Setting Goals (27-10-16)

Have you ever considered how you go about setting goals? Do you struggle to determine and achieve personal ambitions? 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.

There are many different ways that people set goals. For example, Gorge Doran, Arthur Miller and James Cunningham, developed a popular acronym S.M.A.R.T goals in 1981. As highlighted, this has since extended to S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Do you know what the letters stand for? There is plenty of information online for you to explore. Investigate these and work out what strategies are personally helpful for you to reach important targets.

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted” David Bly.