Realistic Goal Setting: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Realistic Goal Setting is the skill to hone in the specific actions that we need to perform to accomplish everything we aspire to live.

Realistic Goal Setting: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Thinks about what one wants to achieve and writes it down in order to develop strategies to achieve it
  • Sets specific goals in order to provide greater clarity in terms of what one actually needs to do to achieve them
  • Does some research on the skills one needs to learn or what lifestyle changes one needs to make in order to achieve a goal
  • Breaks a goal down into milestones in order to help make a plan for achieving it later on
  • Assesses one's commitment to the goals; puts in the necessary effort and time to achieve own goals
  • Ranks goals in order of their importance and urgency when one has multiple goals on the list
  • Considers personal limitations and writes them down in order to come up with a complete picture of the challenges one might face
  • Determines things that might happen outside own control, which could make it harder to achieve the goals
  • Revises unrealistic goals in order to make them more achievable or lets them go and creates new ones
  • Defines clear and specific steps for each goal in order to know when one has achieved each one of them

Realistic Goal Setting: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Sets a timeline for each goal in order to make it more achievable, track own progress and stay accountable
  • Determines who else is involved in own goals and works together to develop a plan to accomplish them
  • Determines which requirements will be part of the goal achieving process and works hard to meet these requirements
  • Reflects and writes down specific benefits and reasons for accomplishing a certain goal in order to make the goal more realistic
  • Establishes criteria for success in order to make it easier to track the goals' progress and know when one has achieved them
  • Considers how own goals fit with other plans one has in life in order to avoid conflicting plans that can cause problems
  • Develops contingency plans for the obstacles that one has anticipated and how and when each plan should be implemented
  • Brainstorms as many obstacles as one can and writes them down in order to develop a sense of how realistic a goal is
  • Makes goals for oneself without being concerned about what others want in order to make them personally meaningful
  • Keeps the list containing own goals in a place where one can frequently reference them in order to stay motivated

Realistic Goal Setting: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Tries to achieve too many goals at once thus makes it harder to achieve any of them
  • Gives up on unreasonable goals instead of trying to adjust them as necessary to fit one's own reality
  • Thinks about the goals but does not write them down thus ends up forgetting most of them
  • Creates a vision board but does not put it in a place where one can see it thus fails to achieve own goals
  • Sets goals without a clear plan on how to achieve them thus loses track along the way
  • Surrounds oneself with people who do not have goals instead of those who aspire to do more with their life
  • Creates vague goals without being specific on how one will make the goals become real
  • Sets goals based on what others want one to become instead of aligning them with the vision one has for own life
  • Sets goals but believes that one does not have what it takes to achieve them thus lacks the motivation to accomplish them
  • Quits too soon; gets discouraged when things don't turn out as expected instead of trying again

Realistic Goal Setting: Self Evaluation Questions

  • How do you decide on your goals? How do you ensure that they are realistic?
  • Is there a time when you have faced challenges setting goals? What were the challenges and how did you overcome them?
  • Describe step-by-step, how you go about setting your goals. How do you determine your goals' requirements?
  • Is there a time when you failed to meet your goals because they were unreal? What did you do?
  • How do you make sure that your own goals match the company goals?
  • What have you done to help other people to set realistic goals? Give the last time you did this
  • How have you ensured that your goals are measurable, achievable, specific and timely?
  • Is there a time when you felt that you did not have what it takes to achieve your goals? How did you deal with this?
  • What are some of the things that you have done to improve your ability to set realistic goals?
  • How do you prioritize your goals in order to make them more achievable?

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