Jack Sarlo

"Goal Setting Process: 3 Steps To Achieve Financial Success!"

goal setting process

This goal setting process consists of just 3 easy steps… and you can use them achieve any goal, not just financial goals.

It’s very important that you use these goal setting strategies in order to achieve your financial success. 

Because as you shall discover in this guide, when you use these techniques you’ll be using the full power of your subconscious mind to help you achieve exactly what you want! 

I’ve learned a LOT about goal setting, and condensed the information into the easy steps you’ll discover in this guide!

These are the same strategies I’ve used (AND still use today) to create and achieve some of my own goals!

The process can be broken down into these 3 steps (and an optional 4th step):

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Those three steps are like your personal goal setting template to achieve any goal.

Ideally you want to have up to 1 long term goal and 1 short term goal only.

Because you can achieve your goals faster if your mind focuses on up to 1 long term, and 1 short term goal.

Once you accomplish your goals, you can create new ones.

long term goal is something that will take, realistically speaking, several years to get accomplished. 

For example if you’re currently earning $1,000 a month from your business, your long term goal might be to earn $15,000 a month.

Another example of a long term goal would be to buy a $300,000 house.

There are two types of long term goals. A ‘realistic long term goal’, and a ‘dream life long term goal’. 

short term goal is something that can be accomplished within a few weeks, months or less than a year.

For example, you want to find a profitable niche, or you want to come up with a hot new product idea.

Your first long term goal should be the ‘realistic long term goal’, because that’s just easier to accomplish.

Once you accomplish that goal, you can set a bigger goal or the ‘dream life long term goal’.

Now let’s discover how to set goals and achieve them using the 3 step process.

This 3 step process will enable your subconscious mind to give you the ideas, resources, attract people and everything you need to achieve your goals. But obviously actual work will be required in order to accomplish any goal.

For example If you get an idea for a product, you’ll have to create that product.

Step 1:
Write Down Your Goals

achieving goalsYou want to write down your goals, carry with them wherever you go and read them regularly (maybe ever 3-5 days).

In that way you’re focused constantly on your goals. 

And when you do that your subconscious mind (as you’ll discover in the next step) will start working to help you achieve those goals.

You want to write a specific goal. Be clear on what exactly what you want. And WHY you want it.

There has to be a reason for wanting to achieve a particular goal, so that you’ll have enthusiasm and motivation to do the necessary work, when it’s required, to achieve your goal!

Here’s an example of a bad goal: “I want to become rich”, or “I want a million dollars”. They’re vague, not specific and unrealistic. 

Don’t get me wrong, you can make a million dollars if that’s what you want. 

But your first financial goal should be something realistic… something you believe you can achieve! It’s what I call the ‘realistic long term goal’.

And you don’t want to list just the amount of money you want. 

Describe also how you want to live your life, in as much detail as possible. You’ll see an actual example below.

First, let’s find out how much money you really need…

Goal Setting Exercise

The following technique may require a bit of work, but it will help you to know exactly how much money you actually want!

Make a list of everything you want to have or buy (e.g. clothes, gifts, hobbies, etc.) but be realistic. 

This is your long term realistic goal, a goal you believe you can achieve. In this list don’t include a $100,000 sports car or a $700,000 villa!

Setting realistic goals will make it easier to believe you can achieve them (which is very important as you shall see in the next step).


Rent an apartment $1000 / month
Monthly living costs $450 / month
Vacation once a year $1495 / year
New car $40,000
New phone $400
Online business fees $700 / month

Note: In my example I’ve added ‘monthly living costs’. 

To get that number you’d make a list of everything you need to live in an apartment (food, bills, etc.), and calculate how much that would cost you each month. You have to be that specific.

If you don’t really know how much something will cost you (e.g. online business fees), just approximate.

After you perform that exercise you’ll know how much you’ll need to earn every month, to live the way you want to live. 

Since this is a realistic goal it will probably be a low figure, for example $5,000 a month. You’ll also know how much money you need to by one time items like the car.

Everyone is different, so we’ll all have different numbers. We usually think we need hundreds of thousands, or millions of dollars. 

But you might be surprised how much less money you really need to have almost everything you want!

If you do that exercise your long term goal will be clear, and specific. You’ll know exactly how much money you want after you calculate exactly what you need. 

Plus the goal will mean something to you, because it will allow you to get the things you really want or need!

Note: If we were going to create the ‘dream life long term goal’ just perform the same exercise but this time include absolutely everything you want e.g. villa, Ferrari, expensive clothes, yacht, etc. 

And remember to find out exactly how much they cost.

How To Write Down Your Goals

After you perform the previous exercise, and you know exactly how much money you want, it’s time to actually write down your goal

Here’s how to do that…

Write your goal down in detail, on a piece of paper, in the present tense, as if you already have want you want. 

We’re not going to write just the amount of money we want, which might be for example $6,000. 

Instead we’ll also describe how we want to live our life, adding as many detail as possible. 


As you’ll see in the next step of this goal setting process the subconscious mind can attract to you exactly what you want, even the smallest things like “where there’s not much traffic” or “first floor”. 

