Goal Setting
Do you know what makes life different? The answer is goal setting. There is a famous Harvard business school story. They evaluated a group of students in college, and then re-evaluated them 10 years later. The study found out that the students who had been the most successful in life weren·t the ones who had achieved the highest grades. They were the ones who had specific goals, 10 years ago.

What is the difference between a mission and a goal?
are a statement of intent † Goals are specific and always measurable
† Missions

You can finish the task efficiently You will focus and concentrate your time and energy on the task. It gives you direction and helps you choose where to go in life. Keep away all the distractions and this makes you work efficiently. 3. You will make good decisions Goals help you identify and establish your priorities and make the right choices based on the long-term view of what is most important to you. It makes you vision about your ideal future and to turn it into reality. You will only focus on the things that you want to achieve and spend precious time on them. 2. 4. You focus on the important things Goals help us to sort out what is important and what isn't. You take control of your life Goal is like a GPS in life.Why set goals 1. .

This process of achieving goals gives you the confidence and a belief in your self. you will try to achieve higher goals. 7. 6. And you become enthusiastic too. You will be self-confident and enthusiastic When you set a goal and measure the achievement. You will make progress After you have achieved one goal. . you are able to see what you have done and what you are capable of.Why set goals 5. You are closer to success Goals are the starting point of success. A good start makes half the success.

Figure out the goals you want to achieve. Nothing happens just by accident. The starting point of all achievement is desire. 2. Personal SWOT analysis is a look at you and your life. Write them down. you should set goals in every aspects. Fully mobilize all the factors to help you achieve the goals. Identify your personal values and mission statement. Write your goals down. You also need to find out the people or group you need to work with to reach your goals. you need to prepare well.How to set goals 1. Life has many aspects and in order to lead a happy life. Success needs a lot of preparation. It is a tool to help you find out if the goals is achievable. 3. After you know your personal values. To achieve your goals you have to focus your efforts and energy. 4. Your personal value is the big direction. List the skills and knowledge required to reach your goal. If you can identify your personal values. your personal goal will not go wrong. If you want to be successful. find out what you really want to achieve in every life aspects. . Make sure the goals are SMART and they are top quality goals. You should limit your goals to between 5 and 6 at any one time.

When you have achieved a goal. 6. 8. . Review your progress and update your goals accordingly. Start the process all over again. you may set a new one from the beginning. You need to make a detailed schedule according to your goals. Make sure you are making progress. Celebrate your success At last you would have achieved your goals. Find a coach or friend to help you if you have trouble. Develop a personal action plan and follow it. analyze why the goal is not being met. 7. Develop a personal action plan. Realize your goals step by step. Cultivate good goal setting habits.How to set goals 5. If not.

meaning or guiding principles OR revising the goals you have already set. Your boss.Lifetime Goals Imagine you are at your retirement party/60th Birthday Celebration. subordinate. family and friends make speeches about you. What would you want all of them to say? The comments that you want to receive are your real desire and life goals. . Start by writing down a few words or sentences that best describe your aspirations.

The Goal Setting Hierarchy Dreams Values Mission/ Vision Statement Long Term Goals Short Term Goals Task list Goals .

Long term goals Lifetime Goals 25 year plan 10 year plan 5 year plan 1 year plan .

Principles of Goal Setting .

Seven Principles For Setting Goals Desire Written Plan to deal with resistance Deadline Planning Mental Picture Persistence .

By listing benefits! This is the first step of goal achievement and the foundation. . How do you intensify desire? † † † † † Desires start in the mind.a PASSION. When you stay focused. Detail makes the difference. We need INTENSE desire . Desire Have you set personal or business goals and failed to achieve them? WHY? Because we did not have a strong enough desire.1. the desire becomes strong. Keep your mind focused on it. Then? Action follows right after.

Now when we read and re-read that phrase or sentence the impression on the mind becomes deeper and deeper. Write it Down Why is the mechanical act of writing so important? † † Writing transfers those expressions onto something tangible. Putting it in writing breathes life into it making it a force which cannot be easily stopped. add motivating adjectives. Keep on fine tuning. Don't be content with a first draft.2. compact it. "Write Goals Down To Tie Them Up!" . Rephrase it. To put it succinctly.

Dealing with Resistance Bypass Resistance † † When you set a goal. Become knowledgeable on what you are trying to achieve. write down a list of potential obstacles. † † Gather Assistance † † Do you personally know people who have accomplished what you are seeking? † † Talk to them. Then. Preparation is invaluable. How did they do it? . You have already made up a contingency plan! Research the subject and educate yourself. If and when you reach the obstacle you know what to do. Get input. develop a strategy.3.

