“Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.” — Leon Joseph Cardinal Suenens
Goals, ideas, plans, dreams- they all require a plan to make them work. They also require passion, and excitement- a reason for the dedication, discipline and change involved to keep you going.
I’ve been doing goal setting- from saving money to moving to Israel to compete in my first Ironman and both these goals had something in common- excitement and a plan to make it happen.
Here are a few brain thinkers to get you on the way:
Let’s begin here: What was the easiest goal/ mindset shift you ever had?
- What made your last goal plan so hard?
- What do you do when someone judges your goal as unworthy?
- What do you do when family/friends do not support your goal?
- What is the best thing to start with for goals?
- Are goals the only way to look at achieving things? ****** This is a key one
- Did your family have goals growing up that they talked about?
- What’s a family goal? Parent goal? Spouse goal? Friend goal?
Some fun questions to dig deeper with:
- What are your 5 most important values in life right now?
- What are your three most important goals in life right now?
- What would you do, and how would you live if you just learned that you only have 6 months to live?
- What would you do if you won $1 million today, and had absolutely no limitations in what you could be/do/have?
- What have you always wanted to do, but were afraid to try?
- What do you most enjoy doing – more than anything else?
See how this is working? We are going beyond yes/no and maybe answers. We’re starting to dig a bit deeper, getting emotions and feelings behind it. Passion and energy toward change are the firestarters, and your goal is the flame itself.
- What is the specific work or effort required to achieve your goal?
- What resources or dependencies do you need to help you succeed?
- What is your action plan to achieve this goal?
- What time investment is actually required? What should your weekly schedule look like to support achieving this goal? (Can you be a world-class violinist if you practice 5 minutes a day?)
- What obstacles will you face and how will you respond?