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Self Explore: Quizzes 'n More

Quizzes 'n More: My Goals Activity

In this self-reflection activity you can complete a series of steps to help you identify your goals, evaluate your progress towards them, and establish a plan of action to achieve them.

If you have not visited Get What You Want from Life: Setting Goals, check it out now!

Step 1: Get ready.

You'll need this worksheet to complete the activity.  You can either print it, or cut and paste the worksheet into a document in your word processing program. 

Step 2: Identify your goals.

For each of the categories listed in the worksheet (see sample version with two categories below), try to identify at least one goal that you would like to achieve. 

Remember to be as specific as possible with these goals.

Type of Goal:

My Goal

Steps you’ve taken so far towards goal

Your actions, attitudes or decisions that have made it more difficult to achieve goal

Specific steps you’ll take from this point on to achieve goal






School and Career




Step 3: Identify what you've done so far to help you achieve the goal (if anything).

Note all the actions you've already taken.  Actions can be either behaviors (like writing a resume) or "in your head" changes, (like deciding which job you want to apply for).  Write down anything you've done that has moved you forward in your pursuit of this goal--anything that has been helpful in achieving this goal.


Step 4: Identify what you've done so far that has made it more difficult for you to achieve this goal.

One way to do this is to imagine an outsider looking in on your life. Which of your actions, attitudes or decisions might they identify as having made it more difficult for you to accomplish your goals, as having pushed you further away from your goals as opposed to towards them?

Hey, we do this ALL the time.  Two steps forward, whoops, one step back.  Be honest.  It's as important to notice what has propelled us forward as what has stopped us in our tracks. 

Step 5:  Identify the specific steps that you can take from this point forward to help you achieve this goal.

For many goals, especially those that are long-term and/or will be challenging to achieve, creating a plan that contains a set of specific and concrete actions that will move you towards your goal can greatly increase the chances that you'll actually achieve that goal. This is your "action plan". 

For example, if one of your goals is "to graduate with at least a 3.5 GPA", your action plan might include:

"Creating a schedule that allows me to spend at least 3 hours per day outside of class studying my course material".

"Turning off my cell phone and internet while studying."

Notice how specific the action items are in this example.  Do you see how they might be more likely to help you achieve the goal than a more vague action item like "study more"!

In general, the more specific you can be about the action items, the better.

It also helps to do some background research on the types of things that increase success for a given goal before you identify these steps. You should be able to defend your choice of action items. For example:  "I chose the step of studying at least 3 hours a day because I've read that learning new material takes significant time and frequent review. And I chose to turn off my phone and internet because research indicates that we don't learn as well when we are distracted by these forms of technology."

Step 6: Commit to your action plan. 

Yes, commit!  Declare you will do it. Checking in with others can be helpful. Create strategies that will keep you committed.   

Step 7: Continually monitor your progress in meeting your goals.

  • Are the action items you've committed to working to help you achieve the goal?
  • Are there other things you now think you need to do to achieve it? 
  • Has the importance of the goal itself changed for you?

You may find that some goals become less important over time, and you may want to add different goals to the list.

Goal setting is a process that should continue throughout your life, and so you should expect that your goals themselves, as well as the ways in which you choose to achieve them, may change over time.

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