Have you ever considered how you go about setting goals? Do you struggle to determine and achieve your goals? Are you so focused on future outcomes that you fail to appreciate what today holds? Particularly during times of stress, our capacity to set goals from a positive perspective can be clouded. Counselling may provide clients with an opportunity to review what is important to them and highlight how effective goal setting techniques could enhance their self confidence, motivation and direction in life. For example, having a positive focus such as ‘ I would like to be more active’ rather than an uninspiring negative goal, ‘ I must not sit in front of the TV for hours’ could be a great way to start….