8 questions you must ask when setting your goals for 2018.

8 Questions You Must Ask Yourself When Setting Goals

Are You Setting Yourself Up to Fail?

Setting goals for the New Year requires more thought than you may realize!

8 Questions You Must Ask When Setting Goals for 2018
It is vital to ensure that you are setting goals effectively so that you can be successful.
Make sure to get your free PDF of 8 Questions to Ask When Setting Your Goals to help you stay on track.

Answer the following questions to ensure that you have set the right goals for yourself:


1. Are Your Goals Specific and Realistic?

It takes a little research to ensure that a goal is realistic. If you aren’t sure if something is actually achievable then you need to research it further. Once you’ve set a goal that is indeed realistic, you need to be specific about the desired outcome. You want to make it easy to take the goal & work backward to create a schedule of actions needed to succeed.

2. Are Your Goals Multifaceted?

Focusing on only one part of your life is a bad idea. We live multifaceted lives & need to make goals for all areas of our lives. If you have a successful career but your family life suffers, then no matter how hard you work, you won’t feel complete. Something will always seem missing from your life if your goals aren’t inclusive. You want to make sure your goals include something from each aspect of your life, including your personal passion.


3. Is Your Schedule Realistic?

After creating your plan to reach each of your goals, you need to consider how representative it is of your reality. Say your goal is to reduce your cholesterol by 10 percent in six months. But you haven’t set aside the time needed to exercise & eat right. Since you didn’t schedule in the time for these objectives, you won’t succeed. It will be very frustrating to practice your new habits or put in place new tasks when time is against you.
For instance, if you are going to exercise 30 minutes per day, setting aside only 30 minutes isn’t realistic. You really need to set aside an hour to account for getting ready as well as cooling down or getting cleaned up to go back to work.

4. Are You Learning from Past Mistakes?

Often when setting goals and schedules, instead of learning from mistakes, we give up. If you notice there are things you’ve forgotten to take into account along the way, don’t give up! Learn from the situation & change your plan to be more realistic.
You might find that at some point you have to rewrite all your goals & your schedule in order to account for real life. (Like missing a week of work because your daughter has the flu). Many people believe this is something negative, but the truth is, top performers revaluate & adjust their goals on a regular basis.

5. Do Your Goals Represent You?

Many moms set goals that represent what someone else wants instead of what they want. This can cause a lot of bad feelings & resentment which can derail even the best-laid plans. As you set goals for your life, ask yourself if they’re what you want for yourself or what someone else wants for you. Make some goals for yourself that don’t involve anyone else’s needs or wants.
It’s okay to do things because of someone else, but it’s important that you are honest about that to yourself. Just be cautious before you embark on someone else’s journey.
8 Questions You Must Ask Yourslef When Setting Goals for 2018

6. Are You Scheduled to Stay on Track?

Schedules are very important to the success of reaching any goal in life. Mental to do lists pale in comparison to a well laid out calendar. As a mom, you need to set a schedule to get you from point A to point B. Ensure that you look at your schedule daily & note when you succeed in sticking to your schedule & when you don’t. Noticing a pattern of activity can be helpful in fixing a poorly written schedule. It will also help you stay realistic about whether or not you’re sticking to your plan.

7. Are Your Goals Motivating?

When writing a goal it’s important to write them in a positive way, or at least a way that feels positive to you. During your goal planning, try writing down a goal & then changing the words to sound more motivating. For instance, losing 10 pounds seems like a good goal, but for some, it might signify deprivation. Instead, you might frame the goal as improving my BMI by 10 points or improving my cholesterol by 10 percent.

8. Do You Have Too Many Goals?

Just as setting too few goals can be a problem, so can setting too many. If you have set multiple goals in each area of your life, you might tire yourself out & get overwhelmed. Instead, pick one or two goals from each area to focus on until you reach them, & then you can add more goals as time goes on. I prefer planning for the quarter, which I recently learned about which allows me to rearrange priorities every 90 days. You don’t need to do everything today. Slow and steady wins the race!


Setting the right goals for yourself takes some thought and consideration. Make sure to get your free PDF of 8 Questions to Ask When Setting Your Goals to help you stay on track.


If you want more help with determining your goals or planning your year, check out these links to additional tips from some of my favorite bloggers:
Goal Planning Ideas for Bloggers by Elna Cain of Twins Mommy
6 Ways to Start Your New Year Well by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom
Goal Planning for Busy Moms by Monica of Redefining Mom

What's More Important Than Money? (Find Out & Find Your Why)

What Is More Important Than Money?

Understanding Why You Really Do What You Do Will Lead You To Find Your “Why”- Your Passion And True Calling.


What do you think super-successful people all have in common?


It’s not experience.

It’s not extraordinary skills.

It’s not even a powerful drive.


Although all of these things can definitely help you succeed, they’re not a prerequisite.

After all, no one is born with experience or skills, & plenty of successful people lack drive.


The one thing that does make a difference in your level of success, though, is being able to identify your “why.”


  • Why did you decide to become a ________?
  • Why do you spend so many hours at your job every week?
  • Why do you stay up too late & get up too early, just so you can work on growing your side hustle into a business?

“Why” is what ultimately drives us to success, but here’s the thing: it’s different for everyone.

Why Thought Bubble


Your why is not my why, & my why is not her why.

It’s a deeply personal choice that can have great meaning…or maybe not.

For example, a survivor of domestic abuse might happily spend 60 or 70 hours each and every week mentoring other victims of abuse, or counseling couples on how to break the cycle. Her big why is a strong desire to prevent other women from suffering in the same way she did.

A mother of small children may be saddened at the thought of sending her kids to daycare just so she can go to work to (barely) pay for it. Her big why is a drive to spend as much time with her kids as she can, while still supporting her family.

A young entrepreneur might resist taking the same path her parents took, working for a big company for 40 years, only to retire & find themselves with barely enough to live on. Instead, she dreams of having the income (& the time) to see the world while she’s still young enough to enjoy it.


So what’s your big “why”? It’s not money, is it?

It might be the freedom to travel, the ability to spend time with your family or to earn enough money to be able to live debt-free.

Whatever it is, make your “why” the driving force behind every action you take.

When you’re deciding whether or not to take on a new responsibility, ask yourself if it’s aligned with your “why.”

When you’re setting goals for the year, ask yourself if those goals are moving you closer or further from your big why.

Thinking of branching out into a new business venture?

If you ensure that it’s in alignment with your big “why” success is suddenly much more attainable.

Think about what your biggest wants & needs are – is it money or something deeper? What will it take to get you there?

In an upcoming post, I’ll break down the best ways to set your goals to align your actions with your “why.,” but for now, decide what is more important than money in your life.