Introducing… The Ultimate Goal Setting Worksheet (Free Download)

by Scott on August 28, 2011

Hi.  My name is Scott and I have a problem.  Actually, let me correct myself – I had a problem.  My problem was I didn’t have a system to achieve my goals.  Yes, I had goals, but they were often unorganized, unknown to others, and not much fun to pursue.  And frankly, I don’t think I aimed high enough.  Sound familiar?

So, I decided to make a change.  I aimed higher, organized my goals, and enlisted an army to help me achieve them.  I also created the Ultimate Goal-Setting Worksheet and it’s the best one on the market.  I know because I have tried them all out.  It’s the best (and it’s free).

Click Here To Get the Worksheet

8 Steps to Achieve Your Goals

  1. Define your goal.  Write down your goal on the top of the worksheet.  It’s best to physically hand-write the goal so you commit to it.  Make sure that your goal is SMART- Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
  2. Set the date you’ll achieve your goal.  Give yourself a deadline.  Make sure you allow yourself enough time to reach the goal (but not too much time).  If you don’t allow yourself enough time, you may not reach the goal and give up on your pursuit.  If you allow yourself too much time, you may get side-tracked and lose focus.  Make sure your date is realistic.
  3. Determine how you’re going to reach your goal.  Develop a game plan.  List the specific actions you need to take to reach your goal and the resources you need to complete these actions.  Try not to get stuck on the thought of having to spend a few dollars to complete your action steps.  In the end, you’ll get the most return on your money by investing in yourself.
  4. List your milestones.  Your milestones are smaller goals within your larger goal.  Think about what you must achieve to reach your goal.  For example, if your goal is to get a new job, you need to schedule an interview first.  Scheduling an interview is an example of a milestone for this goal.
  5. Identify an accountability partner.  Choose someone to share your goal with that will hold you accountable.  This is one of the most important (and overlooked) steps of the goal-setting process.  Your accountability partner will give you an extra push to help you achieve your goal.
  6. Create a mastermind groupThis is a group of experts who help you complete your action steps and achieve your goal.  You can’t be an expert at everything.  Focus on what you are good at and “contract out” the rest.
  7. Describe what your life will be like when you reach your goal.  Think about what will happen when you achieve your goal.  Ask yourself:  “How will your life be different?”  If you like the change, you’ve chosen an excellent goal to pursue.  Go for it!
  8. Reward yourself.  Remember to give yourself a BIG pat on the back after you reach your goal: a steak dinner, shopping trip, vacation, etc.   Just make sure it’s something you’ll enjoy.  This will give you something to look forward to.  As Dale Carnegie said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Action Checklist

After you complete the Ultimate Goal Setting Worksheet, it’s imperative that you complete these 3 action steps:

  1. Deliver your goal to your accountability partner.  Hand-deliver or email the completed worksheet to your partner.
  2. Post your goal in a public forum like Facebook, Linked-In, or Google+.  Tell the world about your goal!  You’ll be surprised by the number of people who will support your mission.  Create your own cheering section!
  3. Post your worksheet where you can see it.  Look at your goal every day.  You’ll be surprised by the creative ideas you’ll come up with to achieve your goal.

Some Words of Encouragement

I’d like to leave you with a few words of encouragement:  You can do anything you put your mind to.  When you first set your goal, don’t focus too much on the “how.”  Just write down your goal and commit yourself to it.  The “how” will work itself out in time.

A few years back, I had an idea to start a blog.  I wanted to create a way to help people in a massive way. I thought about it for a couple of years, until one day I decided to take action.  At the time, I had no idea how to build a website or how to attract visitors.  I just had an idea and a story I wanted to share, so I started writing and figured out the “how” along the way.

The fact that you’re reading this article is a testament to the belief that anything is possible.  I committed myself to a goal that allowed our paths to cross.

Here’s is a slideshow I created called “Design Your Future.”  Hopefully this gives you some inspiration to achieve the goals you have in your life.


The most important step is to START.  Once you take the first step, you’ll naturally progress towards the finish line.  If I can do it, so can you.

Click Here To Get the Worksheet

I’d love your feedback in the comment section below.

