The Seven Pillars Of Well-Formed Outcomes

Posted on April 21st, 2014

No wind blows in favor of a ship without direction” - Seneca, Lucius Annaeus

Setting goals in specific detail can help you feel more in control, because you can reduce big and important goals into more manageable component.

1. Positively formulated outcome

  • What specifically do you want to achieve?
  • What will it give or do for you? Is all of this formulated in the positive?
  • Do you see yourself having this outcome?
  • How will you know that you have achieved the outcome?

2. Described using sensory language

  • When you will achieve your outcomes
  • What will you see, hear, feel, and think?
  • If you can’t see it, how can you achieve it?

3. Control

  • Are you in control of your outcome? How well?
  • Does it involve other people? Who influences your achievement? If yes, who specifically?
  • Can you maintain your reactions or relationships?
  • What actions are necessary to achieve the result

4. Conditions

  • Under what circumstances will the achievement of the result be useless?
  • Context
  • When, where, and how, and with whom will this outcome be desired?
  • When, where, and how, and with whom will this outcome be undesired?  
  • Do you want to have your outcome all the time, in all contexts, and without any limitations?

5. Secondary gains

  • Why haven’t you achieved this already?
  • What will you lose when you will achieve this result
  • When, where and with whom the lack of result is perceived to be normal and even desired?
  • Will you have to abandon something important as a consequence of achieving your result?

6. Resources

  • Do you have all the necessary resources?
  • What do you already have that you can use to achieve your goal?
  • Think about your internal and external resources.
  • Internal resources: beliefs, personality characteristics, and skills
  • External resources things, information, people, money
  • What else do you need to achieve the results?
  • Have you ever achieved something like this before?
  • Do you know anyone who has ever achieved something like this before? If yes, how did they do it?

7. Consequences Ecology

  • Ecology of the result for the entire system
  • What will happen if you will achieve the desired?
  • What will happen if you will Not achieve it?
  • What will Not happen if you will achieve the desired?
  • What will Not happen if you will Not achieve the desired?


Kovalev, S. V. (2011) Neirotransforming: Osnovy samokonsultirovaniya.

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