Online Class: The Art of Setting Goals

This course will explore goal setting for individuals, focusing on different areas of a person's life where goals can be applied. These include goals pertaining to people's personal relationships, their health and well-being, their finances, their professional and educational development, and for their overall lifetime.

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Course Description

The Power of Effective Goal Setting

From the moment we wake up to the second our heads touch the pillow at night, our lives are oriented around goals. They could be as simple as finishing a morning routine or as intricate as planning a decade-long career trajectory. By 2023, according to the International Coaching Federation, over 70% of individuals consulted a professional at least once in their lifetime for guidance on setting and achieving personal goals. The act of setting goals is not merely a task—it's an art and science that directly influences our happiness, success, and personal fulfillment.

Discovering the Essence of Goals

Goals are the compasses that guide our decisions and actions. They provide purpose, direction, and a sense of accomplishment when achieved. However, not all goals are created equal. Some inspire us, while others might feel burdensome or misaligned. The distinction lies in the methodology behind setting these goals and ensuring they resonate with one's personal values and aspirations.

Course Overview: Navigating the Landscape of Goal Setting

This comprehensive course is designed to deepen your understanding of the multifaceted world of goal setting. It encompasses various spheres of human life where goals play a pivotal role:

  1. Goal Setting: Getting Started: Dive into the foundational elements that shape the art of setting meaningful goals.
  2. Standard Guidelines to Follow: Delve into time-tested strategies that make goal setting more structured and efficient.
  3. The Importance of Setting Goals: Understand the psychological and practical implications of goal orientation.
  4. Why Do People Not Achieve Their Goals?: Analyze the barriers, both internal and external, that hinder goal realization.
  5. Time Management for Goal Achievement: Grasp the symbiotic relationship between effective time management and goal attainment.
  6. Crucial Skills for Goal Setting: Equip yourself with essential skills that amplify your goal-setting prowess.
  7. Creating a Goal Achievement Plan: Learn to design a robust, actionable plan that serves as your roadmap.
  8. Developing SMART Goals: Understand the nuances of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound goals.
  9. Daily Goals: Recognize the power of small, daily targets that culminate in long-term success.
  10. Financial Goals: Strategize for financial prosperity, balancing immediate needs with future aspirations.
  11. Relationship Goals: Cultivate relationships that enrich, support, and align with your personal growth trajectory.
  12. Health and Well-Being Goals: Prioritize physical and mental wellness as the bedrock of all achievements.
  13. Professional Goals: Carve out a career path that resonates with your skills, passions, and market demands.
  14. Lifetime Goals: Envision and plan for milestones that you aim to achieve in your lifetime.
  15. Now What?: Transition from planning to execution, ensuring sustained momentum and adaptability.

Why This Course?

Each module of this course is interspersed with real-life examples, interactive polls, and assignments designed to provide hands-on experience. By weaving theory with practice, the course ensures that learners don't just understand the "how" but also the "why" behind each concept.

The tools, insights, and methodologies offered here are not just theoretical constructs; they're practical instruments that have been employed by successful individuals across various fields. From entrepreneurs and athletes to artists and educators, effective goal setting remains a common thread weaving their stories of success.

Shape Your Tomorrow, Today

Goals are not mere checkpoints on life's journey. They're signposts that lend meaning, direction, and purpose to our endeavors. In an era where change is constant and uncertainties abound, having clear, well-defined goals can be the anchor that keeps us grounded.

Through this course, you'll not only learn to set goals but to live them. With each module, you'll move closer to a life where your aspirations aren't just dreams but achievable realities. So, if you're eager to elevate your goal-setting game, to steer your life's ship with more purpose and precision, this course awaits you. Dive in, and let's redefine what's possible.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Goal Setting: Getting Started

This opening lesson will introduce you to the concept of goal setting and the basics you will need to understand as you move forward. While the focus will be on goal setting as it applies to the individual, this information can be applied to goals set by any entity, such as groups, organizations, etc., and for any purpose with a few adjustments. Additional lesson topics: The Real Reason People Who Set Goals Are More Successful; Setting Goals and Myths; The Right and Wrong Way to Set Goals; Seven Types Of Goals For A Successful Life; How Do You Maintain Your Goal Once You've Reached It?; Goals vs. Objectives – What's The Difference? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Your Goal for Taking this Course
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Standard Guidelines to Follow

This lesson will take a look at some of those guidelines that are considered standard for goal setting, regardless of the nature of the goal and its complexity. Additional lesson topics: 57 Useful Tips How to Set Goals and Achieve Them; Action Plans; Accountability; First Things First: The Several Secrets to Prioritization; Prioritize; Several Tips For Setting Powerful Goals; Several Guidelines For Effective Goal Setting; The Several Golden Rules Of Goal-Setting; How to Set Realistic Goals That You Can Actually Achieve ; Golden Rules of Goal Setting; to Transform Your Life, Set Realistic Goals; How to Set Goals 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: The Importance of Setting Goals

This lesson will look at some of the ways in which goal setting is deemed important and valuable in life. These reasons can apply regardless of the circumstances of your life or your goals, meaning that it does not matter what kind of goals you have or your reasoning for them. Additional lesson topics: Why Are Goals and Objectives Important?; Planning and Organization Skills; Accountability; Several Powerful Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Effective Goals: Why They Are So Important; On The Importance Of Goal Setting: Several Reasons Why You Need to Set Goals; Time Management; Several Reasons Why Goal Setting Will Improve Your Focus; Motivation: The Why's Of Behavior 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Why Do People Not Achieve Their Goals?

