So it’s almost the new year, and you know how that goes…
New year new me, right?
But before you get started throwing out all these goals that you are going to accomplish, I gotta stop you because I really want you to succeed this time.
If you are ready to learn how to set goals, so you can succeed, there are 3 very important questions you should ask yourself.
In this article, I will discuss why these 3 questions are super important, the exact 3 questions you need to ask yourself before setting goals, and I’ll explain in detail why they are beneficial to you in accomplishing your goals.
Why is How To Set Goals and 3 Questions to Ask Yourself Important?
Okay so before you get started planning your goals you have to ask yourself 3 specific questions so that you aren’t wasting your time.
Too many times we get swept up into the enthusiasm of setting goals.
Especially during this time of year, since it’s the popular thing to do.
I mean, just think of how many people say they want to lose weight and save money at the beginning of every year!
I bet almost every single person you talk who has a goal will probably say something along those lines.
Why is it that everyone has the same goals?
I mean, we aren’t the same people.
We don’t have the same values, lifestyles, economic backgrounds, etc, so why does everyone have the same goal?
It’s kind of ridiculous when you think of it.
When you set goals, you should not set the same goals as someone else because you want to be included in picking what’s popular. That is what I like to call goal mania.
Choosing goals that don’t align with your values, your essence, the trajectory you want your life to go, but you pick them because they are popular, is pretty stupid honestly.
When you have goal mania, you set goals that don’t move you or inspire you.
This results in you not achieving your goals.
This is why when you are setting goals, you have to ask yourself these 3 important questions.
Are Your Goals For You?
You may think this is a dumb question but remember how we talked about having goal mania?
Setting goals that others have set, just to fit in, is pretty dumb right?
You and I can agree on that!
Well, guess what, you will no longer do that!
You will never have goal mania again!
The goals that you set will mean something to you.
They will push your life in the direction that you want to go.
Asking yourself this question, “Are my goals for me?”, helps you to make sure that your goals are significant.
Your goals need to matter.
They need to push you and motivate you!
If not, you will easily discard your goals.
But that won’t be you, right? Because now you know better, you will do better.
Let’s jump into the second question.
Are Your Goals SMART Enough?
This one is a biggie.
Yes, it’s cool that you want people to sign up to your email list, (btw this is part of one of my goals, so umm sign up in that form below and get on my email list).
Sorry to throw you off track like that.
Now that you’ve signed up for my email list, let’s get back on track.
You, have to make your goals SMART.
I know you’re wondering, “Ree what do you mean by making your goals smart?”.
Well, let me explain.
Smart is an acronym that stands for (Source):
- M- measurable
- A- attainable
- R- relevant
- T- timely
Each letter means something different when it comes to planning your goals, so let me break it down further so you can get a better idea of EXACTLY what I mean.
To make your goal specific you have to make sure your goal is clear and very well defined.
This way, you can focus your efforts and be motivated to accomplish it.
Your goal cannot be vague or disorganized because it’ll provide clear direction on where your life is headed.
Your goals need to be measurable so you can track your progress, make sure you’re meeting your deadlines, and best of all, you can get excited about being closer to achieving your goal.
To make your goal measurable you need to include precise amounts, dates, and lengths of time.
Here’s a bonus for you.
If you want to make your goal even more measurable and motivating, make sure to add qualitative measurements too.
Write down what you would taste, see, smell, hear, see, and feel, when you achieve your goal.
Doing this will allow you to feel like you accomplished your goal.
This will make you feel more confident about achieving your goal.
Best of all, because you can picture it and feel it, your brain will believe that you already achieved it!
This makes you less nervous, gives you confidence, and stops you from overcomplicating EVERY LITTLE THING.
How many times have you asked yourself, “Can I accomplish this goal?”.
Probably not a lot.
Well, you should!
Because if you can’t, you should probably but this goal on the back burner until you can go after it.
To make sure your goal is attainable, you have to make sure that you have the time, resources, knowledge, etc to achieve your goal.
Because if you don’t have them, you are setting yourself up for failure.
To make sure your goal is relevant, you have to make sure your goals align with your values and how you want your life to go.
You also have to ask, “Is this goal worth your while?”.
To accomplish a goal is no small feat.
It takes time, dedication, commitment, and hard work.
If you don’t care about this goal or it doesn’t move you, then you must discard it because you are wasting your time!
But before we move on to T-timely, (I promise this won’t be long), I want you to ask yourself one more question to make sure your goal is relevant.
You have to ask, “Am I the right person to achieve this goal?”.
Sometimes when you have a goal in mind, that you want to achieve, just because you want it, doesn’t mean it’s the goal for you.
It could be a goal that someone else wants for you and you’ve taken it on to make them happy.
it could be a goal that you want because someone else wants it.
Or maybe it’s a goal that you want but you can’t commit to at this time because of health, money, your talents, or your mindset just aren’t ready.
Whatever it may be, you should not go after any goal that is not relevant to you.
No one wants to work on a goal forever!
That is unless, you’re religious and your goal is to get into heaven, then yeah, that may take a while.
Anyways, besides that, a goal needs to have a clear deadline.
A deadline that you need to stick firmly to.
Or else, a goal that should take 3 months will take you a whole year to complete.
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
Although T-Timely, is pretty straightforward, I find it to be one of the most important letters in smart.
Now, after going through and explaining what a smart goal is, you can see how asking yourself, “Are your goals smart?”, is very important to make sure that you are setting goals the right way.
Now, let’s move on to the last question.
Do You Have the Right People Around You?
Plain and simple You are the company you keep.
Now before you say, no that’s not true, let’s take a deeper look.
You have goals you want to achieve, right?
That means you are going to need support. Guess what, that is okay!
Whether you will need your husband to put the kids to bed so you can work on your schoolwork, or if you need a neighbor to run an errand for you so you can meet a deadline at work because you are going after a promotion.
Whatever it may be, you are going to need support because you can’t do it all!
Because you’ll need support, you should have people that speak to your values and what you stand for.
You need people that will push you, motivate you, and most importantly, not distract you.
You need people who understand that you can’t come to their events or do dinner because you are chasing your goal.
And, if you don’t have people like that in your corner, if you are not surrounded by goal-getters, dream chasers, loving, kind, gentle people who understand how much you want this, then you will most likely not accomplish your goals.
So do yourself a favor and find a crowd that supports your ideas and helps you better yourself!
Not someone who hates on you and tells you that you can’t.
Because one thing that you and I know is that if you set your mind to it, you can do it.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about How To Set Goals and the 3 Questions To Ask Yourself
Whew, you made it!
That was a good one!
I know you are pumped and ready to set some goals and start knocking them out of the park, aren’t you?
Just remember when figuring out how to set goals, there are 3 questions to ask yourself. They are:
- Are your goals for you?
- Are your goals smart enough?
- Do you have the right people around you?
Now it’s time for you to put setting your goals into practice.
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