Outcome focused: Once you understand your WHY (and it’s an enthusiastic
WHY) you’re 90% there!
In line with your values:
The more a goal aligns with your inner or core values – the EASIER it will be
to achieve. NOTE: We can achieve goals that don’t align with
our values but it’s harder to do and less satisfying.
Stated in the positive: ie. “I want healthy fingernails” rather than “I
want to stop biting my nails”
Specific (so you know exactly what you’re trying to
Measurable (so you know when you’ve achieved it!)
Action-oriented (so you can DO something about it!)
Realistic (so it IS achievable) and
Time-Bound (has a deadline)
Focusing on the Outcome:
What is it that you really, REALLY want? Dig deep…
What is the SPECIFIC outcome you’re looking
What is the PAIN for you of NOT achieving
Aligning with your Values:
Is this goal in line
with your life vision/overall life-plan? (Don’t
know – what does your gut tell you?)
Is this goal in line with your values? (Unsure?Ask yourself what’s REALLY important to you in life – will this goal
help you achieve more of that?)
Are the goals something YOU truly want, or
are they something you think you SHOULD have or SHOULD be doing? (Tip: If it is a SHOULD, it may be someone
When you think about your goal does it give
you a sense of deep contentment or ‘rightness’, happiness and/or excitement? (If so, these are good signs that it’s a
If you could have the
goal RIGHT NOW – would you take it? (If
not, why not? What issues are there?)
How does this goal fit
into your life/lifestyle? (Time/effort/commitments/who else might be
Can YOU start &
maintain this goal/outcome? (ie. Do you have complete control over
How will making this
change affect other aspects of your life? (ie.
What else might you need to deal with?)
good about your CURRENT SITUATION? (ie. What’s the benefit of staying right where you
are?) Then ask, how can I keep those good aspects while STILL making
might you have to give up/stop doing to achieve this goal? (Essentially,
what’s the price of making this change – and are you willing to pay it?)
If there was
something important around achieving this goal (to help you succeed, or that
could get in the way) that you haven’t mentioned yet, what would it be?
you have to BE to achieve this goal?
Is your goal the
right size to be working on? Too big? Break down into smaller goals.
Too small? Fit into a larger goal.
would be the MINIMUM/Super-Easy level of goal to achieve?
What would be your
TARGET level of goal to achieve?
What would be your
EXTRAORDINARY level of goal to achieve?
Resources – get moving:
What RESOURCES do you already have to help you achieve
Make a list! (eg. things, support from people,
contacts, personal qualities, knowledge, skills, money, time etc).
What RESOURCES do you NEED to help you achieve your
goal? Make a list!
IMPORTANT: REMEMBER – GOALS are there to INSPIRE YOU not to beat
yourself up with!