Goals For 2021

Setting goals for 2021, a year that seems so uncertain may, at first glance seem futile. In a sense all the more reason to set them. If the road ahead looks a little rocky have some goals to aim for and use them as a way of celebrating, motivating, and keeping the momentum going.

Setting goals in a conscious way for work is very beneficial to many other aspects of your life, as they are all linked and connected. The knock-on effect is often underestimated or not even considered. For example, having a goal at work can make you feel very happy and motivated. These positive emotions then flood into your personal life and can improve your personal relationships. Similarly, having goals and a purpose at work can be very reassuring and calming. These aspects can spread into your personal life and help you to have a long, deep sleep because you are calm and settled.

Different Categorise of Goals;

  • Career
  • Health
  • Personal
  • Financial
  • Spiritual
  • Relationship
  • Fitness

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Different Models for Goal Setting.

There are many models and formats for goal setting. See which one works best for you and your team.

  • SMART goals – possibly the most well-known. The acronym stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time specific
  • Locke came up with the very first goal setting theory, where he focused on goal setting within the workplace. He found that employees were motivated more by clearly set goals and actionable feedback. Locke suggests that to achieve your goals 5 factors must be present. These are; Clarity, Challenge, Commitment, Feedback and Task complexity.
  • GROW model – which stands for goal, reality, options, way forward
  • The SPIRO model which is useful for group goals. The 5 headings being; specificity, performance, involvement, realism and observability.


It is very important that you find a goal setting model that works for you. However, there are some common themes across all of the models that you should consider;

  • Importance – make sure the goal is actually important to you
  • Specific – make your goal specific
  • Realistic – make your goal realistic
  • Planning – building a robust plan to achieve your goal
  • Obstacles – identifying and planning for these
  • Deadline/Timing – making it realistic and appropriate

A new model that I have come across whilst researching goal setting.

ACHIEVE® is a coaching and mentoring model that has been created by The Coaching Centre (Dembkowski and Eldridge, 2003). It builds on the principles of the GROW model, and is inspired by academics such as Alan Fine, Graham Alexander and John Whitmore. The model is intended to increase trust between client and coach by increasing understanding of the methods involved in goal-setting and problem-solving.

The seven stages of the ACHIEVE model outlined by the Coaching Centre are:

  • ssess current situation
  • reative brainstorming
  • one goals
  • nitiate option generation
  • valuate options
  • alid action programme design
  • ncourage momentum


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