The Seven Steps to Goal Setting Mastery

Kicking GoalWe all accept that having goals to work towards give our work meaning as well as a way of measuring our progress along the way, but unfortunately too few people actually have a blueprint for setting those goals in a meaningful way. Here are some steps to Goal Setting MASTERY…

M – Measurable and Motivating:
What will be the evidence you look for to measure your achievement of the goal, or your milestones along the way, so that you know you are on track? Also, if the goal is not motivating to you then you may not be willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it.

A – Achievable and Authentic:  Is the first step achievable by you or does it require someone else to do something first? If it requires the actions of someone else first, then you may be waiting a long time to get started. With regard to authenticity, you need to be sure that you desire the goal congruently – i.e. that it is in alignment with your values. If not, then you may well unconsciously sabotage the result. Keep asking yourself – “For what purpose do I really want to achieve this goal?”… to discover whether it fully supports or otherwise conflicts with your core values.

S – Specific and Sensory:  Make sure your goal is specific. Vague goals means vague results. And the more sensory-specific you can make it the better. i.e. What will you see, hear and feel when you have achieved your particular goal or outcome?

T – Time Sensitive and Towards (the Positive):  Ensure that this is the sort of goal that has a possible end in sight. Studies show that people who set a deadline ‘by when’ a goal must be achieved (if it is a short or medium term goal); or those people who set a timeline with milestones to be achieved along the way (if it is a long term goal), eventually achieve their goals if they persist. People who do not set deadlines or timelines are less likely to achieve their goals. Make sure also that your goal is stated in the positive. i.e. What DO you want to achieve, not what don’t you want to achieve (i.e. towards the carrot not away from the stick), because the unconscious mind does not visualize a negative, it only works in directions and images. e.g. If you are telling yourself that you… “Don’t want to gain weight (or) You want to lose weight,” for instance, then your unconscious mind will continue to see and reinforce that image of weight being gained or weight remaining on. Instead focus on… looking at yourself in the mirror with the new physique you desire to have… according to the goal setting criteria set out in this list.

E – Ecological and Energizing (to you):  Is your goal ecological? Or are there critical parts of your life, or special people in your life, such as family, who or which may suffer if you achieve your desired result? Also, is it energizing to you to achieve your goal or outcome – can it be your passion? Will it entice you to want to achieve?

R – Realistic and Relevant:  Aim high but make sure it is still within your capability. If the goal you set for yourself seems completely out of your reach then you may not even bother to try. And be sure that it is relevant to you and to those for whom you care deeply.

Y – Yesterday in Years to come:  What I mean by this comment is that while a goal is something you set for the Future, there is real power in stating or writing your goal as if it is already happening in the Present tense, or better still – written in the Past tense as if it has already been achieved. Your unconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between Past, Present or Future, so why not train your mind to accept that this goal is something that is already being achieved or has already been achieved? This is a very powerful suggestion to your psyche. This is what is taught in Sports Psychology to peak performers and high achievers. Why treat yourself any differently to them?

Drop me an email to if you would like to know more about how to develop and apply the power of your focused mind, especially with regard to Goal Setting.

Until then… Let’s seek to understand more and judge less. Have a great week – Brian

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About Brian Clark

Brian Clark is the principal director of Precision Profiling®.

He is a renowned practitioner, writer and speaker on building total customer cultures; values driven leadership and world best practice strategy and implementation.

He has been a guest lecturer on world best practice for the executive management programme at Monash University’s business college (Mt Eliza campus); an adviser to and key note speaker for the Singapore Productivity Association and a consultant to many major Australian and overseas corporations and government departments.

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