Four Truths to Cut the Clutter in Goal Setting

goal-setting goals Jan 07, 2019

I absolutely LOVE this time of the year. It's a clean slate and FULL of possibilities.

My idea of a fun New Year's Eve is to totally geek out on setting goals, creating a vision board, and setting high expectations for the coming year. #Truth

Yet, setting goals can sometimes bring with it pressure. Pressure for it to be the "right" goal. Pressure for it to be "big enough." Reasonable. Scary. Specific. Measurable. Multiple goals. Yes - Must have goals in every area of my life.  And...and...and...UGH! How in the world will I do all this? Overwhelm! Just forget it!

Sound Familiar?

I hope the following brings you smooth sailing to create goals that inspire you, not overwhelm you. 

The Four Truths are...

Put your goals on paper.

All important goals need to be written down, preferably in your own handwriting.

If you try to remember it all in your head you will create an endless loop of discussion. It's a disaster waiting to happen. If you can't remember what you had...

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Are you using the best 3 letter words to ask the best questions?

 
Which three-letter words am I talking about?

How? Why? and Who?

So often we ask "how" questions. It starts at a very young age. "How do I spell this word?" "How do I brush my teeth?" "How do I tie my shoe?"

"How" questions are strategy questions. And strategies are a dime a dozen. You can find the answer to any question, 24/7, without even leaving your couch thanks to the power of the internet. 

Success in business, and in life, is 80% mindset (psychology) and 20% strategy.

If you want to achieve goals, aim for getting in the right mindset. "How?" you may ask? (Do you see the irony in asking "how?") By asking "why?" and "who?"

Ask WHY it's important for you to achieve something.

Get associated with how it will feel and what it would mean to you. When you are emotionally attached to an outcome you are much more likely to achieve it.

Next, ask WHO you need to become in order to achieve it.

This deepens the emotional attachment. What needs to shift in how you see yourself?...

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