Foundations of Goal Setting

When we look to set goals, there’s a temptation to pick something that we “think” is something good to aspire to – and often that is the case.

That’s to say, there’s nothing wrong with plucking something out of the air or picking something that we have seen our favourite celebrity do or perhaps someone closer to home. You know, something that seems like it might be fun, or challenging, or whichever outcome you desire from that pursuit.

Yet for us to be able to truly succeed we still have to consider the following factors:

  • Can we still be true to our priorities and ensure that we treat them as such?
  • Does it fit our values rather than lead us in a direction that makes us uncomfortable?
  • Is it really something that needs to be changed or does it’s existence enable us to meet the demands of our priorities and values?
  • Does it fit the future vision we have of ourselves?
  • Do we have a big enough reason why or is it someone else’s reason that we based our goal on?

These things form the foundation of our goals and, like a house, give us something strong to build on.

Another Piece of the Puzzle

Now, I know what some of you are thinking – aren’t successful goals set using a SMART framework? (If you’re not familiar with the acronym, it stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound).

I’d agree that SMART goals are good for work goals. You need to set a very definitive plan at work that is associated with the role or future role you play. There has to be some way of knowing that it can be achieved and the deadline is usually obvious – the next appraisal point.

When it comes to personal goals, though, a little more flexibility is good. We might not be as specific in our high level goal, but instead look at specifics as to how we get there. We might not know if it is achievable to its fullest extent, but we might be able to get some of the way there.

However, I would agree that there is another piece of the puzzle that we need to address and that’s all coming up in the next week as we look at making plans for achieving our goals.


Take a look at your list of goals and verify that they are the ones that are most pertinent to your future vision.

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We’ll be setting a plan this week but first, we need to know how we are going to measure our success.

Are you willing to share your top 3 goals in the comments below yet?

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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