My Personal Experience...

When I landed a job as a part time cleaner (to get some extra money for my business), I went only one interview, with no idea where they’ll send me. 

And they sent me exactly where I wanted, down to the most minor details.

Like the number of employees, number of hours (I wanted exactly 6), location, size of building, alone time so I can write on my diary, etc.

I was thinking and imagining (following the ideas in this guide) what I wanted for several weeks or months. I believed I could have it. And what I got was so exact it was a bit scary!

After you write your goal read it to make sure you feel good about it and you believe you can accomplish it (even though you may not know how). This goal should be something you really want to accomplish.

Carry this paper with you all the time if possible, just like you do with your smartphone. 

And read your goal regularly (perhaps once every 3-5 days) in order to keep it fresh in your mind. In that way your mind is constantly focused on achieving that goal.

If you do that your subconscious mind will start working to help you realize your goals – because it works on those things you constantly think about.

Next we’ll see some special ways to get your subconscious mind working for you even more!

Step 2:
Use Your Subconscious Mind

So far you’re clear about exactly what you want, and not just the actual amount of money you want. 

And you have written it down. You carry it with you all the time and read it regularly… But there’s more you can do.

When you write your goals down, and review them often your subconscious mind is going to work to help you achieve those goals.

It gives and attracts to you everything you need to accomplish your goals, e.g. ideas, inspirations, people, etc. The way the subconscious mind works is sometimes referred to as ‘The Law of Attraction’.

Whatever you think about, and focus about, your subconscious mind will work to give you more of that.

However there are some specific techniques you can use to use your subconscious mind more effectively.

In a nutshell, when you read your goal you want to feel and believe that you will get what you want. 

Read it with conviction that your goal will be accomplishedAnd you want to have faith, trust and believe in the way your subconscious mind works!

When you do that your subconscious mind will help you achieve your goal even faster…

Note: Negative thoughts or beliefs (the ones you form, or childhood beliefs, suggested by your parents, relatives, etc.) about money will obviously be counterproductive. 

They will hold you back from actually believing you can achieve your goal. Therefore I highly recommend you develop positive thinking especially if you have a lot of negative thoughts or beliefs.

One of the reasons we try to write the goal in the present tense, is because that way it will be easier to believe it is accomplished.

You want to understand how the subconscious mind works, because it’s the KEY to achieve your goal.

I’ve read a lot about this subject, and I recommend only one book. “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy.

That’s the best I’ve read because he explains how your mind (the conscious and subconscious) work, very clearly. 

Even a child can understands it. And exactly how to use it to accomplish whatever you need.

Power of Your Subconscious Mind
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind

Proof That Your Subconscious
Mind Can Do Incredible Things!

If you want a lot of proof that the subconscious mind can do incredible things I suggest you read Josephy Murphy’s other book “Telepsychics – Tapping Your Hidden Subconscious Powers”.

This is the version I have:

Telepsychics: Tapping Your Hidden Subsonscious Powers
Telepsychics - Tapping Your Hidden Subconscious Powers

That book contains one story after another of people that have used their subconscious mind to achieve their goals.

Both books by Joseph Murphy contain “prayers” or goals, that you can repeat daily to get what you want e.g. to heal illness, to pass exams, to remove phobias, to find lost items, etc. 

And there are a few to make more money, but they’re a bit vague. I am not recommended these “prayers”. 

I suggest you write down your goal in the way described in the previous step, because it will be more detailed and specific, and therefore more powerful!

My Personal Experience...

A personal experience will be the best proof you can get. 

Therefore you might want to test out the steps in this guide on a short term goal, so you can see some results quickly.

I used one of Joseph Murphy’s “prayers” to achieve a short term goal. I achieve it in a quite remarkable way.

I’m going to share with you how it all happened, so you can see the power of write a goal and using the techniques to access your subconscious mind.

This goal was simple. All I wanted was a girl friend. To keep a long story short, I was about 23 years old, a bit lonely, too much at home and wanted a girl friend just to leave the house for a while. 

Not to get married, or anything like that… just “friends”.

Anyways… I learned by memory one of the prayers in his book, but I tweaked it a bit to suit what I wanted. This was the prayer (more or less):

I followed the book’s advice as best as I could. Therefore I repeated the “prayer” several times daily, especially before going to bed at night. 

I prayed convinced and believing that I will get what I wanted. I repeated, until I felt it penetrating into my subconscious mind.

Note: You don’t necessarily have to read and repeat your long term goal several times daily.

After about 2-3 weeks I had a dream. I saw two girls wearing the same uniform. One I knew, Nadia I worked with her as a waiter, the other was unknown to me. She was noticeable more obese.

A few days later I joined an online chat room. This had no profile pictures, videos, or webcams. 

It was just text, this was way back in 2005 approximately. I started to chat with a girl and soon got her phone number.

Anyways… I met that girl and she was the same one in the dream. The slightly obese girl, the one I didn’t know.

