• How to Set Goals



    • To recognize the difference between short and long-term goals

    • To recognize the difference between personal, educational and career goals

    • To write out sound goal setting strategies


    • To complete a goal clarification worksheet involving short and long term goals

    • To state short and long term goals

    • To list realistic and unrealistic goals


    People without goals are people without direction.  Goals are all about where we are going in a particular area of life and a plan for getting there.  It is said that people who are without goals are “dead in the water”.  Do not waste time and energy, but rather focus on your goals and a plan for reaching your destination.  

    In almost every goal-setting site, you will hear about the importance of writing out your goals and making sure they are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and have a timeline. 

    Goal setting can take place in many different areas of life.  It may involve setting goals for education, your career, financial goals, personal health, or family growth goals, to name a few.  For a reference to good goal-setting strategies and an overview of what sound goal-setting practices are, go to the following links: 

                Setting Goals:  an overview -- Click on http://www.myGoals.com .

                An example of setting smart goals -- Click on http://www.utmb.edu/hp/smart_goals.htm .

                Why you should set goals? -- Click on http://www.topachievement.com/tutorial/index.html and

                go to achieving success with goals setting.

                Write them out. -- Click on http://www.trackman.org/library/smart_goals.html .

                7 Easy Steps to Powerful written goals -- Click on

                http://www.topachievement.com/goalsetting.html .

    New Instruction:

    Thinking about short and long term goals and taking action on them.  Complete your goal-setting worksheet byclicking on http://www.rapcoalition.com/goals.htm .

    Feedback and Review:

    Setting Realistic goals:    Click on http://www.highiq.net/smart_goals.html .

    Take time now to write out the career and educational goals that you are visualizing for your life.  On a piece of paper list your career goal and the steps that are necessary for you to bring this goal to successful completion.  Continue to make reference to the following site as a guide for your goal-setting exercise.  It lists the essential ingredients tosound goal-setting practices.  Go tohttp://www.ilru.org/online/handouts/2001/Culley/carla1.html

    • Start with the  present action you need to take.

    • Follow up with “next steps” for reaching your education/career goal.

    • Evaluate whether they are realistic and attainable. 

    • Think about possible “barriers” that may impede success in reaching your goal.

    • Focus on the solutions that will help you meet with success.

    Now go to final sections and test yourself on the knowledge you have gained in successfully setting and implementing your goals. 

    Transfer of Knowledge or Skills:

    Why not take action?  The following worksheet can provide you with a format for writing out your goal-setting action plan. 

    Help in taking action!

    An Action Plan Worksheet for your use.  Click on http://www.tqd.com/SAMP_Goals_wksht.html .