Have you ever gotten some advice for setting goals and getting more done that seemed really great, but you just couldn’t seem to implement it? It seems like we’ve all had that experience at least once or twice. Now, I don’t know what kind of advice you got that just didn’t work for you, so I can’t tell you whether it was great or terrible. There’s a good chance, though, that it was good advice…for someone else.

Your personality has a lot to do with how you work, which fields you excel in, and what kinds of work strategies and structures are best for you. Some people do better starting their days with the stuff they don’t want to do. Others do better when they ease into the day with a few fun tasks before they get down to the stuff they’ve been avoiding. Guess what? Setting goals isn’t any different than developing work habits. If you set your goals without considering your personality type and traits, you might be setting yourself up for failure. So let’s take a look at some of the best ways to set goals for your personality.

For our purposes, I’m going to use the basic elements of the Myers-Briggs personality test. Most entrepreneurs I know have taken this test at least once, but if you haven’t, you can find out your Myers-Briggs personality type here. You don’t have to have already taken the test to get some beneficial information here, though.


You get energized around other people. When you set goals, you feel best talking them through with colleagues, family, and friends. Once you’ve talked them out, put your goals in writing and bring others in to help keep you accountable for them.


Interaction with others is generally draining for you, so you may want to do your initial brainstorming and goal setting in a quiet environment where you can reflect on the best moves for you. You should still get feedback on your goals, but this will happen after your first draft.


You best gather information in a tactile sense. You’re hands-on, and you like concrete goals that you can easily quantify.


You have no trouble gathering theoretical information and focusing on the here-and-now, and concrete details can be boring to you. You’ll need to deal with those aspects of your business, but for now set yourself some long-term goals and focus on the big picture.


As a decision-maker, you approach problems logically, from a thinking perspective. Give yourself time to do the research and collect the data before you set any of your goals in stone. And when you do, focus on the “why” and the “how” of your goals. Look at what you’re achieving and how you’ll get there, and you’ll be more satisfied.


If you approach decisions from a more subjective feeling perspective, set goals that are aligned with your concerns. Expect others to disagree with some of your goals, but don’t take it personally. Be prepared to talk out your concerns and come to a conclusion that works best for you and your business.


Judging personality types approach the world in a very logical and structured manner. They prefer explicitly defined goals with concrete dates, times, and deliverables.


Perceivers approach the world in a more organic way. They’re spontaneous and flexible, and so they need more room in their goals for spur-of-the-moment design evolutions and other changes.

Whether you’re an ENTJ, an ISFP, or anywhere in between, these tips should help you determine the best way to set goals for your personality type. Good luck and enjoy the process!

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