Questions are an important part of life and I want to share 2 important questions you want to be asking yourself to help you achieve your goals
Question 1: What can I do today to move me closer to achieving my goal of…?
This is a crucial question if you really want to keep moving forward and actually achieve your goals.
Ask the question and then write down your answers for the day. These answers in turn become your goals for the day.
Here’s an example:
What can I do today to move me closer to my goal of getting an extra 100 people on my mailing list by the end of the month?
Write a new blog post which creates more traffic coming to my blog. These people will be invited to join my mailing list and get free gifts.
Invite people within the blog post to download the free gifts and join my mailing list.
Promote my free gifts on all social media channels I regularly use and make the message specific to the audience.
That’s 3 things I can do in one day to move me closer to my goal. All I need to do now is actually get on and do these things.
What can I do today to move me closer to my goal of losing 5lb by the end of the month?
Go out for a walk
Prepare a healthy meal for this evening.
Make some home-made soup to snack on if I feel hungry and for lunch.
Eat 5+ fruit and veg portions.
Drink 8 glasses of water throughout the day.
Do a 15 minute dance session.
Make sure I do over 12,000 steps (using pedometer).
Let’s pause for a minute or so now and go ahead an do this exercise.
- Take out a sheet of paper and write down your goal.
- Now ask yourself the question: What can I do today to move me closer to achieving my goal of…?
- Write your answers down.
Tip: Whilst I encourage you to have lots of goals, I also want you moving forward on your goals at a good speed. Therefore I recommend you focus on no more than 2-4 goals at a time.
For example: The goals I’m working on today as I write this post are:
- Losing 5lb by the end of the month
- Increasing blog traffic
- Increasing my mailing list subscribers (1 and 2 actually tie in together a lot of the time
- Building my YouTube channel
I have other goals but these are what I’m working on most of the time.
At the weekend and in the evenings my goals tend to shift more to family and home goals. During the week my goals tend to be very business related. I recommend you TIME SLOT your own goals so that you have a nice balance of achieving business/career/education type goals as well as your personal goals.
Onto Question 2
What can I do right now to achieve my goal of…?
or “What can I do next to achieve my goal of…?
This is your RIGHT NOW action step. You can even ask, what can I do in the next 5 minutes that will move me closer to achieving my goal of…?
Okay here are some example:
Goal: Lose 5lb by the end of the month
Question: What can I do right now to achieve my goal?
Answer: Get up from the computer and do something physical for the next 10 minutes.
Goal: Get an extra 100 people on my mailing list before the end of the month
Question: What can I do in the next 5 minutes to move me closer to my goal?
Answer: Post a link on Facebook inviting people to get their free gifts and join mailing list
I often ask people what they have done in the last 24 hours to move them closer to achieving their goals and I often get replies like this:
- Well I’ve been so busy this week, I haven’t had time…
- I’m waiting until…
- I’m going to start working on my goals when…
This way of thinking is never going to help you move closer to achieving your goals.
The only way you’re going to achieve your goals, any goals is to take consistent action.
If you have a burning desire to write a novel of 10,000 words and you write just 100 words a day then you’ll have a 10,000 draft written up within 100 days.
If you have a goal to lose 1 stone (that’s 14lb) If you lose just 1lb each month that will only take you 14 months. Better than keep putting it off.
If you want to save £1000 in 6 months, a five minute task (or thereabouts) would be to set up a monthly transfer from your current account to your savings account.
Whatever your goal is and no matter how little time you have to dedicate to that goal, you can always find something that will move you close to that goal.
Brain Tracy, author of Eat that Frog and many other books aimed at helping you achieve your goals says, Successful people are simply those with successful habits.
In his book Eat that frog Brian Tracy recommends that you PLAN EVERY DAY IN ADVANCE. He goes onto say “Your ability to set goals, make plans and take action on them determines the course of your life.”
Asking these questions daily and throughout the day is a SUCCESSFUL habit, start building that habit today.
Another book I read recently on the subject of asking the right question is QBQ ~ The question behind the question by John G. Miller. I found this a fascinating book as I’m a huge believer in personal accountability. The idea is that when we ask the right questions and ask those questions of ourselves rather than of others we get great results.
When to ask these question?
Ask your What can I do today..? question at the start of your day, or once you’ve got the kids off to school… You can even ask it the night before? What can I do tomorrow to move me closer to achieving my goal of…? This is actually quite powerful as this will give your subconscious mind time to bring new ideas into your concious mind as you sleep. Even if you ask the question the night before, still ask again in the morning.
Asking your right now questions can be done any time but here are some key times.
- As soon as you’ve answered the “What can I do today?” question.
- After you’ve finished a task/activity
- When you’ve got a spare 2 minutes, 5 minutes, half an hour…
Okay so I really hope you’ve found this post useful. If you have please go ahead and share it, some of your friends might really need this advice.
Now I want to make sure that the next time I bump into you in the street, on social media… that when I ask YOU “What have you done today to move you closer to achieving your goal?” you have an answer that starts “I’ve…” followed by the action you’ve taken.