Why Set Goals?

Goal setting is used by achievers at all levels,  top-level athletes, successful business-people and achievers in all fields. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation  . It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you’ll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence  , as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you’ve set.

Starting to Set Personal Goals

You set your goals on a number of levels:

  • First you create your “big picture” of what you want to do with your life (or over, say, the next 10 years), and identify the large-scale goals that you want to achieve.
  • Then, you break these down into the smaller and smaller targets that you must hit to reach your lifetime goals.
  • Finally, once you have your plan, you start working on it to achieve these goals.

This is why we start the process of goal setting by looking at your lifetime goals. Then, we work down to the things that you can do in, say, the next five years, then next year, next month, next week, and today, to start moving towards them.

Here are some handouts to help you along your Goal Setting way!

This sheet is to be used to generate ideas, dream and think BIG! Answer the questions: Where do you want to go? What do you want to give back? What do you want to learn? What do you want to become? What do you want to see? What do you want to share?


This sheet allows you to begin to see those things that are important to you and how to prioritize them.

Here is a great video by the late, great Stephen Covey about Big Rocks


This sheet is the Wheel of Life and checks your current situation for balance.


These documents are the handouts I use when presenting the Goal Getting Seminar.