James has registered for a goal setting course. He tells his friends about it, and they laugh and say that it sounds like a waste of time. They ask him "what do you want to do that for?". James just shrugs, and tells them that the school counsellor is making him do it.
"What do you want to do that for?" James thinks about this question a lot in the week before the class starts. He realises that he's not satisfied with the way things are going for him at the moment, and if he wants things to change, he's going to have to do something about it.
A week later, James is sitting in the goal setting workshop, and the trainer starts talking about how important it is to understand exactly where you're starting from if you're going to get where you're going. This makes a lot of sense to James. It's harder to reach a destination if you don't know where you're starting from, and you can't track your progress if you don't know what your starting position is. Elite athletes know exactly where their fitness is at, and where it needs to be.
The first exercise they do in the course is to complete a life chart. James gives himself a rating from 1-10 in six different areas of his life. He's happy with how things are going with his friends, but he realises that he's not doing as well as he would like in other areas, especially his schoolwork.
James is still not sure if the goal setting workshop is going to help him at all, but he decides that he's going to give it a go. He's got a good idea of where he is at the moment in his life, and he's not satisfied with it. He knows that he probably can do better, and he can already think of some changes he'd like to make. It might not sound like much, but it's a start...