NLP Tip: Three Steps for Defining Your Future and Achieving Goals


Many of us have a general idea of what we want for our personal future, and have an idea of the direction we are heading. But is that enough to achieve your long-term goals?

More often than not, our futures end up looking different than we thought they would, unfortunately leaving many disappointed with how their lives turned out.

In NLP, there is a three step technique that can be used to get you exactly where you want to be in life.

First, figure out what you want. Very simple, just figure out a goal and write it down on a piece of paper

Second, take a good look at your life right now. Where are you in relation to your goal? How long do you predict it will take to get to where you need to be? What steps need to happen in order to make your goal happen? Write it down.

Third, figure out exactly how you will know once your goal is achieved. Will you own a Ferrari? Will you own a big house? Perhaps have a family? Write it down.

It may seem a little too simple, but writing it out on paper for your eyes to see makes it a lot easier for your brain to prioritize making it happen, as well as recognizing when a particular goal has been reached. More often than not, people set goals for themselves that don’t have definitive events that happen that tell the person “Hey, you achieved me!”, and the person goes on trying to reach a goal that is seemingly unattainable.

As you can imagine, this opens up the door to a world of disappointment.

“According to a study done by Gail Matthews at Dominican University, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals,” says an article titled Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals published by Forbes.


Study focuses on strategies for achieving goals, resolutions — Dominican University of California. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Why You Should Be Writing Down Your Goals. (n.d.). Retrieved from

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