Following on from my earlier post about how to set and achieve realistic goals, I’m sharing my own goal template I use. This is a template that you can use in Evernote. Or, you can simply write it down somewhere. However, if you’re using my recommended approach for setting and achieving your goals, you’ll want to use Evernote.To use this template, simply copy and paste this Evernote note.
Or, copy and paste the below. I’ve added it here for those people that may not yet using Evernote (though I’m stumped as to why you wouldn’t be). Anyway, please give the template a try and if you have any feedback at all, leave a note in the comments section.
The Goal Template:
GOAL: The Name of the Goal
Replace the text under each heading, and all the stepping stones with your own goal. Use this template for as many goals as you have! If you use this template, or have any feedback, please comment here:
What Is It?
Describe what the goal is. For example, “Get a new car”. Maybe even add a picture of something that will help to motivate you.
Why It’s Important To Me
Explain to yourself why you want to achieve this goal. What happened for you to want this, and how it will change your life. For example, “I need to get a new car so that…“.
Why I Want It
Describe how you feel as if you have achieved the goal. What can you see, smell and hear? How do you feel? Excited? Nervous? Relieved?
Others and Relationships
As a result of achieving this goal, how will it affect other (specific) people? How will your my relationships with others be affected?
As a result of achieving this goal, how will my financial situation be affected? Will I be in debt, out of debt, about the same?
My State of Mind and Body
As a result of achieving this goal, what will my emotional and physical state be? Will I be less stressed, have different stress or even have no stress? What will I have to put my body through to reach this goal and how will I feel once I have achieved it?
- List your stepping stones.
- As many as you can think of
- In any order
- Then, bold the next one you want to complete
- Never delete these items. If they’re no longer needed, remove the checkbox. If they’re done, tick them off and leave them. – Add progress notes at the end of each stepping stone.