Questions for Goals

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”


I’m not the biggest advocate of New Year’s Resolutions. Why wait until the ball drops to make goals for your life? Why not start immediately. Nothing is stopping us from starting today. (I know, this is a small technicality.) I completely understand why people do Resolutions (and why I’ve done them). When the clock strikes 12’, there’s something magically about a brand new year that feels refreshing and open. I feel the same way about a new pair of shoes or a new notebook.

With that being said, here’s a few questions to noodle and journal on. Pick and choose, use them now or bookmark them for later.

Goal questions:

What do you want to experience? why?

What do you want to prioritize? why?

What do you not want to do? why?

What do you want to improve at? why?

What do you want to do less of? why?

Where do you want to be in a year from now?

In one word, what do you want the theme of this year to look like? (or theme of X to look like — course, semester, job, etc.)

Who do you want to get to know better? What relationships do you want to cultivate?

Who/what do you want to give your time to?

If you could only do one thing, what would it be? (Or: What’s the one thing you think would bring you the most joy to focus on?)


“Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.”


“As you get older, the questions come down to about two or three. How long? And what do I do with the time I’ve got left?”

David Bowie

“To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself: First, what could I do? Second, what could I read? And third, who could I ask?”

Jim Rohn

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #796

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