These unique goal setting worksheets can be used to help you think through your hopes and dreams and start the process of turning them into motivational and concrete plans...
This step of writing your goals is one full of so much potential. I heard recently that the simple act of writing your goals down makes them 1000 times more likely to be achieved. I believe it! I still have the goals I wrote down over 12 years ago and it's amazing how much has come to fruition. There is something about taking that step... Are you ready?
Each one, in a different way, can support you in getting clearer about what you want, and help you prepare yourself for what lies ahead.
These goal worksheets also enable you to do something you may find challenging...
That is, to be specific about the kinds of things that will get you where you want to be! They help you dream, and then break things down in multiple ways. They provide you with a blueprint to your happy, successful future.
It's progress, not perfection of course... but something magical happens when you get your goals down on paper...
Congratulations for doing this kind of work. We are fellow goal setters! Strivers! Dreamers! Achievers! Who knows what great things we'll achieve as we persist in setting big goals, choosing multiple actions, planning priorities and continually pressing forward supported by thirst for learning and personal development.
The goal setting worksheets below may be helpful for you if...
Whatever your reason is, you’ve found something unique here… goal setting worksheets created by a qualified and accredited coach and positive psychologist. The positive psychology bit means I care about your happiness and wellness. So it's me injecting happiness and meaning into the process of setting goals, rather than it being solely about achievement. A balanced and best of both approach!
I've been working with clients on their business goals, wellness goals, mental health goals, career goals, and personal development goals for many years so I've learnt the range of questions that... if you think about them... will help you reveal your energy, motivation, determination, and perseverance. I'm also aware that many people who want to set goals struggle to. I'm keen to unlock those stuck places and make goal setting and freely conjured motivation and zest available to an ever growing number of people.
I've studied the science in depth and worked with a wide variety of people seeing their varying goal progress and how it differs from person to person. I've seen countless variations of goals achieved and blocks broken through. I have a Masters Degree in applied positive psychology and coaching psychology from the University of London - the first place in the world to do this combination. I'm also an accredited life coach with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
My job is, through powerful conversations, to help goals emerge that are personal, unique, meaningful, and motivational, and this is what I hope these worksheets and the other resources on this site can do for you!
6. Yearly goals - Decide on some things you'd like to achieve this year and start planning action steps
Are you interested in using a goal setting worksheet that looks at multiple areas of your life? Maybe you're keen on the idea of balance? Or you believe in the potential of finding and focusing on a weaker area?
Firstly, if you're feeling a bit stuck or unsure about how to get started, thinking of things in terms of popular areas may help your ideas begin to flow... It may be helpful to print a 3-5 copies out and lay them all down together. Let your mind roam freely from area to area writing down goals as they come up. You don't need to worry about realism too much at this stage. You can chunk them to smaller goals etc later down the line.
Secondly, considering potential goals in multiple areas can help you choose what to focus on first, second, third, etc. Seeing all the things you want mapped out like this may support your capacity to prioritise and order. It's always a good idea to first get lots of ideas, and then think about what goes before what and what matters more than what. This is planning in action... making sense of things.
Thirdly, This kind of broad thinking across areas can unlock trapped potential, for example through revealing a significant conflict or a connection you weren't aware of between your various goals. Maybe you see a new opportunity when you spot something in common across the board.
If you want a little extra prompting to help you while you fill in the worksheets...
Positive and meaningful connections are one large contributor and element of happiness. Multiple models that measure a persons happiness include relationships. The PERMA model (Seligman, 2011), the Psychological Wellbeing model (Ryff, 1989), and many more, include positive relationships as a key part of wellbeing.
You no doubt have many roles in life. You are a friend, a husband, a colleague, a mother, a daughter, a neighbour, a manager...
You may find it enlightening to think about your life in this way. Each person has different levels of self-efficacy and self-esteem in different situations. The more situations, or roles, in which you feel competent the happier and more confident you'll be.
This is an opportunity to think about what change you'd like to see in your relationships... what are some ideas to consider and possibly try later on...
The purpose of this activity is to raise your awareness of how many different opportunities there are. You start to realise, imagine, if things were just 1 or 2 degrees better in each of these areas, how might it feel? what might it lead to?
