With all this talk about goal setting and New Year’s Resolutions, I thought it was important to clarify something very foundational when it comes to goal setting.
When charting our aim for a new year the question we must answer is, “Why do I want to accomplish this goal?”
Does accomplishing your goal take you where you want to go in the larger scheme of things?
As you crystalize your goals for the new year, here are 2 guardrails to guide you to pursuing goals that best fit you.
#1 – Determine Your Core Values.
The reason core values are called CORE values is because core values are usually already inside of us. They drive our thoughts, decisions and behaviors. We already value certain things. How do we pick our core values? Begin by asking yourself some questions.
- What do you value?
- What is important to you?
- What fuels you?
- What frustrates you?
- What excites you?
Values that drive our decisions should be processed through before we begin setting goals that may or may not take us where we really want to go!
#2 – Determine the Most Important Thing.
Success is born of focus. Want to achieve your goals in the new year? Narrow them down to what matters most.
These questions can help you focus your goals…
- If you had to get one thing accomplished this next year what would it be?
- What one thing would make you feel successful one year from now?
- If there’s one thing you want to be said of you at the end of your life, what would it be?
- What would you wish your tombstone to read?
- What is priority #1 to you?
More goals should be focused in this area!
say in my book Be Mean About The Vision that “When we forget WHY we do WHAT we do we will eventually lose our passion.” This includes the goals that we set!
Do you want to be successful in your resolutions this next year?
- Think Values before Goals.
- Think Why before What.
Answering the why question also provides us the motivation we need to keep going when pursuing the goal becomes difficult or experiences a setback.
Accountability adds teeth to chasing your goals.
Need accountability for 2021? Have a history of goals that become unrealized good intentions? Well, you need a Coach. Part of our Coaching Process includes the 5 Pillars of Accountability where we move you from intention to execution.
Why do we put so much time into this? Because Accountability is the #1 Missing Ingredient in Leadership.