While researching the topic of goals, I came across a stat from Forbes that said only 8% of people will achieve their new year's resolutions. I can believe it. I have been writing up goals each new year's day since I got married over 20 years ago. It helped me focus on what I want to accomplish in the new year and helped me look at the big picture. It also helped me see what I had completed in the previous year.
Here are some of the questions I asked myself to make my goals become more attainable.
Seven questions to ask yourself to help you achieve your goals this year.
- How will I measure the progress to meet this goal?
Make sure you stay consistent with how you mark your progress. Determining it before you start your goal is best. However, you can tweak these benchmarks within the first few weeks to make sure they will really assist you in deciding if you are achieving your goal.
- What timeframe do I want to achieve this goal?
Decide on what the duration in relation to your goal. Not all goals need to be completed till year's end. A goal can take a few months to complete. For example, you want to save money for your vacation in September. So you determine how much you want to save from now till September. When September rolls around, you have achieved your goal and you can stop doing this goal or you can continue. It doesn't need to be a continuous goal if you do not want it to be.
- What are the specific steps I can take to achieve this goal?
This is where you need a precise process to go through. For example, if you want to lose weight, make a list of the food you can eat and determine what type of activity you want to do to keep active. How often will you eat meals? Will you be following a diet plan? Is there exercise classes you will be taking during the week? Write everything down so it reminds you. Using an electronic recurring appointments planner that alerts you on when an activity needs to be done will help when you are getting used to a new habit.
- How often will I revisit these steps to make sure I am on track? Do you want to measure your goals monthly or quarterly?
For example, if you want to lose weight, determine how long it would take you to lose a few pounds then use that as your benchmark to reassess the goal to see if it is working.
- What obstacles will I encounter and how will I deal with them so I can achieve my goal?
This is where you can be the devil's advocate. What could happen that will not allow me to achieve this goal? Then create actions that you can use if these obstacles happen. For example, the obstacle could be, when you eat out with family, and they pick a restaurant that doesn't have something that you can eat. The solution: You will eat before you go out and only have a drink.
- When will I start? You don't need to start in January.
You could start in April or May. It's up to you. Spring may be easier for you to lose weight because the weather is better and you can go outside more consistently to do exercise.
- Will I need support from others to achieve this goal?
Getting external support is helpful, but only if you pick the right people that support you. No one wants a person nagging about staying on the diet. Look for someone who has in the past assisted you with hard times. This person could be a family member or friend, or even an acquaintance. Pick someone who has more knowledge than you or has done your goal before and succeeded.
Feel free to use these questions to make your goals stick also. Here are some goal setting quotes that help inspire me to get and stay on target.
Four Goal Setting Quotes to Inspire You to Stick with Your Goal
A Goal without a plan is just a wish. ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery
Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible. ~ Tony Robbins
Ambitious goals make for outstanding achievements. ~ Nike
If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you. ~ Fred Divito
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I hope these questions help you keep to your goal and achieve them quickly. Are there other questions you ask yourself to help you stick to your goal this year? Please leave a comment below.
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