Tiger Tools 1: Well-Formed Outcomes

So you think you know what you want – you have your “goal” clear? Great! By having a clear goal, you increase your chances of making significant change.

But is your goal “well-formed”? How does your goal stand up against the standards below? Remember: you’ve got, statistically, a much greater chance of success if your goal is well-formed. See how your goal stands up to the test….

  • 1. Stated in positive terms

    “I want to be fit and active”, not “I don’t want to be overweight” (YES/NO)

  • 2. Outcome in your control

    “I want my son to pass his exams” is a fine aspiration – but not, alas, in your control (YES/NO)

  • 3. Specific

    contrast “I want to be healthy” with “I want to run the 10km race for charity in three months’ time” (YES/NO)

  • 4. Sensory-based evidence

    ask yourself the question: how will I know when I’ve done it? (see, feel ,hear, taste, smell?) (YES/NO)

  • 5. Context

    you want to be honest. Very praiseworthy…. But always honest? (with partner, colleagues, children) (YES/NO)

  • 6. Resources

    have you got what’s needed to succeed with your goal? If not, how can you get it? (YES/NO)

  • 7. Retains existing benefits

    what will you lose, potentially, if you succeed? Is it a price worth paying? (YES/NO)

  • 8. Ecology

    there may be effects on others. What happens if you achieve your goal; and what happens if you don’t? (YES/NO)

  • 9. Define the first step

    every epic journey begins with one step. So what is it – what comes first? (YES/NO)

So how does your goal rate?