going to share with you something that is paramount – so fundamental – to the success of the most successful people. And yet I still see many, many, many people not doing it.

It’s such a shame, because if you really are committed to success, if you really want to achieve your goals faster, then doing this one thing can almost assure, almost guarantee that you will do just that.

Here it is. Drum roll please…

The secret is to write down your goals

Yeah, I know, right? It’s not earth-shattering. It’s not even something that you haven’t heard before, but let me ask you a very important question:

Are you doing it consistently?

Put them in writing

Are you writing down your goals and updating those goals and checking in on those goals each and every week? Each and every day? If you’re not, then you’re not getting the full potential, the full benefit that you could.

This is really the big difference that I see. There are a lot of people out there who understand the idea of goal setting. They understand the idea of making New Year’s resolutions. They understand the idea of creating plans, whether business plans, marketing plans, strategic plans, and then they do it. They go through that exercise but they do it as a one-time exercise.

The most successful and the most effective plans are really quite simple.

That right there is the problem. Goal setting, planning … If it’s done in isolation, if it’s done as a one-time event or even as a rare, once in a while occurrence, it will not generate the level of results that it can, because the most successful people are so focused on their goals.

Keep checking in

They write them down. They check in on them every single day. It doesn’t mean that they necessarily need to be hitting their goals every single day, but they keep that list in sight.

They have it up on their wall in front of their computer. It’s in their car. It’s by their bathroom mirror or sink. It’s everywhere.

It doesn’t matter where they are; It follows them around. It’s part of their lives, because the moment that you take your eye off your goal is the moment that something new starts to slip in.

Some new, shiny object. The latest trend. A new social media tool. Something that you just need to do because some online guru told you that you have to.

Stay focused

Here’s the thing. If you allow all of that to creep into your life, to creep into your plans, then they become bloated and they become so big, so monstrous, so overwhelming that you just don’t take action on them because it seems like there’s so much that you need to do.

The most successful and the most effective plans are really quite simple. It doesn’t mean they’re easy; It doesn’t mean that you can just go to bed one night and the next day that you’ll be successful.

I know a lot of people like to tell you that there are programs or products that will allow you to do that, but we’re both professionals here.

We realize that’s not the truth.

The reality is, though, that when you set a real plan – when you have a really strategic plan in place, it doesn’t need to be complicated. It doesn’t have to have many moving parts, because it’s an effective plan.

When you stick to it, when you implement it, when you take consistent action on it, you move closer and closer to the goal.

In order for you to do that, it’s critical that you’re following that plan, that you’re not deviating from it, that it’s front and center in your life.

Tweak only if necessary

I ask you right now: when is the last time you looked at your plan? When is the last time you updated your plan?

If you’re not doing it consistently, if you’re not looking at it weekly, and even ideally sometimes daily (which doesn’t mean that you’re recreating your plan daily; I wouldn’t recommend that, but looking at your plan at least once a week and updating where necessary, because as you’re getting more feedback from the market or learning new things), constantly asking:

What can I do to reach my goal in a more direct manner? Is there something that I can change that will help me to get there sooner? Something that maybe I didn’t know before but now I do know.

That kind of adjustment you want to make, but you want to take action. You want to implement. I’ve seen this consistently, both in my life and in the lives of my clients.

The people that set their goals and that look at them on a regular basis are the ones that make the greatest progress in the shortest amount of time.

So if you want to reach your goals faster, start writing them down and start checking in on them on a consistent, regular basis.

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  • Nice post. I’ll add an important point of leverage when it comes to setting and achieving goals – enlist a trusted partner/advisor/coach in the process. Accountability is key! We will do far more when there is another person to be accountable to than if we are just doing something for our own purposes.

    • Ravi – great addition. Whether it is the commitment we make to ourselves or through a coach or a partner – accountability is key.

  • lukeshsethiaca

    I am Indian CA, having such a nice post, even i experienced myself this work greatfully. thanks Michael.

  • Simon

    That’s so true Michael! A survey by Dr Gail Mathews found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down! And as Brian Tracy said “People with clear, written goals accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without the could ever imagine” …