Great Goal Setting (3/5): Believing and Quantifying to Ensure Success

Feb 11, 2013
So you've done the work and set a goal. Great! You're halfway there! But how will you measure your progress to ensure you achieve it?

So you’ve done the work and set a goal. Great! You’re halfway there! But how will you measure your progress to ensure you achieve it?


This is part 3 of a 5 part series:

Great Goal Setting (1/5): Get Started Setting Goals with a Successful First Step

Great Goal Setting (2/5): How to Stay Motivated with Your Goal in a Way That Makes Sense

Great Goal Setting (4/5): How to Identify Types of Goals and What Steps to Take

Great Goal Setting (5/5): Be Aware of Goal Setting Pitfalls and How to Save Yourself from Disappointment


In the last two parts of this series we‘ve been discussing goals and how to set them. We also looked at ways to ensure that we follow through with them. Now we’re shifting our focus to something called self-efficacy and how it helps us to achieve our goals.


Do You Believe?

First off, what is self-efficacy? Well, it is the measure of one’s own ability to complete tasks and reach goals. It is the belief in ourselves that we can truly achieve the thing we have set out to do.

By trusting ourselves and engaging in the action steps that are necessary to attain our goals, we can ensure we have the confidence to follow through with them.

Goals are, by nature, a personal thing. We set them to improve our situation and relationships. By setting a goal, we are showing that we see the need for a positive change in our life and are committing to making that change. However, we cannot succeed if we do not have some sort of belief that we can accomplish our goals.


Captain’s Log

The best way to keep your confidence in your ability to achieve your goal is to keep a log of some sort. For example, in a notebook you write, “I really want to be able to improve my fitness in the next month. I’m setting the goal that in three weeks I want to be able to swim a mile and a half within an hour.”

So what’s next? Now, plan a training regime. In the same notebook, write out a daily or weekly training schedule for yourself. Add as much detail as you can to ensure that you are taking the necessary steps. Also, plan and write a specific goal for each day.

“My first week’s goal is to swim three-quarters of a mile within one hour.” So at the end of the day, write down how long it took you to swim three-quarters of a mile. By the end of the week, you should have a clear idea of what your improvement looks like. This will help to give you the confidence to continue with your plan and give you the belief that you can achieve your goal.


So Remember…

  • Set goals that are attainable, but still challenging
  • Understand the steps or processes it will take to achieve your goal
  • Find ways to boost your confidence on the road to achieving your goal


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  1. Believing in your competence is an important factor of the level of success you can achieve.

    I do believe in myself but there are just moments when I check on my progress and I see no results and I’d usually give up in the middle of things..:( and end up with “this is not for me”

    What I know is that a self-efficient individual is “action-oriented” and that to be called self-efficient, one must be able to take positive, inspired actions regardless of the feelings or emotions that are within or that surround him/her. It’s not that easy to do.

    Is self-efficacy a skill,too? If so, are there ways to boost it? or can you give some examples on how it can be exercised or practiced?

    Thank you very much in advance,Rishan!

    • Great question.

      We have the research proven ways of increasing self efficacy.

      1) affirmations

      2) mental rehearsal or visualization

      3) break the goal down into smaller steps

  2. Not everybody knows about being aware of their efficacy as a person since we usually do stuff on a day-to-day basis kind of way. Having a mindset of “I’m on it” on a goal doesn’t simply ensure its achievement. It’s also important that we take note of the progress that we make and be highly motivated when we see advancement, build the momentum, and manifest change.

    Great input!

    • You’re right Pete! Seeing progress on the actions we are taking to achieve our goals will really boost our confidence. It will really help us to believe in ourselves that our goals are achievable.

  3. GliderXon says:

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