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1.4: Setting Goals with Spirit!

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People who set goals are usually more successful in most ways than people who don’t set goals. You can’t reach a destination if you don’t know where you want to go! Once you have a destination in mind, you will want to plan how to get there.

In this lesson, you will learn an acronym that will help you remember the parts of a good goal. You will also have an opportunity to set a goal to work towards after the workshop.

Setting Good Goals

Your goals should motivate you to go after them and achieve the things that you want. Good goals should have SPIRIT!


Be specific about what you want or don’t want to achieve. The result should be tangible and measurable. “Look gorgeous” is pretty ambiguous; “Lose 20 pounds” is specific. “Sell more” is vague; “Sell R2 million dollars’ worth of product” is specific.


Reward yourself at different points in the goal, particularly if it’s long-term. If your goal is to set up a home office, for example, you might purchase a new desk when the room is cleared out and ready.


The goal must be something that you want to do. If your spouse wants you to lose 20 pounds but you think you look fine, you’re not going to want to work towards the goal.


Review your progress periodically. Does the goal make sense? Are you stuck? Do you need to adjust certain parts of it?


Frame the goal positively. Make it fun to accomplish. You could make a poster of the end result, frame it, and post it on the wall.


Give yourself a deadline for achieving the goal. Even better, split the goal into small parts and give yourself a deadline for each item.

There is research that suggests that setting goals can be pretty tough on us if we aren’t sensible in going about it, because the process should be as important as the end result, and if we don’t reach our goals, we feel like failures. To overcome that, we can call these goals targets. The target concept can offer you some mental flexibility.

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