GOALSETTINGTrident Technical CollegeStudent Support Services
GOAL SETTINGWHAT IS A GOAL?A desired result or end-point.The end toward which effort is directed
GOALS & OBJECTIVES Think of a goal as the destination of a trip, and the objectives are how you’re going to get from here to there. Each objective may have several action steps associated with it as well.
If you are planning a vacation,what steps do you take toensure a great trip? When will you leave? How ill you get there? What method of transportation will be used? Where will you be lodging? How much money can you spend? What will you wear? What will you do when you get there?
Set your Goal & Own It!! Thegoal and objectives should be yours. It’s alright to accept advice and suggestions from others, but you will be more motivated to do something if it’s something you really want to do. Be cautious about defining success in terms of what your spouse, parent or friend sees as success for you.
Create Your Plan, Work Your PlanThe greatest enemy of action is the lack of a plan. Goals are only wishful thinking unless …. you define objectives to reach the goal! Objectives must have specific measurements and you must act upon them.
Choose Good Objectives tohelp you reach your Goal.Objectives should be: Inspirational – to keep you motivated Time bound – to keep you focused Measurable – clearly define what is expected Attainable
Inspirational The objectives should be uplifting and positive. Have confidence in yourself. Picture yourself reaching your goal.
Timebound Good objectives have target dates and set time limits with defined start and stop dates. Often you will have multiple action steps for an objective and each step may have a target date.
Measurable Measure your progress by milestones, percentages and dates. Lose weight is not specific, but lose 30 pounds at 1 pound a week can be measured by simply stepping on a scale.
Timebound AND Measurable “I want to read 24 books” may be your goal but it is not a good objective….. A better statement would be: “I’ll read 2 books a month for the next year”This statement is better because it has: milestones or targets that are measurable (2 books) time limits (a month) and a target date (for the next year)
Make each step ACHEIVABLE Objectivesshould challenge you, but they should not be a fantasy or daydream. Make them realistic so you don’t set yourself up to fail, but make them hard enough that you will have to stretch a bit.
Your Objectives are Important It helps to write objectives down. Once written, the objective becomes a tangible and concrete commitment. Written objectives are also a reminder and a record of promises you have made to yourself.
Identify Obstacles to Success What might come up that would prevent you from obtaining your objectives? Plan Ahead! Put contingency plans into place and resolve problems before they occur.
Evaluate Your Progress Review your objectives periodically to ensure that they continue to be realistic, timely, relevant and achievable. It’s okay and sometimes necessary to make adjustments Keep your eye on your goal
Reward Yourself Stay Motivated!! We stay motivated to work toward our objectives when we know the rewards. What will be your reward once you’ve accomplished your objective? Figure out what motivates you.