How to set a Goal through Positive psychology?

  1. Index your values and commit to them.
  2. Set goals aligned with your values.
  3. Identify your character strengths.
  4. Use your character strengths to set actions or pathways to fulfill your goals.
  5. Every month, review whether your selected pathways to your goals are effective.
  6. Persist.
  7. Take Seligman’s Optimism test.
  8. Maintain optimism.
  9. Determine your Resilience Quotient.
  10. Use resilience to overcome obstacles.


Locke, E.A. (2002). “Setting Goals for Life and Happiness,” Snyder, C.R. and Lopez, S.J. (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology.

For a more detailed review of goal theory and related research refer to: Locke’s “Motivation Through Conscious Goal Setting.”