Goal setting

What priority do you give to goal setting? We pay spend many hours planning for special events like holidays or special birthdays, but how much time do we spend planning the rest of our lives? If we have goals, and write them down, we are ten times more likely to achieve them


I work with individuals and groups to help them focus on their goals. I help them create a future goal plan in present time. Using a number of techniques I can help individuals realise their full potential. I use visual imagery and relaxing techniques to reinforce the goal structure.


Why does goal setting work?


If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goal setting you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life's direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding. Think about it: Having a million dollars in the bank is only proof of success if one of your goals is to amass riches. If your goal is to practice acts of charity, then keeping the money for yourself is suddenly contrary to how you would define success.

To accomplish your goals, however, you need to know how to set them. You can't simply say, "I want" and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

The Golden Rules

Set Goals that Motivate You

When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals.

Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an "I must do this" attitude. When you don't have this, you risk putting off what you need to do to make the goal a reality. This in turn leaves you feeling disappointed and frustrated with yourself, both of which are de-motivating. And you can end up in a very destructive "I can't do anything or be successful at anything" frame of mind.

Tip:

To make sure your goal is motivating, write down why it's valuable and important to you. Ask yourself, "If I were to share my goal with others, what would I tell them to convince them it was a worthwhile goal?" You can use this motivating value statement to help you if you start to doubt yourself or lose confidence in your ability to actually make the goal happen.

 Set SMART Goals

You have probably heard of SMART goals. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART. There are many variations of what SMART stands for, but the essence is this – goals should be:

Specific.

Measurable.

Attainable.

Relevant.

Time Bound.

Set Specific Goals

Your goal must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalised goals are unhelpful because they don't provide sufficient direction. Remember, you need goals to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Set Measurable Goals

Include precise amounts, dates, and so on in your goals so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is simply defined as "To reduce expenses" how will you know when you have been successful? In one month's time if you have a 1 percent reduction or in two years' time when you have a 10 percent reduction? Without a way to measure your success you miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved something.

 Attainable Goals

Make sure that it's possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralise yourself and erode your confidence.

Client comment

‘I came on your goal setting course two months ago. I loved the visual work we did and the imagery too. I went home and finished my drawing and started that night to visualise my goal. Two weeks ago I saw my perfect home, having been very specific about what I wanted. My offer was accepted. I have also been losing weight and finding I am able to do so without too much problems this time. Please let me know when you are running any other courses.’

Angela G Edinburgh


Contact details


Tessa Simpson
NHS Registered Therapist
2/1 West Grange Gardens,
Edinburgh, EH9 2RA


Email complementarytherapiesedinburgh@mail.com
Telephone 07768 586 383

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