We all set goals. Very few of us actually accomplish them.
We start out strong.
“I will lose 30 pounds this year.”
“I will make $50,000 in extra income.”
“I will …”
A problem with all of this is we don’t set goals for the goals. These are the little steps that lead to the goal. Every major change must become a habit. The only way this happens is if we sent small goals that will lead us to the bigger goal. You can do this by asking more questions so you set up good habits.
Take the idea of losing “30 pounds this year.” This will not happen magically. It will take work and many small steps.
Ask more questions to reach your goal
For instance, you will need to reduce the total number of calories each day to reach a sizable goal like this. You probably need to exercise. You need to decide how fast you will lose the weight.
Consequently. how will you do that? Increasing exercise is the best way. So you need a small goal: a daily workout of 30 minutes burning 300 calories. In the long run, a daily goal like this becomes a habit. Eventually, those daily burns of 300 calories will manifest themselves into the larger goal. Therefore the goal, “I will lose 30 pounds this year,” seems like something that might happen.
Small goals lead to the bigger ones
First of all, the best way to think about a goal is to ask a question about what you want to do. These questions identify the various steps you must take to reach the big goal. They create the little goals.
For instance, if you want to buy a car, there are various things to consider, i.e. financing, down payment, engine size, passenger size, car color. Most of the time we’ve already answered some of these questions based on our needs. Maybe a family will decide it needs a van.
Whereas, a single guy probably wants a sports car. Overall, you need to consider all of the steps prior to making the large commitment.
As for everything, we want our goals to become a habit; not just something we say we want and then never reach. So ask more questions to reach your goal and strive to make your goal a habit.