9 Step Process for Successful Goal Setting
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9 Step Process for Successful Goal Setting

Learn the psychology of goal keeping and discover a 9 step neural process that guarantees success with your goals
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Created by William Sumner
Last updated 1/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create a powerful vision and learn how to implement it with new thought patterns
  • Actually follow through and succeed with your goals
  • Set goals with new, powerful tools and strategies
  • Learn how to prevent yourself from sabotaging your goals
  • Learn the most effective and successful ways for achieving goals
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  • Write down the top 5 things you want to accomplish

This is about turning normal goal setting behavior into an unstoppable Goal Keeping Mind Set for you, your life, and teach it to your loved ones and your business! You will come out of this course knowing how truly powerful and capable you really are! You will KNOW the Nine Steps to consciously design and create a compelling and commanding life!

This is unlike any goal setting course you have seen before. You will be examining your current psychology in a practical and common sense way to see where you struggle and keeping goals. You’ll experience cutting edge neuroscience on how our minds work, while learning tools to change the way you think. The nine step process is a proven framework for achieving goals, and you will never set goals the same way again. Model the strategies of the most successful people in the world use to create success in any area of your life (health, money, love, etc.).

Join William Sumner (author, internationally sought-after speaker, and recognized leadership expert in coaching technologies) as he introduces you to The Inevitable You® coaching system which has helped thousands make transformations in their personal and business lives.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is for people who constantly struggle with succeeding with their goals
  • For people who have some success in the past with goal setting but are looking for a transformation
  • For anyone that is looking to improve their goal setting and keeping strategies
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Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
4 Lectures 20:58

Welcome to the New Year Revolution course! Meet your instructor William and learn about the outcomes of this course and what you can expect.

Download the worksheet in the course materials to follow along the content and 9 step process.

Preview 04:50

Chances are you have given up on some or all of your New Year resolutions in the past. Or maybe you are part of the top 10% of the population that has stuck with it and you are continuing to transform and create a magical new year! If you consistently struggle with your resolutions every year, the list below will give you some insight into why:

1. Your psychology is built on avoiding failure and as a consequence, actually enhances the probability that you will fail.

2. You don’t believe that you can do them in the first place, they are made at the last moment without much thought, and failure is expected. (But sometime in the future you WILL figure it out, just NOT NOW.)

3. There is no real plan (no details, no follow through, no nothing…)

4. You do not gather the references or resources that you will need to succeed or to assist in the process.

5. While you may intellectually think you SHOULD do them, you are not emotionally attached to the goal or what you say that they want.

6. There is a complete lack of clarity – the goals are not specific or concise… (“I will work on my marriage.” “My health will improve this year.”)

7. You MUST know WHY you want this. If the “why” is big enough, the “how’s” become automatic. If not, you will block yourself by not finding the “how.”

8. It’s a “should,” not a “MUST.”

9. (This one can be a bit complex,) you really DON’T want what you say you want… (Does the overweight person want to be thin?)

10. So based on the first nine, you build a list over and over every year, it gets longer and longer, and you feel worse and worse, so you overestimate what you can do in one year, and you underestimate what you can do in five! (if you wired yourself to win, EVERY year… YOU WIN!)

Preview 02:41

Just like all computers, your brain runs a basic operating system. This computer does a lot amazing of things, however, it can also have many problems. It can suffer from a power surge, the code might get corrupted, and you might have to reboot it from time to time. But, here’s what’s most important—of all the things you can do to ensure quality brain/computer maintenance, this one is critical:You must keep your operating system updated.

Preview 10:31

Look at what was awesome about the last year and learn a tool to associate or dissociate to emotions.

The CANI Process
Change your habits
5 Lectures 33:27

There's a difference between re-framing and rationalization. You can rationalize almost anything, but when you reframe something that will feel a whole lot different. It will feel authentic and right.

Reframing vs Rationalization

This is a very real medical condition, but it is also a metaphor for how we can reprogram our minds. Some people might believe that it is very hard to install new thought patterns, this tool reframes that belief to show you how easy it can actually be.

Amnesia Tool

There was an experiment done by NASA on astronauts that gave us a lot of insight on how habits are formed and why people struggle to create new ones. This metaphor explains how long it generally takes to form a new habit, and what you can do to avoid making the process harder.

Astronaut Goggles

This one works as a sort of mental loop, and it can trip you up regardless of your present success and capability—for no apparent reason at all. Scientists call this phenomenon a “neural trap.”

Because your brain is so smart, it can process familiar “notes” to a “song” or life experience in less than three nanoseconds, and the more you do something, the faster it recognizes patterns from the past. In fact, your brain will actually hardwire experiences in your brain and link them to emotional conclusions.

But, here’s where it gets tricky—those conclusions may not always relate to your present situation. Your brain will trigger a response so quickly you probably will not even realize what happened. All of sudden, you’ll feel bad for no apparent reason and not know what to make of it. It’s just like the emotions triggered by an old song on the radio.

