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Effective Goal Setting from the Heart

It is easy to have a love/hate relationship with goal setting. One factor that can make goal setting much more effective is to engage our whole hearts in the way we write them and carry them out. Effective Goal Setting from the Hear

Below is a simple format to write goals that engage the heart (thoughts, emotions, desires and choices) during the process and progress of achieving that goal.

Effective Goal Setting from the Heart

Goal: State goal as a result not just as an activity. 

  • Insert a picture which connects emotionally to the completion of the goal.
  • Why is the goal important to me?
  • How does this goal connect to my emotions and deep desires?
  • What is the exaggerated worst case scenario if I don’t reach this goal?
  • How will I celebrate the accomplishment of this goal?
  • Who will I share this goal with for encouragement?
  • Convert this goal into a written prayer.

Here is an example of one of my 5 goals from last year.

[year] Goal: Gain financial freedom by applying Dave Ramsey Debt Snowball strategy to pay off medical debt and get to baby step 3 by October 30.  

Financial Freedom - Effective Goal Setting

  • Why is the goal important to me? It is unwise for us to stay in debt. It will free us up from worrying about finances. We will be able to give to others again.
  • How does this goal connect to my emotions and deep desires? It would bring joy and peace to be financially free of debt. My deep desires are to serve God with strength and not be weighed down with anxiety about money.
  • What is the exaggerated worst case scenario if I don’t reach this goal? Worry, anxiety, health problems, sell the car, increase the debt with interest and overdraft penalties, move to a different house, not take care of family needs, Jill will have to work full-time.
  • How will I celebrate the accomplishment of this goal? We will eat out at J. Alexander’s and discuss our family goals for next year.
  • Who will I share this goal with for encouragement? Monte and Bryan. I will ask them to pray for me and occasionally ask how the progress is going.
  • Prayer. Father, I know you don’t want our family to be in debt. We are struggling month to month to pay off these medical bills. Would you give us the wisdom and diligence to pay it off so we can serve you and others with a joyful and peaceful heart? We desire to give our time and money to help your kingdom grow and be strong. Amen.

I am excited to report I reached this goal by God’s help. It is a lot of fun working on goals when the heart is engaged.

Something powerful happens when our whole heart (thoughts, emotions, desires and choices) is part of the goal setting process.

What aspect of goal setting from the heart resonates with you?

If you are interested in having a complimentary “Goal Setting from the Heart” coaching session, you can schedule a time with me here. We will process one goal you are considering for the new year using this engaging format.

I will invite you to discuss your interest in on-going coaching but it won’t be a pressured hard sell. You will be simply asked, “Would you be interested in discussing working together for a season to help you reach your goals?”

Yes, I want a complimentary coaching session to design one goal from my heart! Click here to schedule a session.