Goal Setting 1 – Define Your Objectives
The first and possibly most important phase of goal setting is defining your objectives.
This means getting clear on what you want to achieve and at the same time being as specific and detailed as possible.
You cannot hit a target you can’t see clearly!
There is a tendency for all of us to focus more on what we do not want which is a sure recipe for failure. You can never solve a problem using the same thinking that created it in the first place. That is why effective goal setting is so important.
I always favour a solution focused approach in my work both as a therapist and coach.
Many clients who come to me, whether for coaching or therapy, will often have a very clear idea of the problem but not have the least idea about their goals, what they would rather have instead.
If someone is anxious or depressed we do not want to spend the bulk of our time talking about those things that provoked feelings of anxiety or depression in the first place. Indeed, it is true to say that these people are already too good at focusing on distressing and depressing aspects of their lives.
What is required is a solution focused approach and once the problem (that which is not wanted) is identified we can spend the bulk of our time and energy on the solution (what is wanted). Once you have specified your objectives in as much detail as possible you can go on to the next step.
The Balance Sheet exercise will
- clarify your goals and objectives
- help you to turn a problem into a potential solution
- encourage you to think positively about what you want (goal), rather than what you do not (problem).
To download Balance Sheet exercise click the link below. It is a word file so you can use it as it is or print it off and fill by hand.