Goals are (very) important.  After all, how will you know if you’ve gotten there if you haven’t decided where you want to go in the first place?

It might be learning a new language, winning Olympic gold, moving to another country or marketing your home-made chilli sauce; it doesn’t matter how big or small, how short or long term.  Reflecting, writing it down, thinking it through and making a commitment isn’t just a beneficial thing to do, it’s utterly essential. I’ve written previously about taking a structured approach to goal setting.  It can be tricky, and you’ll need to re-visit your work regularly.  But it’s worth it.

To help, I’ve created this goal setting canvas that compliments Zig Ziglar’s 7 steps.  Have a try and let me know what you think.  If you like it, pass it on.

CurveFinder Goal Setting Canvas

Posted by Steven Thomas

Fan of great ideas and (especially) the people that make them work. Steven is the creator of CurveFinder exploring subjects like collaboration, leadership, creative endeavour and personal development. He's spent over two decades working in the UK media industry holding various senior business and creative leadership roles, most recently with a focus on Digital Transformation and Start-ups. Accomplished coach and mentor. Seth Godin's altMBA Alumni. Lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young family. Always in the kitchen at parties.


  1. Another good read Steve, I look forward to them now. I like the canvas and can see the benefit for sure of giving the steps a template for application like this. I intend to give it a test run, once I think of the appropriate goal for it that is.

    I think you’ve distilled them well but I do find Ziglar’s 7 steps to be lacking in natural flow and read more like a list of tasks than a well ordered process for success. That’s most likely a personal thing – I probably shouldn’t comment until I try them out.


  2. Thanks, Paul. Yeah, I know what you mean about Zig’s 7 steps. I expanded a little on the canvas with my own wording. At the very least they both provide a framework that prompts the user/reader to break things down and build a plan. In my own experience, it’s something that’s worth coming back to regularly and you then get into your own flow. Appreciate the comment.


  3. Frank O'Donnell October 10, 2016 at 2:34 pm

    Really good post. Enjoyed this Steve.


    1. Thanks, Frank. Glad you enjoyed it. Feel free to pass it on…


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