A year ago, I had serious momentum on my new healthy lifestyle. Nearing my original goal, I decided to improve my health even more and set a new goal. Wrote the goal down and looked at it often. The goal was specific. It was achievable and measurable. It was a great goal. In fact, it was so good that I achieved it.
How wonderful and good that I achieved my goal. Unfortunately, achieving the goal was not enough. I forgot to appropriately celebrate what I had done. I was not fulfilled and wanted more. This is a mistake that I am correcting every day. Remember to celebrate your successes whether big or small. Losing over 60 pounds in four months AND keeping it off is amazing.
For the past seven months, I have been trying to set and achieve a new goal. There is room for improvement. Again, I wrote down the goal. The goal is specific, achievable, and measurable. Alas, I have not achieved the new goal.
Why have I not achieved the goal? I have spent the last few weeks pondering that question. Over the next couple of blog posts, I will take some time to discuss the power of questions and the importance of asking good questions. Good questions result in good answers. Likewise, poor questions result in poor answers.
To achieve your goals, you must be able to answer why. I’ve written about this before. In my day job, students seek guidance about going to law school. I always ask them why. Why do you want to go to law school? Why do you want to be a lawyer? What is your outcome? How will it improve your life? I have my students do this because law school can be frustrating and there are days you may want to give up. On those days, you must be able to answer why AND your answer must be a good answer.
So why haven’t I achieved the new goals? I’ll tell you more about that in the next blog post. For now, take some time to consider what changes you want to make in your life and why you want to make the changes. Is your why strong enough?