Ask Yourself the Right Question

The art of setting goals

Common sense says if you set a goal, then you’ll achieve it? Then why do so many people fail? More than likely, you set some new year’s resolutions only to see them fall by the wayside, right?

Often, folks miss the mark when setting the goal in the first place. You struggle to take common sense and make it common practice.

Determining your goals can be answered in one question: What will success look like to you when you achieve it? For example, ‘I want to lose weight and feel better.’ Or, ‘I want to get over my mental block.’ While these are goals many of you have, they are too broad to equate to something you can achieve.

Breaking down goals into achievable bites is key to creating goals you can accomplish. First, turn your broad goal into a Long

Term Goal, something to achieve in 1 to 3 years. ‘I want to lose weight and feel better’ becomes ‘I want to lose 65 pounds and climb the stairs without breathing heavy.’

Your Long Term Goal becomes your source of inspiration and your guide to your Short Term Goals. Short Term Goals are based on your Long Term Goal to achieve within 1 to 12 months. These goals feed into the Long Term Goal and are specific. ‘I will run 2 miles in 14 minutes’; ‘I will change my diet from eating out at fast food places every day to eating clean at home 5 days a week.’

Finally, set Immediate Goals to support your Short Term Goals. These are daily goals you employ to run those 2 miles in 14 minutes and change your diet. These are the goals that are so specific they leave no room for negotiation.

Making sure goals have deadlines ensures a greater chance of success. Write them down and mark the target on your calendar. Post them in at least two places where you can see them and daily review them.

Kip Rodgers, LPC-S

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