Resource: Science-Based Goal Setting Worksheet

First page of Science of Goal Setting worksheet, showing the Goal Wheel / Click to go to the worksheet and instructions by Vanessa Van Edwards (

Science of Goal Setting worksheet, with the Goal Wheel – Click to go to the worksheet and instructions by Vanessa Van Edwards (

I’ve already written about the SMART goal technique for writing Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely goals. Since then, I’ve found something similar, that also includes an assessment to help you focus on what goals would most benefit you at this time.

This technique comes from Vanessa Van Edwards at the Science of People. She has also created a worksheet that you can use, but since it does not include explanations, it’s best to first read the instructions in the post titled The Science of Goals, and then use the worksheet.

This goal setting technique is broken down into 10 steps:

  1. Check your emotional temperature (using the Goal Wheel in the worksheet)
  2. Think about what you want your legacy to be
  3. Take ownership/set an intention
  4. Pick an outcome + process
  5. Set MAC Daddy goals (this is similar to the SMART goal concept)
  6. Write it down
  7. Identify blockers
  8. Make your map
  9. Get accountability
  10. Revise, practice, revise
    Bonus: Identify a theme

Go check out the Science of Goals post and worksheet, and let me know if you find it useful or if you have another method you use to help you reach your goals.

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6 thoughts on “Resource: Science-Based Goal Setting Worksheet

  1. laraadmin

    Nice! I read this same article yesterday (great minds!). I learned a lot from it and appreciate everything she says and plan to incorporate her advice in my own goal-setting. But the worksheet made me feel twitchy – like it’s too much work. Now you have me rethinking it. Maybe I’ll give it a try anyway.


    1. Shelly Najjar Post author

      🙂 It was a good article. The worksheet is a lot of work, and I won’t use it every time I want to get started on goals, but it’s nice to do something more extensive every once in a while. If you decide to try it, please let me know if you feel like it helped any more than your usual planning method.



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