I’m guilty of this myself sometimes. I jot down directions to an unfamiliar place on a piece of paper but all too often the directions are incomplete.

I spend minutes driving around before finally pulling over and plugging the address or asking a stranger for assistance.

Sound familiar?

Not having a roadmap is the reason many people have trouble with goal setting.

It’s not enough to have a list of goals or to visualize what you want to achieve.

If you don’t map your goals, it will be almost impossible to take the necessary daily actions to pursue your goals.

So at the start of each month, take a few minutes to review your life goals, and schedule chunks of time in your calendar for activities that will help you slowly but surely attain your goals. By doing so, you will find that you utilize your time optimally and minimize time-wasters.

Each week, in each major area of your life or each major project that you may have underway, define the outcomes you would like to achieve during that month.

Even if you think you aren’t an organized person or don’t use a paper or electronic calendar, you at least have a calendar on your computer or wall, right?

Take this calendar and sit with it for a few minutes at the beginning of each week.

Write down the specific activities that you will do each week to achieve these outcomes. For example, if you want to lose 25 pounds, then for each week write down a specific goal such as “Walk for 40 minutes each day.”

Soon, your week will be filled up. Not with time wasters, but with tasks and activities that are directly related to the outcomes for the month you defined.

Do this month after month, and soon, you will be on your way to achieving even your biggest, most audacious goals!

How do I know? Here’s but one example. It’s how I went from barely being able to walk after 20 years of progressively debilitating back pain to climbing Kilimanjaro – and subsequently, trekking at high altitudes in Peru, Ecuador and Nepal. It’s how I went from being dependent on three chronic medications that I was told I would NEVER get off to one medication. It’s how I’ve lost and kept off weight. I could go on with health or other examples but I think you get the point.

At the end of each month, ask yourself these KEY questions. For me, this hour of reflection, celebration, learning and planning for the next month are one of the best times of every month, something I savour.

So give it a try . . . and let me know how you fare.