Goal Setting 101

  • image descriptionKori Propst, MS
Goal Setting 101

Being your best requires bringing your best. And bringing your best requires planning and a fine-tuning and attention to the goals that mean the most to you. Everyone talks about setting goals—making New Year’s resolutions is a fine example of how identifying goals for the coming year is important to most people. But goal setting takes more than just thinking about what you might want to change or what you could work toward to better yourself in the coming year. Goal setting must be action oriented if the desire is truly there to make significant progress toward an improved, fulfilling, living-up-to-your-potential kind of life! The following steps will help you in not only setting those goals, but more importantly, achieving them!

  1. Choose a goal that you’re deeply passionate about. Without a spark, there will be no flame. Ask yourself what it is that you desire.
  2. Visualize achievement of this goal. Imagine yourself with your desire or the accomplishment being completed. Get into all your senses: touch, taste, smell, feel, sound! If you can’t imagine it, it likely won’t happen for you. A good friend and colleague said it best when he explained, “Thoughts become things…” Remember that this applies to negative thoughts also.
  3. Write down the goal and action steps to get there. Don’t keep it in your head. Get it on paper and keep it in front of you. You need a blueprint to follow. You are the construction worker for your life. If you write down the goal of "I will lose weight," you must follow that with steps to achievement. Some steps will be very small steps like calling around and gathering information.
  4. Establish a check-in strategy to ensure you are following through with your action steps. Anticipate that things will go wrong and that failures will occur. Develop A,B, and C plans for those situations.
  5. Identify your personal mission statement. What are your values? Are you doing things each day that are congruent with what you say is important to you? If you say you want to lose weight but are going out to fast food and getting a double cheeseburger and fries for lunch every day, are you committed to your goal?
  6. Identify the skills and abilities you have used in the past to achieve goals that may have seemed insurmountable at times but that you achieved! If you’ve done it once, you can do it again!

Fulfilling your dreams takes time. Take the time to develop a plan for taking the steps toward your dreams with action oriented goal setting, and there can be nothing less than success!

Kori Propst holds a BS in Exercise Physiology, an MS in Counseling, and is pursuing her PhD in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. She is a WNBF Pro in bodybuilding, figure, and fit body. As the Wellness Director for the Diet Doc she created the Mental Edge Program to aid individuals in developing individualized strategies for optimal performance in their lives and for competing. She can be contacted at