How to set goals that you’ll want to achieve

What will you accomplish this year?

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Setting Goals

If it isn’t apparent already, I believe in the importance of process. In iteration. If we set up and work through a quality process — the results will take care of themselves. Teach someone how to fish — rather than handing over fish.

Nothing seemed to click.

It wasn’t until I sat down last year and committed 100% to establish goals that all of the information I’d been collecting started to coalesce around the method I’ll review here.

Part I

After sorting through many (many) online resources for setting goals, I found one that set me on the right path. It started with an article published by Fast Company called, “How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want.”

  1. What activities make you want to leap out of bed?
  2. What do you want to learn?
  3. Who do you want to hang out with?

Simple enough.

Once these questions are (honestly) answered, you start to build out a goal statement that will take you on a journey leading toward actualizing these answers.

Setting Goals
Setting Goals

Full disclosure

Here are my answers to the four questions for last year:

  1. Training, leading, earning a good salary, solving problems.
  2. Better leadership skills. Energy systems training (for sports), how to be a better weightlifter, how to be a better coach, how to engage employees and team athletes.
  3. Goal-oriented, motivated individuals. Aggressive go-getters, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, weightlifters, coaches, my family.

Part II

After you’ve formulated your goal statement. You then take the elements of it and develop actionable goals around them. You are reverse-engineering the statement so that it becomes a reality in 2017.

Setting Goal
Setting Goal

Why does this exercise work where others didn’t?

These questions spoke (albeit indirectly) to our why. The answers to the questions required some specifics and some “what”. However, when I got to the end and started thinking about the journey I would take to achieve these goals, my why came blazing through.

Dad, husband, thinker, writer, exerciser. “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” — Dumbledore

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