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Goal Setting Template – The Anatomy of a Good Goal

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I know change is inevitable. Even necessary to avoid becoming stagnant. If you are trying to grow yourself and/or your business, dealing with change is part of the process. Identify the goals that will get you to the next level is important to growing your business. Goals in and of themselves typically are not written correctly, therefore a goal setting template is needed.

As I review last year, I see that in fact there was a lot of business growth. Indeed a lot of new changes occurred in my business, with a new website and a blog. In addition, I took on leadership roles in a couple of business organizations that I belong to.

Looking at past years’ goals, I see changes going on almost every year. In my last blog, I talked about having a review process when setting goals.  Several times a year you should review where you are on your short-term goals. To learn more, check out the blog, ‘Reflection – Goal Setting, the Process of Reviewing.’

Today‘s conversation is about setting good goals and specifically answers:

What does the Anatomy of a Great Goal look like? What are some examples of goals? And finally, what areas of your life should you set goals for?

Goal Setting template -Anatomy of a goal:

A goal is a clearly stated, owned statement with a time-frame.

The parts of a good goal are:

A Positive statement:

  1. Own the goal: “I am.”   Talk like it is actually part of your life.
  2. Stating the goal: Clearly state the goal, being as specific as you can.
  3. Put a time-frame on it; When would you like to accomplish this? Be specific.


The Plan

Break the goal down into smaller or more specific goals. This is how to get to your goal.

 Would you like me to look at your goals and make sure you are on the right track? Get a complimentary consult and we can look them over.

Goal Setting -Type of Goals

There are two types of goals:

  1. Goals that will have a clear ending -i.e., vacations, buying a new vehicle.
  2. Goals that will be on-going; these would not have an end, i.e. healthy living, converting to green living.


Goals with ‘clear endings’

Here is an intention, that I would like to carry out with a specific end.

I want an average of 4 speaking events this year, each coming from a different source.
Better example:
Here I wrote the goal as a well-thought-out statement, adhering to the correct anatomy of a well-written goal:
I am speaking in front of groups of 5 or more at least once a quarter in 2014.
I am speaking in front of groups larger than 50 at least twice in 2014.
I am actively searching for other organizations & people to host my speaking engagements.
I am holding a workshop, that I sponsor and run, once a quarter.


Creating the plan

In this phase, I think about the process and formulate the 1st steps of my plan that will hopefully lead me on the path to my goal.

During this process, I tend to ramble as I write.  The idea is to write every thought, idea or question that might need consideration or answered.  Once you have exhausted everything you can write, step away from it for a short time.  Then look over what you wrote and formulate your ideas into a series of steps. Rinse and repeat this process, because with each idea, question or concern you should go through this process again.  Until you are to the last ‘To-Do’ item, that constantly leads down the path to your goal. The idea is to stay on that path, but sometimes it will head off in a different direction. At that time you should use My Review Process.  Determine if the process is on track or is it in need of tweaking. Constantly check how it is going.

Here is a very abbreviated idea of what this process might look like:

Describe speaking engagements? Who do I present to? What do I present? (Leading a meeting does not count.) SendOutCards, follow-up strategies, or something similar, to a sales group:

These speaking engagements will be on the internet, or in person, or both.

Do I want to include conference calls and webinars?

I need to make a list of potential people, businesses & organizations that could be a sponsor of one of my events.>

I need to flesh out my workshops.  How many workshops can I design on the topic of Follow-up?

What are some other topics that I would work my workshops?


Goals that are on-going

Here’s an On-going intention that I’ve been trying to carry out for some time:

 I want to start each day with positive energy.

Here I wrote the goal as a well-thought-out goal, adhering to the correct anatomy of a well-written goal:

  • I am starting each day with positive energy.
  • I am writing down 5 successes I accomplished each day. I spend a few moments in the morning thinking about what I achieved from my previous day, and writing them down.
  • I am doing some type of exercise 30 minutes every morning that I am able. Currently, those mornings that are available are Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.  The types of exercises I take part in are Tai-Chi, Hula Hoop and walking.
  • I eat a healthy breakfast each day.  One that helps me kick-start my metabolism for the day.

How to write a well-written goal:

My 1st statement “I want to start each day with positive energy.” is not a goal, it is a wish.  I did not own the statement. Using ‘want’ is too ambiguous.

To own a statement, write it as if it is currently happening as if you are already doing it. Write your goal in a present time-frame.

I am starting each day with positive energy.

I own the statement, with ‘I am.’ I state a simple goal that has a time-frame worked into it:‘start each day with positive energy.’

Goals fall into 5 categories:

Personal – Personal goals, family, other social goals, education
Health – Living, including healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, clean living, education
Business – Business growth, marketing, education
Finances – Personal, business, investment, retirement, education
Spiritual – Self, religion, education


Did you notice that I included education in every area of goal-creating?

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself”.  John Dewey

In anything, it is about the journey. If education is not part of your life, it is only a portion of a life. Education does not always mean formal education provided by school systems and colleges. Engage in learning can be done in a multitude of ways, knowledge by reading, and reading a variety of authors, books, blogs, and articles. Find people in a chosen goal area to follow, subscribe to their newsletters, and follow them on social media platforms (if they are active there). Attend workshops, seminars, and conferences. Find gurus and mentors to help you along the path, and do mentor others yourself. One of the greatest ways to learn is by imparting your knowledge to others.


Your challenge is to write out your goals. To help get you started, choose 3 goals you would like to work on for the year.  Follow my above goal setting template, and post those goals here. If you are part of Resolution Diaries: the Interview series, post your goals on the Facebook group.

I am offering a 15-minute complimentary and confidential evaluation of your 3 goals, including recommendations, when you email me your goals.

You can sign up to save a spot for the next interview series.

Until next time.
Take Time to Live a Life that Inspires You.