Truth or Dare—Questions to Ask Yourself When Setting Goals

   
Beginning any type of goal—whether personal or professional—requires figuring out where you are now, where you want to be, and how you’re gonna get there…

Truth—What is the truth of where you are now and the possibility of reaching your goal…
Dare—How much are you willing to dare to invest in reaching your goal…

If I set a goal of losing twenty pounds, I must honestly admit how much I currently weigh, what my goal weight is, and how I’m going to get there…

If I set a goal of owning a bed and breakfast, I need to figure out what resources I have on hand, what my ideal bed and breakfast would be like, and how to start this path toward ownership and successful operation…

If I set a goal of becoming a successful blogger, I should realize the status of my current blog, the type of blog that I would like to have, and how I can improve this blog…

Regardless of the goal that you have set, there are many questions that you must ask yourself—who, what, when, where, how, and why…

Questions that you might ask yourself include…

WHO

  • Who benefits the most from me achieving this goal?
  • Who can help me achieve it? 
  • Who else believes in me and my ability to reach this goal?
  • Who else is or should be involved?
  • Who will support me?
  • Who will be my primary readers, clients, and B&B guests?
  • Who won’t support me? 

WHAT

  • What did I learn during this last year?
  • What do I need to learn this year?
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • What do I want to tell my readers?
  • What excites me about the coming year?
  • What is hindering me from achieving my goals? 
  • What is my biggest passion and dream in life?
  • What is my first step? 
  • What is my ultimate goal in starting a blog? 
  • What one wildly bold goal would I like to accomplish that would truly inspire me to get up each morning?
  • What scares me about the coming year?
  • What skills do I you need to acquire and master?
  • What tools and resources do I need?
  • What will be my biggest obstacle?
  • What will success look like?

WHEN

  • When can I find the time to do whatever it takes to reach this goal?
  • When will I know that I have reached this goal?
  • When would be a realistic time for me to have reached this goal?

WHERE

  • Where are some other blogs and websites my readers frequent?
  • Where do I want to be this time next year?
  • Where do my customers hang out online?
  • Where will I acquire the necessary knowledge?
  • Where will my goal be accomplished? 
  • Where will this take place?

WHY 

  • Why am I going to do this in the first place?
  • Why am I willing to invest time, energy, and money in doing this? 
  • Why is achieving this goal so important to me? 

HOW

  • How can the blog make everything else I am doing better?
  • How will I benefit from reaching this goal? 
  • How will I integrate the blog with the rest of my marketing strategy?
  • How will I market the blog? 
  • How will I stay focused during the process? 
  • How will the business be different one year from now?
  • How will this goal be achieved?

Celebrating Life..August 1-National Mountain Climbing Day…

   

 

Life is a journey with both valleys and mountains along the way. sometimes the top of the mountain seems so high that you simply want to give up altogether. sometimes you slip and fall, and may lose your grips. Sometimes you may not feel like you have the strength and courage to get back up, dust yourself off, and continue on the journey.

But life is a always a journey, and only you can determine which direction and what distance you will travel.

Like any other journey, the journey of life begins with a single step…

And the first single step on your personal Pilgrim’s Progress is to establish goals…

After all…Those who fail to plan, plan to fail…and no one wants to fail, right?!

So why should establishing goals be the very first step along the journey…

    1. Goals allow you to see those people with common interests and dreams that are also starting along the same path as you, or are a little bit further ahead. Goals assure that everyone in your caravan is pulling in the same direction.

    2. Goals establish identity. Established goals allow you to decide how to distinguish yourself from other wolves in the pack and impact your positionwithin the group..

    3. Goals make it easier to plan ahead and start working on tasks that actually support your mission.

    4. Goals help you understand whether you aresuccessful or not. Having measurable goals allows you to see how far you have traveled already, how much further you have until you reach your destination, and if you are still on course.

    5. Goals improve productivity. Youknow what needs to be accomplished both in the present and in the future to reach these goals. You can now direct your actions and efforts toward goal-related activities…instead of unrelated, unimportant, non-strategic activities.

    6. Goals enable you to make smarter decisions. Having well-defined goals allows you confront the decisions you encounter along the way  with greater confidence and a greater chance of success. Goals give you a framework within which to work and eliminate uncertainty and actions that won’t contribute to achieving the goals you’ve set. 

    7. Goals provide motivation. Looking at your endeavor from a broader perspective gives you greater confidence in what lies ahead. Goals that have already been achieved give you a reason to celebrate along the way.

    8.  Goals provide cohesion. Each wolf traveling along the same path towards the same destination understands the meaning behind the group’s activities. Having well-defined goals enables the wolves to be consistent and encourages communication and cooperation.

    9.  Goals provide direction and set the course. Carefully established goals help you clearly define and understand where you are and where you want to be…and that each activity or task works toward your established goals.

