GoalsettingEach day, my clients present me with the challenges they face in trying to reach their health or professional goals. These obstacles can often put progress at a standstill and many may become unmotivated to achieve what they set out for. While obstacles are likely to occur, one of the greatest ways to stay focused on goals is to make sure these objectives are actually geared toward the life you want.

Simply put, if you do not shape goals to achieve the life you wish to have, then you will never get to experience the full level of satisfaction in progressing your health, career and personal life.

So how can you establish the life that will come from the hard work and dedication you put forth in making a lifestyle change? Here are a few questions that can help you better establish an image of what your life can be like:

Why Do I Want to Change?

Why you want to change something in your life—whether it be your personal health or professional success—is one of the most important factors in goal setting. Without a strong motivation to change, many will abandon goals without ever making any steady progress.

While many may want to make changes to improve their relationships with others or strengthen their home life, it is also important to consider how a transition will impact you, on your own. Diving deep to discover what you need to change about yourself and why you want to do so can be tough, but taking the time to consider these factors can make goal setting that much more effective.

What Isn’t Working?

For many individuals, goals can seem lofty and insurmountable—for instance those who aim to lose 100 pounds as a New Year’s resolution. To obtain these kinds of goals, many people will think they have to make dramatic changes that turn their lives upside-down and are ultimately too disruptive to adopt permanently. This is one reason many people end up giving up their weight loss resolutions before January has even ended.

In order to make goals more doable, it is sometimes better to step away from the big picture and assess the smaller things that are not working in life. Go through your daily routine and make a list of the parts of your life that are not working and which are. These lists can help you establish a piece-by-piece goal plan that presents objectives in a much more digestible fashion. In addition, by improving these less-desirable parts of life one step at a time, it is much easier to stay on a path toward progress without feeling like you are lost in the transition.

What Do I Really Enjoy Doing?

We all have our creature comforts—snacking on food, sleeping in, watching TV. While these activities can give us a break from life, they probably do not represent what gives us memorable satisfaction. In order to discover what you want your life to be like, it is essential to analyze the activities that really make a positive impression on us.

Some may find that being creative is what they enjoy, while others may discover they get true rewards from inspiring others. Whatever you enjoy doing—these talents and passions can be applied to the greater picture of whatever you want your life to be like. With a steady plan and coaching, you can be well on your way to doing the things you love to lead the life you want.

How Can I Find Support?

Setting goals may be tough, but setting plans in motion to make sure life changes happen is a completely different battle. I have found that having a strong support team, coach or mentor is one of the best ways to stay on the right track and work through problems when trying to reach for the lives we want.