Setting Personal Goals
By Chris Joscelyne
Without personal goals life can be an aimless journey lacking positive
direction and achievement. If your life is to follow a Positive Path you
need a plan, and to establish a plan personal goals are necessary.
Before you start setting your personal goals you need to consider what
you want to achieve with your life. One mistake many people make is that
their personal goals just relate to career pursuits rather than to all the
important areas of life. This can lead to an unbalanced existence.
To focus your personal goal setting on the various areas in your life,
consider setting goals in each of the following categories. They are
listed in alphabetical order for convenience, however where each goal
category is ranked in importance is really up to the individual.
What is your chosen vocation? What level do you want to reach in your
career, and by when?
- Community Service
Do you want to help make the world a better place? If so, how?
Do you want to achieve any creative goals? If so, in what artistic
Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What
information and skills will you need to achieve your other goals?
Do you want to be a life partner and parent? If so, how are you going
to do this well? What kind of relationship do you want with your
partner, your children and other family members?
How much money do you want to earn at various stages of your life?
What planning is required in order to accumulate wealth, use it wisely
and share the benefits with those you choose?
Are there any fitness and sporting goals you want to achieve? What
steps are you going to take to achieve this?
How do you want to enjoy yourself? Are there any interests, hobbies,
pastimes or social activities in which you want to be involved?
Write down your goals in each of your categories and consider them
carefully. Are they realistic? What is your time-line to achieve them? Are
there different time-lines for different goals?
Next, divide each goal into smaller intermediate time-line goals that
will help you plan your Positive Path and measure your progress. These
will be progressively smaller goals that will eventually lead you to your
major goals. For example, if you are planning a time-line of 20 years,
divide goals into smaller goals that need to be achieved if you are to
reach your major goals. To do this, set a 5-year goal, a 1-year goal, a
3-month goal and a 1-month goal in each category and set an estimated
start month and year for each time-line.
Remember, your circumstances at any given time can impact on your
goals. New experiences and new information can see your goals and
priorities change with time. This is part of the real world, however goal
changes need to be scrutinised before they are adopted to ensure that they
are realistic and not just a diversion with little chance of success.
By keeping yourself well informed about the world around you and your
place in it, and by being honest with yourself, you will find that the
quality and realism of your goal setting will get better with time and
About the author: Chris Joscelyne trained as a
clinical hypnotherapist under the tutorage of Margaret Tomko. He was taught
grief counselling by Mal McKissock, and he learned meditation in a course sponsored by the Department of Health. He developed his personal awareness knowledge with
mentors Barbara and Terry Tebo of Lifespring.
For ten years Chris was a visiting lecturer at the
Australian Film, Television and Radio School where he taught personal
development, meditation and stress management skills. Now he shares his
knowledge with a wider community as a speaker, trainer and coach, teaching
people how to live "Life
by choice - not by chance".
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