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"A Practical Guide to Clarify and Achieve Your Goals"

Setting goals is essential for personal growth and achievement, but often, people struggle to define their goals clearly. To help you overcome this challenge and set well-formed goals, I've compiled a series of questions along with actionable steps you can take to clarify your goals effectively.

1. What do you want?

Start by stating your goal in positive terms. Instead of focusing on what you don't want, articulate what you do want to achieve. For example, "I want to be, do, or have X." If your goal initially forms as a negative, reframe it positively.

Action Step: Take a few moments to clearly articulate your goal in positive terms. Write it down to solidify your intention.

2. Is it achievable?

Consider whether your goal is achievable. If someone else has accomplished a similar goal before, then theoretically, it's attainable for you too. If your goal seems unprecedented, ask yourself how you know it's achievable.

Action Step: Research examples of others who have achieved similar goals. Gather evidence that supports the feasibility of your goal.

3. What will you accept as evidence of achievement?

Visualize what success looks like. Create a sensory picture of what you will see, hear, and feel when you've accomplished your goal. This sensory imagery will serve as evidence of your achievement.

Action Step: Close your eyes and vividly imagine yourself achieving your goal. Take note of the sensory details and emotions associated with this accomplishment.

4. Is achieving this outcome within your control?

Evaluate whether achieving your goal is within your control. Can you personally take action, authorise, or arrange it? Ensure that your goal is something you have direct influence over.

Action Step: Analyse the components of your goal and determine if each aspect is within your control. If not, revise your goal to focus on elements you can influence.

5. Are the costs and consequences acceptable?

Assess whether the costs and consequences of pursuing your goal are acceptable to you. Consider the time, effort, and potential impacts on yourself and others. Ensure that pursuing your goal aligns with your values.

Action Step: Create a list of the potential costs and consequences associated with achieving your goal. Reflect on whether these factors are acceptable and aligned with your values.

6. Do you have all the necessary resources?

Identify the resources required to achieve your goal, such as knowledge, skills, support, time, and finances. Determine if you currently possess these resources or if you need to acquire them.

Action Step: Make a list of the resources you need to achieve your goal. Identify any gaps and develop a plan to acquire or leverage these resources effectively.

7. Does achieving this outcome fit with your values?

Consider how your goal aligns with your values and principles. Ensure that pursuing your goal is consistent with what matters most to you. If unsure of your values, take time to identify them.

Action Step: Reflect on your core values and how they relate to your goal. Ensure that your goal is in harmony with these values to maintain alignment and motivation.

Reflective Notes

After completing these steps, take some time for reflection:

1. What new insights have you gained from clarifying your goal?

2. What actions do you need to take based on these insights?

3. Is there anything else you need to remember or consider moving forward?

By following these steps and taking actionable measures, you can clarify your goals effectively and pave the way for successful achievement. Remember, clarity breeds focus, and focused action leads to results.

If you find this exercise too much to do on your own and would like support with it book a discovery call to find out how I can help.

All the best


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