 This prevents disappointment and discouragement through missing the deadline. Deadlines Deadlining your goals: † 1) Break them down into manageable stages. † 3) Put the deadline date for each stage in your computer planner or diary. .4. † 2) Work out a reasonable time frame for the accomplishment of that stage and factor in a safety margin for unexpected delays. When you have a set of reasonable stages. your focus is clear. † 4) Get the deadline date from the last stage.

5. Planning
Achieving goals requires planning.
In Step 3 we discussed the importance of identifying obstacles and acquiring help. † In Step 4 we saw the need for deadlines and the need to make another list of manageable slices or segments.

Now Step 5 involves using all the information gathered from these two previous steps.
Combine all these lists and put them in a logical order † Lay out the manageable steps in order of progression interweaving the details from your obstacles list and help list. † Get a large sketch pad and play around with the order of things until the plan begins to flow.

5. Planning (cont.)
Make sure your plan is not too rigid!
† So

factor in room for the unexpected. † If one deadline is missed it should not jeoparize the rest of the plan.

Once this session is completed you now have an action plan. (But we¶re not through yet.)

6. Mental Picture
Think in pictures. Imagine yourself as a movie director.
† Visualize

the script † Guide the production crew and actors.

Visualize yourself enjoying the benefits of having reached your goal.

7. . Persistence is absolutely essential. They just keep on striking out. Persistence You will find that most successes come from more attempts and spending longer hours than anyone else. The previous six steps are also essential and crucial BUT if you do not persist your wonderful plan can go down the drain. often against all odds.

Specifics of Goal Setting .

Steps to Goal Setting Understand (and believe in) the organization·s mission † Goal MUST support the overall mission of the organization!! Believe in yourself † Is this goal something I really want? † Does this goal serve me in my life right now? † What will I need to bring this dream into reality? .

Steps to Goal Setting What actions must I take to achieve the mission? † These actions become the goals. . How will I know when the mission has been achieved? † When all the goals have been accomplished.

Let·s make some goals! .

Personal SWOT Analysis Strengths: What are your core competencies in this area? What are your abilities. support or help? What personal behavioral traits do you have that are strengths in this area? . skills talents in this area? Do you have any specialist knowledge in this area? What resources do you have that support this strength? Who can you ask for advice.

SWOT Analysis Weaknesses: What are your main limitations in this area? In what areas could you improve? Are there any resources (money. time. help) that you don't have? What is not working in this area right now? What personal behavioral traits do you have that are weaknesses in this area? .

SWOT Analysis Opportunities: What opportunities have you been considering in this area? Who could support you to help you achieve your goal? What could you improve in this result area for you? How can you take advantage of your strengths to pursue these? What major change do you need in your life to improve this area? Are there any special tools you can use or develop to help? .

SWOT Analysis Threats: What external influences may hinder your success? How could these affect you? What obstacles or roadblocks are in your way? Do any of your weaknesses increase the level of these threats or the impact? What strengths do you have that could help you reduce the identified threats? .

SWOT Analysis .

If you dream of a new car. Realistic † Is it possible and realistic at this time? Time Bound † How much time will it take me? Put a deadline on achieving your goal. red.M. . "I will be fitter than I am now " is a general goal.S. Instead. "Jogging five miles once a week " is a specific goal.T. just that you can have a reasonable expectation of achieving the goal. Goals Specific † Is it clearly defined? For example. including navigation system". This is a specific goal How can I measure when I achieved it? ask questions such as How many? How much? How do I know when the goal is achieved? Measurable † Achievable † Can I actually achieve this goal? It doesn't mean easy. what dose the new car look like? You decide on an "Audi A4.R.A.

neighbor. sister. employee. friend. project leader etc Which role will you play to achieve your goals? . team member. You are the one setting the goal but in what role? Father.Goal Setting: Who Once you have set your mission and vision statement. you have to consider five compenets whenever setting a goal. brother. First. income provider. sportsman. ´Whoµ.

Example. For each of your dream that you wish to set a goal to achieve. Then rewrite the dream that you wish to set a goal to achieve. . first write ´whoµ followed by the role you will play as you achieve that goal. you might achieve a personal best time in a race but still be disqualified because of a poor judging decision. And then beneath each ¶who· write ¶what·. in the framework of a performance.Goal Setting: What Second component is ´Whatµ. ´whatµ is your goal. written in the framework of a performance rather than an outcome.