This lesson will explore some of the issues that can arise, their causes, and the potential impact they can have overall on a goal. Keep in mind that what is listed here is only a sampling of some of the reasons why people do not complete their goals and each situation is going to be different. Additional lesson topics: Barriers to Goal Setting and How to Avoid Them!; Four Common Obstacles That Interfere With Goal Setting; Several Obstacles to Better Goal Setting; The Several Things That Stop Most People From Achieving Their Goals; Several Barriers to Achieving Your Dreams and How to Overcome Them; Ten Obstacles to Why People Don't Achieve Their Goals 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Time Management for Goal Achievement

This lesson will focus on one of the most important skills that you could ever use in goal setting and goal achievement--time management. Topics will include an explanation of time management, its application in goal setting and in other parts of life, and the importance it has in all of those areas. Additional lesson topics: 6 Tips to Improve Your Time Management Skills; The Importance of Time Management In Your Life Dictates The Quality of It; Several Common Time Management Mistakes; Why Time Management Is Ruining Our Lives; Time Management Training Doesn't Work; Several Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills; Developing Time Management Skills; Work-Life Balance; Several Common Time Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them; What Is Time Management? 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Crucial Skills for Goal Setting

This lesson will take a closer look at three crucial skills that are going to be valuable for your goal setting purposes. They include problem solving, organization, and planning. Additional lesson topics: Motivation and Goal Setting Theory; What Are Problem-Solving Skills and Why Are They Important; Several Factors That Make A Good Business Plan; Why Organization Skills Are Important; Are You A Problem Solver?; Factors to Be Considered In Business Planning; Communication Skills For Workplace Success; Factors that Affect Planning In An Organization; Problem Solving Skills Training and The Workplace; Tips On Getting Organized to Help With Goal Setting; Problem Solving; How to Develop and Understand Organizational Skills; 13. Attitude and Motivation; Significance and Importance of Organization 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Creating a Goal Achievement Plan

This lesson will look at how you can create a goal achievement plan, essentially a plan of action for you to follow towards your completed goal. The different steps that you should take and the different factors that you need to consider in your plan will be the focus of this lesson. Additional lesson topics: Brainstorming; Here Are Several Simple Steps to Help You Achieve Your Goals; How to Create An Action Plan to Achieve Your Home Business Goals; How to Set Goals and Objectives For Your Business In ; Several Strategies For Achieving Your Goals; The Basic Steps In The Management Planning Process; Create An Action Plan Now 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Developing SMART Goals

This lesson will look at what a person needs to do in order to develop SMART goals, including the different aspects of the concept, the benefits it can provide to your efforts, and some of the strategies it employs. Additional lesson topics: Goal-Setting 101: Why SMART Goals Are Important to Project Success; SMART Goals 101: Goal Setting Examples, Templates and Tips; A Brief History Of SMART Goals; Creating SMART Goals; SMART Goal Setting and Time Management; OKRS Vs. SMART Goals; SMART Goals; The Essential Guide to Writing SMART Goals 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Daily Goals

This lesson will look at one of the most common goal categories, which is daily goals. These are the little goals that you might set for yourself without realizing that is what you are doing. The lesson will explore the key elements of a daily goal and the changes it could bring to the goal setting process. Additional lesson topics: How The Act of Daily Goal Setting Makes You Successful; The Power of Daily Goals; Several Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day; What Is A Habit, How Do They Work and How Can I Change Them?; Habits vs. Goals: A Look At The Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life; SMART Goals: Definition, Importance, Advantages and Disadvantages; The Definitive List to Energizing Your Day; Daily Goal Setting: How to Set Yourself Up For Success; What Is A Habit?; The Easiest Way to Achieve Your Daily Goals; The Importance of Daily Goal Setting and How to Do It; Make Habits Your Goal 5 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Financial Goals

This lesson will look at financial goals that includes any kind of goal that involves money in some shape or form. These are goals that can be found with almost anyone and is not restricted based upon individual differences. Topics for this lesson will include a clearer definition of what can be considered a financial goal and some of the key elements needed to set and achieve them. 7 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Relationship Goals

This lesson will look at relationship goals, including those centered on friendship and family in addition to the romantic variety that you might be imagining. This will go beyond that fanciful imagery that is passed around online and will take a closer look at what is considered a "healthy" relationship and what kind of goals focus on relationships. Additional lesson topics: We Humans Are Social Beings…; Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship; Respect; Different Types of Interpersonal Relationships; Why Your Professional Relationships Matter; Relationships; Healthy Relationships; Why You Should Stop Searching For Your Soul Mate; Dysfunctional Family: What Is It and What It's Like to Grow Up In One; Friends; Making Sense Of Love and Romantic Relationships; Platonic 6 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Set Your Relationship Goals
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Health and Well-Being Goals

