Goal Planning – Part 4
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In order to set your goals, you need to know your WHY – why do you want to achieve your goals? Once you’re clear on this, you will be able to set your path to get to the destination.
The more closely you pinpoint what you really want and why, the easier it is to come up with a game plan. Your WHY is what will help you stay committed when achieving your goal seems hard or challenging.
In Part 2 of this Series, we talked about how when you have a clear vision and path to where we want to go, possibilities become more real. I had you dig deep and focus on what it is you really want for your life.
So if you completed the exercise, I want you to take the list you created, and choose your top 3 priorities from the things you brainstormed. If you didn’t do it yet, no worries, just go back to Part 2 and complete it first.
Take your top 3 priorities from your list and think about why they’re important to you? What would that really mean to you and what would that feel like to accomplish each of them? Remember, if you don’t have an emotional attachment to your goals, they won’t be as meaningful or motivating. Your WHY is what’s going to get you moving and keep you motivated on those days you really don’t ‘feel like’ it.
So for each priority I want to you go through this “WHY exercise” and feel free to download the worksheet to help guide you through this.
Maybe one of your top priorities is to lose 20 pounds to fit into a dress for an event. Why is that important? Truth is, it’s probably not about the dress at all. It’s most likely about how you will feel while wearing it; more confident, perhaps? Your WHY is usually buried layers underneath your initial answer.
So start by writing, “I have a priority to ___.” then you will drill down and essentially ask yourself “why” in order to peel back the layers. Here’s how our example with wanting to lose 20 lbs might go:
So you can see how we went from wanting to lose 20 lbs, to really wanting to feel more confident in our body.
I want you to do this exercise for each of your 3 priorities before we start digging into setting your actual goals and HOW you’ll achieve them, because when you know WHAT you want and WHY, you can then map out your plan to reach them.
I hope these homework assignments are helping you work through this series so far. Feel free to leave me a comment or feedback so I can make improvements or adjustments if needed.
In case you missed any other parts in this series, you can find the entire series linked below:
Part 1: Does Goal Setting Work?
Part 2: Creating Your Vision
Part 3: What’s Holding You Back?
Part 5: Be SMARTER
Part 6: Putting the Pieces Together