Achieve your goals

Setting Goals the Right

Way to Achieve them Faster


You have something you want, but don’t know how to get it. Well, first things first, you must set it as a goal, but you need to do it the right way if you want to achieve them faster.

But how do I do that, you might ask?

Step 1: Make it a SMART Goal


You need to be very specific when you set a goal. You can’t just say I want to lose weight. You need to state exactly what you want. Example: I want to lose 10 pounds. This part will have all the W’s: who, what, where)

M= Measurable

For this, you need to make sure it’s something that you can measure. So, if my goal was to write a book. I might measure it by how many pages or words my book should be so that I can measure whether I’m getting closer to my goal

A=Attainable or Achievable

I’m all for setting big goals, however, you have to also be realistic.

I’m a 5’3 girl, who has never played a day of basketball in my life, so for me to set a goal of being an NBA basketball player in the next 5 years is not realistic.

Here you need to ask yourself, do I have the necessary resources or skills I need to accomplish this goal? If not, where could I get them?


Ask yourself, how does this particular goal align with my life? Is it aligned with what I want? 


This is super important as, without a deadline, you might keep procrastinating. Have you ever noticed that when you set a deadline, you work harder as the deadline approaches? Setting a deadline will keep you focused. Plus you have an end spot. A goal without a deadline is just a wish.


Step 2: Why Do You Want to Achieve this Goal?

You need to ask yourself why do I want this?

Your why will help you in times when you get discouraged. In fact, I would take this one step further, by making sure that when you write out your goal,  you include your why within the statement.

Or if you love vision boards, add your goal to your vision board and have a picture of your why next to it.

Visuals are so great for the brain and remind you daily of what and why you are going after. In theLife Blueprint Planner, there are several spots at the beginning of the planner for creating your very own vision board.


Step 3:  How You State Your Goal for Maximum Success.

This step is probably one of the most important steps. You need to state it not only in the present tense as if you already have it, but it MUST be positive. The brain seeks pleasure and avoids pain.

If you state your goal like you are taking something away, then this is counterproductive to how your brain works. As a result, it will feel like you are constantly battling yourself.

Using my earlier example of weight, instead of saying,

“I want to lose 10 pounds,”


“I am now at (insert your ideal weight here) by (insert the date that will happen here). The reason I want this is because I want to be around for a long time with my family and be able to enjoy all life has to offer.”




Here is to your success

-Karen Brueggeman 

I would love to hear your success story or goals you are working on. Feel free to leave a comment or reach out to me. I’m here to support you.


How many times a day do you hear your thoughts putting you down. Maybe you hear…”I’ll never get this right,” or “I’m so dumb.”

Well, it’s time to take control of your thoughts.

This challenge has two parts to it.

  1. The Stop and Switch
  2. Direct and Indirect suggestions.

First, let’s do the Stop and Switch method. This method requires you to become a security guard…well…a security guard of your mind. No longer is he or she going to tolerate being put down or told they aren’t good enough.

  The process: Every time you’re little gremlin (your subconscious mind) says something negative to you. I want you to imagine a huge (and I do mean HUGE) Stop Sign. See the vibrant colors of it as well, then immediately, I would like you to Switch the imagine and words to the reverse of what your gremlin just said to you.

Example: “I’m so dumb.”  SEE A STOP SIGN to stop the thought and now replace it with an image and/or words…”I’m so smart.” And perhaps you see everyone asking you for help with solving some great life problem. Try to use as many senses as possible, if you can. Maybe you hear people chanting how smart you are or there is a long line of people waiting to get an answer from you for some math problem they have.

Now onto #2…Direct and Indirect Suggestions. I would like you to give yourself a combination of these 2 at least once a day. Best time is usually first thing in the morning and right before bed, but anytime will do. Also feel free to do it more than once each.

Examples of direct suggestions:

**   I am smart.

**   I am great.

**   I am loved.

**   I am being amazing.

Direct suggestions are good because they are quick and easy, but the disadvantage to them is sometimes that little gremlin (your subconscious mind) mind be saying, “Yeah, right.”

So, that brings us to indirect suggestions….which take a little more time to say and might be a little harder to craft, but in time they will become second nature and the benefit to these is that they get past the gremlin undetected.

 Examples of indirect suggestions: 

**   Wouldn’t it be great if everyday I felt smart and it’s cool how easier it is becoming with each passing day?

**   Wouldn’t it be awesome for me to become smarter and more successful everyday?

**   And its such a lovely feeling that I seem to be getting smarter with every breath I take.

**   I wonder what it would feel like if my brain could solve any problem and it became faster and faster with it.

**   I wouldn’t be surprised if I could solve any problem now as things are becoming easier for me.


You don’t have to say all of that. Just one of the sentences is fine, but I wanted to give you a lot of examples so you have choices. Also feel free to write one down and stick it on your mirror. You can read it to yourself while you get ready in the morning.

It also helps to share as it is really showing your gremlin who’s the boss. So please take a  moment and right one direct or indirect suggestion below. Plus you might have one that could help someone else.

Also if you would like a little more encouragement, feel free to join STEP BY STEP GOAL SETTING at    We are there to help you accomplish your goals one step at a time.

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