The year is a little more than half over. That’s a good time to regroup, think about your goals, and decide how to move forward from here.
Too often you get caught on that treadmill of life: sometimes you can’t remember why you’re running so fast. You’re having a hard time keeping focus and sometimes scratch your head wondering why you’re doing the things you’re doing.
Too many people chase goals they really aren’t interested in. Too many people haven’t given their goals enough thought.
Here are some great questions to ask yourself as you re-evaluate your current goals and set new ones.
Why do I want to pursue this goal?
Is it something I really want to do for myself or am I doing it because others expect it of me? Am I doing it because it will bring me fame and fortune and people will think highly of me?
Am I pursuing this particular goal because I have nothing better to do? Because I don’t know what else to do? Because I really don’t know what I’m interested in?
How does this goal fit into the bigger picture of my life?
What do I expect to get out of pursuing and reaching this goal? Does it get me closer to the overall lifestyle I want to have for myself?
Does pursuing this goal take away from other goals or priorities I have in life? What other things may become possible when I reach this goal?
Is my goal SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and time-bound)?
If not, how can I make it more so?
What next steps do I need to take to move toward achieving my SMART goal?
What tools or resources do I need? Does it require money? Equipment? Work space? Assistance from other people? Who has already done what I’m trying to do?
What is my specific deadline for completing each step?
When is the optimal time to work on these steps?
What is my plan for when pursuit of the goal gets thrown off track?
How will I minimize interruptions when I’m working on my goal? When they do happen, how will I handle them?
What does “done” look like?
How will I know when I’ve completed my goal? You may think it’s self-evident, but it’s a good practice to state it explicitly so there are no surprises at the end.
Am I properly motivated and fully engaged in this task?
Do I have a system in place for reaching the goal over the long-term? Do you know how you will handle or recover from interruptions, setbacks, or mistakes?
This is the blueprint for achieving what you set out to achieve. I recommend writing out the answers to these questions. When you’re finished, you will have a great blueprint for getting where you want to go.