Setting well formed outcomes

Complete this exercise whenever you are setting an objective. Then print out the results as a personal reminder. Bookmark this page so that you can return to it next time you are setting or reviewing an objective.



NOTE: Keep repeating this exercise until you can answer all the quesions satisfactorily.

  1. What do you want?
    Check that your outcome is stated in the positive?
  2. Is the achievement of this outcome within your control?
    What do you need to achieve it?
  3. When and where do you want this?
  4. What will the achievement of this outcome do for you?
    How will achieving this outcome benefit you?
  5. What might stop you achieving this outcome?
    Why have you not already achieved it?
    What might be the benefits of not achieving it?
  6. How will you know when you have achieved this outcome?
    What evidence will you use to let you know that you are achieving this outcome?
  7. How will achieving this affect other areas of your life?
    Is this outcome acceptable to you and to other people?
  8. What is the first action you must take to achieve this outcome?

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