Setting Personal Goals: 7 Questions You Should Ask Yourself

Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

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Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch?” Maybe an older, wiser individual would tell you this to keep you from getting ahead of yourself. Like buying a new car before you actually got a job.  Well, when setting and obtaining your goals, you need to “Count your chicken before they hatch”… in your mind. What I mean by this is you have to start seeing yourself completing or obtaining your goal. What you profess, you possess!

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.” The first thing you need to do is sit down and set your goals. Many times, people are thrown off by the idea of taking the time to set their goals. But when you take a trip, do you not come up with a plan and ultimate destination. Well, setting goals is the same process. You shouldn’t shortcut on your future… by not planning ahead. So, take the time to plan. As you sit down to write out your plans… ask yourself these seven questions:

  1. Why do I not have what I want now?
  2. What tools and resources do I need?
  3. What past experiences are in the way?
  4. Who can I talk to that has already succeeded?
  5. How am I paying for this?
  6. What are the tradeoffs?
  7. What am I going to give up?

Start writing down you goals. Remember, without a start, there cannot be an ending. The reason most people never reach their goals is that they do not define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them.

Don’t be afraid of success. Being afraid is a phobia, which causes most people to fail. Fear can cause a person to avoid making the proper preparation for succeeding. Then when they do succeed, they don’t know how to act… and then they start questioning their success.

When you are setting your goals, make a plan for being successful. Tell yourself, “I deserve to be successful.” The unfortunate aspect about living life without your own goals is that you may very well reach a point in your life where you will wonder, what would have happened if I had only done…” Therefore:

  • Start planning and setting your goals.
  • Visualize yourself completing your dreams.
  • Surround  yourself with people who are positive and have the same goals as you do.
  • Prepare yourself for success.
  • Do not be afraid to be successful.
  • Pray, work hard, and trust GOD to help get you to where you want to be.
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