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Last updated on 3/10/23

Define Your Strategic Goal

Use an Analysis Tool to Prepare Your Learning Plan

Use this template throughout Part 2 of this course. Step by step, you will lay the groundwork for your personalized learning plan.

In this chapter, you will start with defining a strategic goal.

Step one is to define your personal strategy for learning.
Step 1 is to define a macro-goal as your personal strategy for learning.

Construct your Strategic Goal

  1. Open the strategic analysis tool template by clicking on one of the links above.

  2. Select or write in a strategic goal. In what general direction do you want to direct your learning?

What general direction do you want to take your learning?
In what general direction do you want to take your learning?

3. If you already have an idea, fill in the field that your strategic goal applies to.

Do you already have in mind: a field of study? a passion? a mission? a vocation? or a profession?
 Do you have a field of study or a passion, mission, vocation or profession in mind?

In this context, a field is a collection of study subjects or disciplines. For example:




Running, football, basketball, etc.


Web development; mobile, program, system and network administration; cyber security; etc.


Marketing, sales, finance, HR, etc.


Graphic design, motion design, interface design, UX design, interior design, etc.

Find the Right Field for You

How can I know what field to choose?

If your field of study doesn't seem clear to you, don't panic; you are not alone. To help you to see this more clearly, copy and fill in the Ikigai diagram with potential subjects. This is not a miracle solution, but it’s a very good exercise for structuring your thoughts.

Follow the Ikigai exercise to orient your learning strategy.

Follow the Ikigai exercise to orient your learning strategy.

If you have trouble filling in your Ikigai diagram, perhaps reading more about it will help inspire you.

Also, remember that your choices aren't final and irreversible. So, don't hesitate to complete the exercise by successive approximations; in other words, by feeling your way.

Let's Recap!

  • A strategic goal provides direction for your learning on the macro level. It includes:

    • a general direction for your learning, for example: personal development, professional development, academic achievement or some other unique, personalized focus.

    • a field, i.e. a collection of disciplines or study subjects.

  • Drafting your Ikigai can help orient your learning strategy.

In the next chapter, you will continue the strategic analysis by examining your strengths and weaknesses.

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