Eleven Strategies for Goal Setting

1. I know what resources I need to reach my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
2. I work toward goals that are compatible with one another.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
3. I am comfortable asking for help to reach my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
4. I accept the responsibility for working toward my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
5. I minimize interruptions that get in the way of reaching my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
6. I am flexible to changes that affect my progress toward my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
7. I know the benefits of reaching my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
8. I am persistent about working toward my goals.
 
Often
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Rarely
9. I review my progress toward my goals on a regular basis.
 
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Sometimes
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10. I achieve a balance of effort among the goals that are important to me.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely
11. I only pursue those activities that are related to reaching my goals.
 
Often
Sometimes
Rarely

Assess your responses to this exercise by counting the number of times that you responded "Often" and multiply that number by 3. Multiply the number of times that you responded "Sometimes" by 2, and the number of times that you responded "Rarely/Never" by 1. Then add the resulting three numbers for a total score.

Often (number of responses) x 3=
Sometimes (number of responses) x 2=
Rarely/Never (number of responses) x 1=
    Grand Total =

Analyzing Your Score

Score of:

  • 3339 You have a healthy understanding of what it takes to see your goals accomplished.
  • 2632 You are well on your way to developing the personal discipline for reaching your goals.
  • 1926 You will find the information in this chapter useful as you sharpen the skills for reaching your goals.

Strategies for Staying Power

The statements to which you responded relate to strategies that encourage your "staying power" when working toward a goal. Most of us benefit from strategies that strengthen our resolve. Each of these strategies is discussed in detail in this chapter. As you read, note your areas of strength as well as opportunities for improvement.

From "Goal Setting," by Susan B. Wilson, AMACOM, 1994.

For additional information on goal-setting, consider these AMA seminars:

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