GOAL SETTING Goal Setting Tips We all make goals every day, whether we realize it or not. Goals get us out of bed in the morning and define the direction of our day and, ultimately, our lives. Being intentional about our goals can help us make sure we are living according to our personal values and dreams. But, as we all know, setting a goal and actually achieving it are two very different things that do not always connect. Below are some tips for how you can set goals effectively to improve your chances of living the life you’ve always wanted: 1 Know your why. You will be more committed to your goals if you know exactly why it’s important for you to achieve it. Your why needs to be important enough to you that you are willing to pay the price to earn it. Defining your why will bring your goal to life. First, you have to find out what your why is: ■ Ask yourself what you would do with your life if you knew you could not fail, if money was not an issue, and all your perceived barriers were gone. 82 dōTERRA ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP I FALL 2014 ■ D ecide what you value most in life, whether it’s your family, your religion, or your free time. Make sure your goals include and enhance your most important values. ■ O nce you’ve picked a goal, write a paragraph describing all the reasons why you are committed to it. Write how you would feel and what would be better about your life if you reached it, and what you would lose if you didn’t.