Setting an Outcome Based Goal
We all have things we want to achieve in life. These things may be large, small, significant, insignificant or even just plain ridiculous. Often these intentions are simple wishful thinking, or even more concrete in that there is some sort of thinking how it may be achieved.
Although we may achieve goals by accident, in most cases moving towards achievement needs formal thinking and a defined approach. This e-guide is meant to stimulate your thinking about what it is that you want to achieve and move you to a point where you may choose to actively do things about achieving your desired goal.
Step 1 – What is your vision for your life?
Step 2 – What are the values and beliefs you hold dear?
Step 3 – What is it that you want to achieve?
- Can you create a picture of what you want in your mind?
- Is it something positive?
- Is this something that you want to achieve for yourself? Remember that you cannot achieve for someone else, or else it would be their goal.
- Is this something that you really want? No use putting effort and time into something that you do not really want.
- Is it in your control? Can you achieve this with the resources you have available to you? Resources may include money, time, skills, other people that can help you and more.
- What would it be like if you achieved this goal? Create a little story in which you describe the world where you have achieved what you want in terms of this goal.
- What parts of your life is enhanced through this goal?
- How does the achievement of this goal affect the people around you? Your family? Significant other? Colleagues? Friends? Others?
- Is this a win-win goal?
- What is the effect of achieving this goal on your career, family, friends, health and other aspects of your life?
- What is the price you will have to pay in achieving the goal? Time, money, friendship, family life and other sacrifices.
- Is it worth it?
- Is the achievement of this goal consistent with your vision of your life?
- Is the achievement of this goal consistent with your values and beliefs?
- Do you still want this? If you do, go on to step 4.
Step 4 – What is your plan?
- What steps must you take to achieve this goal?
- How will you know you have achieved this goal?
- How will you measure that you have achieved this goal?
- What is the first and smallest step you can take immediately to achieve this goal?
- And what is the next step?
- When are you going to take that next step?
Step 5 – Will you persist?
- Keep on taking the next step until you get there
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