Why are goals important in the NDIA?
Goals are important for participants because they show the NDIA what your own aspirations and ambitions are and what you want to achieve in the short and long term. They also assist the NDIA in determining what funding you may require in your NDIS plan. Although the NDIA does not directly fund your goals, it can help you reach them by funding supports and services.
Your goals could include:
- Strengthening your capacity for greater independence.
- Working or studying in order to find a job.
- Participating in recreational and social activities.
- Making connections with your family, friends, and community.
It’s critical to have a clear concept of your short and long-term goals before attending your planning or plan review meeting so you can discuss them with your Local Area Coordinator (LAC) or NDIA planner.
First reflect, then review
The key to setting goals is by first reflecting on your accomplishments and to take the time to acknowledge your victories, no matter how great or tiny they may be. Think about what you have previously achieved, and then how you want to build upon those achievements.
It’s critical to recognise:
- Any roadblocks or difficulties you encountered.
- How did you overcome such obstacles?
- Whether or not you have succeeded in conquering those obstacles.
- What victories or triumphs have you had?
- How well are you doing on your current goals?
- What you liked and didn’t like about it.
After you’ve reflected on your existing goals, consider whether they’re still important to you or whether you’d like to change one or more of them. An adjustment could be as simple as reorganising an existing goal or as complex as setting a completely new goal.
How to tell if your goals are working for you?
If you’re not sure how to evaluate your present goals to see if they’re still serving you well, consider the following questions:
- Are my goals still relevant to my present aspirations?
- Have my circumstances or priorities shifted in any way?
- What actions have I made to help me work toward or attain my goals?
- Are my goals better suited as short-term or long-term?
- Is my NDIS funding overspent or underspent?
- How can I make better use of my NDIS funds?
- Who can assist me in achieving my goal?
Top tips for setting goals
It’s a good idea to include the following in your goal-setting process:
- Make a list of your goals and keep them in a visible place.
- Write your goals in such a manner that funding can be used in a variety of ways.
- Select goals that are meaningful to you or you are enthusiastic about.
- Make sure your goals are attainable.
- Set as many goals as you want (the NDIA recommends 3-5 short-term and 2-3 long-term goals, but this is only a suggestion).
- Consider whether your goals cover the following areas: home, job, health and well-being, relationships, control and choice, everyday living, lifelong learning, and social and community involvement.
- Set a realistic time range for completing each goal.
- Make achieving your goals a habit.
- Share your goals with a friend, family member, or even a goal buddy so that you can motivate each other to keep working toward your goals and celebrate your victories.