Top Goal Setting Resources


While we’re still feeling the effects of Covid-19, goal setting is more valuable than ever. And this counts for small business owners, entrepreneurs, students and well, everyone!

To really work through this time of uncertainty, having the right goals in place will help us stay in touch with what matters most.

So, let’s boost your outlook and outcome of 2021 by re-envisioning your goal setting…

Get Set, Get Smarter

Michael Hyatt has developed his own version of the acronym S.M.A.R.T. (Say it with us now – Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bound.) to S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals. His extra “E.R.” is for “Risky” and “Exciting”!

He also provides helpful examples of good and bad goals helps guide you in your goal-setting journey.

But even with some new concepts, he doesn’t forget about the basics. For example, simply writing your goal down to make it happen is something we often leave out! Find out more in Michael Hyatt’s article, “The Beginner’s Guide to Goal Setting: Five Goal-Setting Principles for Getting Bigger, Better Results”.

Victory in Smaller Results

We need to take little steps sometimes to make giant leaps forward. So consider the following three resources.

Firstly, once you’re set with your S.M.A.R.T.E.R. goals, “take things step by step” as Tina Ornezeder encourages in her blog, “Stay Motivated: 5 Easy Tips for Reaching Your Goals”.

Secondly, an aspiring Olympian, Sanne Verstegen, humbly wrote a blog in 2016 entitled, “Dream big, but don’t be afraid to accept smaller results”. This refreshing perspective brings assurance in a time when flexibility, adaptation and creativity is key for the relevancy and attainability of our goals.

We can’t deny that Covid-19 has shattered some dreams of small businesses. But, it won’t stop the victory in smaller (and sometimes just different!) results. Because as Verstegen shares, “other goals have the opportunity to surface when we’re not transfixed on what we think is the ultimate goal” [paraphrased].

And thirdly, as the saying goes – life is a marathon, not a sprint. The same goes for our goals! Endurance is necessary. So instead of overreaching, break them down into manageable, attainable and realistic targets. And be honest in the assessment of your progress. Check out this blog by Melissa Gratias who uncovers, “5 Clues that You Set the Wrong Goals”.


Most of us naturally want to share our goals because we’re excited about them and we care about achieving them. But before you do, carefully consider with whom! Michael Hyatt expands on his reasons as to why he now advises his clients to share their goals selectively. Think carefully about those who will commit to helping you. So, decide who is going to consistently help you:

  • Maintain motivation
  • Accurately assess progress  
  • By listening, and
  • By celebrating with you!


We know starting to plan for a new year can seem scary, like putting ink to a big empty white page. But putting the hard work into effective goal setting now is totally worth it!

You’ll reap the rewards of identifying every achievement.

If you need a little help in the process, make sure you check out our goal setting bundle below, or book a session where we’ll brainstorm strategically, together!