Now that you’ve set your goal and are ready to achieve it, what’s next? The next step is usually compiling the to-do list, whether in your head, notebook, or laptop. A laundry list of activities to help you achieve it emerges, and you’re ready to start.
But it takes more than a to-do list to turn your ambition into a reality. Before you launch into action, take the time to consider these three questions.
Why this goal?
When you first set your goal and write down your steps to success, you are focused and motivated to do whatever it takes. But motivation is not consistent. It ebbs and flows over time. Even if you have a powerful goal statement and a clear to-do list, these things alone won’t spark action if you feel unmotivated. The only thing to get you going when this happens is your “why”.
- Why is this a goal?
- Why is it important to you?
- Why is it important to you at this time in your life/business?
- Why did you choose to pursue this goal above others?
Understanding the root of the goal, the reason it exists in the first instance, is the key to persisting even when motivation escapes you.
When will you work on this goal?
Pursuing a goal requires completing the activities you have identified to be successful. The problem many people face a couple of weeks into their journey is that time seems to be running out. Few of us have the luxury of delegating or outsourcing all other obligations so that we can focus solely on our goal. Most of us have other responsibilities that still need our time. This is why you need to look at the bigger picture. Ask yourself the following questions to help identify the changes you need to make across your entire day or week to create space for this goal work.
- What do I need to start doing?
- What do I need to stop doing?
- What do I need to do more of?
- What do I need to do less of?
Who can help me?
We all need some help when striving to achieve our goals. You might need to learn something new or delegate some of your existing responsibilities. You may need support to stay motivated and on track, or you may simply need someone to listen while you work through the different obstacles that arise. Considering what support you need upfront will ensure that you seek the help you need to be successful. This is often direct help from another person or people, but it may also be indirect support through books, courses or other material.
Begin with these four categories to identify the support you need and add anything else that applies to your goal.
- Skills or knowledge
- Emotional support
Goal setting is a valuable and powerful tool. It allows you to dream big. Taking the time to consider your “why”, create space for action, and engage the support you need will allow you to transform that dream into reality.
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