The girlfriend I met suited me perfectly too, because we traveled to an island close by… and I spent at least a full week away from home, which was my exact intention.

I accomplished my goal, and I had a premonition dream.

I don’t really know how the subconscious mind manages to do such incredible things, but I definitely believe it can!

I since used prayers to get other results, e.g. a job, an idea for my business, but they weren’t so dramatic like that one.

Now, let’s go to the final step in this goal setting process.

Step 3:
Create A Vision Board

So far we have written down a specific goal… (that we carry with us all the time, and read regularly), and we use techniques (believe, have faith, etc.) to use our subconscious mind to accomplish our goal.

We can do something more to accomplish our goal.

We can create a vision board. 

This is just a poster board containing images that represent the goal you want to achieve. 

If we want an apartment, a new car and $15,000 a month from a successful business, etc., we find pictures that represent each one of those, cut them and put them on the board.

You can use Google images, magazines, etc., to find picture.

You don’t necessarily have to use a poster board. You can stick them on the wall. Just make sure they’re somewhere you can see often, especially before going to bed.

You don’t necessarily have to find a picture of exactly the thing that you want. 

For example if you want an apartment you can put a picture of any apartment similar to what you want.

You can use any image, as long as you can associate it with what you want, and it feels right for you. 

For example if I want a successful online business, I might put a picture of a computer and lots of money around it – or perhaps a photo of Russell Brunson doing a seminar… do whatever works best for you. 

You can also put inspirational words around the images, e.g. fearless, intelligent, peaceful, etc.

Keep it nice and clean. Here are a few examples:

vision board example
Vision Board
Vision Board

Review your vision board regularly, look at those images and feel the joy of having those things that you want!

This two videos by Jack Canfield will show you how to create a vision board.

A vision boards is another tool, or method to communicate what you want to your subconscious mind – so that it attracts to you everything you need to accomplish your goals!

Using two methods (writing goals & vision boards) will be much more powerful than one. And there’s yet another tool you can use, Paraliminals as you shall discover next.

Step 4:
Use Paraliminals (optional)

I’ve experimented with other tools to access the power of the subconscious mind. For example subliminal messages and brain fitness programs.

I think Jeffrey Gignac’s Passive Brain Fitness® is very interesting. I’ve tried it, but I’ve since discovered Paraliminals, and they’re backed up with much more proof!

Paraliminal are relaxing, meditative audio programs that condition your mind for a variety of positive changes and beneficial effects. 

Each one is about 20 minutes long. You only have to listen to it about once a day (or more if you want to).

Paraliminals are flexible, that are no strict rules for listening. If a paraliminal becomes a drag to listen to after a few weeks you can stop for a while. 

Take a break for a few days or a week, and you can continue later on…

Even Brian Tracy recommends paraliminals…

Writing goals down, vision boards and paraliminals all do pretty much the same thing. 

They help you use your subconscious mind to achieve the goals you want to accomplish! They are your goal setting tools.

I recommend Paul Scheele‘s paraliminals, that you’ll find at

Their paraliminals have been used for over 30 years, by millions of people. I’ve read almost every page on their website and there’s a ton of proof they bring positive results. 

Here’s another good review about their Paraliminals…

They have all sorts of paraliminals, for example to help you lose anxiety, improve self-esteem, improve memory, acquire a new behavior and about 30 others…

They have a lot of information on how to use these paraliminals, plus a forum and customer support that has always answered my questions!

Ideally use up to 2 different paraliminals at any time and remember to focus on up to 1 long term goal and 1 short term goal. 

You don’t want to use 6 different paraliminals or you’ll become overwhelmed.

You can watch this helpful Q & A video, by Pete (president of Learning Strategies since the mid 1980s) and Wandy (customer support):

In order to achieve the financial goal you’ve set for yourself I recommend the ‘Living The Law of Attraction‘ paraliminal because it’s specifically designed to help you achieve your goals. 

The voices in that one are those of Paul Scheele and Jack Canfield.

I’ve also used ‘Self Esteem Supercharger’ because it helps you improve willpower, determination, stamina… and gives you a feeling that you can accomplish anything! 

As entrepreneurs we can really benefit from high self esteem.

To achieve your financial goals you might want to take a look at these other Paraliminals. Everyone is different, so you might find some of these useful. 

But remember use up to 2 paraliminals only at first. Use your intuition to guide you on which ones to choose.

Financial Security

Abundant Money Mindset

Soul of Money


Peak Performance


Those are the steps I recommend you perform in order to create and achieve your goals.

Because they’re the same I’ve used successfully.

Remember that creating goals the right way will allow you to get whatever you want because you’ll be using the power of your subconscious mind to attract to you all you need to succeed!

If you need to ask questions or leave a comment about goal setting, you can do so below.

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About The Author

More than 7 years ago Jack made his first few sales online as an affiliate marketer. His site ranked on Google for dozens of keywords, so later on, he built courses and software to teach his SEO “secrets”.

He also won a Flip Camera in an affiliate contest.

Now he reveals all the insights he’s discovered throughout the years about Internet marketing, in his free guides and products!

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