Goal Setting

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short but in setting our aim too low and achieving our mark.” Michelangelo

Key Thought: The purpose of setting a goal is to change your life in a positive way. Goals are a way of managing your growth and development as a person and help you manage the change. Goals are milestones of our life long journey not the endpoints. Goals are designed to make our journey meaningful

Your life would be stagnant without personal change. It is up to you to decide how much risk you’re willing to accept to achieve your goals. Goals need to raise your expectations for your life and make the most of the skills, gifts, and talents you have. Your goals provide opportunities for change, development, and growth.

• Goals are an essential part of life
• Goals develop and grow you
• Goals provide focus and direction
• Goals provide a sense of accomplishment
• Goals identify desired outcomes and results

Seven Dimensions of Personal F(X) Development

 Setting life-effecting goals provides you with a global outlook that shapes your decision-making ability. To give a comprehensive, balanced study of all-important areas in your life, try to set goals in some of the following seven different types or dimensions of personal goals you can set to enhance your personal life—Emotional, Spiritual, Social, Personal Leadership, Technical/Professional, Mental, and Physical.

  • Emotional – What fears do you want to overcome? What do you want to learn to control or manage your emotions? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Spiritual – What do you want to study, explore, or practice about spiritualism, your faith, or another religion? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Social — What do you currently do for your community? Are you part of a volunteer organization or do you volunteer your time to help others? How many hours per week do you volunteer? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Personal – What do you want to do to learn to express yourself authentically? What do you need to do to pursue new friends and encounter new people? What do you want to do to enjoy your family relationships more? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Technical/Professional — What do you want to reach in your career, or what do you want to achieve in your profession? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Mental — Is there any specific information or knowledge you want to gain? What development and growth skills do you want to gain? What new mindset’s do you want develop that will help you in your life? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?
  • Physical – What are the Health/Physical goals you want to achieve? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?

Goals Setting Points
A beginning step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your life. The whole point of setting goals, after all, is to achieve them. It does you no good to go think of goals without acting on them or completing them. Unfortunately, many people dream about doing something and fail to write it down and actually aplly action the dream.

1) Writing down your goals is a first step toward achieving them. Writing down your goals is establishing them as a reality you want to achieve versus a desire of the heart. When you write a goal down helps to provide the concreteness of goal establishment.

2) Ensure you set achievable goals. Goals need to stretch and grow you but they still need to be within your ability and capability. As experience, achievement, and self-assurance develop, then you can set your sights on an even higher goal to attain.

3) Developing sound goals is critical to managing your life. Each year you should establish and write down your goals. I use the F.O.R.G.E.D. model for establishing goals and objectives.


  • Forward Focused Thinking–Begin with the end in mind and visualize your goal achievement. Envision yourself reaching your goal. See the outcome of your goal and the effect it will have on your life. Taking the time to picture the results of your desired goal will provide you with the urgency and the energy to accomplish the goal. You will stay motivated to work toward your goal when you envision the desired outcome.
  • Outcome Oriented–Action-oriented goals mean that I will accomplish an activity that produces outcomes and results. Example: I will attend three leadership seminars this year to improve my leadership skills.
  • Goal line Mindset — In order to for you to take action on your goal, you need to establish a schedule of completion that provides a realistic amount of time for you to achieve the goal. The schedule must have enough time for you to reach the goal, but not too much time that you lose interest in it.
  • Realistic and Relevant:–Realistic and Relevant goals are challenging but achievable and motivate you because they are important to you. Realistic and relevant goals are important to your growth and development requirements because they challenge you to grow and develop. You need to establish goals that excite, energize, and motivate you to succeed.
  • Expressed Positively: Whatever your goal is, it should be expressed in clear and well-defined terms. You need to have an inspiring goal to help you to stay motivated. Ideally, you should set a goal for yourself that requires you to grow and develop as you progress toward your objective. Imagining the positive result of your efforts can help to motivate you even further. This technique can encourage you to persevere when facing obstacles to your goal. A positively expressed goal provides you with the enthusiasm and passion to complete the goal.
  • Detailed and specific: Specific means the goal needs to be as concrete as possible. Why do you want to achieve and accomplish the goal? Be as specific as possible to reduce ambiguity. your goal needs to be as measurable and specific as possible so that your can evaluate your progress. This will enable you to know when you have achieved your goal. The final attribute of effective goals is that they are specific. To keep your efforts on track, you need to document your goals in clear terms, and explain how you intend to achieve them. Example: I want to improve my leadership skills by attending leadership seminars this year.

4) Periodically review your goal line focus. A periodic review of your goal will help ensure that they continue to be realistic, relevant, and on its way to achieve you desired outcome. The goal review will help you to decide if you want to change the goal or to refocus or refine the outcome of the goal.

Seven Dimensions of Self Development Goal Exercise

 The exercise below will help you define your desired improvement areas in the seven dimensions of personal development. Write down goals that you feel you want to improve. Refer to the information above to help you establish your goal-setting guidelines.

Emotional Goals
Social Goals
Mental Goals
Personal Goals
Professional/Technical Goals
Physical Goals
Spiritual Goals

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