Tips for Setting Powerful Goals

Durring the Summer of last year Jim Rohn of wrote an article about how to setup powerful goals. His original article was about general goals and shed some great insight and tips on how to achieve them. In this blog post we expand upon his ideas and how you can use them effectively in achieving success for your fitness and health goals this year. In order to achieve our goals we must become better. We must put in the work to see the results.

“We all have two choices: We can make a living or we can design a life. Here’s how to do the latter.”

Original Article written by Jim Rohn

The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal that’s the real benefit.



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“Life is designed in such a way that we look long-term and live short-term. We dream for the future and live in the present. Unfortunately, the present can produce many difficult obstacles. But setting goals provides long-term vision in our lives. We all need powerful, long-range goals to help us get past those short-term obstacles. Fortunately, the more powerful our goals are, the more we’ll be able to act on and guarantee that they will actually come to pass.” – Jim Rohn

What are the key aspects to learn and remember when studying and writing our goals? Here’s a closer look at goal setting and how you can make it forceful and practical:

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1. Evaluate and reflect.

The only way we can reasonably decide what we want in the future and how we’ll get there is to know where we are right now and what our current level of satisfaction is. So first, take some time to think through and write down your current situation; then ask this question on each key point: Is that OK?

The purpose of evaluation is twofold. First, it gives you an objective way to look at your accomplishments and your pursuit of the vision you have for life. Secondly, it shows you where you are so you can determine where you need to go. Evaluation gives you a baseline to work from.

Take a couple of hours this week to evaluate and reflect. See where you are and write it down so that as the months progress and you continue a regular time of evaluation and reflection, you will see just how much ground you’re gaining—and that will be exciting!

Yofima Tip

In order to evaluate and reflect on your fitness goals this year. You should start by writing down your current health situation. Where you lacked in confidence last year and where you want to improve the most. This initial evaluation will allow you to see which areas of your body or mind you want or need to improve on in order to achieve future goals.

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2. Define your dreams and goals.

One of the amazing things we have been given as humans is the unquenchable desire to have dreams of a better life and the ability to establish and set goals to live out those dreams. We can look deep within our hearts and dream of a better situation for ourselves and our families. We can dream of better financial, emotional, spiritual or physical lives. We have also been given the ability to not only dream, but pursue those dreams—and not just pursue them, but the cognitive ability to lay out a plan and strategies to achieve those dreams. Powerful!

What are your dreams and goals? This isn’t what you already have or what you have done, but what you want. Have you ever really sat down and thought through your life values and decided what you really want? Have you ever taken the time to truly reflect, to listen quietly to your heart, to see what dreams live within you? Your dreams are there. Everyone has them. They may live right on the surface, or they may be buried deep from years of others telling you they were foolish, but they are there.

Take time to be quiet. This is something that we don’t do enough of in this busy world of ours. We rush, rush, rush, and we’re constantly listening to noise all around us. The human heart was meant for times of quiet—to peer deep within. It is when we do this that our hearts are set free to soar and take flight on the wings of our own dreams. Schedule some quiet “dream time” this week. No other people. No cellphone. No computer. Just you, a pad, a pen and your thoughts.

Yofima Tip

We will focus primarily on your betterment goals of your physical and mental lives here. Take a moment to really analyze and think about what you truly want. Do you just want to loose 15 lbs? Do you want to improve your muscle mass by 5%? What ever your wanted goal target may be you really need to schedule a bit of time to define it. Don’t just throw some lofty idea on the wall that is unattainable or realistic. Sit down and really be honest with yourself and figure out the exact thing you want to do this year to make your self the best version of you.

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3. Make your goals S.M.A.R.T.

The acronym S.M.A.R.T. means Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-sensitive.


Goals are no place to waffle. They are no place to be vague. Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures.


Always set goals that are measurable. I would say “specifically measurable” to take into account our principle of being specific.


One of the detrimental things that many people do—with good intentions—is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable.


The root word of realistic is “real.” A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives. There are some goals that are simply not realistic. You have to be able to say, even if it is a tremendously stretching goal, that yes, indeed, it is entirely realistic—that you could make it. You may even have to say that it will take x, y and z to do it, but if those happen, then it can be done. This is in no way to say it shouldn’t be a big goal, but it must be realistic.


Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end—a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. As time goes by, you work on it because you don’t want to get behind, and you work diligently because you want to meet the deadline. You may even have to break down a big goal into different parts of measurement and timeframes—that is OK. Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time. A S.M.A.R.T. goal has a timeline.

Yofima Tip

Acronyms are great at helping us remember important information. Usually the most important info and ideas to follow up on. S.M.A.R.T is perfect to use for fitness and health/wellness related goals because you really need to be honest and realistic with yourself. By just setting a lofty goal like, “I want to be skinnier” or “Eat better”; you may not be able to achieve those goals properly because your genetic preposition may not allow you to just “be skinnier” . You should instead think about setting your goal on a specific weight to be and give yourself the time necessary to achieve that goal realistically for your body type and schedule.

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4. Have accountability.

When someone knows what your goals are, they hold you accountable by asking you to “give an account” of where you are in the process of achieving that goal. Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it.

Yofima Tip

The accountability factor is huge with reaching and obtaining your health and wellness goals. This is always the one that so many of us forget. It is the reason why so many of our new years resolutions fall short or are never achieved at all. Without holding yourself accountable it is easy to loose sight of the prize and just let it go. So we advise on picking a buddy for this. Could be a co-worker you go to the gym with or a spouse. Whoever it is, let them know your exact goal and tell them to also hold you accountable for reaching it! Better yet — Get started with one of Yofima’s in-home & private yoga, fitness, or massage providers today and tell them your goal for this new year. They will be glad to help guide you in conquering it!