6 Goal-setting techniques that can give you more power over your own life

Goal-setting techniques

  • 1. S.M.A.R.T. Goal-Setting
  • 2. OKR Goal-Setting
  • 3. B.H.A.G. Goal Setting
  • 4. Backward Goal-Setting
  • 5. One Word Goal-Setting

1. S.M.A.R.T. Goal-Setting

Let’s start off with probably the most famous and widely-known technique; SMART Goals. The SMART goals technique basically stipulates that goals should be specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound. SMART goals provide you with a way of defining your goals and is a technique widely taught in business schools.

  • Provides direction and clarity
  • Clear, defined steps for setting a goal.
  • Results in identity confusion
  • Spiritual starvation

2. OKR Goal-Setting

  • Increase in productivity
  • Clear direction
  • OKR overload
  • No long-term focus

3. B.H.A.G. Goal Setting

  • Inspirational
  • Long-term focus
  • Not concrete
  • Demotivational if used incorrectly

4. Backward Goal-Setting

  • Concrete, clear, logical
  • Communicable
  • Can lead to identity confusion
  • Over-rational

5. One Word Goal-Setting

  • No falling into analysis paralysis
  • Requires explanation

6. Locke and Latham’s 5 Principles Goal-Setting

  • Challenge,
  • Commitment,
  • Feedback,
  • Task complexity.
  • High chance of success
  • Thorough
  • Spiritual starvation

Did you know one, a few, or all the goal-setting techniques in this list? Is there a technique missing from the list? If so, which one? Tell us in the comments!



Jasper is the founder of Amplio Coaching. He believes that every single person has the potential to overcome any challenge in life and to be happy.

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