Then, we work down to the things that you can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime (or at least, by a significant and distant age in the future).Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.) Once you have set your lifetime goals, set a five-year plan of smaller goals that you need to complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.Then create a one-year plan, six-month plan, and a one-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals.Periodically review the longer term plans, and modify them to reflect your changing priorities and experience.(A good way of doing this is to schedule regular, repeating reviews using a computer-based diary.) A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART For example, instead of having "to sail around the world" as a goal, it's more powerful to use the SMART goal "To have completed my trip around the world by December 31, 2027." Obviously, this will only be attainable if a lot of preparation has been completed beforehand!By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts.You'll also quickly spot the distractions that can, so easily, lead you astray.With the experience of having achieved this goal, review the rest of your goal plans: Feed lessons you have learned back into the process of setting your next goals.Remember too that your goals will change as time goes on.