Copyright (c) 2010 Jim Gerlits
So you know what you want. You have a clear image of having it, experiencing it, doing it. You truly believe it can happen. You know you deserve to have it.
But before you act to achieve your goal - particularly a major, life-changing one - you may want to ask these questions first:
How badly do I want this? Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal? Or is it something that you think is just nice to have, something you can do without?
If your goal is big and can have a considerable impact in your life, it is best to choose a goal you are passionate about. Having a goal you feel lukewarm about or do not have much enthusiasm for may delay you - or even hinder you - from reaching it.
At this point, you may also want to review your motivations for setting that goal in the first place. Your motivations may help you in answering this question.
How will this change my life? Once you have achieved your goal, how do you think will you change as a person? Will certain areas of your life be affected, such as lifestyle and relationships? If so, how will they be affected?
Picture yourself, the people around you and your situation. Let it unfold like a movie in your mind. Do you like what you see? Do you like what you feel at that particular moment?
Will I be compromising any of my values in achieving this? Is your goal aligned with your values, or does it contradict them? What were the values at work when you made your goal in the first place?
What do you think will be the consequences when you reach your goal, if it is not consistent with your values? Can you take the consequences? How would you feel? How would it change your life?
Does it feel right? At the end of the day, your intuition, your inner voice, will be your guide. If it feels right, go for it. If not, think it over again.
Sometimes, in the process of achieving your goal can you only answer all these questions. If at a certain point you realize that this is not the right goal for you, you can still stop. On the other hand, if you find out you are on the right track, you will feel all the more energized moving closer towards your goal.