The Beginners Guide to Goal-Setting

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Goals and Goal-Setting

It is important after you have clarified what your goals are going to be for 2016 to figure out what kind of goals they are and how you are going to meet them. The following are some tools to help you get started on a plan to meet your goals.

Left-Brain Grid Approach – S.M.A.R.T.

Specific (avoid being vague or general)

Measurable (starting from a baseline, what would determine that you have moved forward?)

Achievable (don’t set goals too high, set steps for them to be achievable, set goals you will succeed at)

Relevant (Focus on something the you feel passionate about, that you truly want to achieve)

Time-linked (targeted date, when)


Sample Goal: Gain more clients for my coaching business by participating in a networking group.

This is a worthy goal. But, how would you know if the networking group actually helped you get more clients? Include a metric to measure progress in meeting the goal.

SMART Goal: Gain 2 clients each quarter for my coaching business by participating in a monthly networking group by February 28, 2016.

I highly suggest putting a date associated with the goal so that you have something to work towards and an end point. This will also help you stay focused on the goal and it is measurable.

Right-Brain Organic Approach – S.A.F.E

See the end result – having a mental picture of the goal, what does it look like

Accept the end result – may not know how yet, but be open to possibility

Feel the end result – what emotions are associated with obtaining the goal

Express the end result – solidify the goal by creatively expressing it, (vision boards, write or paint about it)


Sample Goal: I would like to go on a vacation to Hawaii by March 31, 2016.

SAFE Goal: This is more multisensory. Utilizes Images, Metaphors, Role Models (Archetypes), Vision Boards, Mind Mapping, Guided Visualization. For this goal I could do a vision board with pictures that represented the vacation I want to have this year.

I still recommend writing down the goals with this approach. By making the visualized goals measurable and having an end date with this approach you will be more likely to meet them. Otherwise, it can be easy to look at (vision board etc.) but you may have a harder time achieving it since there is no formal timeline that you are committing to.

Goal Commitment

The following are some ways to support the your commitment to work towards goals:

  • Express them – write them out and post them where you can see them
  • Expressing them in the form of an artwork (ie. Vision Board)
  • Share them with chosen people (coach, mentor, teacher, creative group)
  • Protect them from others who may be thoughtlessly intrusive or critical
  • Review them frequently-I can’t stress this enough! It is incredibly easy to get off track and hard to get back on if a lot of time has passed

What is important to remember is to take the goals you have identified pick a plan and commit to following through. Also, don’t focus on too many goals at one time otherwise you will become scattered and frustrated by not meeting them an yes, I am speaking from experience! 🙂

Plan your goals out and remember that each goal has multiple steps within reaching that goal. Make sure that you will have enough space and time in your schedule to meet your goals realistically. Some goals are long-term goals and they may take 3, 6, 9 months or all of 2016 to reach so make sure that your timeline for reaching them sets you up for success!

What is your experience with writing goals? When you write them down do you have more success in meeting them? I’d love to hear.

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