A dictionary of goal setting theory terms
There are so successful goal setting systems to choose from but we could not find a single place that provides you a clear definition and explanation of each acronym used.
We have created this dictionary for you to use as a definitive guide and dictionary of the most common goal setting terms used.
A challenge for many people looking to achieve their business or personal goals understands which system suits them best.
Each term, where possible has a link to a detailed article or video or slide deck to provide you specific examples to help make your choice.
In addition to just the standard system terms, we have added in this dictionary list the most common terms used in goal setting for deeper clarity and consistency in communication.
Created by Grant Cardone this system encourages you to create your goals and the 10 times everything about them. Time, effort, goal result and planning depth.
The fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.
Created by Tom Terwilliger
Accessible , Concise and Clearly stated , Towards and Timed, Impassioned, Organic, As if Now
A thing done successfully with effort, skill, or courage
A thing that a person or group does or has done.
Emotional support or encouragement in the form of a personal statement to improve self-confidence.
Evaluate (something) by comparison with a standard.
Big Hairy Audacious Goals.
Big Small Quick goal setting system
This model was created by Julie Winkel Giulioni for business targets. A nice system broken down as follows: B= Business Context. U=Understanding of skills required. Y=A yardstick status measure for progress. I= Information about performance. N=Necessary support needed.
A call to someone to participate in a competitive situation or fight to decide who is superior in terms of ability or strength or a call to prove or justify something.
Collaborative, Limited, Emotional, Appreciable, Refinable
Dream driven, Uplifting, Method friendly, Behavior driven - Brendon Burchard
Doable, Understandable, Meaningful, Believable - Lisa Young
Dangerously, Unattainable, Monstrously, Big goals - Dustin Wax
EXciting, Assessable, Challenging, Time Framed
Focused, Appropriate, Balanced, Robust, Integrated, Cost Effective
Frequently discussed, Ambitious, Specific, Transparent
The lack of success the neglect or omission of expected or required action.
To be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or harmful
Few, Realistic, Agreed, Measured, Explicit frame (by Woods and Whitehead)
The concept of applying game mechanics and game design techniques to engage and motivate people to achieve their goals. Gamification taps into the basic desires and needs of the users impulses which revolve around the idea of status and achievement.
The object of a person's ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
The definition of goal setting is the process of identifying something that you want to accomplish and establishing measurable goals and time-frames. When you decide on a financial change to save more money and then set a certain amount to save each month, this is an example of goal setting.
Goal Setting Platform
A descriptive term for the use of any specific goal setting software or various tools to manage goals.
Goal, Reality, Options and obstacles, Way forward and will power
A settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up.
Created by Mark Murphy, this is a goal setting system.
A thing that makes something better or is better than something else.
The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. A sudden brilliant or timely idea.
Created by JAMSO
I Individual, Inspiring and insightful
N New, novel and now
S Sweaty, social and specific
P Personal, purposed, prioritized
I Interesting, impactful and intentional
R Realistic, relevant and reachable
E Ethical, enjoyable and exhilarating
D Done daily, destined and developmental
The process of dealing with or controlling things or people.
A statement or slogan repeated frequently.
A system or standard of measurement.
An important assignment given to a person or group of people
A reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. A set of facts and arguments used in support of a proposal.
Law of Attraction
This the name given to the maxim "like attracts like" which in New Thought philosophy is used to sum up the idea that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts a person brings positive or negative experiences into their life.
A thing aimed at or sought; a goal.
Objectives and Key Results
The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists. A person's sense of resolve or determination.
The action or process of performing a task or function.
Proximate, Relevant/Reliable/Reportable, Achievable, Game-proof, Measurable, Appropriate, Timely/Time Bound, Integrated, Cost-Effective.
QUEER (by John Schneider and David Allen)
Quantifiable, Understandable, Executable, Exciting, Relevent
QUEST (by W.T. Gallwey)
Qualities, Understanding, Expertise, Strategic Thinking, Time
QUEST (by P. WIlliams)
Quantifiable, Usable, Economic sensitive/capable, Specific, Timely
Repeat or copy out (words from a text or speech written or spoken by another person).
A thing given in recognition of service, effort, or achievement.
Fulfilment of one's wishes, expectations, or needs, or the pleasure derived from this.
The process by which a person's character or abilities are gradually developed.
The use of one's own efforts and resources to achieve things without relying on others.
The improvement of one's knowledge, status, or character by one's own efforts.
Specific Measurable Achievable Realistic Time bound
As per SMART but added to the end is Enjoyable/Ethical, Rewarding/Reviewed
A plan of action designed to achieve a long-term or overall aim.
The accomplishment of an aim or purpose.
Simple, Understandable, Competence-driven, Communicated clearly, Equitable, Share vision, Sustain enthusiasm.
A level or situation that you intend to achieve
To think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.
A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific life goal. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
The faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action. To control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one's own impulses.
W WILLPOWER, WRITTEN AND WORTHY
I INTEGRATED, INITIATIVE AND INSPIRING
S STAMINA, SYNERGISTIC AND STRETCHED
E ENTHUSIASTIC, EXPANSIVE AND ENERGIZING
Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan
The same as WOOP but at the end Enjoyable/Ethical, Rewarding/Reviewed
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You can take some significant value by periodically coming back to this article to review each key term to clarify how they impact your ability to reach your goals.
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