Setting Goals with the 4 W’s plus How.
Goal setting is simple, yet 97% of the population never set goals. Start placing yourself in the top 3% of the population of successful people. I have three main areas that I am continually challenging myself to grow, Mind, Body and Spirit. I ask myself the four W’s who, what, when, why plus the how questions. Finally I test my goal against the SMART Method to verify that I’m on track when establishing my goals.
Think in terms of Who, What, When, How and Why
When establishing goals, ask the following questions: What, Why, When, Who and How
Step 1). What do I want to accomplish?
- Brainstorm requirements for accomplishing my goal.
- What skills do I need to achieve this goal?
- What assumptions am I making regarding my goal?
- What can block my progress in obtaining my goal?
Step 2). (Why) – Why do I want to do this?
- What is the motivational factor that makes this goal alive for you?
- What is your purpose and objective in obtaining your goal?
Step 3). (When) – When am I going to complete this goal?
- What is the timeline for reaching your goals.
- Set specific deadlines for each goal.
- Establish milestones with each task.
Step 4). (How) am I going to complete my goal?
- Write your goals down.
- Review your goals daily.
- Break goals down into manageable parts and establish milestones.
- Identify any obstacles that may stand in your way.
- Brainstorm ways to overcome your obstacles.
- Ask yourself is there a better way of doing things.
Step 5). (Who) – Who can help me?
- Make a list of the people that can help, assist, or collaborate with you on achieving your goals.
- Seek out someone to hold you accountable.
Evaluate SMART Method:
Test your goals against the SMART method to determine if you have developed a successful goal. Is your goal specific? Can you realistically achieve the desired results? Can your results be measured and competed in a timely manner?
- S – specific – Be precise.
- M – measurable – Can I measure my results?
- A – achievable – Set priorities.
- R – realistic – Is my goal obtainable?
- T – timely – Identify dates, times and set milestones.
My three areas of focus are:
- Mental and Educational
- Financial and Career
- Physical and Health
- Spiritual and Ethical
- Family and Social
I am successful at reaching my goals when I am focused, asking myself the 4 W’s plus How and I make sure my goals are SMART. Try these simple steps to help you get to the 3% of Americans that are successful.
Roxanne Wilkening MS. ED.