In goal setting, “your why,” refers to the relevance that the particular goal has in your life. Relevance is the R, in the SMART Goals method of goal setting. This part of setting a goal for yourself is crucial because it’s about ensuring that the goal is important to you.
There’s little point in putting time and effort into a goal that truly doesn’t matter to you, or one that will be of no real benefit.
Goals should drive us forward towards something significant.
Is Your Goal Relevant
Relevance of the goal you are setting should also align well with your other life plans. Decide the relevance of a goal by answering a few questions pertaining to the goal and your current life.
Does this goal seem worthwhile?
Is the tradeoff of time and effort worth the result?
Are other aspects of your life driving forward in the same direction?
Is this the right time for this goal?
Does it make sense financially?
Am I the right person for this goal?
Do I have the skills and ability for success in the goal?
Coming up with answers to these questions will help you determine the goal’s relevance in your life.
Some of these questions are not necessarily straightforward, black and white. You will need to dig deep to answer some of these questions to find the real “why” of your desired goal, to know if it’s relevant enough to move forward.
And even I must admit, once I got started answering some of them, I realized two things:
Some of the goals that I have, if attained, will positively affect other areas of my life that at first glance, didn’t seem related to my goal. And,
Answering one question, can help with answering another. For example, ‘Does this goal seem worthwhile?’ can also put things into perspective when asking yourself, ‘Do I have the skills and ability for success in the goal?’
If the goal is worthwhile to you, the skills and ability to make that goal successful can be learned. So, not only will you be working towards a goal that is worth it, but there’s a possibility of learning new skills and abilities that will be useful towards attaining your goal and beyond, even in other aspects of life!
Your Goals and Your Life
An example of a goal relevant to one’s life might be for someone whose goal is to be promoted in their field, to take available online courses, to gain knowledge and experience of their desired position.
This plan is worthwhile because it provides professional experience. They offer the courses online, so you can take them at a time convenient for the subject.
Online courses are affordable, so most likely they will make financial sense. The online courses will ultimately propel the subject forward, toward an even bigger goal, the eventual promotion.
Relevance of a goal is an important part of goal setting.
Deciding if a goal is relevant helps you match your goals to the rest of your life. It also helps you realize if the goal matters to you, and if the time is the right time to achieve the goal.
Sometimes, one must truly examine themselves and their life to determine relevance of a desired goal.