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The Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Goals
Human beings are goal-seeking creatures. We are
impatient and try, and fall, and try again until we learn to walk. We babble and coo
and struggle until we learn to talk. Skinned knees mean nothing in the quest
to ride a bicycle. Recently, the world has watched Olympic athletes over-come
incredible obstacles in the quest for a medal. When a client tells me they have had
a goal, but in the past 6 months they have made little or no progress towards achieving
it, I encourage them to ask themselves the following 10 questions:
- Do I really, really want this goal? It may sound
nice, it may be something I should have or might enjoy, but do I really, deep in my soul,
want it? Or, not?
- Is the goal actually just a means to some other goal?
Is my stated goal really a way to look good, or to please someone, or a handy
excuse to work on something that sounds wonderful while I avoid something I dont
want to do? Great-sounding goals can be a marvelous distraction!
- Is this goal consistent with my morals and values?
Often there is a subtle, unnoticed conflict between our stated goals and our
values. For instance, the concept of "fair profit" may be causing
confusion, or we may be caught between our goals of building a business and our values of
spending more time at home.
- Is this goal consistent with my beliefs about myself
and my abilities? The years of training and total commitment to winning an Olympic
medal are only possible if the athlete profoundly believes they have the potential to
succeed. Doubts about what is "possible", or beliefs that life is unfair
will undermine performance every time.
- Why do I want this goal? Having many solid,
vitally important reasons for our goals will drive us more powerfully than anything else.
"I want to be a doctor to save a childs life" is a very different
reason to stay up and study all night than "because being a doctor might be
fun." Why do you want this goal, and how badly do you want it?
- Who else wants me to attain my goal? Knowing
that family, friends, business partners or the entire world is cheering for us, counting
on us and supporting us is critically important. Who else knows about and wants you
to achieve your success?
- How, specifically, will I benefit from achieving my
goal? Being clear and specific about the benefits that will come from completing our
goals is a powerful motivator. "Reducing my blood pressure will help me live to
see my grandchildren" is very different than "If I do this, my doctor will stop
- What one critical step can I take today that will move
me toward my goal? Some goals are so large or so far off that they are really just
dreams or fantasies. A useful goal is one you can work on today. Make an
appointment, open a savings account, eat a salad for lunch, tell your spouse you love them
whatever your goal, find a specific task you can do today, and then just repeat it
a few thousand times!
- Are there smaller projects that will both lead to my
larger goal, and give me pleasure in the meantime? If the goal is to run a marathon,
train for a local fun-run first! If the goal is to be a millionaire, getting the
first $10,000 in the bank is a worthwhile and useful start.
- Depending on your answers to the first 9 questions,
the 10th question is: "Is there another goal, or another version of this goal, that
is really much more important and much more doable?" If the first 9 questions
havent motivated you to action and created tangible, specific results, then ask
number 10. Humans naturally seek and accomplish large goals, but we do best when the
goal is tailored to our values, priorities and personal situation.
Phil, Mary, and the Staff at
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