Goal Setting Strategies Targeting the Big Question

by ryan on December 20, 2017


Goal Setting Strategies Targeting the Big Question


Your Key to Key Insights

The question:

What are your goals?

Goal Setting Strategies

Answer one of the following questions:

If you could wave a magic wand and have 3 wishes, what would you wish for:

In your family life and relationships
In your business and career
Regarding your health & fitness
About your skills and abilities


What would be your top priorities if you learned you only had 6 months to live?


What would you do if you won $1-million in cash, tax free, tomorrow?


All goal setting strategies share a core challenge. As soon as we set out on the path of setting goals and objectives self-censorship sets in.

We have been trained almost from birth to curb our expectations. Big dreams are only rarely acceptable. We might think them to ourselves but they’re never said out loud. And even the conversations in our minds are laced through with strong reminders that these dreams are just fantasies, not plans we can actually bring to life.

Over time it becomes so important that we not sound like we want too much that it becomes easier not to want all that much in the first place. Regardless of what we really truly want, or would want if we let ourselves, we confine ourselves to setting goals and objectives that are publicly acceptable.

This natural tendency works against us on a goal setting program. Goal setting strategies that work give us permission to think big.

The questions in this exercise allow us to admit what we really want to ourselves, without regard for whether it is asking too much.

In a way, because the questions begin with unreal situations such as a magic wand, they turn off the mental switch that says that even when setting gols and objectives you need to keep your dreams real and small. We’re already in an imaginary area so we can surrender to it and let our largest thoughts come to us.

This goal setting strategy will usually reveal similar dreams no matter which question or set of questions you work with. Pick one that sounds good to you and give it a try.

Take as much time as you need to get to a detailed answer, even if that involves taking a break and coming back to add more information a bit later.

When you feel like you’ve answered the question completely look at the goals you wrote down as a whole.

You will have a strong description of a vision that you can then work into goal statements and put into action.


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