Well Formed Outcomes. A Smart Goals Template
There are numerous ways to set up goals.
There are many goal setting templates, goal setting worksheets and goal setting theories to choose from.
One method to define goals is often overlooked. It is called Well Formed Outcomes, and it originated from the NLP realm.
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) was developed in 1975 and focuses on learning how to think and feel without judgment.
Among many other things, it teaches people how to free themselves from unwanted desires and bad habits.
One important part of NLP is goal setting.
To achieve this, NLP has created goal setting criteria called the well-formed outcome model.
This model offers a way for followers to test their goals to see if they are actually attainable and to learn how they can be achieved.
NLP teaches that goal setting is the first step in becoming a successful person both individually and in relationships.
The NLP goal model works by making goals unique to particular senses in the body.
This specificity directs your attention to what you already see, feel and hear internally.
You will then link your internal and external forces together to attain your goals in an effective way.
By combining your internal and external forces, you can move from your present state to a state you never thought possible.
The well-formed outcome model is a way to refine goals and clarify what exactly it is that you want and what you sincerely hope to get out of setting your goal.
The term well-formed means that your goal has passed through the well-formed outcome model and is an achievable goal.
If a goal does not pass through the model, then the goal is likely unattainable, and it would be unrealistic to ever achieve said goal.
The well-formed outcome model is comprised of seven questions/categories that allow its users to truly think about the parameters of their goal and decide for themselves if they can accomplish their goal, and if so, how they can go about achieving and maintaining their goal.
These questions are what comprises the well-formed outcome model.
1. Can you state your goal in positive terms?
While stating your goal in positive terms take into account what your current status is.
Then, determine if your desired state is better or worse than your present situation, if worse, then abandon your goal, or reassess your goal to make it a positive thing.
Think about how you can go about achieving your goal in a positive way.
Also, state what you want to achieve and what you are working towards.
2. Can you state your goal in sensory-based terms?
State your goal in sensory terms.
Think about what you will see, hear, think and feel when you will achieve your goal.
Think about the senses in terms of achieving your goal so that you can engage all of your senses in achieving your goal.
Also, think about whether or not you have dissected your goal into enough small steps so that each step is achievable and won’t overwhelm your senses.
3. How is the goal compelling to you? (Reward)
Is your goal exciting? Do you have a passion to complete your goal?
If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track to completing your goal in the future.
Make your goal sound compelling so that you can imagine yourself and your life after you have achieved the goal you set.
4. Does the goal suit you in every aspect of your life? (Ecology)
Will your goal fit every nook and cranny of your life?
Will it be harmful or helpful to your relationships and yourself?
Make sure that your goal fits into every part of your life, even the small parts, so that once you achieve your goal, you won’t have to confine your ideas to fit into certain parts of your life.
5. Can you initiate the goal yourself, and maintain it yourself?
Self-initiated goals are ones that you will be able to maintain in the long run.
Test your goal to be certain that it is within your power to do.
If your goal is not self-initiated and it is dependent on other people’s actions, then it will not be accomplished or maintained easily.
6. What is the context of your goal?
Think about your goal and how you can accomplish your goal, with whom you will need to talk to to accomplish said goal, where you will need to go to achieve said goal, etc.
Contextualize your goal and be sure that it is realistic.
7. What resources will you need to complete your goal?
Determine the resources that you will need to attain your goal.
Resources can include other people, certain material items or even something as simple as free time.
Make a list of the resources that you’ll need so that you can go back and read this list when you are feeling less than eager to keep working towards your goal.
Goal Setting & WFO
The well-formed outcome method is a (Smart Goals Template) method that involves testing your goals against the well-formed outcome model to determine if your goal is attainable.
Goal setting is an important part of the human experience, and in order to be a successful person in your life and relationships, it is pertinent to have well-formed goals in your life.
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