However, finding the motivation to stay on task is the key.
In order to find the perfect motivation to achieve your goals. every single time ultimately depends on your reason.
By hacking into your “WHY”, you can learn how to set goals with a purpose.
STEP #1 DEFINE YOUR PRIORITIES
If you have not already. Go back and read Part 1 Step by step guide to goal setting.
That post gives foundation using the life wheel to identify the areas you are happy with opposed to the areas in your life that need improvement. You can create your own categories or you can use mine… ( printable wheel in part 1).
- Family & friends
- Money ( obtain more money, reduce debt, save money or invest it)
Rate each category on a scale from 1-10. So, that 1 = unsatisfied and 10 = extremely satisfied. The goal is to be at a place that you are comfortable. It doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have a 10 in each category because we are not looking for perfection. I mean does perfection really exist? If so please let me know.
STEP #2 WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU- -RIGHT NOW?
Now that you have placed the numbers next to your life goals area. Next, you need to identify what is considered YOUR top two priorities.
Two is a good starting point. Plus it allows you to divide the right amount of attention and motivation to a specific goal. Besides, with too many goals at once, it doesn’t give you room for unexpected events.
So let’s focus on two goals allow so you don’t burn yourself out. Yes, there is such thing as tackling too many goals at once. As women, it’s common to try to be good at everything and be there for everyone. Honestly, that will cause anyone to stress you out. So….to take baby chunks.
Where you about to decipher what my two goals are? I will (word choice will) become an entrepreneur (life coach) in the next 3 years and I will get out of loan debt by 2020. College loans anyone? Ugh.
S.M.A.R.T- specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timeframe
STEP #3 HAVE YOU HACKED INTO YOUR “WHY”?
Once you find what …then you need to know the “why”. For example, if my goal is to have my own business then I must connect with the Why. It’s the prime reason people don’t meet goals successfully or become disconnected from the goal altogether. Because if you’re why does not……. connect, motivate, inspire, or drive you, then the goal will fall short.
Example of a Weak WHY
Pursuing a dream for the wrong reason is an extremely weak WHY. For instance, going to college because you are searching or pleasing. Searching for money or seeking approval. Those are weak whys. You will not become rich by JUST going to college but you may end up in debt like me. haha. In addition, looking for approval will not push you through the hard times or ultimately make anyone happy. Don’t do it if it’s just for the purpose stated above.
Example for a strong WHY
If you are going back to school make sure it is a based on a good purpose. For example, I am going to college because “I have a passion for healing animals”. I always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Or I want to go to college because it adds to my character. These are good and strong reasons because you are doing it for YOU.
STEP #4 HOW TO HACK INTO YOUR WHY
To get inside a find out your WHY… you need to dig deep. Not a superficial reason but a reason that speaks to who you are. Whatever you decide is your goal remember for the goal to be strong. It’s the WHY that motivates you to keep going so connect with your Why.
You’re why should drive you and keep you connected to your mission.
Grab your free goal sheet to help you hack into your WHY!
Life wheel focus: Career
Goal: Entrepreneur (life coach)
- To obtain a work/life balance
- Eliminate barriers of money
- Help others
- Increase awareness
- Enjoy your passion
- Enjoy my kids
How? I plan on building a trusting community and extending my services.
Notes: what you learn along the way.
I am tired of working hard to climb up the business ladder. I’ve come to the realization that my energy should be put towards focusing on my passion and purpose. I rather find my OWN path and climb my OWN ladder.- Darla Lee
Share your goals and your WHY!