What’s your relationship with goals? Is it all about panic, luck or control? Do the test and find out! Answer each of the following statements with whether you mostly ‘agree’, mostly ‘disagree’ or ‘N/A’.

Planning

  1. I set goals for most of the things I work on.
  2. I like to have an idea of what is to come.
  3. I don’t like surprises.
  4. I try to avoid unexpected situations.
  5. I set personal deadlines to get things done.
  6. I know what I want to accomplish next year.
  7. I periodically reflect on my goals and adjust them if needed.

Results

  1. Things usually work out the way I want them to.
  2. Last year, I’ve accomplished most of my goals.
  3. I’m happy about where I am in my career and life.
  4. I’m good at handling unexpected situations.
  5. I usually abandon my goals in the process.
  6. I often and easily get distracted from my goals.
  7. Life usually gets in the way of what I want to accomplish.

Your score

First, let’s find out how you feel about planning.

  1. Add up every time you said ‘agree’.
  2. Subtract from this number the amount of times you said ‘disagree’
    Example: if you agreed 5 times and disagreed twice, your number is 5-2 = 3; if you agreed once and disagreed 6 times, your score for planning is 1-6 = -5).

Now, let’s move on to your results. This one is a bit more tough.

  1. Add up every time you said agree to 1, 2, 3 and 4 and disagree to 5, 6 and 7.
  2. Subtract from this number the amount of times you said disagree to 1, 2, 3 and 4 and agreed with 5, 6 and 7.
    Example: if you agreed with 1, 2 and 6 and disagreed with 3, 4, 5 and 7, your score for results is: 4 x 1 – (3 x -1) = 1.

What’s your goal style?

Now, let’s determine your goal style.

Planning: -7 to -1. Results: 1 to 7

Your style is… Luck

No planning, still results - your style is luck!

Your life is one big adventure and you love to see what it brings you. Usually, it’s something good. You’re not set in your ways, but often find yourself exactly where you want to be. You’re great at dealing with the unexpected and lady luck is your companion. 

Twist's advice: get a safety net

You’re doing great, but don’t forget sometimes the odds might not be in your favor. Consider having a backup of sorts, just in case you need to make a safe landing, and enjoy all the spoils life brings you! 

Planning: 1 to 7. Results: 1 to 7

Your style is… Control

You know where you are, where you want to go and how you’re going to get there. And that’s exactly what you do. You work towards your goals and are rewarded with results. You know you’ll deal with whatever life will throw your way in the best possible way.

Twist's advice: treat yourself!

Life is just what happens when we’re making plans. You’ve got your goals nailed, now just don’t forget to celebrate your successes and treat yourself. You deserve it!

Planning: -7 to -1. Results: -7 to -1

Your style is… Chaos

You feel like life lives you...

You have no idea what you’ll be doing next week, let alone next year. You kind of just let it happen. You’re not a big fan of planning anyway. You secretly envy others who seem to have their life figured out, you know you’re not where you want to be, you just don’t know how to get anywhere else. 

Twist's advice: be in charge

Don’t forget you’re in charge of your life! Flexibility and flow are awesome, but if you aren’t clear on where you want to go, it’s hard to make sure you get there. 

Planning: 1 to 7. Results: -7 to -1

Your style is… Panic

You put all the energy in, but then life gets in the way!

You love making lists and goals. You create new year’s resolutions, to do-lists and bullit lists of things you want to do in life. But somehow, life just gets in the way and you find that once more you’ve strayed off the path you’ve so carefully designed for yourself. 

Twist's advice: focus on priorities

Know your priorities. You can’t control what lemons life decides to give you, but you sure as hell get to choose whether you want to make lemonade or keep baking your cherry pie. Nothing wrong with being flexible, but keep an eye on your goals and ask yourself whether you really want to shift your attention to this new thing that comes your way.