The 3 W’s of Successful Goal Achievement

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

You have a strong longing; a goal in mind, but that’s all you have. Creating, working towards, and reaching goals is not easy. The journey is often different for everyone. However, there are three parts of achieving every goal that is always the same. Defining the 3 W’s of your goal will allow you to create clear goals while working towards goal achievement without losing sight of the big picture.

1. What

What do you want? This is important. What is your goal? You need to be specific: I want to run a half marathon. I want to write a novel. I want to write a book. Explicitly, naming your goal and writing it out will give power to it and will allow you to mentally focus in on what you are trying to achieve. Clearly defined goals are easier to work towards. Writing out your target has the added benefit of making the goal “real,” as opposed to a foggy idea floating in your mind.

2. When

When do you want to achieve your goal? What is your timeframe? Once you have an overall time frame, you can dive into the milestones/targets that you will need to hit along the way and establish time parameters. Doing this will give you benchmarks on which you can measure your progress. Measuring your progress in increments will also keep your spirits up when you are in the muck of the middle. You will be able to look back and say, “I’m halfway there.”

3. Why

Why is this your goal? Why do you want to do it? Your why is your everything. Your reasoning should be personal and not something you will be easily swayed from. This creates commitment! If you're going to run a half marathon merely for the glory, you may want to dig a little deeper. Running a half isn’t easy, and in the middle of every training session, it will just be you and your legs. Having a strong why will also come in handy when you lack external support. Having a reliable support system of family and friends makes achieving any goal easier, but sometimes you may not have that backing.

Once you have established your what, your when, and your why. Write down each of these and revisit them daily, so when things get tough, and they just may, they will remind you why you started, why you are continuing, and what awaits you at the end of your long journey.

Setting and achieving goals is not for the weak of heart, but if your heart is in it, the process will be much less daunting.

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