Step 1: Past Goal
Think about a significant goal you had in the past that took some time to accomplish. For example, buying your first car, graduating high school, running a race, paying your way for a vacation, or traveling to another country. Jot down some notes to answer the following questions:
- 1) What was the goal?
- 2) Why was it a goal for you?
Figure 5.1 Goals Exploration Activity Flowchart.
- 3) What were some of the challenges or obstacles to achieving this goal?
- 4) What support did you seek, and what outside resources did you need?
- 5) What was required of you to meet this goal? What steps did you have to take to be successful?
- 6) If you could go back in time, what might you have done differently to meet this goal?
Step 2: Personal Goal
Identify a personal goal you would like to achieve in the next 5 to 10 years. For example, completing a major project, committing to a relationship, making a large purchase—anything that you can dream of achieving. Now visualize yourself achieving this goal. Draw a picture, either in your mind or on paper if you are a visual learner, of the landscape around you when you accomplish this goal. Who is there with you? What is your general emotional state?
Now, think about what you learned from the process of accomplishing the past goal you identified in Step 1. How can this knowledge help inform your approach to achieving personal goals? What steps will you need to take to reach your current personal goal over the next few years? What can you put in place now to help you get to where you want to go? Think about resources, other people, where you need to be, what research will be needed, what tools will be necessary to be successful, and so forth.