Every year, I try to challenge myself by trying something new. Most years, I forget my first of the year promise. By the second quarter of the year, I get busy with the day to day responsibilities that are part of my career, family, and personal obligations. And, I fail to accomplish the things on my aspirational list.
But this year, I have promised, will be exceptional. This year, I plan to share my fiction and nonfiction writing with the world. I plan to open up a conversation with Latinas worldwide who are navigating the numerous tags that identify them to the world.
But, I recognized that having an exceptional life requires exceptional efforts. For that reason, I began four months prior by preparing a future-focused plan. I not only backwards engineered my plan by contemplating my goals, my deadlines to accomplish said goals, and the current efforts that I must continue to exert in my life. I have created an excellent game plan for success.
Plans require VISION.
But, before I could do all of that fun planning, preparation, and plotting, I had to start with the most important thing… A GOAL. Identifying my goals was crucial to creating my plan for success. If you wish to identify your goals as I did, check out the list of questions that I asked myself to identify my goal. I hope the list will help you begin an important conversation with yourself.
If these questions help you or you want to share any additional questions you use to help in your personal development efforts, comment on this post. You can also communicate with me at my Facebook page @AmadaAcostaAddair, Let me know how they work. I will start checking in on the steps you are taking to accomplish your goals.
5 Questions to Help You Identify Your Goals
What are three goals you wish to accomplish in your life? (or, In the next five years? In the coming year? Etc. Think of any three goals. You are strong, hard-working, and achievement-oriented. You crush goals. Only you can limit your dreams.)
What are five steps which you must take under each of these goals in order to accomplish them?
Are there any time limitations or requirements you must meet in order to complete your goals? (I.E.- I wish to become a teacher. I must obtain a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in order to be a teacher. A bachelor’s degree takes approximately 4-6 years to complete.)
Do any of your goals require a certain amount of financial investment? If yes, are you able to make that financial investment at this time?
Which of these goals are you going to start working towards today?
What is the first step you need to take to get started?
What is next?
I hope these questions have helped you identify the goals. And, I hope that they help you evaluate whether or not you can begin to work towards your goals today.
Once you have identified the goals you have for your life, it is easy to create a future-focused plan that can be executed and accomplished. You deserve to live the life you envision for yourself. However, it is important to remember that amazing opportunities come from extraordinary efforts. Therefore, you must now use the goals you have identified to create the plan. It is as easy and hard as all of that.
Do you want to discuss how to create a plan from your goals? Wish to discuss your goals in greater detail? Remember, identifying your goals is just the first step. Now that you have determined what goals you have the time and money to accomplish, you will need to create a plan.
What question(s) would you have added to my list of five?
I love this! Approaching age 50 has caused me to become more reflective I believe. One question I might add is Why is this my goal? What void will achieving this goal fill? For instance if my goal is to cook more balanced meals each week, is it because I fear I am not the mother or wife I wish to be? Is it to lose weight in order to be more active each day? I have found knowing the WHY has helped me make peace with myself. I have been able to set more meaningful goals and more realistic timelines. I have been able to forgive myself for not accomplishing items that I’m interested in pursuing but realistically become spread to thin to complete. At nearly age 50, it is the WHY that has centered my efforts most. I love your article. Cheers to accomplishing our goals and reaching our dreams in 2019.
These are excellent ideas. I agree that the WHY can make all the difference in the world.