Thanks and have a great week!


Scott Mackes is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and founder of Margin of Excellence.  A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, former Division I collegiate athlete, U.S. Navy veteran, business leader, relentless entrepreneur, and proud husband and father, Scott’s mission is to help others identify their unique talents to live with incredible passion, purpose, and prosperity. Scott’s StrengthsFinder Top-5 are:  Competition, Includer, Futuristic, Achiever, and Self-Assurance.  

If you like what you read here today, please “like” my Facebook page (in the sidebar).

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

basheer March 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm



Scott March 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

You’re welcome!


Patrick April 13, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Thank you for sharing your story and offering the goal setting sheet.
I know for sure that if I can get organized and focused I can start to accomplish great things.
Getting started has been the hard part. After all the books and videos, it’s time to put it into action.
Have a great day!


Scott April 14, 2012 at 6:37 am

Hi Patrick, I hope you enjoy the worksheet. Thanks so much for writing and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help.


Claire July 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Thanks for this – I shall check it out!


Scott July 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

You’re welcome, enjoy.


Shirley Anderson August 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

How can I get the goal worksheet if I’m already subscribed? Thanks.


Scott August 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Hi Shirley! I’ll email it to you.


Josh August 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Great ideas! I would love a copy!


ahsha September 10, 2012 at 9:47 am



Paula September 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I want to use this in my classroom. Thanks


Bonita October 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

I’m looking forward to receiving this download. This is my START! :-)


Mike October 17, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I want to use this with the wrestling team!


Scott October 21, 2012 at 7:29 am

Mike, thanks for downloading the worksheet and best wishes to you and your team this season. Come back and tell us how you did.


Paul December 21, 2012 at 2:40 am

Please do let me have a copy


Scott December 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

Hi Paul, please enter your email address in the form on the sidebar and I will send it to you.


Mike Maguire January 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

Looking forward to receiving the goal planning worksheet


Eddie February 9, 2013 at 9:49 pm

I love goal setting and believe it’s integral in all facets of life. I would love to see your template, please send it through


Scott February 10, 2013 at 9:34 am

Hi Eddie, thanks for you interest in my goal setting worksheet. Just enter your email address in the box on the sidebar and I’ll email it to you. Thanks!


Patrick March 28, 2013 at 10:39 am

Hi Scott. I’m already signed up for your mailing list. Is there a way to receive this anyway or have I received this already and I just don’t know it? Thanks.


Scott March 28, 2013 at 11:45 am

Hi Patrick, you should have received the info after you confirmed your subscription. I’ll email it to you.


Dean April 30, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for the advice so far


Jerry Horton January 6, 2014 at 4:29 pm



Jaimie Billock July 31, 2014 at 4:57 pm

I need some goal setting help. I’m anxious to learn more.


Scott August 1, 2014 at 8:00 am

Thanks Jaimie! You came to the right place. Stay in touch.


Brent Lauterbach September 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Good information. Thanks…


gabrielle mellett September 17, 2014 at 12:30 pm

I would love to get a copy of the report. I filled out my email info but I didn’t see where I would get the download. Please either email it to me or direct me to it on the site.


Scott September 17, 2014 at 12:42 pm

Hi Gabrielle, you should have received an email from me with a link to confirm your subscription. Once you confirm, you’ll be directed to a page where you can download the goal setting worksheet and the other free materials.


Nisha October 29, 2014 at 8:51 am

i would like to receive the free goal setting tool


Scott October 29, 2014 at 9:34 am

Hi Nisha, just enter your email address in the submission form and it will be sent to you. Cheers!


MURALIDHAR January 14, 2015 at 12:47 am

hi,I entered my email address in the submission but I did not get any confirmation Link,Can you pls suggest me.Thank you.


Scott January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

Hi, you might have entered your email address incorrectly or the confirmation email might be in your junk folder. I just manually added you so you should receive a new confirmation link. If you don’t see it, check your junk folder. Thanks


william macharia January 17, 2015 at 5:19 am

Hi Scott,
Great article there!Kudos for the good work you are doing.I now know, goals setting will now be easier and much better.Please send me the worksheet.


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