A favorite saying that I’ve heard over the years is, “the solutions are often obvious once you get the questions right.”
Here are a few questions to consider that might help you achieve your goals (maybe even sooner than you thought).
1. Is what I’m doing right now moving me toward my goals?
2. Does my behavior move me toward or away from my goals?
3. Of all the things I could be doing right now with my time, is this really the best thing I can do right now to move me toward my goals? (Or am I just rationalizing that this is moving me toward my goals because I am unwilling or unable to do what I know really needs to be done?)
4. Am I really serious about achieving my goals?
My advice: Do the things that move you toward your goals, and stop doing the things that don’t move you toward your goals.
Some people say, “It’s not that simple.” Really? Are you sure? Because it’s probably not that complicated!
Most days, most of the things you do should move you toward your goals. For example:
In business, most of what you say and do should move you toward your goals; like getting clients, taking care of your clients, and building and/or managing your deliverables team.
In health, most of what you eat and most of what you do should improve your health.
In relationships, most of what you say and do should improve your relationships.
If you are spiritual, most of what you say and do should honor your beliefs.
Nobody is suggesting that you be perfect. We just encourage you to consider the question, “What would happen if most of what I said and did moved me toward my goals?”
First of all, do you have goals?
Second of all, do you have some compelling reasons behind the goals to drive you to say and do the things that move you toward them? In other words, do you have some reasons to be serious about achieving your goals?
For example, do you have a compelling reason to be fit and healthy? Is there something you want to be able to do now or in your 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and beyond that gives you good reasons to do what you need to do today in order to be fit and healthy? The more reasons you have for achieving your goals, the more likely you are to do the things the goals require to achieve them.
Your goals are the tangible what … and your values are the emotional why behind your goals.
Here’s one of my personal goals:
I want to be fit and healthy enough to regularly participate in vigorous exercise that can last as long as 5 – 10 hours at a time.
My related value:
The more fit and healthy I am, the better I feel. The better I feel, the more I am able to help people and the longer I will be able to help people (I hope!). I can help them by leading by example. I can help them by being around for another few decades to coach and mentor them. And this makes me feel like I am fulfilling my purpose in life and honoring my creator by using my gifts wisely.
Notice, I don’t have to be perfect … which is a very good thing because “perfect” is beyond my capacity! For example, when I indulge about once a month at In-N-Out Burger in two “double-double” burgers, fries and a chocolate shake, this is a choice that clearly does not move me toward my goal. However, as long as I do this infrequently and, on most days, I eat well and exercise, my body can process the “bad” meal, and my goal can still be achieved. In fact, I especially enjoy the trip to In-N-Out Burger on the way home after a nice, long, hard 4-5 hour bike ride.
What about you? What would happen if MOST of what you said and did moved you toward your goals?
If you are not moving as rapidly as you would like toward your goals, chances are that there is too large of a gap between your current behavior and the most-of-the-time behavior that the goals require to achieve them. Take advantage of the fact that you have the ability to change that. So … just change that now!
Perfection is not required. Just get on the “MOST Program” so you can achieve your goals for the reasons that are important to you.