Goal Setting: Create Your Personal Plan

Goal Setting is personal and unique to each person but there are a few guidelines that can be employed by all to make that process a little easier and ensure you get to where you want to go.

Brainstorm Your Goals

This is the time to get creative and consider all the different areas of your life including career, education, finance, family, health and well, being, relationships, skills and hobbies.  Prioritise these goals from most to least important so that you can focus on those that are the most meaningful or will have a greater impact on your life. 

Make them SMART

Using this approach will ensure your goals are clearly defined and attainable

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-bound

i.e. If your goal is to run in a race, the SMART criteria would turn this into: I will run the Queenstown half-marathon in November 2019.

Make a Plan

Break each goal down into a series of steps and act towards completing them on a regular, scheduled basis. This will ensure you maintain momentum and can celebrate small wins along the way. When making this plan be realistic on time allocation, working in with existing commitments and remember to utilise your resources.

Tips to Stay on Track

  • Write your goals down in a visible place so they stay front of mind.
  • Protect your time by scheduling goal-related actions into your calendar.
  • Review your progress and update your SMART goals regularly.
  • Regularly revisit the priority weightings of your goals.
  • Be realistic, allowing for internal and external limitations.
  • Use positive and proactive language when setting, reviewing and referencing your goals.

Read more on goal identification and setting here