Why can’t we get things done…. Maybe because we don’t know what the real goal is?? Gary and I discuss the foundation of Well-Formed Goals and why we need them.

6 Must-Haves to have Well-Formed Goals  


Must be stated in the Positive

What do you want? Not the whys you don’t want it…


Sensory Specific

How will I recognize when you have this?

How will you know when you have this?

What will you see, hear, feel, taste, smell?


The Context

Where and when do you want to have this goal?

Where and when do you not want this goal?


Self achievable

It is very important that the outcome must be within their own sphere of influence, namely something you have control over.

What resources do you need to be able to achieve this?

What do you need to do to achieve this?

Is this something which you, yourself, can achieve?
Or does it require that OTHER person or people behave in a certain way?



The advantages and the disadvantages. There are always disadvantages in making a change – being alert to these keeps the person `at cause’ by making it their choice.

What are the advantages of making this change?

What are the disadvantages of making this change?

What will achieving this lose you? Become?



The motivation question: which of your values will be fulfilled by achieving this outcome – the benefits.

What’s important to you about getting this?

What will this outcome help you avoid feeling?

What is the benefit of this outcome?

Gary Phillips, BEd, MA (Adult Educ.), Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) is the manager and principle trainer/consultant for Northwest Training and Development. An experienced organizational development consultant and Safety Professional, he is involved in a variety of training projects and consulting assignments for profit, public, and not-for-profit organizations. As the chief trainer of trainers for Dr. David Imrie’s Back Power program he has successfully installed programs in organizations across Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. Gary is also a Master Practitioner and a Licensed Trainer in the field of NeuroLinguistic Programming (Society of NeuroLinguistic Programming). Most recently Gary has been providing personal and executive coaching services to individuals and businesses. From his home base in Thunder Bay, Ontario where he resides with his family, Gary’s activities take him across Canada and the US, as well as overseas. He offers services worldwide through NW Training and Development and is a widely sought after as a speaker and trainer. Gary Phillips is available for conference and workshop presentations. Visit www.trainingnorthwest.com or www.artofsafety.net or call (888) 622-9653. A variety of Leadership Development workshops are also available.