Emotional Intelligence Building – Self Actualization “Goal Setting”

Emotional Intelligence Theme: Self Actualization – definition

 By losing your goal, You have lost your way. Friedrich Nietzsche

Goal setting is such an overlooked, and underestimated, life task. It is so important to take time an ask yourself “Why am I doing this?” and “Where do I hope it takes me?”.

It is the people who take the time to really think about what they are doing in life, why they have chosen this path, where they are hoping to go…these are the people who find their way to success in their own life. Often, the people around them think that they are “lucky” or have advantages that they themselves do not have. When in reality, this is NOT true at all!

Success is the direct result of a little bit of planning, taking advantage of opportunities that show up and working around the obstacles when they fall directly into your planned path. If you don’t think, in detail, about your goals, you will most likely lose your way in the difficult times. Your goals help you make decisions about what is a priority and what can wait, what opportunities to take and ones to shelve and how to get yourself back from distraction and procrastination (You know you do it! Secretly…so do I, but my goals remind me why I am working this hard and get me back on track).


Start thinking about your goals in terms of the following SMART guide: Achievable Goals are SMART!

S – Specific: What is it, exactly, that I want to achieve?

M – Measurable: How will I know when I have achieved the goal?

A – Attainable: Is this a realistic and “doable” goal for me, and in the time frame?

R – Relevant: Is this even my goal? Is this even what I want?

T – Time Based: Do I have a time frame to achieve this goal? Time frame for the smaller lead up goals?


The most important thing it to analyze your goals so that you will procrastinate less and face the difficulties along the way 🙂

Feel free to contact me! 

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology)

Doctoral Candidate, Counselling Psychology @ UofT

Success Coach * Professor * Counsellor

Mohawk College-Fennell Campus-“The Square“-C102/20


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