How to Have Goals That Make the Most of Your Development!
16 Sep

How to Have Goals That Make the Most of Your Development!

How many times have you left a training course or workshop armed with best intentions to put your goal setting into place? And how many of these manage to escape your dusty drawer to see the light of day?

Many organisations are committed to investing time and money into their employees, which of course is very positive, however where the development often fails is in ensuring that learning is applied in everyday situations.

At the end of most courses or workshops the Trainer will ask you to complete an action plan or a commitment…sound familiar? Yet how often do you go back to these and implement them? Most of us have very good intentions although we often get back to the office with an overflowing inbox and deadlines to meet, meaning our best placed intentions simply fly out of the window.

Help is at hand

Let’s talk about goals…and yes we’ll remind ourselves of SMART objective setting while we’re at it! Setting goals is much more than just saying you want something to happen. How can you expect to achieve anything unless you clearly define your goal?

Here are some pointers to check your goals, objectives and action plans against:


SMART Things to Consider
  • Clearly define your goal in terms of what you want to achieve
  • Define precisely where you want to end up at
  • Will changes be measured numerically or by behaviour
  • If unable to measure, how will you know when you’ve gotten there?
  • It may sound silly, but make sure you can realistically achieve the goal!
  • Set goals that “raise the bar” within reasonable limits and that can be achieved with the resources available to you
  • You need to believe that it is a worthwhile goal for where you are now
  • Goals should be relevant to the direction you want your life and career to take
  • Your goals must have a deadline; no timeframe means that the end may never be achieved
  • Think about what you can do now, in the next six weeks, six months and so on


Without goals we often lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take more control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are achieving what you want to.

5 Golden Rules of Goal Setting

  1. Set goals that motivate you
  2. Set goals in writing
  3. Make an action plan
  4. Review it regularly
  5. Check your progress and adapt your actions accordingly

So remember, the next time you attend a training course or a workshop and you’ve been asked to set objectives or write an action plan, really challenge yourself to create something that’s worthwhile and helps you to achieve your goals.

At Right Trax Training, we specialise in developing your business through your key asset; your people. Get in touch to find out how we can help your people to get the most from their development!

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