Simon Sinek, a life-long student of success, shared the reason why some leaders and companies are more successful than others in his book, Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
The most successful leaders and organizations started with just one simple question: “Why?”
And that question is also incredibly useful for personal goal setting. Sinek explains, “Why is a purpose, a cause or a belief. It provides a clear answer to the question, “Why do you get out of bed every morning? The Why inspires us.”
Do you know why you do the things you do? Why’s your goal so important to you?
We’re most likely to stick the goals that have the most meaning to us. Uncovering this reason is like peeling back the layers of an onion and requires a deep knowing of your core values. Which is tough, really. What normal, healthy person wouldn’t value integrity, honesty, or all the good and acceptable things?
Maybe a better way to answer this ‘why’ is to figure out how you actually want to feel.
How do you want to feel?
Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have.
Generating those feelings is the most powerfully creative thing you can do with your life.
Danielle LaPorte, Fire Starter Sessions
According to Danielle LaPorte, “When you’re clear on how you want to feel, your decision making gets to the heart of the matter.” And look! A practical worksheet to help you uncover your core desired feelings.
So, “why?”, plus core feelings, and applied to personal goal setting is like the afterburners on a fighter jet – it supercharges motivation.
But also, there’s some hard work that goes into this – like tracking your progress. Such a drag. But necessary. Whatever you need to track, there’s an app for that, I’m sure. The tiniest gain or progress may not seem like much but compounded over time, adds up to stunning results.
It’s the power of little things adding up. It isn’t the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.
Darren Hardy, The Compound Effect
What have you found to be your most effective goal setting strategy? Leave a comment below!