Extreme Makeover

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Everything is possible!

Everything is possible!

I am often asked for a simple, effective, and no-nonsense approach to goal setting that can be used by anyone, anywhere, anytime.

What follows is what I affectionately call the 30-Day Extreme Makeover. Follow it to the letter and you will be quite pleased with the outcome.

It’s a simple six step process that is easy to learn, easy to apply, and perhaps most important easy to get results from.

  • What do you specifically want to achieve in the next 30 days? Be precise or don’t bother moving to the next step.
  • Why is the achievement of this goal(s) so important? Be clear on the key drivers and motivation.
  • Who will help you to achieve this goal? Be sure that these are the right people.
  • Where do you stand in relation to this goal? Be ruthless as to current strengths and weaknesses.
  • How do you plan on accomplishing this goal? Be deliberate, identify the exact steps, tasks, and assign responsibility.
  • When will victory be claimed? Be committed and follow one course until successful.

Would you like to learn the 29 other strategies for turning your life around?

I thought so, click here for quick and straight forward guidance on setting easy-to-reach financial, career, fitness, and family goals.

What To Do Now? Click here to download the goal setting form and remember to Comment and Share your feedback with friends and colleagues.

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21 Responses to “Extreme Makeover”

  • I just turned 60 and I am in full shape mentally and physically and I am doing my 20 next year plan one step at a time and I will start with your 30 days plan with 6 different thing to do thanks a lot for this gift.

  • I always have had a hard time on the whole goal setting process. Once a goal is firmly established I can work on it. But, getting to that point has always been difficult.

    This will help greatly.


  • I think everyone can use a little makeovering, I can do with a bunch. Thank you for the goal setting form it proved very useful and you can use a fresh copy for each of your goals for the New Year.

    Remember a goal doesn’t have to be big to make a big difference in your life. It can be something as small as checking your email less often and spending that time working on your business or exercising.

    Way to go Raymond you’ll probably make it another 20 after this set!

  • Very good suggestions on goal setting! It is important for people to take the time not only to reflect on this past year but what is going to be different for them this year. Remember what drives a person the most is to have powerful feelings behind your goal! How will you feel once that goal is accomplished and visualize it!

    Best wishes!

  • hey!goal setting is very effective for me,it’s accomplish something.

  • Been a goal-person all along. Still, I prefer the goal-setting structure you gave as it sets establishes good vision while keeping things simplified.

    I already changed the way I set goals following your suggested method. The clearer I see things, the more I will accomplish. With this simple method of setting goals, I can follow through easily.

  • thank you! I have 12 goals for the new year and am working visualization and the specific steps for each one. 2010 will be the most awesome year of my life!

  • Thanks Gary.

    In need of being able to follow through with plans, this form helps tremendously. I’m over 60 and still learning to concentrate.

    It all boils down to conscious living. I have to remind myself to be in the present moment. Then, when you master the present moment, the future takes care of itself. 2010 will be a much better year. I have a clear 30-day Plan. Thank you for your support !!!

  • Gary, thanx for the useful, guided steps in goal setting! in incorporating the six questions for both complex and simple tasks/goals, it helps me to create more balance in my routine. and to continue to realize that life is a journey on a continuum.

    Happy New Year and thank you again for what you do! Beth

  • I’ve made choices in my life that wasn’t conducive towards success and this method appears to point in the direction I need to be in to make the most drastic changes of my life and see success.

  • These seemingly simple questions to ask oneself could help one plan and attain goals in life. Questioning oneself would be a good start of the year activity for all.

  • Thank you, Gary!

    What a nice way to establish meaningful goals, one bite at a time, without overlooking any loopholes that can sabotage us from the very start.

    You always give such valuable info!

    Happy New Year!

    Your friend,

  • You are the men I am with program i am going for 100 big bang I am 48 and I got till 2018 to have financial freedom Thank you keep up the good work

  • Thank you Gary for these clear questions that will help me get my goals focused for January – 2010

    I am learning and practicing how to be more clear and precise in stating what I want to happen in my life – to see it, feel it, taste it and open my mind up to the details necessary to make it happen. I also add, knowing my goals and vision can be limited by my inexperience or fears or belief system, “this or something better”. That way I continue to expand my view of what is possible and welcome the gifts that come my way by doing so.

    I appreciate the format you present and look forward to reporting on my success in attaining my desires! Thanks again.

    Terry Loving
    Small Business Web Solutions
    Taking the Local out of Small Business

  • I love simple tools that are easy to use and produce smart results. I’m in!

    I’ll also encourage my clients and candidates to use this. Thanks for making this available.

  • Was completing a 100 Day Challenge Goal during the last week of the year, and so just got to this.

    In as an Alumus, and going to the Personal Strategic Plan. At 64, after 49 years of working for a paycheck, and admittedly loving work, I have started to feel and sense a new freedom and confidence and joy that was starting to wane.

    I won 1st place in my age group in a Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” with over 2000 entrants. No big deal, right? Well this was the FIRST 1st place I’ve ever won in any running race in my life!! AND it was in my wife’s honor as a survivor of breast cancer!! Gary, there is deeper meaning in this one step to a larger goal than can be expressed. It is life-changing somehow.


  • Hi Gary,

    Thanks for the clarity of your questions. I am the greatest goal setter of all time but how many do I actions – not as many as I would like to think. Knowing what you want is just not enough, I guess it is just a dream unless you action it. So my plan is to follow through your questions and get my dreams realized for 2010.
    Keep up the good work.

  • Hi Gaary,
    I think the one thing you left out is the question what can trip you up along the way and what to do about that.

  • Gary – thanks! I have used the SMART goal system but I think that this 6 step process adds much more depth. This might help to ingrain it into our brains for better results.


  • Yes, here I am again/still. Heed this message all who read – it will get you where you want, plan and make the effort to go.

    “I keep six honest serving-men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who.
    I send them over land and sea,
    I send them east and west;
    But after they have worked for me,
    I give them all a rest.” Rudyard Kipling

    Everything DOES Count!

  • Thanks Gary:

    The Task List is simple and worth its weigh in gold.


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