Now all you have to do is put a new song in your mind. You’re going to shift your old patterns and step back into control. Life is not in control of you.

Old Song on the Radio

This is a common psychiatric tool created by Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham. It was designed to help people understand how they relate to the world around them. However, the concept can also be applied to how we learn and process skills and information.

Basically, there are two crucial axes to learning—conscious versus unconscious and competence versus incompetence. Here’s how it works. When you learn a complex task, you work very hard to learn the steps. You practice each component deliberately until you perfect it, and at that point, you’ve “learned” it.

Conscious Competence Curve
9 Step Neural Process
9 Lectures 23:36

The CANI process/tool reveals far more than we think when we don't consciously write and journal! In this step you will review the past year and and look at what was awesome and what could've been better.

Answer these questions about 2014:


What did you love?

What did you hate?

What challenged you?

What gifts/ lessons did you find?

Step 1: Get Clear

You HAVE done great things in your past. However, most of us remember our failures and apply THOSE strategies to our present success, and counter-intuitively, exactly during the most challenging times.

What was once a dream? What was impossible? What did you do? How? What were the steps? What were the emotions?

Step 2: Get Certain

Time to consciously activate your EIM! Get crazy over everything that you want!

(Hint: remember the one year- five year quote! "Most people overestimate what they can do in one year, and underestimate what they can do in five")

Then write 1, 2-3, 5, 10, 20 next to the items for the amount of years it will take to get there.

Step 3: Get Excited

Now circle the top 5 that you want to do in 2015!


What would juice you to jump out of bed every day, go to bed at night exhausted yet victorious, what is your "lighter fluid?"

Step 4: Get Focused

Successful people never care about how they will do something first. Instead, they focus solely on the why they must do it. They know if they really want and have a compelling enough reason to get their outcome, it will happen. End of story. When you know the why and the why is big enough, your mind will create, find, associate, discover, and construct your desired result.

This is VITAL! Why must you do this? Pick one of your goals and write a really compelling why.

Go find someone and them your why… what is their feedback? Did it give THEM goose pimples? If it didn't, rewrite it until it is powerful enough to do so!

Step 5: Get Committed

Pick three things from your list to complete over the next 24 hours.

  • At least one must be ginormous!
  • At least one must be done before you go to sleep
  • The other two in the next 24 hours
Step 6: Get Momentum

Discover how the most successful people in the world set goals and learn a framework that guarantees success. SMART is an acronym for:

1. Specific

2. Measurable

3. Actionable

4. Realistic

5. Time-based.

Apply the SMART aspects to all the items in your list.

Step 7: Get S.M.A.R.T.

Apply the Plan/Execute Tool to evaluate your planning and execution strategies on each goal. A poor plan with poor execution will get you nowhere. A great plan with poor execution doesn't get you much. A poor plan with great execution with get you some results. And you want to evaluate where you are lacking so you can have a great plan with great execution, and then you will get everything!

Step 8: Get Organized

There is a huge difference between goal planning and goal keeping. Now that you have the 9 step process, you are committing to your resolutions and goals and integrating them into your life with new psychology and strategies.

Step 9: Get Conscious and Real
Goal Keeping
1 Lecture 08:05

This tool will help you create a powerful vision for 2015 as well as motivation to stick to your goals. I will ignite your emotions and put lighter fluid to the new thoughts you are creating.

I Have a Dream
About the Instructor
William Sumner
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31 Students
2 Courses
Success Coach

Author, internationally sought-after speaker, and recognized leadership expert in coaching technologies. Committed to sharing his gift of lasting transformation with others, he has created The Inevitable You© Coaching System that blends leadership training and experience, military skills, social work background, and executive business knowledge

This background makes him one of the most unique coaches within the industry. A West Point graduate, Bill’s service to his country included Infantry, Ranger, and Special Operations roles at home and abroad. He rejoined civilian life as a leader in the telecom revolution of the ‘80s and 90’s and led successful initiatives across a spectrum ranging from sales and marketing to engineering and operations, serving in executive roles in both large corporations and small startups. Committed to encouraging others’ personal and professional success, Bill began formal success coaching in 1992 and completed his Masters in Social Work. . He worked as one of the top-rated speakers within the Anthony Robbins organization for 6 years, and grew his private practice using an eclectic blend of traditional content as well as cutting-edge technology such as neural linguistic programming, neural psychology, heart mathematics and other EQ based sciences, and hypnosis.

His speaking portfolio includes leadership, motivational, personal growth and development, and transformational psychology and tool sets, at the individual level as well as team and company levels. In addition, he is a subject matter expert on traditional business requirements such as sales, communications, strategic planning. He emphasizes the tools and exercises to accomplish the results and outcomes his audiences specify. He has also written four books and has risen as high as 9th for best sellers on Amazon.

He lives in Littleton, Colorado with his amazing wife Barbara, four children, and a grandchild.