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How to prepare to achieve your goals successfully.

How to prepare to achieve your goals successfully. If you want to achieve your goals successfully, effective preparation is key.

You are way more likely to achieve the results that matter most to you if you put strong foundations in place on which you can build as you move forward. It is all about being proactive with setting yourself up to succeed.

“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” – Alexander Graham Bell

To help you with this, here are 13 questions to ask yourself that will support you in preparing effectively to achieve your goals successfully.

13 questions to help you prepare to achieve your goals successfully.

1. Exactly what do you want to achieve, and when do you want to achieve it by? What action will you take to make that happen?

Clarity is king! It drives plans and helps you create clear action plans and commitments. Get specific on what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by and schedule the steps to achieve that in your diary so that they get done.

2. What do you need to start doing more of?

Doing more of what sets you up to succeed will help you achieve your goals faster, more effectively and consistently.

3. What do you need to do less of?

Sometimes we are getting in our own way! Doing less of what doesn’t serve you will boost your progress significantly.

4. What do you need to stop doing altogether?

Sometimes the things we stop doing can be as powerful as the things we do, in relation to achieving goals successfully.

5. What isn’t working well for you? How will you approach those things differently to deal with them?

If something isn’t working for you, why are you still doing it? Tweak it. Change it. Adapt it. Ditch it. Carrying on doing what isn’t work well will continue to hold you back.

6. What is working well for you? How can you build on that moving forward?

As the saying goes, “success leaves clues.” Use them to inform your decisions, choices and actions as you move forward.

7. What do you need to learn to be able to achieve your goals? When and how will you do that?

People often charge into their goals without working out what they need to learn to achieve them. This is a recipe for failure. Be a lifelong learner. It will make a big difference to your results.

8. What support and resources do you need to achieve your goals? What action will you take to put that in place?

If you think you can do it all alone you are in for a bumpy, slow and difficult ride. We all need support. The most successful people know this and surround themselves with a strong system. Maybe it is hiring an expert of some kind, having an accountability buddy to keep you on track, moral support, a mastermind group etc.

9. What habits do you need to change so that they don’t sabotage or get in the way of the results you most want to achieve?

Get clear on what habits you need to change. Awareness is the first step in creating change.

10. What new habits do you need to create that would support you in achieving your goals and getting better results consistently?

Habits are king when it comes to getting better results consistently. Making this a priority will bring you many benefits on many different levels.

11. What boundaries do you need to put in place, for yourself and others, to protect what is most important?

Strong boundaries protect what is most important. They are not optional. They are essential to your success.

12. What setbacks, obstacles or challenges might come up as you move forward? How will you proactively deal with that?

Contingency plans are your safety net! Proactively considering what could go wrong and having a plan of how you will manage that if it happens will support you in navigating setbacks, obstacles and challenges smoother and easier. Plus, it will reduce the risk of them derailing your progress.

13. How do you want to feel? What changes do you need to make or action do you need to take to feel that way?

This is often overlooked. But fulfilment, meaning and purpose in life are as important as achievement. Make sure your goals and how you want to feel are aligned.

Use the answers that come up for you when you ask yourself these questions to create an action plan that will set you up to succeed with your goals.

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius

I highly recommend that you ask yourself these questions at the start of every month. They will help keep you on track throughout the year.

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  • what i like most about your 12-step list is that it forces you [the editorial you] to take yourself and your goal seriously. No more day dreaming. Time to stop stewin’ start doin’

  • Yes indeed. Making a real commitment to making it happen gives a strong kickstart.

  • Marie Mack

    This is so great! I think it is very important to take a moment and reflect and find out what you actually need to do…these questions are a great way to do that.

  • Hi Marie, totally agree. Creating just a little time and space to think this stuff through can be the catalyst for change and better results in all areas of life and work.

  • I love this Ali! I am going to sit down later and write the answers to all of these thought provoking questions. I know this will be a huge help. Pinned and shared!

  • Excellent!! These 12 questions are very encompassing! Planning is very important to achieving what you want, otherwise we just float through life. These 12 questions are wonderful reins for success.

  • Judy Krell Freedman

    Good questions! Now I need to start working on the answers. Maybe in 2017.

  • Rena, have fun working through the questions. They can be really powerful if you take time to work through them thoroughly.

  • I agree. The combination of planning, taking action, reviewing and then repeating the cycle can be very powerful.

  • Have fun working on it Judy.

  • Darlene Berkel

    Wow…these are some AWESOME questions…starting with the first one! The secret is not just to set goals, but to set realistic achievable goals that are specific, measurable and time based.

  • Thank you Darlene. Glad you found it useful. I agree, it isn’t just about setting goals. Who we are being and how we are showing up is a driving force in our results and outcomes.