What is a goal? - Leap in!
16 Nov

What is a goal?

Here at Leap in! we have been asked a lot about goal setting by our members. We’re here to help you through your journey and get the most out of your NDIS Plan.

What is a goal?

Goals describe what you want to learn, develop or achieve.

What to think about when setting goals?

Take the time to consider each of the aspects of your life to determine which are most important to you. Aspects which may influence your goals may include:

  • Independence in daily living
  • Improving relationships
  • Finding and keeping a job
  • Doing more social and recreational activities
  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Learning something new
  • Improving communication
  • Confidence in managing money
  • Where you want to live.

How to set goals?

It’s good to know there is a link between what’s important to you, your goals and the supports you need in achieving goals. With these elements in mind, the easiest way to approach goals, is to break it down into the following three steps:

Step 1: Think about what’s important to you.

When thinking what is important to you, think about what you currently enjoy or what you’d like to try in the future.

For example, when thinking about setting goals for your NDIS Plan, some things that may be important might be:

  • “I like participating in activities at my local community centre.”
  • “I want to improve how I communicate.”

Step 2: Work out your goals.

Once you decide what is important to you, think about where you might like to improve on or achieve in relation to that.

For example, some of your NDIS goals might include:

  • If participating in activities is important to you, you might say “To increase my ability to access the community for social activities.”
  • If you want to improve your communication skills, you might say “To improve my ability to speak clearly.”

Step 3: To achieve these goals, I need…

When managing goals, consider the challenges you face and the types of support which might help you to achieve them.

For example, some support which can be implemented in your NDIS Plan to help you in achieving the above goals might include:

  • If participating in activities is important to you, you might say “To increase my ability to access the community for social activities.”
  • If you want to improve your communication skills, you might say “To improve my ability to speak clearly.”

Need some inspiration for setting goals?

Working on goals can be challenging and as we often hear from our members, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.’

To help, we’ve created a special section in our Leap in! app (go to My Profile, Goals, Add Goal) which has a comprehensive list of Goals and Goal Steps which can be filtered to suit your condition and life stage. Here you’ll find some great ideas to help you get started.

Or, you can call us.

If you’d like help getting your goals sorted one of our plan managers can help.

Call us on 1300 05 78 78 and we can get you off on the right foot for your NDIS Plan or Plan Review meeting.

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