Do Your Goals Support Your Values? If you’re struggling to be as successful as you’d like to be, there’s a strong chance that your goals and your values do not align. If your goals are in contradiction to your individual values, success is all but impossible.
Do you struggle to accomplish the goals that you set for yourself?
Have you defined your values and determined what is important to you?
If you’re forever coming up short when it comes to achieving your dreams, your values might be at odds with your goals.
Use these pointers to set goals that support your values.
6 Steps That Help You Set Goals That Are Aligned With Your Values
List your current values
Have you ever taken the time to think about what your values are?
Most people have never given their values a second thought. A person’s values guide their thinking, decisions, and actions. Without properly defining them, you could be left wandering aimlessly and shooting at the wind, instead of for the stars.
- Take 30 minutes and list your values. After listing them out, prioritize them in order of their importance to you.
- Ask yourself if your behavior is aligned with your values. If there’s a mismatch, reflect on what set of values would actually represent your behavior?
- Get real with yourself. Most of us have an idealized impression of our intentions, values, and qualities. Ask yourself if this is really what matters to you.
Determine what you are trying to accomplish
What are your goals in life?
What do you want to accomplish?
Do you want to be financially comfortable or extremely wealthy? Want a six-pack? Write a screenplay? Save the whales? Buy the block?
The first step to any great success is to identify your intentions.
Assess how your current values impact your goals
If your values and goals don’t match, the odds of success are extremely unlikely without something changing.
For example, if you believe that wealthy people are fundamentally bad, you’ll never accumulate a significant amount of wealth. You can’t and won’t put in the effort to be wealthy if your mindset around wealth is negative.
If comfort is a high priority for you, that six-pack will never emerge. It takes a lot of work to keep your stomach flat. Trying to carve lines in it, requires some discomfort. You either have to change the goal or shift your priorities.
Do you value having a lot of recreational time?
A goal that requires a lot of work (and time) isn’t going to happen for you without a shift.
Look at your goals and look at your values. Make sure that you understand how to set realistic goals.
Do your goals support those values?
Do your values support your goals?
Where are you willing to make changes?
If you are not willing to make changes or adjustments to your values, you have to be willing to modify the goals. Without the two supporting each other, there is no way to see growth and accomplishment.
Determine what would be the perfect set of values to support your goals
Imagine you could build a person from scratch that would be perfect for accomplishing your goals. What values and qualities would they possess? How would you be different if you had these values?
Think about the people you know that have accomplished what you want to accomplish. What characteristics would you use to describe them?
Match your values to those required to achieve your goals
How well can you reposition your values to match that ideal set of values? The closer you’re able to come, the greater the chances of success.
Reinforce the values that truly matter
Imagine that your goal is to save $20,000 for a down payment on a home. Let’s suppose that you’ve determined that you need to be someone that values saving money overspending.
How can you build this value in yourself and make it a part of you?
Prove to yourself that you’re that type of person.
For example, pick up pennies you find on the ground and save them. Cut coupons. Find new ways of dealing with stress other than shopping. Adjust your direct deposit info so that money hits your savings as soon as your paycheck hits your bank account.
When you keep proving to yourself over and over again that you possess a value, those actions will build and reinforce that value.
Are your goals and values a good match?
It’s important that they are.
When a mismatch exists, it’s important to either alter your values or modify your goals.
Success is much easier when your values and your intentions are highly compatible.