.Goal Setting: Why Third component is why? Finding your ¶why· means finding your purpose. If you have strong enough ´whysµ for your goals you will pursue your goals till you reach them Beneath each who and what write why or the reasons/benefits . ´Whysµ can be viewed as the list of benefits to you for reaching that goal.

and what you need to acquire. Doing a SWOT Analysis will tell you what resources are available to you. funding or anything else capable of or required for completing a goal. . ´strategyµ is the specific steps it will take to achieve your goals Resources are required to carry out a task. Based on the SWOT analysis.Goal Setting: How ´Howµ are you going to achieve your objective? To do so you must have the necessary strategy and resources in place. equipment. facilities. write: HOW: Resources I will need to obtain. They can be people.

Goal Setting: When All goals must have a deadline Without no end date. there is no sense of urgency. ´Whenµ gives you the impetus to get started. .

And your big picture goals can be achieved through many milestone goals. .Writing Goals Big picture goals ² your end destination as defined by the ¶Big Picture· Statements for your various life aspects. Milestone Goals ² these are the series of goals that will take you to your destination. Mini Goals ² milestone goals may need to be broken down into bitesize chunks to make them more manageable. You milestone goals can be achieved through many mini goals.

Reserve place on course of choice .Find local mountaineering society .Make phone calls . your big picture goal will be climb Everest.An Example If you want to climb Everest.Choose course . Then you subdivide it to several milestone goals: -find climbing school -take lessons -practice climbing on other mountains And your milestone goal of "finding climbing school" can be achieved through many mini goals such as: .Buy climbing magazines .

Personal Action Plan Your personal action plan can be daily plan. you should have yearly plan first. quarterly or yearly plan. . As we discussed before. Then subdivide your yearly plan into each of the four-quarter plan. Resubdivide the quarter plan into monthly plan. weekly plan. monthly. at last the daily plan. weekly.

In this way. But over the long term. Sometimes things happen and we can not follow our action plans. Your goals are based on your own situation when you first set them. It needs to be measured so that you can monitor progress. . Goals must be relevant otherwise you won·t have the motivation to achieve them. adjust the goals. we plan to jog 30 minutes this morning but it rains.Process of goal setting The process of goal setting is dynamic. We can follow other action plans instead. you will see clearly if you are progressing towards your goals. For example. your situation will change. You can then set higher goals according to your big picture. You should start monitoring the process at the beginning. Ask yourself if the goals are still important to you. If not. You may already achieve some goals in advance. Allow yourself the flexibility to change the action plan. Some goals that you set before are not relevant to you now.

Task Choose diet.Examples of goal setting Big picture for the aspect of my life : Always in good health. Reason the goal is important to me: I want to be healthy. Time-line for each task Choose diet: One week to research diet Re-stock kitchen cupboards with appropriate food: Two days Buy a digital scale: One day Attend one local athletics club and do some exercise: Six months Require skills and resources Knowledge and advice on weight loss Diet knowledge A digital scale to weigh myself Local athletics club membership New sportswear . live to over 80 years old. be strong. Specific Goal Statement : My goal is to lose 40 pounds weight in six months Measures of Success : Now my weight is 180 pounds and my goal is 140 pounds. Re-stock kitchen cupboards with appropriate food. Attend one local athletics club and do some exercise. Buy a digital scale.

I am confident I can achieve it. Smart goals Go through each of the SMART characteristics and see if they fit with the example plan. Is it Time-bound? ² Yes. the weight loss is set in six months and each task has been scheduled.Evaluate The Goal 1. I will buy a digital scale and weigh myself. Is it Relevant? ² Yes. it motivates me to do exercise and train regularly. Is it Specific? ² Yes. Is it Achievable? ² Yes. keeping me fit and providing relaxation. . the goal relates to weight loss 40 pounds. Is it Measurable? ² Yes.

. You list the skills and resources that are required.Evaluate The Goal 2. You will have a monthly plan. weekly plan and daily plan. Then you work on the action plan and make a schedule. 3. Put the tasks into your daily plan and split the tasks into your everyday work.

Lose 7 pounds this month.Attend one local athletics club.Monitor and Record the results March . You just need to continue your goal. Lose only 2 pounds this month. Make a new friend at the local athletics club. just continue with your action plan and next month you will succeed. July. Share them with your experience and they will be very happy about your progress. You can celebrate your achievement with you friends. Stick with the diet and do exercise every day. Buy a digital scale and restock kitchen cupboards. As you see in the end. It doesn't affect your final result. in June you didn't follow your plan due to sickness. Continue the schedule and lose 10 pounds. Lose 8 pounds. April .Everything is going fine this month. Now that you have lost 35 pounds. They helped me improve my training schedule.Keep on the diet and lose 8 pounds. .Recovered from the fever. Though you haven't lost 40 pounds. August.Researched weight loss diet on the internet and local library. May. June ² Had a bad fever. can not go to the local athletics.

