How to set goals is one of our most popular coaching topics.

Most of us have engaged with typical goal design; we think about a desire or state of being in the future, and then create goals to get ourselves to that place.

But, how many people have set a goal in this way, completed the goal, and then realized that it felt empty, meaningless, and was an extremely exhausting process? ….. Not very inspiring, right?!

That exact disconnect is where values-driven goal design can disrupt and enhance the engineering of goals.

Values-driven goals are reverse engineered goals. We start with our values; what matters to us most, and then we use these values as a filter to look into the future and decide what we really want most and what it’s going to take to fire us up to accomplish the goal.

The process of setting values-driven goals is an energizing, fulfilling and powerful journey.

Through this three-step journey of values-driven goal design, you will be encouraged to take a deep dive inwards and uncover some of your core values. The outcome of these goals will prove to be far more meaningful, inspiring and worthwhile. Now that we have you all fired up about this amazing way of designing goals, let’s get started.

How to set goals in a values-driven way

1. Know what your personal values are

It’s crucial that you get to know and get connected with what matters to you most. Your values are the foundation of this whole process, so we want to make sure that they are rock solid and add significant meaning to your being.

This can be a challenging task, but the end reward that comes from getting clear on your personal values is something that cannot be outweighed and never loses its significance.

This is also not a one and done type of deal. Just as we evolve and grow, so do our values. What may have been important to us at one point in time may lose its significance as something else takes its place. The process of values exploration should be an ongoing and iterative process

2. Determine what areas your values are being lived in

After we have determined what our values are, the next step getting clear on how thoroughly those values are being lived in all areas of your life.

It’s time that we take stock of all of the areas in our lives and discover where those core values are being lived.

As Walt Whitman said, “be curious, not judgmental.” During this process, I encourage you to leave judgment at the door and take an unfiltered view at your life to unveil some exciting data.

This process will help you to discover areas where your values are not being fully lived; these gaps then provide us with an epic, exciting opportunity to create goals that will have a powerful impact on your life.

3. Set the goal

Now that you have revealed your values and the areas of your life that you would like to see those values more fully lived, we are ready to set the goal.

Setting values-driven goals is no different from setting regular goals, we still want them to be specific, timely, energizing and connected to our vision. The key is the reverse engineering by starting with your values first. We now have the essentials for making this journey to our end goal enjoyable, meaningful and exhilarating.

You will see and feel the euphoric difference along the journey and past the end destination.

If this process has you inspired, there’s icing on the cake – five-way wins.

Five-way wins are goals that have an impact on more than one focus area (an area of your life that gets your time, energy, or resources). We like to work with five focus areas to keep things manageable and concise. When we design a goal that has the ability to impact all five focus areas, we have created a five-way win and, that is a high performing goal that will maximize your ROI and effectively leverage your time.

Five-way wins maximize time, energy and resources; they are the quintessential values driven goal.

When you have designed values-driven goals while looking for five-way wins you will find that your goals support one another and the process of working towards the goal is just as fulfilling as the final destination.

To support you in this process be sure to download the Whole Life Leadership Blueprint below where you can capture and create your values driven goals.

Are you really serious about hitting the goals you are going after out of the park? Set up 30 minute no charge goal design coaching session with one of our coaches and have the horsepower of a certified coach in your corner to expedite your journey.

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