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