It begins, of course, with taking the time to sit down and do it. No need for me to spell that lesson out, is there?

1. Remember this simple rule: begin with the long term, and go from macro to micro, general to specific. So only set goals for the next 90 days when you’ve got clear long-term vision, clear long-term goals, and clear goals for the current year. Then make these goals for this quarter very specific.
And measurable.

2. Write them down, clearly. Keep them in view: on your notice-board above your desk (but keep them private… just for you).

3. Put them on an Index card and read them every day.

4. Take immediate action. If you decide on a goal to complete a professional exam, for example, send for the course material, and register for the exam immediately.

5. Create a “Butterfly moment”. Look for a big step you can take with one of the most exciting goals, and take that step within 24 hours. Even if it makes the butterflies do somersaults in your stomach!

6. Mindset. Make sure it reflects your goals.

7. Regime: make sure you have a regime which supports your goals. Create a weekly and daily “diet” that will allow you time and energy required to achieve them.

8. Block-busting: remove blockers. Give yourself the best chance of success, by removing anything which prevents you going for these goals.

9. Have a 5-star upgrade: upgrade your state of mind by:

* The way you think about these goals… just decide to be positive about them.

* The words you use (and particularly in relation to these goals). For example: avoid “In the next 90 days I’m going to try to achieve x…”

* The way you act: in relation to these goals in particular. Make your physiology strong… straight back, chest out, stomach in, head high! Powerful body language.

* The way you look: time to upgrade. It sends signals to you about the 90 days ahead.

* Your environment: is it congruent? Consistent with the success you want? Have a clear out, and a clear up!

10. The FEVER formula:

* Focus… on what the achievement of these goals will be like. Focus beyond them.

* Energy: get active.

* Vision: create instant pictures in your mind’s eye of the positive achievement of these goals.

* Enthusiasm: attitude is the key.

* Reason and Reward… what will be your reward? How will you feel to have achieved such a great 90 days? And what will you specifically give yourself as a reward?