    10.  Goals provide focus. Goals enable you to understand how smaller decisions impact larger goals. Goals focus attention on achieving desirable big-picture outcomes and channel brain power toward finding smarter solutions to the “small fire” issues when they come your way.

    Many business schools and professionals use the acronym SMART as a guide to set company goals…
    —S…Smart
    —M…Measurable
    —A…Attainable
    —R…Realistic
    —T…Timely

      This acronym can be used for goals that we set individually also, so let’s take a closer look.

      Specific
      …Goals should always be stated in a way that can easily be understood….and should always be written down so that they become something tangible to focus on, evaluate, and refine on a regular basis. As you are establishing your “chosen frozen” goals, ask yourself… 

      • What needs to be accomplished?
      • Why is reaching this goal important?
      • How can I spend my time in a way that is consistent with these goals?



      Measurable…Goals should be stated in a way that can be easily measured….and shared with your support group, your significant other, or even your own mother. These people can walk along beside you on the journey, provide accountability, and encourage you to keep on going when you really feel like giving up. Ask yourself…

      • Can I track and measure at least one statistic related to this goal?
      • Can I easily evaluate my overall progress by knowing these numbers?
      • Will there be enough information to know if and/or when I should set new goals?



      Attainable…”We can only climb the mountains because there’s a valley that makes the mountain a mountain.” 

      But if the top of the mountain is light years and light years away, then are you really being realistic…

      Honestly evaluate where you currently are in order to establish a solid foundation before setting long-term and short-term goals. Ask yourself…

      • Are the goals that you set achievable, yet challenging?
      • Are you starting off with smaller targets and then challenging yourself as you have had more practice and time to get comfortable with the path?
      • Are the goals merely unattainable wishes?



      Realistic…Goals must also be realistic and flexible, not carved in stone. Setting goals should not only be a one-time event done only when creating your business plan or settling on your life path. Life happens.

      So take some time periodically to re-evaluate your goals, to see exactly how successful you’ve been at achieving them, and to ake any minor changes needed to redirect your efforts. Ask yourself…  

      • What is the probability of ever reaching this goal?
      • Do I have the resources needed to actually reach these goals?
      • Are these goals actually goals or simply wishes?



      Timely – Goals should be based on a timeline…Long-term goals should be substantially greater than short-term goals and can be charted for even five, ten, or twenty years away. Short-term goals are stepping stones towards achieving these long-term goals and should be attainable in a period of weeks to a year. Ask yourself…

      • Does your goal have a fixed time-frame?
      • When will you start working toward this goal?
      • When will you hope to have reached this goal?
      • How does this deadline influence your daily activities?


      Goals for August

          

        
        Some days I feel like My life is spinning in so many different directions and that Iam writing about so many different topics that there seems to be no method at all to my madness…

      So my goal for this blog has been to share my walk through each part of my day and some of the things that I have learned along my journey that month.

      So looking back on July and ahead at August here’s the “method to my madness.”
       
        

      STARTING THE DAY OFF RIGHT…In July, I continued my study of Genesis by finishing my character study of Sarah. Now I am starting to study The Patriarchs Bible study by Beth Moore. posts to look for…

      • 10 Words of Wisdom for August
      • Admit You’re Happy Month
      • International Forgiveness Day

         
      GETTING DRESSED…In July, I did a brief post on the things that I had learned the previous month. in August, look for posts about…

      • How to take the perfect bath
      • Organizing your closet
      • The best drug store makeup and skincare products

        
      EATING BREAKFAST…In July, I posted a series on breakfast casseroles. In August look for…

      • More work on putting together my cookbook
      • Morning rituals
      • How to get a “good night’s sleep”

        
      DROPPING THE KIDS OFF… Each month I review a “Children’s Book of the Month.”
          

        
      HEADING OFF TO WORK...In July I found resources for hand lettering and reviewed the steps involved in doing research. in August look for…

      • The best  writing tips I have found so far
      • Online sources for hand lettering and calligraphy lessons
      • Setting up the perfect office nook  

         
       LASTING THROUGH LUNCH…Each month I write three posts about packing the perfect lunch…

      1. The Bento Box
      2. Fat Stanley
      3. Keeping Cool

           
      MAKING DINNER PLANS…Each month look for a “Dinner of the Month” menu
          
      SATISFYING THE SWEET TOOTH...Each month look for a new “Dessert of the Month”
          
      CREATING A HOME…Each month I will read and review the nonfiction Book of the Month reading list, covering books about home organization. 
         
       GETTING HEALTHY…In July, I finished a post regarding protein. in August, look for posts on the health benefits (?!) of tea and coffee.
       
