How to Set Weekly Goals for Success

Weekly goals are essentially to ensuring we stay on our mission and achieve the success we’re dreaming of. Start your week with good goals and keep the dream alive.

Do you have a clear plan of what you need to do this week?

Do you know what special jobs need to be done to achieve your long term success?

Or are you simply counting off the hours and dreading each one gone as another hour closer to Monday morning?

That used to be me. And yes I guess it is still me. I won’t lie and say I love Monday morning. I hope one day I will when I am financially free and working solely on my inspiring mission.

However, until then I’m like everyone else. Sunday is the last day of freedom before the dreaded Monday. But that shouldn’t get you down. You should use it as motivation. That’s how I’m trying to look at it. It’s not easy, but I know what I want and now I use Sunday as my inspiring day to envision and plan so that I can keep on track all week and keep building towards those happy Mondays I’m dreaming of.

Read on to see how to set goals for a good week.

How to Set Weekly Goals for Success

So, today we’re doing a quick blast goal setting routine. If you want a more comprehensive treatment on the subject, I would suggest anything Tony Robbins. However, the choice is yours, there’s a veritable library on the subject of goal setting.

Quick Weekly Goal Setting

Based on the ideas I’ve gathered, especially those from Tony Robbins, the most important steps for setting weekly goals is as follows:

  1. Keep your eye on the big picture — What do you really want?
  2. Know why your set on the goal — Why do you really want it?
  3. Plan your strategy — How will you get what you want?
  4. Have an action plan — How do you ensure you will act?

1. Big Picture Weekly Goals

The problem we get when we think of week to week, is that we start to thing about surviving the short term. We take our eye of the big picture and that’s when we start to stray from the path to success. That’s when we lose track of our dreams.

So for my Sunday goal setting I start by remembering what I really want.

I look into the future and I see the life that would make me and my wife so happy.

We’ve already planned it. We want financial freedom. We want enough money to enjoy all the great things in life. It would be nice to be able to give our children all the opportunities for success as well. And we would like to be able to contribute and do some good things for the lives of others.

These are some huge dreams. But keeping them in mind everyday, and especially by envisioning all those good things on Sunday, we feel inspired that the dream is still alive.

Also, by envisioning those fun times, by watching travel blogs and planning out our various dream life plans, we feel inspired and happy just thinking about the things we love.

So keep in mind the life you want and envision living it.

2. Know Why?

What I’ve learned over my last year or so, is that the why is more important than the how.

If you have a big enough why, you will find the how.

But if your why isn’t big enough then you’ll quit.

For example, two years ago I was a teacher. Now, I’m still a teacher but I’m a teacher with thousands of dollars under investment, with my first novel almost completed and a blog that’s starting to make some sense.

When I was just a teacher, I was exhausted and dis-empowered and hopeless.

Now, I am driven by my why. Why do I want more — because I want to be free. I want to reach my potential. I don’t want to leave this world with regrets. There’s a feeling I have that I can do more and I want to do it so that I can feel significant and feel valued for a rich contribution. I want to be able to feel the pride of giving my wife and my son everything.


But most of all I want to be free. It would be nice to know that I can wake up whenever I want. I would love to be able to just go and do any crazy idea I have.

So especially on Sunday, when I feel that feeling that soon I’ll be back on the clock, I know why I need to set goals.

3. Plan your Weekly Goal Strategy

Now it’s time to think of how.

I’ve taken the time to envision the life I want. I’ve thought about it, I’ve watched it and I’ve planned living like a true success.

Then I reminded myself why I need to keep chasing my success.

Now I work backwards.

If I want freedom and I want wealth and I want all the great opportunities I know what I need to do. See my big time planning on How to Plan for Success.

Since then my plans have changed a bit, I’m actually thinking I don’t really need to be so greedy, but I’m also thinking I want freedom earlier.

Anyway, I planned it all out and I worked out my path to success is to do a great job at work, but to spend my free time writing a novel, learning to invest every dollar I make, and slowly building a side hustle business.

So my weekly goals for this week is to do a little of each of those things. I’ll aim to write a little on the novel each day. Then I’ll spend some time learning about our next step in investing, which looks like upgrading to property. I also want to write at least one blog post and I need to learn a little more about how to build my audience and how email marketing works.

That’s a lot. But if I can keep up a little here and a little there, it will add up and I’ll keep getting closer to success.

4. Weekly Goal Action Plan

The final step is to take action.

The most awesome plan in the world means nothing if you don’t take action.

And for me, I like to plan what actions I need to take to make a difference and when I will be able to act.

This week I have more time than usual available, so I’m looking forward to taking big actions that will have a good effect.

However, for the average week where I have limited time, I have to rely on a clear plan to map out when to take action.

For example:

Tuesday afternoon is after school writing. I need to do an hour on my novel. Beyond that I would try to add a couple of mourning sessions and some time on the weekend. This way I ensure there’s time set aside and I will actually do it.

At night, three times a week is blog writing. It’s not really enough, but it’s enough to do a bit more than last time and keep building to better. I like to start thinking about my topics now so that I can make writing time more effective.

This weeks main topic is about real estate investing and I will write at least three times this week, from about 7–8. I also need to lock in some time to study about the topic, so I’ll find time between 5–7 over the next few days.

I also know that reading is super important, but I’ve been a bit lazy lately, so 8.30–9.30 each night will be reading time. And I plan to finish my latest book, The 8th Habit, by Stephen Covey by the end of the week if possible.

The rest of my time usually is locked in for work and for family.

It’s a busy week, but if I can take action on all these things then I can keep creeping towards my long term goals. I can continue to get stronger and build a platform that will one day be my launchpad for success.

Final Thoughts

So that’s my new success habit for Sunday.

I got sick of feeling terrible about Sunday going by too quickly and dreading the loss of freedom.

However, now my Sunday is a day to resolve to keep striving for success. I set up for a good week and I plan out the moments where I can make a difference and keep pushing forward with my mission.

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All the best and keep striving for your own life of success.



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Joseph Brown

Joseph Brown

Joe is a university trained and experienced teacher and writer. He writes about his experiences with self-improvement and investing and hopes to inspire others.