This lesson will look at goals related to health and well-being. Topics will include different examples of these kinds of goals and how you can properly develop them. You might not be familiar with the meanings behind being "health" and "well-being." They also will be discussed in order to give you a better understanding of the concept. Additional lesson topics: So What's Your Definition of Health?; Common High Risk Situations In Recovery and How to Manage Them; Social Wellness; Mindfulness; Hacks For Creating Healthy Habits That Actually Stick; Healthy Goals For 20; Things to Add to For A Healthier, Happier Year; What Is Mental Health?; Ways to Improve Health and Well-being For All; Healthy: What Does Good Health Really Mean?; Strategies to Make Healthy Habits Stick; Creating Healthy Habits; The Several Health Goals For , According to Prevention Readers 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Set Your Health and Well-Being Goals

Lesson 13: Professional Goals

This lesson will look at another major goal type, professional goals. These are goals that are going to pertain to your career and how you develop as a professional. Topics in this lesson are going to look at what is involved in professional development aside from goals, some of the resources that the professional world can offer you and your efforts, and some of the differences that can be found in the goal setting process. Additional lesson topics: Ways to Improve Employee Development At Your Company; Career Goals That Pay Off In A Huge Way; Psychologically Healthy Workplaces; Different Definitions On The Meaning Of Work-Life Balance; Job Interview Questions About Your Career Goals; Professional Development; Examples of Achievable Career Goals; What Is Networking PDF ; Examples For Setting Professional Development Goals At Work; What Is An Employee Assistance Program?; Employee Growth and Development; Work-Life Balance 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Set Your Professional Goals

Lesson 14: Lifetime Goals

This lesson will look at lifetime or life-long goals, the very long-term goals that people set with the intention of reaching them before it's too late. This lesson will explore how these goals work and why people set them in the manner that they do. Additional lesson topics: Ways to Leave A Great Legacy; The Psychology of Stuff and Things; Homeownership Doesn't Build Wealth, Study Finds; How Do You Define ‘Family'?; How to Accomplish Your Travel Goals; Here's Why You Don't Have The Time to Achieve Your Big Goals; Why Millennials Don't Want to Buy Stuff; How Creating A Better Bucket List Becomes A Blueprint For Living Your Best Life; Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement; The Numbers You Need to Know About The Retirement Crisis; How to Make A Bucket List You'll Actually Do: A Comprehensive Guide; How Are Educational Goals and Career Goals Different 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Set Your Lifetime Goals

Lesson 15: Now What?

In this final lesson, you will learn about what comes after a set goal has been achieved and what additional steps you might need to take. Additional topics will include methods of evaluating and revising your goal setting practices, addressing potential consequences, and dealing with failed goals. Additional lesson topics: Here's Why You're Happier Before Achieving A Goal Than You Are After; Steps to Take After You Set Your Goals; Getting Past Done: What to Do After You've Finished A Big Project; What to Do Once You've Achieved Your Big Goal 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe what goal setting is and what it is important.
  • Summarize standard guidelines to follow.
  • Summarize why people not achieve their goals.
  • Summarize time management for goal achievement.
  • Identify crucial skills for goal setting.
  • Identify and create a goal achievement plan.
  • Develop SMART Goals.
  • Determine daily goals.
  • Determine financial goals.
  • Determine relationship goals.
  • Determine health and well-being goals.
  • Determine professional goals.
  • Determine lifetime goals.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: The Art of Setting Goals
Course Number: 9770569
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,178 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: September 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I enjoyed the course and hope more young people will take this course and sit and write out goals and turns those goals into habits..." -- Tim M.
  • "I thought was fantastic. I learned many skills can apply and the best was the three R's. I had set goals before and did not consider what I was going to do after to continue." -- Gayle S.
  • "I thought this was a very interesting course. I learned that goal setting takes time to develop and also, to achieve. I believe that it is possible to accomplish one's goals with hard work and dedication." -- Michelle V.
  • "I learned lots of skill to set up goals. This course is very helpful to start planning long term goals or short term goals. I do not think any thing more need to include." -- Vrunda P.
  • "This course was very Helpful and informational for me. I managed to learn a lot about goal setting . I folowed all steps and realized what my goal is and how to achieve it." -- Sonia V.
  • "Thank you! This was extremely helpful to me, I am rethinking and rewriting all my goals and hopefully I will have better results this time around!" -- Alina G.
  • "I thought it was a good course that gave a lot of helpful tips on setting goals and how to best go about accomplishing them." -- Glenn M.
  • "I really liked this course, have learned a lot and will definitely be using these tips for my future goals. It has helped to improve myself and become more positive." -- Sara P.
  • "I really liked this course. It has given me motivation which as I have learned is one of the main things you need to begin setting goals. I plan to take time later to write down some lifetime goals for several different areas in my life." -- Coni B.
  • "I think this course was very useful. It met it's objectives. It had more information about goals than I thought it would. Each session had organized information with good examples that were easy to follow and apply. I can't think of any changes or additions." -- Liz G.
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