8 Goal Setting Questions You Need to Ask Today

Goals

Hi and welcome back! We’re doing a week-long series on goal-setting!

In post #1, we looked at 7 Steps for Prioritizing Your Goals.

In post #2 we looked more closely at how to determine your life priorities.

Today I have 8 questions which will help you set achievable goals!

State your goal in one sentence.

Okay, this isn’t a question, but go with me. Short and sweet, what are you intending to accomplish?

Why is this goal important to you?

The biggest reason people give up or lose interest in their goals is that they don’t have a clear view of why they are working toward that goal. Give this one some thought. Write a paragraph or two. Why are you after this thing? What does it mean to you?  If your answer is “all my friends are doing this monster reading/writing/bowling naked in the snow challenge,” you are more than likely spending a lot of energy on something that has no real connection to the things you want to accomplish in life.  Question your goals carefully.

How does the goal align with your priorities and values?

If you aren’t sure about this, check out this post about defining your priorities. You’ll have a much higher chance of achieving a goal that resonates with your personal values and priorities.

What steps do you need to take to achieve this goal?

People often start with a big, important goal that they want to accomplish, but have no idea how they plan to get from point A to point B. If you have trouble breaking your plans into manageable steps, don’t worry. I’ll have a follow-up post on this topic in a few weeks. For now, just think about three things: What is one step you can do today? How can you build on that step to continue your progress? What do you want to end up with?

How will you recognize your milestones and achievements along the way?

Setting milestone points help you build up a feeling of achievement and track your progress. They can be as small or large as you like, but I recommend using small milestones with simple rewards like window shopping or an extra episode of a TV show rather than things you promise to buy yourself. The more complicated your reward system becomes, the more time you will spend over-thinking it.  If you have to spend money to reward yourself, chances are you will talk yourself out of it.

What support do you need?

Another area that trips people up is identifying the help they’ll need to meet their goals. Do you need to make more time? If that’s the case, you might benefit from getting help with day to day tasks. Do you need an accountability partner? Do you need to find experts in a new field? Where will you find all of these things? Come up with some ideas as part of your goal plan.

What tools and/or skills do you need?

Big goals may require that you learn some new skills or acquire new tools along the way. Make these part of your planning process and brainstorm strategies to help find the knowledge you need.