Write goals down By writing the goals down. it can feel overwhelming to face a huge dream when you don't even know where to get started. you can remember each task that needs to be done and easily to check them off when you have accomplished them. Priority 3: Nice to Do ² self explanatory 3. Set priorities for effective goal setting When you have several goals. You are better able to keep up with your scheduled tasks for each accomplishment too. Priority 2: Should Do ² these goals should be achieved to consider yourself successful. At the same time. . That's why you need to break down your big dreams into small goals that are more realistic and believable from where you are now. 2. and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones and follow each in succession. give each a specific priority.Effective goal setting 1. You can set priorities according to this: Priority 1: Must Do ² these goals must be achieved if you are to consider yourself successful. These are your highest priority goals. Keep operational goals small One of the characteristics of high achievers is that they get the big picture. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by too many goals.

5. you simply have to first think of a goal that puts a smile on your face when you imagine it completed. Being precise Set a precise goal that includes starting dates. Set realistic goals. Outcome goals give you direction and a target to aim for. 6. To receive the best results.Effective goal setting 4. set different kind of goals There are three main types of goals: outcome. That is a key component to effective goal setting that you can attain. and process. 7. and can take complete satisfaction from having achieved it. each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. If you do this. . By being realistic you are increasing your chances of success. times and amounts so that you can properly measure your achievement. Think positive and you will get good results. you will know exactly when you have achieved the goal. performance. State each goal as a positive statement If you want to express your goals in a positive way. do not set goals too low or too high It is important to set goals that you can achieve. For effective goal setting. and process goals help you focus on improvement and mastery. use the three types of goals. performance goals give you motivation and measurable results.

Financial goal is important for every one of us. we will just drift along and leave our future to chance. Every one of these worthy goals can be easily achieved in a somewhat remarkable and FUN way. . your physical skills. Family goal setting Do you want to have more quality family time? Or take a fantastic vacation together with your family. Find out how we can reach our financial goals. Without financial goals and specific plans for meeting them. build endurance. Diet fitness goal setting Diet fitness goal setting helps you improve your appearance. flexibility and strength. Make sure the activities that you pick meet the goals for what you want to get out of it.Personal Goal Setting Career goal setting Choosing the right career goal to achieve financial security.

what resources. when. . It is just like finding the facts for a story. Outcomes and reflection. money. Career goal you must define and write them down in order of priority. what. 2. contacts. Listing these may help to motivate you. The above shows you the who.Career Goal Setting Plan The following provides you with a simple outline of the factors you may want to consider and identify when setting your career goals in a step by step format. Key steps that you need to take 4. 3. Support and resources. What support and from whom do I need. and how of career goal setting. where. Benefits and advantages of achieving this goal. 6. Record whether you achieved the goal and what worked or did not work along the way for future reference. When will I do this? Give yourself deadlines 5. 1. Journalists have to answer all of these questions in order to get the full story. such as time.

When you have answered these questions. you need to develop an action plan.Career Goal Setting Plan That is the same thing that you have to do when setting career goals. . They will take some real thought and honesty to set them properly. Who Who will I ask for help? Who will benefit from my career goal? Who will I work with to accomplish my goal? What What do I want the outcome to be? What will I do to get started? What will really make me happy? Where Where should I start? Where will my career goal put me in 10 years? Where will I apply my resources? When When should I begin? When do I want these goals to be reached? When will I apply my knowledge to begin attaining my goals? How How should I begin? How will these goals affect my future? How do I really feel about the goals that I have chosen? All of these questions have to be directed before you can begin to work on your career goals.

Maybe you want to buy a house. You should take into account your financial goals too. then divide the long-term professional goal into several short-term professional goals. you make your promise. Follow your plan and that will drive you to career success. The next step is to take action. Consider your situation when setting goals. Rome was not built in one day and you can't become the company president in one year. you will probably get frustrated. . rather than just sticking to simple and easy to achieve. The time you spend here is worth million of dollars. take care of your family. For example. what's next? Take out a piece of paper and figure out your professional goal. When you set up your goals and write them on the paper. Be realistic. So you need to increase your earnings.Professional goal setting Start to write your long-term professional goal setting first. Make your goals SMART. It is important that you realize your commitment to the goals you have set for yourself. You will probably need to update and change your goals as time passes by. When you figure out long-term professional goal. if your professional goals are too hard to achieve. Remember to keep your promise. So. You also need to set you goals to be fairly challenging. Invest some time to plan your career. So it is important to be flexible in your goals and to continue with the process to adjust your professional goal setting. You will be highly committed if the goals you set are something you really want to accomplish. Usually your professional goals are related with your financial goals.

