Global NLP Training Happiness Series: Goal Setting


In this Global NLP Training Happiness Course, we will teach you two methods of goal setting. Though one is the traditional goal setting exercise taught in an NLP Training (Well Formed Outcomes), and the other involves tools using NLP in the scientific method of goal setting.

In the previous weeks, we covered the life wheel, PERMA, the scientific definition of happiness, NLP values, and the levels of change. Last week we pulled all these concepts together, with the assignment being for you to think about what goal you wish to set.

You can find an overview of all Global NLP Training Happiness Series blog articles (and video links) to the previous weeks here.

For the NLP goal setting well-formed outcomes tool, we have a nice template you can use inside the Global NLP Training Happiness Guidebook, which you can obtain free of charge by contacting us on our website.

Below are the steps to the well-formed outcomes process using NLP:

  1. “What do you want specifically?”
    This seems like an easy answer, but for this way of goal setting we need to have a well-formed answer. Video-based instructions are provided below.

  1. “How will you know when you have it?”
    Will there be immediate evidence of reaching the goal? Something that proves that the goal is reached?
    For instance, feeling good can be achieved in many ways; for your goal, it is essential to determine that the outcome you are after. What evidence is there, specifically, that indicates that the outcome is reached?
  2. Where do you want it, once you reach it? (If applicable)
  3. When you want it?
  4. With whom do you want it?
    1. Ecology
      When you set this goal for happiness in one area of your life, is it going to cause unhappiness in another part of your life? Do you maybe want to set this goal for one area of one context only, but not implement it in another? Or a way in which setting this goal has no harmful effects anywhere? For example, you may want to take more time to complete a goal, in favor of some other important goal or commitment you may have.
    2. Sensory-based evidence
      Imagine the experience of reaching the goal. What will you see, hear, feel, even smell and taste? Spend a few minutes imagining what it is like to reach your goal.
  5. How will reaching your outcome change your life?
    Ecology check: Make sure that the positive and negative consequences are clear.
  6. How will it affect family, friends, job, your health?
    Ecology check: Make sure that the positive and negative consequences are clear.
  7. Is it worth what it will take to get it?
    Ecology check: Make sure that the positive and negative consequences are clear.
  8. When you achieve this result what else will improve?
    Make a list.
  9. What stops you from having the outcome now? Are there any obstacles?
  10. Which of the resources you already have available could you use to achieve your result? And overcome any obstacle?
    What do these resources look like? Sound like? Even feel, smell, or taste like? Imagine this fully.
  11. How are you going to get there?
    Is there more than one way to get there, are there alternatives?
  12. What is the first step to begin to achieve this result?
    Chunk down to the very first step that is needed to achieve the result. This needs to be specific and attainable.

Next week you are going to learn a scientific way of goal setting inside the Global NLP Training Happiness Series.