        

      CALLING IT A DAY...In July, I started following blogs by creatives, such as quilters and hand lettering experts. in August I want to finally do a review over my current selection from my fiction book list and start planning for Christmas.      

          Editorial Calendar in Progress…August

          

        Hard to believe that August
        is here already…time to re-group and brainstorm blog topics and personal goals for another month that are useful, educational, or entertaining for both yourself and your audience.Here are a few ideas…


        General Topics

        Back to School...sales, extracurriculars and after school activities, how parents can spend time for themselves during the day, healthy lunch ideas, usefu how-to articles that help readers learn something new or accomplish a school-related task

        Labor Day…gearing up for Labor Day 

        State Fairs

        Family Fun Month…August signifies the last few weeks of summer before children return to school. Encourage family relationship building by promoting family activities throughout the month of August that are related to your business. Hold special fau this time to their clients. Send out an email newsletter with your top organizing tips, or write a blogpost doing the same. …tips to store away summer toys and gadgets, such as watercrafts, jet skis, motorcycles and more


        Weeks

        National Simplify your Life Week..tips and ways to simplify life at home…Another way to take advantage of this week is to post on social media a daily organizing tip. Encourage your clients to step back and take a look around them, so they won’t be overwhelmed and bogged down later on (like when back to school season is underway.)



        Days

        August 2nd…Friendship Day 

        August 9th is National Book Lover’s Day. Have each agent in your agency write a quick summary (100 words or less) about their favorite book and why they recommend it! This is fun for the whole office and does not require just ONE writer!#7: 

        August 15th…National Relaxation Day...beauty treatments, special relaxing techniques, such as white noise machines, favorite drinks, yoga and meditation 

        August 19th...World Humanitarian Day...recognize those that lost their lives working for humanitarian causes,donating time or money to an important charity, 

        August 20...National Honey Bee Day…World Mosquito Day

        August 21st is Senior Citizen’s Day.…year round discounts available to senior citizens, 
          
        The month and days of August have also been designated, by some authority that exists, as…

        August

        • —Admit You’re Happy Month
        • —Family Fun Month
        • —Dog Days of Summer – July 3 – August 11
        • —International Clown Week – always August 1-7
        • —National Catfish Month
        • —National Eye Exam Month
        • —National Golf Month
        • —National Picnic Month
        • —Peach Month
        • —Romance Awareness Month
        • —Water Quality Month

        Week
        —Week 1 National Simplify your Life Week..tips and ways to simplify life at home
        —Week 2 National Smile Week
        —Week 3 Friendship Week
        —Week 4 Be Kind to Humankind Week

          Days

          1. August 1…National Girlfriends Day…National Mountain Climbing Day…National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
          2. August 2…National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
          3. August 3…National Watermelon Day..National White Wine Day…National Watermelon Day
          4. August 4…National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day…U.S. Coast Guard Day
          5. August 5…Campfire Day…National Clown Day…National Mustard Day…National Underwear Day…Work Like a Dog Day
          6. August 6…Friendship Day…Sisters Day…Wiggle Your Toes Day
          7. August 7…International Forgiveness Day…National Lighthouse Day
          8. August 8…Happiness Happens Day… International Cat Day…Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
          9. August 9…Book Lover’s Day
          10. August 10…Lazy Day…National S’mores Day
          11. August 11…Presidential Joke Day…Son and Daughter Day
          12. August 12…World Elephant Day…Middle Child’s Day
          13. August 13…International Lefthanders Day
          14. August 14…National Creamsicle Day
          15. August 15…Relaxation Day 
          16. August 16…National Tell a Joke Day…Bennington Battle Day … National Airborne Day
          17. August 17…National Vanilla Custard Day…National Thrift Shop Day
          18. August 18…Bad Poetry Day
          19. August 19…National Aviation Day…National Potato Day…National Honey Bee Awareness Day 
          20. August 20…World Mosquito Day
          21. August 21…National Spumoni Day…Senior Citizen’s Day
          22. August 22…Be an Angel Day…National Tooth Fairy Day…National Eat a Peach Day…National Pecan Torte Day
          23. August 23…International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition…Ride the Wind Day
          24. August 24…National Waffle Day… Vesuvius Day
          25. August 25…National Banana Split Day…Kiss and Make Up Day…National Whiskey Sour Day
          26. August 26…Women’s Equality Day…National Dog Day
          27. August 27…Lyndon Baines Johnson Day…National Banana Lovers Day…Global Forgiveness Day…Just Because Day…National Pots De Creme Day…
          28. August 28…National Cherry Turnover Day
          29. August 29…More Herbs, Less Salt Day…National Lemon Juice Day …National Chop Suey Day
          30. August 30…Frankenstein Day …Toasted Marshmallow Day
          31. August 31…National Trail Mix Day…National Eat Outside Day