It is also useful to word your goal in a way that allows you to monitor progress towards your goal. Sometimes this is straightforward – you can ‘measure’ achievement directly. For example, you may be aiming to get a job and you can easily tell whether or not you have achieved this.
Sometimes, though, with the ‘real world’ skills we have talked about in earlier sections, it is not so straightforward. How can you ‘measure’, for example, developments in your communication skills or in your ability to solve problems? Here you need to write down some of the indicators of progress that you will be looking for. For example, your goal might read: ‘Being able to …
- … maintain eye contact when speaking with people
- … stop blushing when people take notice of me
- … contribute to any group conversation that I find myself a part of
- … work out what has gone well and not so well in a conversation and work out how to do better next time rather than fretting over the mistakes
- … get the kids to clear up, without it ending in a fight or tears.’