Imagine how much easier it would be to succeed in life if you were constantly expecting the world to support you and bring you opportunity. Successful people do just that. Experts on the science of success know the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work day and night to achieve. To engage you subconscious mind, a goal has to be measurable. When there are no criteria for measurement, it is simply something you want, a wish, a preference, or a good idea.

To begin, measurable goals do not have to be life-changing ones. In other words, look for some early, quick wins to gain momentum and confidence that will prepare you for attaining larger goals. For example, if you are overweight and want to loose a significant amount of weight, set a goal to begin walking 30 minutes every day instead of committing to loosing 50 pounds in two months. Most people can accomplish walking 30 minutes a day. This goal can be accomplished the very first day, and the second day, and the third day, and so on. The feeling of success and happiness for meeting these smaller, but very measurable goals will lead to achieving the ultimate goal. Start with baby steps, first.

Here’s a blueprint to help you set a plan and stay on track with your goal setting:

STEP 1. Develop a DESIRE to achieve the goal. The desire must be intense. How do you intensify desire? Sit down and write out all the benefits and advantages of achieving your goal. Once the list goes between 50 and 100 your goal becomes unstoppable.

STEP 2. WRITE your goal down. Once it goes into writing it becomes substantial and starts etching itself into your subconscious.

STEP 3. IDENTIFY 1) the obstacles you will need to overcome, 2) the help you will need to acquire, e.g. knowledge, people, organizations. In each case write them out in a clear list and analyze them.

STEP 4. DEADLINE your goal. Analyze where you are now in relation to the goal and then measure how long you will reasonably need to complete the goal. Then set the latest outside date.

STEP 5. Take all the details of steps 3 and 4 and make a PLAN. List all the activities and prioritize them. Rewrite the list, optimize it, perfect it.

STEP 6. Get a clear MENTAL PICTURE of the goal already accomplished. Make the mental image crystal clear, vivid in the mind's eye. Play that picture over and over in your mind.

STEP 7. Back your plan with PERSISTENCE and resolve. Never, never, never give up even when you hit setbacks.

I would love to hear about your goals and I’m here to support and encourage you in any way possible. Please share your goals with me, and in turn, I will share my personal goals with you. Once goals are shared between two people, each becomes the accountability partner for the other. When goals are written and shared, the likelihood of the accomplishment the goal becomes much, much greater.

Author's Bio: 

Alex Blackwell is the author of The Next 45 Years - a website dedicated to sharing and creating happiness, life balance and success for the rest of our lives. Read more inspirational stories and articles at You may contact me via email at