Technique of goal-setting (I)

You can evaluate your goals using three tools. First, rate the intensity of desire for each goal on a one to ten scale. A rating of one would mean ‘low desire’; a rating of ten would mean ‘intense desire’. You can write the rating against each goal. Second, evaluate the cost inherent in the pursuit of each goal.

How much time, effort, stress or money would be involved in trying to reach a given goal?

You can rate the cost involved with each goal on a one to five scale. If it is one it would be minimal cost; while five would indicate high cost of time, effort and money. You can write the cost rating in a different colour against each goal.

The third tool is to look for ‘Blocking factors’. There could be significant obstacles that stand in the way of reaching the goal. For example, there might be a need for special training, higher degree etc. to get into a job. Once again, you can do the rating on a one to five scale.

A rating of one would indicate minimal blocking factors, while a rating of five will suggest major obstacles. You can write the rating against each goal in yet another colour.

You have now three ratings for each goal viz intensity of desire, cost and blocking factors. A good way to evaluate a goal is to subtract the sum of the cost and blocking factors from the desire rating. For example, your desire is to purchase a car. Suppose your intensity of desire is six, but the costs are five and the blocking factors are five.

Your overall rating is minus four: 6-(5+5). It is quite likely that you will never purchase your car.

Any goal which has a positive number, probably, has a chance. Obviously, higher the number, better the chance.

Make a commitment to achieve a goal and set up a time frame.