Of course, there be some areas where an improvement is more distance? It's down to you to decide what an improvement is for you at this time , for the sake of your own happiness and achievement in life.
Some questions to consider might be, which role is going well? What are some easy wins to build momentum? which role is the most stubborn to change and might require a bit more planning? Which role, if you were to see some positive change would have the biggest influence on all the rest?
What's your vision for say... 20 years from now?
When your filling in the list of 30 things, try to just write whatever comes to mind without overthinking it. You can add anything that comes up for you. Anything you want to be, have, or do.
There is no wrong answer. This is a kind of brainstorming activity, an exploration rather than a complete and final document.
Some questions to consider to get things moving might be...
Imagine everything in your life has gone as you hoped, you have worked hard and achieved everything you wanted. It's not been easy, there have been many setbacks, but you've got there. You've accomplished all your goals, What do you imagine has happened?
You might think in terms of the popular areas: social, family, health, career, finances, learning, and character. What do you want to be be, do, and have in these areas?
What kind of work would you like to be doing? what will you have learnt? How will your character have developed? What person will you have become? What kinds of things will you being doing each day? What kind of people will you be surrounded by? What contribution to society will you have made? Who will you be working with? What level of financial security will you have? How will this feel? What will your home life be like? How about your health? family?
This activity is about giving yourself time to imagine what might be possible for you. Doing this with the right tools and support, has been linked in research to higher wellbeing and happiness (Hefferon and Boniwell, 2011).
This worksheet encourages you to choose your top ten long term goals. knowing this, even if it may change a little over-time, is a powerful guide. This worksheet helps you move from wide to narrow in a different way. The year of done is your goal year. The year of start helps you think through the order.
As you consider potential actions for each please remember these are just optional things you could do. They will empower you in making stronger choices later. Nothing needs to be done now. This isn't putting pressure on you to do a hundred things. This is goal planning. You are like an architect getting ready for a big project.
You might want to select your 10 most interesting from worksheet 3 above and put them in this one. What this is doing is giving you a focus. By continually going from broad to narrow - you are creating more and more of a clear picture. More important connections, more self-awareness, more opportunities.
When you're courageous and take this step... when you plan in this way without worrying about the "reality" too much, you are making a profound cause. You are doing something that will, eventually, unlock immense power and potential.
It can be helpful in terms of goal planning and goal strategy to see everything in one place like this. It can also help shift your mindset a little just knowing there are options for action steps that can be taken at some point. As you continue to go through your daily life will you see something differently? Will you notice something you wouldn't have otherwise?
This worksheet is for beginning to plan one of your long term dreams. You could do one of these for each of your ten dreams above.
Like all the worksheets, it contains a selection of some of my favourite coaching questions. Questions that, when I ask them, cause my clients to reveal to me such rich and wonderful descriptions. It's fascinating to me how often I ask a question and clients are taken aback.
For example the dream might be financial. The client might express the great wish to get to a point where they will never worry about finances again, where they can freely spend and take opportunities when they arise. When I ask what is it about this goal that matters to you (another version of why does this goal mean the world to you), the responses are so wonderful and meaningful and rich. They really show something special about the client. The heart of their intention.
It's the hundreds of experiences like this that are behind this question being chosen for the worksheet. I hope you can have a somewhat similar experience. Always, if you want to write more, and I hope you do, continue on a separate page.
This can be thought of as a planning exercise. You don't necessarily have to do anything after filling it out. It's more a kind of preparing. You're thinking through certain details to move all of it a little closer to reality. You don't need to jump into action straight away. In fact it may not wise to do so. Moving things from fantasy to reality is a process that includes many key steps...
This process is a cycle that is disrupted when action doesn't work out and then you re-join the earlier stages again. You can re-join by going back to preparation again, or planning, or you may need to re-consider everything going back to contemplation again. I hope you realise as you read this that positive personal change is a process. Understanding this, seeing where you are, sets you up for success. Jumping from consideration to action without giving time for learning, pondering, thinking things through, preparing and making concrete plans is a recipe for disaster. And disaster sadly leads to stuckness, low energy, procrastination, excuses and avoidance.
