I do this every single day. It's the only way goal achievement works for me.
Simply looking at the ultimate goal is daunting.
Divide your goal into small steps. Each small goal is one step, or one task, on the way to achieving your ultimate goal.
Set individual deadlines for these small steps. This way, you'll always be moving forward, one step at a time.
For example, if your goal is to own your own business, there are things you'll need to look into like licensing, income, credit, location, and others. Each one of these tasks is one step. You could also subdivide these steps into even smaller goals.
There's an old saying that claims that nothing worth having ever comes easy. When you pursue anything that's worthwhile, you're sure to experience setbacks. It's how you treat the setbacks that will determine whether you succeed or fail. Learn from these experiences and welcome them as course corrections toward your inevitable success.
Once you have a roadmap in place, consistently take action in the direction of your dreams. Things likely won't go exactly as you've planned, but you can adjust your plan as you take action and receive feedback on your progress.
Whenever you set a goal, take one small step toward its fulfillment. That way, when you leave a goal setting session, you've already made some progress. This will provide great encouragement for you to continue.
If you're unsure how to proceed toward the result you're after, get started on the path to that goal anyway. Determine the first step you need to take, and then take it. Once that's done, ask yourself what the next step should be, and then do it! Keep it simple, and keep taking one step at a time until your goal is achieved.
When things go your way, celebrate! Reward yourself. Every day, visualize what success will feel like and celebrate your inevitable victory. Treat yourself to a reward when you overcome challenging obstacles or finish a min-goal. Remember that success is a journey to be savored and not simply a destination to be reached.