quarterly. or surf the Internet's investment web sites. medium-term (1 to 3 years) and long-term (5 years or more) goals. Read Money magazine or a book about investing. paying off credit card debt. but at least semi-annually. which will make this process easier. saving for a down payment on a house. whether they are saving to send your kids to college or University. Financial goal setting Step 4: Evaluate your progress as often as needed.Financial goal setting Financial goal setting Step 1: Identify and write down your financial goals. Review your progress monthly. Financial goal setting Step 3: Educate yourself and do your research. buying a new car. or at any other interval you feel comfortable with. to determine if your program is working. . going on vacation. or planning for you and your spouse·s retirement. Financial goal setting Step 2: Break each financial goal down into several short-term (less than 1 year).

you must spend it and buy stuff with it. Remember.Goal setting exercises Exercise One: The Million Pounds Giveaway If I was given a million pounds today but I have to spend it immediately. List ten things that you truly want. Take out a piece of paper and list them. You can't invest it in stocks or put it in the bank. I would buy the following ten things. .

Exercise Two: Long lost friend You come across a good old friend today. Both of you are delighted to see each other again. He says:" I haven·t seen you for three years! How are you doing recently?" You answer his questions: I live in (town. You lose contact with this friend and haven't seen him for three years. village ): The car that I drive is: I am making a living by (job title/job role): I am earning (USD per year): My hobbies and interests are: I have given up/I have taken up: Since I·ve last seen you a new skill that I have acquired is: My partner is: Other: . city.

.Exercise Three ² Charity Giveaway: If I had US$100.000 to give to a single charity I would give it to: Write it on the paper.

but did it anyway.Exercise Four: The last time I felt was The last time that I felt success was: The last time that I did something that I really. really didn·t want to do. was: The last time I felt truly happy was: The last time I felt truly at peace was: The last time I felt really proud of myself was: The last new skill that I developed was: The last time that I felt totally focused was: .

Picture this incredible wealth. loan repayments or other payments. Now.Exercise Five ² ´I am financially freeµ You have won the lottery and acquired millions and millions of dollars. what are you going to do? How are you going to fill each day? . You don't have to worry about bills coming.

Exercise Four: ´The last time I feltµ was helps you to appreciate life and enables you to know when you are experiencing certain ¶feelings·. This exercise indicates how you would like to spend your time and what you really want to do. needs and drivers. Exercise Five ² ´I am financially freeµ. Exercise Three ² Charity Giveaway shows how you would like to contribute to the society. and to help others.Lets Take a Look«. Goal setting exercises One: The Million Pounds Giveaway gives you your long-term goals. It gives you a point of reference for the future to feel that experience again. This will be your short-term goal. you will know your purpose. . Goal setting exercises Two: Long lost friend gives you the answers to what you want to achieve in three years time. Could you do more of this in your life? Could you even do this for a living? Just think it. If you do these exercises honestly. passions. All of these you want to achieve in your lifetime or even in the next decade.

. What qualities do they have that you admire? Often the characteristics that you admire in another can say a lot about the type of person that you would like to be. lack of money. personal relationships. finance. family. community citizenship and any others that you can think of. Don't limit yourself by your fears.Goal setting activity: Emulate someone you admire Imagine somebody that you admire and respect. Practice 'no limit' thinking. or a lack of time clarify a vision of your ideal self. Write a paragraph on the type of person that you would like to be in each area of your life. Take a blank piece of paper and write down the qualities of this person in each life domain: career.

adventure. personal and present tense) select four sub-goals one from each area in your life such as health. wealth. pictures and symbols that represent your goals . Step 3: Draw-What does it look like? Place your right brain template next to your left brain template and draw images.Goal Mapping Step 1: Dream ² What do you want? Vision for future Step 2: Order.What·s most important? Identify THE MAIN GOAL: the one that would most help in achieving others (write in positive. work or home.

whose help will you require? Who will have responsibility for the major actions of the goal? What roles will you play? Record names and qualities of character in pictures and words .Goal Mapping Step 4: Why.how will you achieve it? New habits.why do you want it? What are the benefits? Capture both words and feelings on your templates Step 5:When.When do you want it? Step 6: How. skills etc? state them in pictures and words Step 7: who.

love. myself) How: arrange investment. arrange time off Sub goals: I exercise regularly.An Example: Main Goal ´I am on top of the worldµ Why: freedom. I create a happy home When: achievement date Who (the bank. my teacher. become qualified. family Sub goals: My career is taking off. I live a balanced life .

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