Goal Setting - not as easy as it looks.....

EduCorp Blog

Friday, 20th May 2016

Simon Sinek in his landmark 2009 TED Talk "Start with why?" spoke about the significance of purpose. Adam Leipzig in 2012 taught us how to find our life purpose and define it in one sentence.

"Why Learn?" The "why" of learning indicates the motivation, relevant to personal reflection and decision making around goals - setting and achieving, moving toward the purpose of being. 

There are multiple ways of constructing/unpacking goals, ultimately if goals are too broad they may be aspirational or unattainable. Short, medium and long term goals are all part of growing purpose.

A popular structure for setting a goal is using the acronym S.M.A.R.T.+. This cluster of relevant terms include: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely and Positive. There are several resources available online that provides more information about each of the S.M.A.R.T+ goal elements "  or try a 6 part mini course 

Exploration of purpose leads to the defining of progress - wants and needs. Defining 3 starting goals helps to focus learning efforts. There can be many more goals waiting but prioritising only 3 gives learners the desired focus areas.

In a recent Learning Pod experience, the participants, educators of 25 years or more , all agreed that writing a goal was not as easy as it might seem. The project was to implement and participate in a train the trainer, Iterative (Agile) Learing Methodology, Learning Pod.

Each participant was to write their goals prior to joining in the the first session. In most instances our goals were too broad, lacked a timeframe, were unable to be measured and needed review.

Embedded clues for writing S.M.A.R.T+ goals are included in the Learning Analysis section of the Heutology>  Learning Log. Set goals to grow your life purpose.

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