Goal Planning: Measuring Success

Having goals is great but what we now need to know is – how will we know when we have succeeded?

Put another way, what does success mean in relation to this goal?

Defining Success

It’s clear that some goals will be easier to quantify than others. For instance, a goal to renovate the kitchen will clearly have a measurement of success that there will be a new kitchen installed. A goal to get a promotion or move house also have very clear measurements of success.

Others need to be given a context. My goal for 2020 was to be overall fitter and healthier than the previous year. My measurement for this was four things:

  1. Being able to get into a particular pair of jeans
  2. Attending the gym 3-4 times per week on average
  3. Increased weight load for basic gym exercises
  4. An increase in average daily steps compared to last year

I felt that these particular measurements would indicate an improvement on last year. For you, this goal might include things such as:

  • losing 10kg of weight
  • reducing waist measurement by 2 inches
  • walking 10,000 steps per day / increasing steps walked by 2000 on average per day each quarter

As you can see, these examples are very specific measurements of success that can be easily compared month on month and year on year.


For each of your goals, decide what will indicate that you have succeeded.


Setting the plan for 2021 and getting clear on what actually needs to be done.

Are you able to define what success means to you? Struggling to quantify? Share your goal in the comments and let us help you

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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