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CPR's LevelUP series: 10 Techniques for Goal Setting

Updated: Dec 4, 2023

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Tomorrow, on WONIRADIO, Jumpstart with CPR provides recommendations for goal setting. Please stay tuned 10:15 am central/11:15 am eastern and 4:15 pm central/5:15 pm eastern only on WONIRADIO. Today's posting is a follow-up to tomorrow's program-episode #30 which provides techniques for Goal-setting. Goal-setting techniques are frameworks you can use for developing and achieving goals. Indeed Career Guide Feb 2023 provides you with the top ten goal-setting techniques for the 21st century. Be sure to review all ten techniques to determine which best fits your needs and current business status.

Ten types of goal-setting techniques

1. SMARTER goals

Most are familiar with SMART goals that signify specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. This article proves that there is a SMARTER goal, which includes evaluating and readjusting. Let's explore the below meanings and how they can be applied.

  • Specific: Make sure you define your goal carefully and clearly. For example, a goal could be organization, but a specific goal could be organization of your cubicle.

  • Measurable: Include something in your goal that you can measure, such as organizing your desk, filing cabinet, and floor within three months.

  • Achievable: Find a goal you will likely meet with your current schedule. For example, if you want to organize your filing cabinet this month, ensure you have enough time each week to clean and organize one of the four drawers.

  • Realistic: Ensure that you can meet the goal. Choose to organize one area of your workspace per week rather than the entire cubicle.

  • Time-bound: Give your goal a time frame so that you can plan for your success. For example, if you plan to finish organizing before the first day of the next quarter, you know when to complete your last task to succeed at this goal.

  • Evaluate: Choose a regular time to check on your goal's progress. For example, check every two weeks to be sure you have made progress on your project to achieve your goal.

  • Readjust: Be prepared to change your plan as needed. If you get assignments that require overtime, for instance, be flexible and spread your project over the week instead.

2. HARD goals

HARD stands for heartfelt, animated, required, and difficult.


  • Heartfelt: If you want to learn a new skill, imagine the pride of having a new skill. Then, connect that pride with the goal and use that emotion as your motivation for learning.

  • Animated: Visualize what achieving your goal would look like. Incorporate every sense you can and imagine what it would sound, feel, smell, or even taste like so you can remember the feeling every time you think about your goal.

  • Required: If possible, connect your goal to something necessary for you. For example, if you want to improve your research skills, volunteer to create a report for your team, as this obligation can motivate you to keep working on your goal.

  • Difficult: Set a goal that challenges you. By doing this, you'll feel accomplished when you complete it.

3. WOOP goals

WOOP stands for wish, outcome, obstacle, and plan. Some consider this a beneficial technique for stopping a habit you might no longer want.

The steps include:

  • Wish: Make sure your wish is exciting for you. Imagine the sort of goal you would wish for and attach a positive feeling to the goal you want.

  • Outcome: Imagine the best possible result of achieving your goal. Think of how you would feel if this happened and visualize it as vividly as possible.

  • Obstacle: Consider what might prevent you or slow you down from success. For example, suppose you want to learn how to speed up your workflow, but you type slowly, and this causes you to work at a slower pace.

  • Plan: Find solutions to any obstacles that might interfere with your goal. If you have a slow typing speed, you can practice touch typing with software or websites to improve your typing speed.

4. OKR goals

OKR stands for objectives and key results. This type of goal is common among management who want to set goals that may affect the entire company. OKR goals are also helpful for large groups of people who need to work together toward a bigger goal. To set an OKR goal, choose a goal you want to achieve, such as reaching 2,000 new customers by the end of the year. Then, identify the steps that can help you achieve the goal.

If you want 2,000 new customers by the end of the year, you may consider a social media outreach program, which means you may need to hire someone to complete this, train current employees, or find employees who already have this training. Set specific goals for the social media outreach that can help you achieve the larger goal of 2,000 new customers. Assess and reevaluate your smaller goals as needed.

5. Micro goals

Rather than setting one significant goal, you can set multiple smaller goals to help you achieve an overarching goal. For example, a sales team might visually represent their extended goal, such as a thermometer chart that reaches $100,000. As they color in each smaller goal they achieve, which might be sales of $5,000, every participant can see how they are moving closer to the long-term goal.

Having smaller, achievable goals can help you stay motivated and remind you of the progress you've made. Consider rewarding yourself for achieving small goals and check your progress regularly.

6. Backward goals

This type of goal-setting technique involves using your goal to help you decide what steps can help you reach that goal. By working backward, you can take a significant goal and make it more achievable. This can also be helpful for people who aren't sure what goal they want. They know what kind of future they want. Using this technique allows them to translate that vision into measurable goals.

7. Values-based goals

Goals may be easier to achieve if they align with values that are important to you. For example, if you keep arriving to work late but you consider responsibility a critical value, set a goal of arriving on time and remind yourself that doing this is essential.

If you want to be responsible and show others that responsibility is valuable, this may motivate you to complete this goal.

8. Locke and Latham's five principles of goal-setting

Locke and Latham developed a technique for setting goals that help the goal-setter succeed. The principles include:

  • Clarity: Set clear goals you can measure and understand. Doing so helps you achieve the goal and know when you've succeeded, improving motivation.

  • Challenge: Make sure your goal requires effort to complete. Rather than setting a goal to attend one leadership seminar this year, set a goal to attend one monthly because a problematic task provides more motivation.

  • Commitment: Find a goal that you want to accomplish. The more committed you are to achieving your goal, the more likely you are to complete it.

  • Feedback: Check on your goal regularly and provide yourself with ongoing feedback. If you can ask someone else for feedback, this may help even more and encourage you to stay on track to completing your goal.

  • Task complexity: Be sure your goal isn't beyond your ability to complete. For example, if you don't know how to code but know it would help your career to learn, rather than set a goal of learning every coding language out there, choose one language and aim to become proficient in it.

9. One-word goals

This technique emphasizes simplicity. Find one word that describes your goal and use that as your motivation. This allows you to find a memorable and simple goal, which can help new goal-setters find something achievable and doable for them.

10. Visual goals

Some people find it easier to use visual representations of their goals. Imagine what your goal looks like and find a picture that represents it. Place your images where you might encounter them daily, such as your bathroom mirror or car dashboard. Use the picture as the background for your desktop or phone. Find a quote that relates to it and tape it to your monitor. Each time you see the image, remind yourself of your goal or your reason for achieving it.

The top ten goal-setting techniques should assist you in achieving your optimum success. Not sure which best meets your needs. Commit Acts of Commission by testing all ten if needed.

Warm Regards,


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