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Performance Goals


Goal target

Performance Goals


Performance goals vs. Outcome goals

When linked to long term goals (lifetime or Capstone), provisional goals are best written as performance goals versus outcome goals.  Performance goals focus on the person performance while outcome goals focus strictly on the outcome or result. 

Performance is what the person controls while outcomes are frequently controlled by others.  Unfortunately, outcome goals do not take into account how well a person performed.  Goals based on outcomes are extremely vulnerable to failure because of things beyond your control.

Effective provisional goals focus on performance, not outcome.

A person may have an outstanding performance and not win a contest because other people have performed even better.  Conversely, a person may perform poorly and still win if all others perform at a lower level.  If a person’s goal is to run the 100m race in 12.2 seconds, the person has greater control in achieving this goal than winning.  However, the person has even greater control of achieving a goal if the goal is to run using the correct form, driving the knees through the entire race.  This performance goal ultimately gives the person more control over his/her performance.

When possible set performance goals, not outcome goals.  Make sure you set goals over which you have as much control as possible.  There is nothing more discouraging than failing to achieve a personal goal for reasons beyond your control.  These could be bad business environments, poor judging, bad weather, injury, or just plain bad luck.  If you base your goals on personal performance, then you can keep control over the achievement of your goals and draw satisfaction from them.  For example, you might achieve a personal best time in a race, but still finish fifth as a result of a poor judging decision.  If you had set an outcome goal of being in the top three, then this will be a defeat.  If you set a performance goal of achieving a particular time, then you will have achieved the goal and can draw satisfaction and self-confidence from its achievement.


Performance Goal Outcome Goal
Run the 100m race in 12.2 seconds Win first place in the contest
Make contact with opponent and block out after the shot Get the rebound
Sprint after balls coming into play Get to the ball first and control it




Goal Setting Outline

Steps Goal Setting

Goal Setting Outline


Set Lifetime Goals

When setting goals, start with your lifetime goals and work back towards your provisional (short-term) goals.  For example, the lifetime goal may be to win the war.  The transitions goals would be to win specific battles.  The foundational goals would be to win certain positions.

Take the first key step toward reaching your vision, by identifying your lifetime or Life Dimension goals.

  1. Identify and then focus on specific, tangible targets for what you want.
  2. Maintain at least one clearly defined goal for every major interest and role in your life.

Life Dimension Sheet or Life Goal sheet


Set Capstone Goals

After you set your Life Dimension goals, set capstone (intermediary) goals that will lead you to your desired goals.


Complete a goal sheet

  1.  Set your goals so they are directly aligned with your life’s mission, purpose, and passions.
  2.  Create goals high enough to ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action.
  3. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail with declared target dates.

Set Foundational Goals    

After you set your capstone goals, set foundational (short-term) goals that will help build a foundation for your lifetime goals.



Set Provisional Goals

Lastly, set a whole series of related daily, weekly and monthly goals, complete with starting times and completion dates.  These are provisional goals.  

  1. Lists task associated with achieving the goal
  2. Review the objectives to see if they can also be individual goals.
  3. Change objectives or tasks into goals on a separate goal sheet.


Setting your Personal Goals

Your Personal Goals


Personal Goals

My Goals

Personal Goals


Your personal goals should be grown from your values, beliefs, passions, and your sense of purpose.  Before you begin to create our goals, you should go through the process of self discovery.

Determining your values and mission in life is a critical process of goal setting.  Personal goals that are aligned with your values and mission are your most motivating and inspiring goals, and the ones that are most passionate to achieve.  They also deliver the greatest sense of pride and satisfaction once accomplished.

You should set your goals so they are directly aligned with your life’s mission and purpose.  If your goals do not reflect your values or sense of mission, you will struggle to find the motivation to reach them.  For example, if your highest value is “time with family”, you want to consider building that into your goals.  It will guide you to what you need to change in your life or where your focus should be.

Creating Life Plan

Goal Setting Worksheet

Goal Sheet

Setting your Personal Goals

Steps for Goal Setting



Types of Goals

There are different types of goals.  Some goals are lifetime goals; meaning that we intend to achieve them before we die.  To achieve them, we break them into smaller steps, perhaps ten-year goals or five-year goals.  These intermediate goals are then divided into smaller steps, until we have subdivided the lifetime goals into immediate goals that we can work on today.

Setting personal goals starts with your lifetime goals which are followed by a series of lower level goals.  The series of goals and objectives can continue until you have a list of daily tasks.  By setting up this structure, you are able to break down life goals into a number of small tasks that you need to do each day to reach the lifetime goals.

People set lifetime goals by envisioning what they ultimately want to achieve in various facets of their life.  They then set additional long-term goals for themselves by envisioning what they want to be doing and where they want to be five to ten years from the present.  Then they use short-term goals to get there.



Goal Setting Process

To set goals; first, write down your goals, and secondly lay out your plan of actions that will determine how to you reach them.  Once you have set your long-term goals, set up your short-term goals that you should complete if you are to reach your lifetime plan.  You can set a 5-year plan, 1-year plan, 6-month plan, and 1-month plan of progressively smaller goals that you should reach to achieve your lifetime goals.  Each of these should be based on the previous plan.  Finally, set a daily “to do” list of things that you should do today to work towards your lifetime goals.


Goal Setting

S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S = Specific M = Measurable A = Attainable R = Rewarding T = Time bound

Goal setting

Goal setting

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Goal Setting



Goal setting is a formal process for personal planning.  By setting goals on a routine basis, you decide what you want to achieve, and then you systematically move towards the achievement of those goals.  Goals provide you with a focus for your life.

By setting goals, you create a rippled effect.  The process of setting goals gives you a purpose and direction by allowing you to choose where you want to go in life.  By clarifying your expectations and by challenging yourself, you become more intrinsically motivated.  You force yourself to focus on the acquisition of knowledge and to organize your resources, thus allowing you to become more organized and effective.  As you increase your personal effectiveness, you can improve both your decision making and performance.  As your performance increases, you achieve more and your self-confidence increases.  An increased self-confidence leads to being happier and feeling more fulfilled in life.

Having no goals is like going on a trip without a map.  When there is no destination, vision, or plan, most people tend to drift.  However, when people have a vision of where they want to go, they tend to feel a greater sense of commitment than they would without having the vision.  By creating goals, you create a long-term vision.  You give yourself a sense of purpose and you provide yourself with a focus.  By concentrating your energies and thoughts on your goals, you are better able to use time-management strategies and this in turn enables you to achieve more.

Goal Setting Process

Goal Setting Steps

Your Personal Goals

Types of Goals

Goal Setting Outline


 "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."  - Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Printable Version of Goal Setting Outline - Goal setting basic steps outline

Steps Goal Setting


Basic Steps for Goal setting


1.  Identify your goal

2.  Write down your goal in specific, measurable detail with a declared target date.


S = Specific

M = Measurable

A = Attainable

R = Rewarding

T = Time bound


3.  Write down the benefits of achieving your goal


4.  List the obstacles to overcome in accomplishing your goal


5.  List the skills and knowledge required to reach your goal


6.  Identify the people and groups you need to work with to reach your goal


7.  Develop a plan of action to reach your goal

  • Set a series of related daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and completion dates


8.  Continuously take an action step toward the attainment of your goal (weekly or daily)


The Peak Performance Center

"If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes."  - Andrew Carnegie