Achieving Your Goals – A Free Make it Happen Worksheet


Almost two weeks into the new year and, if you’ve joined me in setting resolutions, it’s time to check our progress.

I’m happy with where I am at this point, but find I need to dig a little deeper into each goal so that I can set more realistic action steps. As part of that process, I’ve created a worksheet that has really helped.

Here’s a sample…

Draft Goal Setting

My goal:

To encourage and inspire others through my writing and photography

Key components of that goal include: 

Identifying and engaging an audience
Having the right platform or outlet
Improving my writing
Improving my photography
Finding the time (that’s a big one)
Marketing my efforts

Action steps:

Under each of the components, I’ve listed action steps. Some of these steps are probably large enough to be goals on their own, so I may create a separate worksheet for several of them.

Here’s a blank worksheet for you to use, if you’d like. Feel free to print and share it. I’d love to get feedback on how you’ve used it and any suggestions for improvement. I’ll be adding more resources as time goes on. This is just the beginning.

Make It Happen Worksheet



Tim Havenith

This is a really nice idea. I like the fishbone layout of the worksheet. It’s great that you’ve included ‘Celebrate success’ as this tends to be an afterthought to SMART goals, but you’ve made it integral. Thanks for sharing your worksheet with us.


Thanks Tim. I played with a number of styles and this one worked best for me, so I’m hoping it will be a great tool for others.


So cool that you’re sticking with yours. I realised this morning that Iforgot to do my entry for yesterday in my book of Thankfulness. I’ll have to back-track later and make sure I cover it.


I’m bound and determined to make good progress on my goals this year so I’m going to keep close track. I love your book of Thankfulness. Writing things down helps keep things in perspective on those tough days. Thanks for sharing!!

Kristi Campbell

This is awesome, Jennifer! It’s so easy to lose track of the why and to forget to celebrate success along the way. I love it and congratulations on sticking to your plans so far. That’s huge!


I know what you mean about being unable to read handwriting, Sharon. Once I get all the action steps in place, I’ll be adding it to my online calendar too.


Thanks, Kristi. I’m like most people and let my resolutions go by the wayside as time goes on. This year, I’m trying something different and planning to make some good life changes. Thanks for the encouragement!

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