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How To Set Goals For Success

Written by: Chelsea Simpson, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


Setting achievable goals is an essential aspect of personal and professional growth. However, many people struggle to set goals that are realistic and attainable. The GROW model is a popular framework that can help individuals set and achieve their goals. In this article, we will explore the importance of manageable and realistic goals, and how the GROW model can be used to set achievable goals, in all areas.

A pan and a patch with GOALS

Before we get into the model, I want you to think about how we use a sat nav. First, we must select our destination. You have to be clear about where you want to go right? Once you know that, it will offer up different routes to get you to your destination. Successful goal setting follows the same principle. First, we look at what the goal is, then we break down the ways to get there until we find the one best suited for you.

Now for the model:

G Is For Goal

Goals provide direction, focus, and motivation to achieve desired outcomes. However, setting unrealistic or unmanageable goals can lead to frustration and disappointment. It is crucial to set goals that are achievable and align with one's values, abilities, and resources. Manageable goals are those that can be broken down into smaller, achievable steps, making them more attainable.

Here are some example questions to ask yourself when you are setting a goal:

  • What do I want to achieve?

  • What is the desired outcome?

  • Why is this goal important to me?

  • How will I know I achieved my goal?

  • When do I want it by?

  • How will achieving it benefit me and others?

Setting a clear and specific goal provides direction and focus, making it easier to develop a plan of action and measure progress towards achieving the goal.

R Is For Reality

The second step in the GROW model is to assess one's current reality and identify any obstacles or challenges that may need to be addressed. This step is critical in determining the feasibility of the goal and developing a realistic plan of action.

Example questions to ask yourself:

  • What is my current situation in relation to this goal?

  • How far towards the goal am I? How far away?

  • What have I done so far?

  • What resources do I need to achieve this goal?

  • What obstacles and challenges have I met and overcome?

  • What has stopped me from doing more?

  • What are the potential risks and benefits of achieving my goal?

Conducting a reality check will help you identify any potential roadblocks and develop strategies to overcome them, increasing the likelihood of achieving the goal.

O Is For Options

The third step in the GROW model is to explore the options you have and to stretch beyond what you have tried or thought before.

Example questions to ask yourself:

  • What are my available options for achieving this goal?

  • What are the pros/cons of each?

  • What has worked well in the past?

  • What could be the first step you could take towards your goal?

  • What else?

W Is For Way Forward

The final step of the GROW model is to identify the way forward best suited to you.

Example questions to ask yourself:

  • What specific actions do I need to take to achieve my goal?

  • What resources and support do I need?

  • What potential obstacles/challenges do I need to prepare for?

  • What option would be my preferred choice?

  • What steps do I need to take first?

  • What is involved in me doing this?

The process of setting manageable goals requires self-awareness, self-reflection, and a willingness to adjust one's expectations and behaviours. Developing a clear plan of action and identifying the necessary resources and support increases the likelihood of achieving the goal. So, grab a drink and your notebook and spend some time working through the questions above so you can be sure you are hitting your goals.

If you would like some more in-depth help as to why you might be struggling to hit your goals and would like the accountability and success of working with a coach, complete your details here to book a FREE discovery call so we see how I can help and support you along the way.


Chelsea Simpson, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

As a Coach, NLP Master Practitioner and Speaker, Chelsea has helped thousands of people remove the mask and discover who they truly are. At 18, Chelsea’s life changed overnight when she was raped. She was so ashamed and scared of what people would think she would hide it from everyone, pretending she was ok. Abusive relationships followed and as a result she developed OCD, severe anxiety and low self-esteem and was stuck in a vicious cycle. Eventually, through personal development, coaching and NLP, Chelsea transformed her life. And the very thing she was so ashamed of became her most powerful tool in helping people uncover their true strength and potential to create the life and relationships they want.



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