Goal Setting

Strong goals give a sense of purpose and inform a person's decisions about everything they do. Learning about a person's goals is like a window into their values. Much like values, goals can be a powerful tool in therapy. They can be used for motivation, a tool for exploration, or a guide for making decisions.

In the Goal Exploration activity, you will briefly describe your goals in several areas of life, such as family, career, social, and leisure. You will start with a broad 5-year goal, then create 1-year and 1-month goals as stepping stones to reach their long-term goal.

Meaningful goals can give direction to your life, highlight your most important values, and give a sense of purpose. In this activity you will think about you gals in seven different areas. 


Social goals may include devoting time to friendships, participation in social activities, or building a social support network.


Career goals may include advancing in your current career, furthering education, starting a business, retiring, or switching careers.


Physical goals may include exercising regularly, developing healthy habits (e.g. diet and sleep), losing weight, or participating in a sport.


Family goals may include spending more time with children, rekindling relationships with extended family members, trying new family activities, or improving communication.


Leisure goals may include finding a new hobby, setting aside time to practice a current hobby, trying new things you enjoy, or finding time to relax.


Personality goals may include improving your attitude, increasing self-esteem, or reducing unwanted behaviors (e.g. anger outbursts).


Other goals my be anything that did not fit in any of the other previous categories.

1. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year social goals.

2. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year career goals.

3. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year physical goals.

4. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year family goals.

5. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year leisure goals.

6. List 1-month, 1-year, and 5-year personality goals as well as any other goals you have.

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