Goal Setting 101

When it comes to “goal setting”, I am sure many of us are familiar with the term. We may set short term goals such as “pay one parking ticket” or long term goals such as “become a millionaire”. And although goal setting is now a sexy intervention, the reality is for many of us, it’s a one time “New Years resolution” no follow through type of ordeal. And, guess what that is OK! Whether you’ve set countless goals and achieved every single one or set them and never achieved one, I am here to let you know goal setting is an important part of personal growth and achievement.

As a therapist, goal setting is an integral part of healing for my clients and our practice. We work with clients to set goals that can help them measure their progress against a base line of where they are and where they would like to end up. For example, an individual struggling with personal relationships may create a goal of “identifying 3 healthy relationship boundaries” or “identify and practice 3 coping skills for one month”.

Get out a pen and paper and let’s do a goal setting exercise.

Answer the following questions. There is no right or wrong answers. 

  1. Is there anything about my life or myself that I wish was different?

 

  

  2. What are my goals in the following areas: 

Mental Goals

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Emotional Goals

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Physical Goals

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Spiritual Goals

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Family Goals

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Career Goals

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What is keeping me from reaching my goals? 

*Be honest with yourself here. Maybe it is a person, time-commitments, lack of motivation, depression, etc. 

What steps can I take to reach my goals?

*Think small steps. Often we become overwhelmed because there is so much between ourselves and a goal. Think; what can I do today that puts on step onto the balance beam?