Monday, July 25, 2011

Goal Setting Activities

These goal setting activities can expand your horizons and clarify your personal goal setting.  Participate in these goal setting activities to reach new levels of success and happiness.

The foundation of personal goal setting success is having a clear vision of what you want out of life and taking purposeful steps to achieve your vision. Personal goal setting creates a bridge between today’s vision and tomorrow’s reality. An important part of your vision is bound in the personal values that you hold.

These goal setting activities focus on your personal values and what is important to you.


If your personal values do not match up with your long-term goals, then your long-term goals are less meaningful for you.

In the lingo of goal setting theory, you lack commitment.

Tapping into your commitment is the "white gold" of motivation.With commitment and the right goal setting plan you achieve more than you dreamed of.

Here I provide goal setting activities that help to clarify your vision and the values that are important to you. These activities also give you the tools to take the purposeful steps to achieve your vision.

Goal setting activity #1: Your retirement dinner 

Imagine it is your retirement dinner.

It is an unusual retirement dinner at which your family, friends, and colleagues stand up and describe the type of person that you are for them.

How would you like to be remembered?

What do you want your children and friends to say about you?

How would you like to be described by your colleagues?

By creating a vision of what you would like to be in the future, in different areas of your life, you often reflect the personal values that are most important to you in each of these different areas.

Write down on a sheet of paper what you would like each person to say about the different areas of your life.

At the same time, think about what is important to you and the type of person that you would like to be.

Form a goal setting worksheet and identify those areas of your life that are most important to you. This can help you to clarify priorities for future goal setting strategies.

Goal setting activity #2: Emulate someone you admire

If you have trouble visualizing your retirement dinner in goal setting activity #1, then imagine somebody that you admire and respect.

What qualities do they have that you admire?

Often the characteristics that you admire in another can say a lot about the type of person that you would like to be.

Take a blank piece of paper and write down the qualities of this person in each life domain: career, finance, family, personal relationships, community citizenship and any others that you can think of.

Write a paragraph on the type of person that you would like to be in each area of your life. Practice 'no limit' thinking.

Don't limit yourself by your fears, lack of money, or a lack of time - clarify a vision of your ideal self.

Goal setting activity #3: Develop goal setting plans for each area of your life

In the above goal setting activities you have provided an ideal vision of the different areas of your life, spanning career, family, and social and personal life.

It is helpful when you are trying to create a vision of the type of person that you want to be to consider your life from these different aspects.

The following goal setting activity makes these personal visions of yourself more concrete.

Family goal setting. Do you want to spend more quality time with your family? What sort of parent or partner do you want to be?

Education goal setting. Do you want to learn something new or become an expert in a particular area? What new skills do you want to acquire?

Fitness goal setting. Do you want to lose weight or become fitter? Perhaps you want to improve your game or remain motivated to keep training. Do you want to remain healthy as you get older? What steps do you need to take?

Setting financial goals. What sort of money do you want to earn? Do you want to achieve financial freedom? If so, then how?

Setting personal goals. Do you want to maintain a positive mindset? Are there behaviors that you want to improve? Do you want to have more pleasure and happiness in your life?

Career goal setting. Where do you want to be in your career? What type of job do you want to work in? What skills do you want to learn for your job?

Goal activity #4: Practice setting SMART goals

In the above goal setting activities you have clarified your personal vision. You then made these abstract goals more concrete by developing goal setting strategies in goal setting activity #3.

In this goal setting activity you are going to try to develop SMART goals.

SMART goals are a proven method of maximizing goal setting success.

Pick one of your goals. Whether you choose a career goal, a fitness goal or a personal goal, try to identify how you can make your goal SMART.

SMART goals take your goal setting to the next level. Setting SMART goals show that you have goal setting skills that set you apart from others.

SMART goals are an acronym for setting Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-bound goals - and they can dramatically increase your chances of achieving goals.

Goal activity #5: Prioritize your goals

Enthusiasm for goal setting is great - but sometimes enthusiasm needs to be focused into what is important for you.


A by-product of enthusiasm can mean that you set too many goals. 
This can spread you too thin and result in not achieving any of your important goals!

Perhaps you want to

  • achieve financial success,
  • spend more time with your family?
  • achieve greater fitness, or
  • get that dream job.

While these are great things to aim for, too many goals can be a distraction and take your focus away on what is important to you.

These goal setting activities can help you to prioritize your goals according to what is important to you.

Alternatively, obtaining goal setting forms can help you clarify what is important and worth paying the price for in terms of your time and energy.

Join me as we continue this series with:  Goal Setting Tips: How to Avoid Making  the More Common Errors in Goal Setting.

What Goal Setting Activities Have Worked for You?

Do you have a great goal
 setting activity? Share it!
Think, Grow. Live!

Roland N. Gilbert

Roland works one-on-one – via phone and face-to-face – and with MasterMind Groups. Through Couples Coaching Roland helps clients communicate better, find the love they want, and create relationships of significance. Contact Roland at 800-974-3692 or to determine if coaching is right for you.