A year is a long time. 365 days. 8760 hours. It makes sense to spend some time thinking about and planning where you'd like to go... what you'd like to change... outcomes you'd be pleased to see...
There is something about the start of a new year... It naturally feels like it could be a fresh start.
Maybe you start to think about what your new year's resolutions are... spend a little time thinking about your year ahead...
There is often more than the average motivation and hope around at the beginning of the year... and this is potentially a great opportunity!
The stats are certainly worrying when it comes to new years resolutions. One study found that only 8% of those who made a resolution reached their goal. Worrying stuff!
I guess the problem is, life can be messy and complex, and when the hopeful honeymoon of new year passes, life carries on. Detailed planning can help with this. Harnessing support from capable and knowledgeable others, understanding internal obstacles, thinking through multiple pathways, many key elements to success are often missing.
When using the worksheet above you'll be able to set 5 goals. Feel free to set less and leave some blank or print out two and set more. While using the worksheet above you can bring into focus:
It's normal and natural to have a many overlapping goals... Many things you want to do, learn, achieve... There are many things that matter to us.
There are lots of ways you can use this worksheet. Here are a few ideas:
Use this as a subgoals worksheet
If you have decided what your main goal is. Let's say for example you decide to go to the gym a certain number of times this year. It's recommended, as part of the planning process to break your goal down into sub-goals. This makes everything feel more real - Which is vital when it comes to knowing what and how much to do and how.
Sticking with the example, 3 subgoals that get you closer to going to the gym a certain number of times might be...
1. Start working one day less a week by this date to create extra time for the gym
2. Come up with a meal prep plan that creates more time for going to the gym
3. Watch 20 videos on gym and design my own personalised workout
Of course these could be anything. The point is to keep breaking things down into smaller steps for the sake of planning and prep. Then smaller steps again. This process makes action happen easily without all the pressure many heap on themselves.
This goal setting worksheet will energise you toward something that's important to you. Once you've selected the one goal that takes top priority right now this is the worksheet to use.
What do you feel is the most important thing for you to take on? Is there something, if you were to achieve soon, that would open the path wide to your hopeful future?
The other worksheets above will set you up nicely to make this choice. Of all the worksheets, this is the one that I hope will lead to action. Your next best steps in this worksheet might be considered the beginning of your action plan.
You may need to break each action down further into things you can do right now. You can do this on a separate piece of paper.
Each section of this worksheet, each question, is designed to cause you feel motivate and persevere. I want to feel happy, productive, and energetic when you strive for your goal.
The question, "what will be different when you achieve your goal?" for example, is intended to help you paint a picture about what exactly will be appealing about the end point. A deeper and broader emotional connection to that outcome, it's significance, what it leads to, who it impacts, these details all create motivation, drive, and creativity.
These little printable cards can can be cut out and used to remind and motivate you about the movement you want to achieve each day.
You may also use them after setting your main goal to break it down into days.
I've heard it said by many great speakers that your goal should be the thing that is foremost in your mind. You should be thinking about it all the time, talking about it, talking to yourself about it positively... All of this contributes to your progress.
It would be wonderful if you were able to take the time each morning to do some goal setting. Most the worlds top earners and leaders are continually setting goals for themselves and reflecting on them. They set goals for themselves most days.
In the morning, if you write down all the things you would like to achieve, choose one for that day, and work assiduously toward your goal, overtime, you're sure to get closer and closer.
Some authors/philosophers have advocated beginning with the end in mind. For example the wonderful Steven Covey in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This means focusing on the long term first - get the vision clear - so you make sure you go in the right direction today. He likens this to being your own CEO - to self-leadership.
Perhaps most concerned about not leaving anyone behind, other writers/philosophers have said it's ok if you really have no idea what you want to achieve in the future. If you're in this boat you can just start by assiduously tackling some task in the here and now, and an understanding and vision of what matters to you will eventually unfold.
At different times in my life I have used different approaches. I'm interested in both of these approaches. I think being flexible and responding to what you need at various stages of life is a key skill. Remember, move forward from where you are now, on your own two feet. Everything depends on you and you alone. You're determination, your creativity, your effort, your learning, you planning... It all comes from you. You have the power and potential within to do incredible things and become happy without fail.
Last updated: 23/1/24
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