Part of the Reflexive Matrix Program - A Course in Reflective & Reflexive Practice
This cell on the grid provides an opportunity for you to lift the lid on the concepts and ideas which, for many of us, merely bubble away in the background. The cell gets you to think about how you prioritize things for yourself – about setting your own personal goals and, through that process, discovering and understanding what matters most to you. The goals you set will naturally be dependent on our starting point, where you are and what you hope to accomplish. Goal setting means getting clear about what you want to accomplish, identifying how you plan to achieve your goal and then measuring that achievement.
We find there are many practical benefits to be gained from establishing and achieving our goals. For instance, it is a useful technique that enables us to increase performance and to learn persistence because, having worked hard at overcoming the setbacks along the way, we are then able to understand and measure for ourselves the scope of our resilience. Effective goal setting forces us to focus our attention, to work on the task at hand and, quite simply to just get it done! Having then ticked that box we find ourselves experiencing a sense of achievement, accomplishment and personal fulfilment. Setting goals also enables us to achieve more with our time, so that we can reap the rewards, and indulge ourselves in an even greater range of experiences because, somewhat paradoxically, it seems we are left with more time J.
This cell focuses in particular on the establishment and achievement of personal goals - whereas cell 3.2 delves more into the realm of the professional. For our purposes it is useful to understand the sub-categorisation of goals into two goal areas: process, and outcome. There is no need to get too caught up in the terminology itself, though – simply understanding the nature of the difference is sufficient. Process goals, then, are the baby-steps, whereas outcome goals focus more on the big picture. A process goal, for example, might be: I will go to the gym a minimum three times per week for the next two months. That is a goal that is straightforward, easy to follow, simple to measure and designed to help keep me on track – there’s no ambiguity, no excuses, I either do it or I don’t. The outcome goal that might be associated with this could be something like: by January 30, I will weigh 70 kilograms and have 15% body fat. The process is how you get there; the outcome is the ultimate aim. It’s useful to understand this distinction because the more immediate, short-term and achievable process goals can help keep you focussed, and can lead you step by step into habits and routines that assist you in achieving your final, pie-in-the-sky (or maybe no pies in the sky if you’re trying to get fit J) outcome goal.
Now, this teasing out of goal setting minutiae should not detract us from the main draw card which, as we said at the outset would involve setting your goals and working out what it is you want. Are you ready to put aside 60 minutes now and work out the why, what and who of your own personal goal line?
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