Try this Worksheet to set a Life Goal
Setting a life goal to initiate change in your life can be very useful in taking the best care of yourself and your loved one. A goal is something you would like to achieve within three to six months. But a goal is only a dream if it doesn’t have a plan behind it.
Using the SMART framework, you can affect positive change in your life and turn dreams into reality. This worksheet is designed to help you set a few goals to improve your life. The acronym SMART is explained below:
- S = Specific: Make your goal clear, specific and easy. It’s the what, why, and how of the goal. For example, instead of setting a goal to take better care of myself, set a specific goal to find someone to stay with your family member once a week or to walk 3 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.
- M = Measurable: You’ll never know if you accomplished your goal if can’t measure it. Include some deadlines when writing your goal. For example, I will find time to walk 30 minutes each day by six weeks from now by starting with 10-minute walks and increasing the length by 10 minutes every two weeks.
- A = Attainable: A goal needs to stretch you slightly so you feel you can do it but don’t make it such a stretch that you are doomed to failure. Reaching your goal will require a real commitment from you. The feeling of success will help you stay motivated.
- R = Realistic: The goal needs to be realistic for you and where you are at the moment. Devise a plan or a way of getting there which makes the goal realistic. A goal of never again eating sweets, cakes, crisps and chocolate may not be realistic for someone who really enjoys these foods.
- T = Timely: Set a timeframe for the goal: for next week, in three months, by your birthday. Without a time limit, you’ll feel like you can start at any time. Putting an end point on your goal gives you a clear target to work towards.
Go through the worksheet below, and the end, you will be emailed your first goal and some additional tips to help you get started.
Identify your first life goal. Pick something you want to change in your life. There may be many things that are bothering you to choose from so try to start with the most frustrating one or the one you think you can most likely achieve. List a few ideas here:
Make Your life Goal SMART:
Picking your first life goal from above, use the worksheet below to more fully plan it out. Here’s an example of a SMART goal:
Because I want to improve my future revenue, I will allocate 30 minutes each day to perform an active opportunity search related to my selected business..
I’ll reward myself for accomplishing this by going out to a meal with an old friend. I am fairly confident I can achieve this life goal.
Life Goal Title (what I will accomplish): ___________________________________________
Why I want to accomplish this goal: __________________________________________
How I will accomplish my life goal: ______________________________________________
When will I accomplish my life goal by: __________________________________________
What activities will I do and how often to support this life goal:
How Often or By When
(You can update this column as you go)
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How Confident are you that you will achieve your life goal (circle)?
Not at all // Somewhat // Very Much
If you are not feeling very confident about your life goal, you might want to go back and revise it. You should feel pretty confident that you can do this which you can.