How to Set Good Goals

How To Set Good Goals

How to Set Good Goals

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Effective mentoring relationships are reliant on the establishment of clear goals by the mentee. There are no right or wrong goals to have, nor are there right or wrong ways of establishing them. What is most important is that you have them and that you have clearly communicated them to your mentor to ensure the success of your mentoring journey. Having clear goals is an important step in understanding the direction you want your mentoring relationship to take and allows your mentor to understand what they need to do in order to help you achieve your goals. The goals you establish need to be a mixture of both short-term and long-term goals. Whilst the mentee has the final say on what goals they want to achieve, it is important that goal-setting is undertaken in the first few meetings to allow for the mentor to provide their input. This feedback will ensure that the goals set are realistic and achievable.

Tips on how to set good goals:

Goal setting can often be a daunting and time-consuming task, yet it is one of the most important tasks that will assist in the success of your mentoring relationship. Here are some tips on how to set good goals in the initial stages of your mentoring journey:

1. Goals must have clear intentions

Ensure the goals are based on what the mentee is passionate about and what they want to achieve. They should align with your priorities.

2. Use the SMART method

Follow this acronym to ensure the establishment of achievable and meaningful goals:

S — specific

M — measurable

A — attainable

R — relevant

T — time bound

3. Clarify your goals based on the Wheel of Life

Your goals should be categorised based on “The Wheel of Life,” and should correlate with each other:

  1. Career & Achievements
  2. Adventure & Fun
  3. Financial & Wealth
  4. Family
  5. Spouse & Significant Other
  6. Friends & Relationships
  7. Faith/Spirituality
  8. Fitness & Health

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