Online Class: Goal Setting 101

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

Everyone has something that they want to achieve. These goals can apply to any part of their lives, and can range from simple to complex. Even on a daily basis, people have goals that they want to reach before the day is over. The nature or complexity of these goals do not always dictate their importance, but they all hold value for the individual who originally set them. Goals shape a person and guide them through different aspects of their life throughout their lifetime. When you think of it that way, don't you want to make sure that you are setting goals as effectively as possible?

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. The course will also look at the different rules and guidelines involved in effective goal setting, planning, and achievement, as well as the value that goal setting has in society and in life. This will include valuable tools and smart practices that can help you out with your own goals, no matter what they are or what they involve.

If you want to get started on effective goal setting and goal achievement, then look no further. You can give yourself and your goals a well-deserved boost with the information found in this course. Are you ready to learn? Then sign-up today!

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  • Self-Paced
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

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; The Right and Wrong Way to Set Goals; Setting Goals and Myths; Goals vs. Objectives – What's The Difference?; Seven Types Of Goals For A Successful Life; How Do You Maintain Your Goal Once You've Reached It? 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; Golden Rules of Goal Setting; How to Set Realistic Goals That You Can Actually Achieve ; Action Plans; How to Set Goals; Several Guidelines For Effective Goal Setting; Prioritize; The Several Golden Rules Of Goal-Setting; Accountability; to Transform Your Life, Set Realistic Goals; Several Tips For Setting Powerful Goals; First Things First: The Several Secrets to Prioritization 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?; Time Management; Several Reasons Why Goal Setting Will Improve Your Focus; Planning and Organization Skills; Motivation: The Why's Of Behavior; On The Importance Of Goal Setting: Several Reasons Why You Need to Set Goals; Decision Making and Problem Solving; Accountability; Several Powerful Reasons Why Goal Setting Is Important; Effective Goals: Why They Are So Important 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!; Several Obstacles to Better Goal Setting; Four Common Obstacles That Interfere With Goal Setting; Ten Obstacles to Why People Don't Achieve Their Goals; The Several Things That Stop Most People From Achieving Their Goals; Several Barriers to Achieving Your Dreams and How to Overcome Them 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; Work-Life Balance; Several Common Time Management Mistakes and How to Avoid Them; The Importance of Time Management In Your Life Dictates The Quality of It; What Is Time Management?; Developing Time Management Skills; Time Management Training Doesn't Work; Several Common Time Management Mistakes; Why Time Management Is Ruining Our Lives; Several Ways to Improve Your Time Management Skills 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; Are You A Problem Solver?; Significance and Importance of Organization; Problem Solving Skills Training and The Workplace; 13. Attitude and Motivation; Factors that Affect Planning In An Organization; Tips On Getting Organized to Help With Goal Setting; What Are Problem-Solving Skills and Why Are They Important; How to Develop and Understand Organizational Skills; Factors to Be Considered In Business Planning; Problem Solving; Why Organization Skills Are Important; Several Factors That Make A Good Business Plan; Communication Skills For Workplace Success 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: Create An Action Plan Now; How to Set Goals and Objectives For Your Business In ; Brainstorming; The Basic Steps In The Management Planning Process; Several Strategies For Achieving Your Goals; Here Are Several Simple Steps to Help You Achieve Your Goals; How to Create An Action Plan to Achieve Your Home Business Goals 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: SMART Goals; SMART Goal Setting and Time Management; SMART Goals 101: Goal Setting Examples, Templates and Tips; Goal-Setting 101: Why SMART Goals Are Important to Project Success; OKRS Vs. SMART Goals; The Essential Guide to Writing SMART Goals; Creating SMART Goals; A Brief History Of 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: The Definitive List to Energizing Your Day; The Importance of Daily Goal Setting and How to Do It; What Is A Habit?; Daily Goal Setting: How to Set Yourself Up For Success; SMART Goals: Definition, Importance, Advantages and Disadvantages; Several Things Extraordinary People Do Every Day; How The Act of Daily Goal Setting Makes You Successful; Habits vs. Goals: A Look At The Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life; Make Habits Your Goal; The Power of Daily Goals; What Is A Habit, How Do They Work and How Can I Change Them?; The Easiest Way to Achieve Your Daily Goals 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: Healthy Relationships; Making Sense Of Love and Romantic Relationships; Dysfunctional Family: What Is It and What It's Like to Grow Up In One; Why You Should Stop Searching For Your Soul Mate; Relationships; Respect; We Humans Are Social Beings…; Why Your Professional Relationships Matter; Platonic; Characteristics of a Healthy Relationship; Different Types of Interpersonal Relationships; Friends 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: Ways to Improve Health and Well-being For All; So What's Your Definition of Health?; Hacks For Creating Healthy Habits That Actually Stick; Strategies to Make Healthy Habits Stick; Healthy: What Does Good Health Really Mean?; Mindfulness; Social Wellness; Common High Risk Situations In Recovery and How to Manage Them; The Several Health Goals For , According to Prevention Readers; What Is Mental Health?; Healthy Goals For 20; Creating Healthy Habits; Things to Add to For A Healthier, Happier Year 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: Examples of Achievable Career Goals; Employee Growth and Development; Examples For Setting Professional Development Goals At Work; What Is Networking PDF ; Professional Development; Psychologically Healthy Workplaces; Ways to Improve Employee Development At Your Company; Job Interview Questions About Your Career Goals; Work-Life Balance; Career Goals That Pay Off In A Huge Way; Different Definitions On The Meaning Of Work-Life Balance; What Is An Employee Assistance Program? 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: Why Millennials Don't Want to Buy Stuff; How to Make A Bucket List You'll Actually Do: A Comprehensive Guide; Our Ridiculous Approach to Retirement; How Creating A Better Bucket List Becomes A Blueprint For Living Your Best Life; Here's Why You Don't Have The Time to Achieve Your Big Goals; Homeownership Doesn't Build Wealth, Study Finds; Ways to Leave A Great Legacy; How to Accomplish Your Travel Goals; How Are Educational Goals and Career Goals Different; The Psychology of Stuff and Things; How Do You Define ‘Family'?; The Numbers You Need to Know About The Retirement Crisis 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; What to Do Once You've Achieved Your Big Goal; Getting Past Done: What to Do After You've Finished A Big Project; Steps to Take After You Set Your Goals 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
Total Course Points

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: Goal Setting 101
Course Number: 9770569
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (1,147 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, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: August 2022
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
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 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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