Goal Setting Activities to Maximize Goal Setting Success

These goal setting activities help you to brainstorm and develop a vision of success that is meaningful to you.

Meaningful goals that reflect your values and beliefs will give you the energy and motivation to persist when times are tough.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. “ - Calvin Coolidge.


Goal setting activity 1 - Brainstorm the key aspects of your life.

Get yourself a blank piece of paper and in the middle of the paper put the words "Me".

Now think about the key aspects of your life. These might be key aspects such as Family, Friends, Health and Fitness, Personal Spirituality, Work or Finance; to name a few.

Put each key life aspect in the different areas of your page.

Think about each key aspect and ask yourself the following questions:

  • Where are you now in this key life aspect?
  • What type of person do you want to be in this area?
  • What is the gap between actual and potential?
  • What type of things can you do to reduce the difference?
  • What things do you like or dislike in each key life aspect?
As you start to write you answers on the brainstorming page, you will start to identify common threads to some of your answers. This will help you to identify ways to move from where you are now to a vision of yourself in the future.


Goal setting activity 2 – Your retirement dinner

This can often complement the first goal setting activity.

Take yourself 10, 20 or 30 years into the future. You are attending a retirement dinner. This is not an ordinary retirement dinner, it is a retirement dinner held in your honor.

At your retirement dinner the important people that make up the different aspects of your life are going to give a speech about you.

How do you want to be remembered in the different aspects of your life? How do you want to be remembered by your husband or wife? What would you like your children to say about you? Do you want to be remembered by your colleagues as hardworking and fair? What about your friends?

While you are considering the different aspects of your life - don't forget to think about what you want for yourself. What would you lke from your life? What type of person do want to be?

This can sometimes be a difficult question to answer, so can think about a person that you admire or respect. Are there any qualities they have which you can adtopt?

What you admire in others can often tell you about the type of person that you want to be.


These activities provide you with a vision of the type of person that you want to be.

These goal setting activities thus build a platform from which you set meaningful goals which are important and purposeful to you.



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