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5 Questions to Ask when Setting Goals

Friday, January 12, 2018

It's that time of year again, everyone is talking about resolutions, goals and even words of the year.  On average 50% of Americans make New Years resolutions and most of them center round improved health.  Unfortunately, most of those resolutions will never be met.  (see more information here)

85% of people will not keep their resolutions.   

I couldn't believe that statistic when I heard it on a podcast the other day.  That means only 15% of people will actually keep their resolution. I am all about keep on keeping on and part of that is leading a purposeful life.  So, I want to share some questions I have learned to ask that have helped me set and, more importantly, keep realistic goals.

At the beginning of every year and then again every month, I sit down and reflect on areas and things I would like to improve.  Then, I brainstorm possible goals in those areas.  After, I ask myself these questions and pare down my list, you will see why!

5 questions I ask myself when setting goals -- 

**These questions center around the SMART goal philosophy and you can do a simple google search and find more information on this methodology.

1.  Can I measure my success?  

For example, this year I want to make sure I am going to the gym consistently.  I can measure that by making my goal to go to the gym 3 times a week.

Quantify your goals so you can measure your success.

2.  Are my goals realistic?

Can you, with the time and energy you have commit to reaching that goal?  If it means working around the clock or sacrificing your priorities, is it worth it?  Do you have too many goals?  It's better to have 1 or 2 really good goals you can attain than 10 and only attain 1 or 2 of them.  Even though, we accomplished the same amount we we don't see it that way.

We are setting ourselves up for failure if our goals are not realistic.

3.  Does my goal have a deadline?

Can you achieve your goals in the time you set?  If I say I have always wanted to run a 5K (I have said that SO many times) but don't sign up for a race and have a deadline I am unlikely to complete the goal.  Point and case, I have yet to do it.  Monthly goals are great because you have a shorter time frame to meet the deadline.

If you struggle with monthly goals, start with daily or weekly goals.

4.  Can I take a big goal and break it down?

I want to grow my social media following so I set a number I hope to reach by the end of 2018 but then I divided out that number by 12 so I know how many followers I have to gain each month to achieve that goal.  I divided it out even further to know how many per week and per day.  Then, I have a note on my phone with those numbers so I can plug in my actual results.

Breaking goals down, makes what feels like an unrealistic goal, realistic.

5.  Can I see them?

Writing down our goals and seeing them will help us not to forget what we have set out to do.


Remember, to keep it simple and give yourself grace.  I have set many a goal I did not achieve and it's easy for me to focus on all I did not accomplish instead of celebrating what I did achieve.

Goal-setting takes practice like any other learned skill.  It might feel uncomfortable at first but with practice, it does get easier.  Keep on Keeping on #tribekoko.   What one goal are you hoping to achieve this year and how are you going to achieve it?  I would love to hear your goals, so tell me I the comments.  I will be sharing my January goals on Monday.  Should we do a goal link-up to hold ourselves accountable?

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled, purposeful life.  #tribekoko

Linking up with ByBMG for High Five for Friday and Andrea for Friday Favorites

10 comments on "5 Questions to Ask when Setting Goals"
  1. Such👏🏼Good👏🏼Tips👏🏼👏🏼 I had a similar talk with myself while goal setting. I liked breaking my goals down. It made everything seem more realistic to attain. Enjoy your weekend, friend!

  2. I love the idea of taking a big goal and breaking it down!! Great tips girl! Have a great weekend!

  3. Sadly, I am one of the 85% I am better at goal-setting though rather than resolutions so this was super helpful! Have a great weekend Erin!

  4. I try to make measurable goals when I do set them!

  5. I love this post because I love goals. It must be the teacher inside of us right? When I set goals I think about these exact questions as well. Something I always tell people is, can it be measured and think about the actual timeline it is going to take. Breaking it down into steps or mini-goals is so important as well. I hope you have a great weekend. I absolutely loved this post!!!

  6. I love this post! I'm horrible with laundry & anyone who knows me, knows that so I have a goal to do a load a day ... wash, dry, fold, put away. Seems simple, right!? We will see! ;)

  7. I teach my students SMART goals! They're the best goals!

  8. Great tips. I am not one for making resolutions. I think setting goals, or choosing one word for the year is a better choice. I think part of the reason most don't follow through with "resolutions" is that they place them in too broad a category. For instance, to eat better. If they would attach a goal to that it would work out better for them. Such as, I will only eat out one night a week or I will eat at least one piece of fruit a day. It's listing out the details of the resolution, which then truly turns it more into goal setting.

  9. What wonderful questions and they are bound to be of great assistance in reaching one's goals. Great advice and I'm always blessed when I stop by. Happy Lord's Day tomorrow!

  10. Great tips! I just sat down with my hubby last night to review our goals for the new year. Some will definitely be easier than others, but I'm excited to encourage each other to keep up good habits. I'm also thinking about helping my 4 year old set goals. I always did this with my 3rd graders for a new term so I'm curious to see how it would work out with my own kids. Thanks for the goal setting encouragement!


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