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Setting realistic goals – what happens when I complete my course

Getting started with goal setting can seem like an overwhelming task. Thinking about all the things you want to achieve, making plans about how you will achieve them, how fast and in what order – it can all feel a bit much.

When setting goals, it is important to take it slow and outline manageable, realistic steps in order to avoid overwhelm. When we are overwhelmed, we tend to “mentally freeze” and end up procrastinating and not using our time productively, which ultimately results in goals that are left floating just out of reach.

In this blog, we take you through some easy-to-follow steps to get you started on your goal-making journey, explain what an example of goal setting is, and outline types of goals and types of goal setting. All to help you get started on reaching for your dreams, in a realistic and manageable way.

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What are the 3 types of goals?

  • Outcome Goals – Outcome goals could also be described as ‘big picture’ goals – what is your desired outcome at the end of your process? What is your dream? Perhaps your goal is to be a vet? Live and work in another country? Buy a house? Whatever your outcome goal is, it is a vital goal to set – in order to have something to work towards. This is an end goal that you are striving for and that you can put all your energy and time into achieving.
  • Performance Goals – Performance goals are often about tracking your progress as you move closer to your outcome goal. This could include taking certain tests or exams, training in some way, or learning a new skill – all of which will help you move closer to achieving your big outcome goal.
    It helps to think of performance goals as checkpoints on your way to your outcome goal. In other words, stops on a map that you can tick off as you reach the end of your learning process.
  • Process Goals – The smallest chunk of goals, setting process goals are ways of maintaining progress, often on a daily or weekly basis, that help contribute to your performance goals and ultimately your outcome goals. The application of process goals, for example, could be saving £10 a week, doing yoga each morning, and learning a little bit of French every day. These are the small things that make a BIG difference.
Three types of goals infographic

What are the 5 steps in goal setting?

The best way to set goals that you will stick to is by putting in place goal-setting systems or frameworks to chunk the process down into manageable steps.

We have outlined 5 easy-to-follow steps below, to help you make a start in setting your goals in a way that works for YOU:

  • Recognise what you want (outlining your goals) – First thing’s first, lay out what you want. What are your big outcome goals? What big steps do you need to take, in order to achieve them? What little changes and actions can you make every day to get you towards where you need to be? Writing out what you want is an extremely empowering and important step in manifesting and focusing on your dreams. Once these goals have been identified, you have set the process in motion and are making the move to be proactive about attaining what you want in life, whether that be work-related or personal.
  • Prioritise your goals – In order for your dreams to become a reality, you have to keep as clear-headed as possible. Having a beeline laser focus on what you want to achieve without allowing yourself to stray from your path is hard, but it can be done. It takes determination and self-discipline to achieve the goals you set, and so getting to know yourself, how you work and what you may need to put in place in order to stay focused is an extremely beneficial process.
  • What are the challenges/obstacles you may face along the way – Identifying any difficulties you may face along the way is an important step in reaching your goals. By looking at what the bumps in the road may be, you empower yourself to be ready and prepared for these obstacles, allowing you to apprehend them and face them head-on when they arise. These obstacles could be personal, work-related, financial, or even destructive outside forces – whatever the storms along the way, be sure you have your raincoat.
  • Motivating yourself – Motivation; is not always easy is it? Different things will motivate different people, and so recognising what your drivers are – that will help keep you focused and motivated on your goal-reaching journey – is vital. Deadlines can be a great incentive to stay motivated, and perhaps asking others to help keep you accountable for reaching these deadlines could be of benefit also. 
  • Track your progress and celebrate the small wins along the way – The little things matter. It can be easy to get overwhelmed by thoughts of the big goals – will I ever reach them, they feel so far away, I have such a long way to go…These thoughts are natural but unhelpful. It is super important to acknowledge the small wins along the way, the little triumphs and successes that you achieve on your way to your outcome goals. Keeping a close track of your progress and congratulating yourself when you tick something off your process list will keep you motivated and optimistic as you get closer to your dream.

Our American neighbours over at Indeed offer a handy career guide with further advice and information on setting and achieving your goals at each stage of the process.

The five steps of goal setting infographic

Want to take your learning further?

We never stop learning. There are always more ways we can grow and develop and strive to be the best we can be. 

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Whether you are starting anew or want an educational refresher, a short course can help you upskill and get you closer to reaching your goals in your chosen profession.

We offer a vast range of comprehensive courses in various business sectors. Whatever stage you’re at in your journey, a certificate is an impressive asset that will allow you to put new knowledge and skills in your resume for an added touch of employability. 

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