Effective goal setting is an important part of what we do at Empower Asia. Whether it’s training, coaching, or mentoring, we see incredible value in giving people the power to apply what they learn in a way that best fits their lives and who they want to become.
However, many of us are familiar with failed goal setting. The best example is the classic scenario of New Year Resolutions. We sit down and come up with a list of lofty goals without a clue of how we plan to achieve them. Are we really surprised when March rolls around and most of our goals have fallen apart?
Today, we want to give you a way to avoid the burnout that happens when we don’t set goals effectively. The following five questions are perfect to get you started on your next set of goals.
1. What would I like to accomplish in the next 3-4 months?
Think about things that you would like to happen in the next few months. This could be forming a new habit, starting a new hobby, moving forward with a project, etc. Ask yourself how you would like to grow? Brainstorm within categories: personal, career, academic, emotional, spiritual, character development, or other categories.
2. How are these goals important to me?
If you’re having trouble coming up with reasons why the goals you set for yourself are important, this is a sign that you may need to come up with different goals. Asking this question will challenge you to reflect on the overall quality of the goals that you came up with and whether they are relevant to the larger goals you have for your life.
3. What is my strategy for accomplishing each goal?
Goals need plans that are clear, easy to follow, and attainable. Create milestones and progress markers for your goals, so you can know that you are moving forward. It sounds overwhelming right now but once you write down or think about a strategy, it will motivate you to start.
4. How could I approach this using my strengths?
Leverage your unique qualities in order to propel yourself forward in reaching your goals. If you are not sure what your strengths are, use the following to find out: ask yourself “What gives me energy?”; write down five words that you most identify with; ask others. Knowing what energises you and what you are good at will help you tackle your goals more effectively and efficiently. Working with your strengths will help get you into a flow and you will enjoy the journey of pursuing your goals.
5. Who can support me?
Having someone to encourage and support you as you pursue your goals will greatly increase your motivation. Think of people that could be your cheerleaders throughout your journey. Not only does this help you achieve your goals more effectively, but it adds a relational dimension to your life that will greatly enrich it. As stated by this African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.”
BONUS QUESTION: How will I celebrate when you accomplish each goal?
People often forget about celebrating, but it can be a powerful motivator when you can’t seem to move forward towards a goal. Celebration is a good way to reflect and reward yourself for your efforts and to motivate yourself as you look ahead to what’s next.
Our hope is that these questions will help you set goals that are both meaningful and effective. Let us know in the comments section what some of your life goals are. What has helped you reach your goals? We look forward to hearing from you.