Goal Setting Worksheet


Goal Setting Worksheet


Goal setting is a formal process for personal planning. By setting goals on a routine basis, you decide what you want to achieve, and then you systematically move towards the achievement of those goals.

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Write your goal down




Type of Goal:

Lifetime  /  Capstone  /  Foundational  /  Provisional


Lifetime goals are those major goals that you would like to accomplish over your lifetime.

Capstone goals are commonly those key goals you will need to accomplish first before you accomplish your lifetime goals.

Foundational goals are those short-term goals that will most likely be accomplished in less than one year.

Provisional (stepping-stone) goals are usually stepping-stones to the larger goals.

Goal by Type



Goal Statement

Write your goal down in a precise, positive statement. The best goals are fully defined visions of how you want things to be. The more specific, measurable, and challenging the goals are the more motivated people will be in attaining them. Set a deadline for the achievement. Put a date on it. Goals are dreams with deadlines.

A basic goal statement has these five elements:

They are expressed with action verbs.

  1. They are written in specific language.
  2. They specify measurable results.
  3. They challenge you without being unreachable.
  4. They specify completion dates.


Goal Statement:



Reason why you what to reach this goal:




List other goals associated with this goal:






Needs Analysis

After you identify each goal, think about what you need to do to reach your goal. Do you need to read or do research about something? Do you need to learn a special skill to meet your goal? How much practice will it take? Also think about who will help you reach your goals. Identify all the skills, information, knowledge, resources, and help from people and organizations that you will need to achieve your goals, and the people with whom you will need to collaborate. Think about what skills and knowledge you will need to reach your goals.

  • What skills do you need to achieve this goal?
  • What information and knowledge do you need?
  • What resources do you need?
  • What help, assistance, or collaboration do you need?



List skills needed to achieve this goal:



List information and knowledge needed to achieve this goal:




Identify who will help you reach your goal:




List resources needed to achieve your goal:




List the benefits of achieving your goal:



List the obstacles to overcome in accomplishing your goal:




List Objectives

You will need to break things down into smaller tasks.  Objectives are the practical steps needed to help you achieve your short-term and long-range goals.


List the objectives that can be goals:


Action Plan

Develop a plan of action to complete each objective and reach your goal.

Set up a time frame for your goals and objectives. Break each stage into basic tasks. List the primary things that need to be done first.   

Objective Start Date Completion Date

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