When we start setting goals, it’s of pivotal importance to clarify the goals to ensure they are our goals and they drive us emotionally to take decisive actions. We must understand how our goal fits in our life puzzle and how they affect other areas of our life.
The following 4 key questions help us get absolute clarify on our goals. These questions originally come from the field of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and they are called Meta Model questions. The goal of these questions is to elicit more information from the person setting goals and transcend awareness.
So go ahead, take a sheet of paper and write answers to these 4 questions. Please write down as many answers as you can for each question.We are focusing on quantity, not on quality of answers. If you are stuck with 1 or 2 answers – simply ask “what else? / what more?” until you run out of further answers. Yes, you got it right. You are mining your mind 🙂 so keep digging.
Question1: What will happen when you achieve your goal?
This question will orient your thoughts on all the good things that you will experience after achieving your goal.
Question2: What WILL NOT happen when you achieve your goal?
This question will make you think about two dimensions: Areas of your life that won’t change and current issues that will no longer trouble you once you achieve your goal.
Question3: What will happen when you don’t achieve your goal?
Here you will list the consequences of not achieving your goal. While you answer this question, you will get more awareness of your personal choices and outcomes related to your goal.
Question#4: What will NOT happen when you don’t achieve your goal?
Answers for this question will focused on things that will not change in your life even if the goal is not accomplished. The current pain might continue to pester you and life won’t change for the better.