I am sure a lot of you are familiar with the term ‘goal setting' and you may even have set some, many people miss some key areas when setting their goals to make them powerful and SMART. An important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving your goal; it’s what you do and the person you become in order to achieve your goal.
So why is goal setting so powerful? It gives focus to the mind and clarity and shape to your dreams. Giving us the ability to determine exact actions that need to be undertaken to achieve everything we desire in life. They can cause us to go out of our comfort zone and thus stretching ourselves and thus causing growth in ways we had never imagined before. To reach our goals we have to become better at the tasks we are undertaking, allowing ourselves to fall over/fail learn from it and do it again till we get it right consistently!
Often in life we look have a long term vision however the way we show up everyday is with a very short term outlook. For example; we spend time dreaming of the future but live in the present. The present can have some difficult obstacles especially if your dreams seem unattainable in the present day to day of your life. Setting goals can be a way of putting that long term vision into your life. It is important for us to have powerful, long term goals in our lives as these can help us get past the short term obstacles. The great thins is that the more powerful our goals are the more we are able to take action and thus guarantee that they will come to fruition.
So what are the Key things to remember when writing goals?
Here is some tips to make your goals more forceful and practical.
4 Main Steps To Powerful Goals
1. Evaluation and Reflection
You need to first be 100% clear on where you are now. Like being an observational scientist or detective on where you are now. This gives you a great base line from which to work and build your goals from. Spend time looking at where you are right now in your life covering all aspects (as we set goals in all aspects of our lives so we need to have a baseline first). Question where you are, what you have achieved and how satisfied you are currently.
If you can spend some time each week to do this, some suggest up to 2 hours a week. The clearer you are about where you are will open you to be clear about where you want to be.
2.Dreams and Goals Getting Clear
The next thing is to get clear about what you want to achieve/have in your life. It isn't what you believe you can have, it is listening to your heart and getting clear about all the things your heart desires to have in your life without the limitation of your mind telling you whether it is possible or not.
Give yourself some quiet time every week to just sit and write down what it is that you would like for yourself. What would you like to do or have? What sort of things would you like to accomplish? Where would you like to go to? What would you try if you were guaranteed to succeed?
Then look at your list and then note which are most important to you and which are most feasible, which would you love to do/have the most. Then list them in the order in which you will try to attain them, reminding yourself that we are always moving towards taking action rather than leaving them to remain as dreams.
3 . Goals Should be SMART
SMART doesn't mean they have to be cleaver…
S – Specific be as specific as possible about your goals! Don't waffle be clear and succinct. Incomplete Goal gives incomplete unsatisfactory results.
M – Measurable they need to be something that you can measure so you can monitor your progress. If there is no way of measuring it then it is not a GOAL it is still a Dream and like all dreams it is likely to stay there unless you set a goal you can put in action.
A – Attainable goals that motivate you and write them down to make them feel tangible. It is important to have some stretch goals in there however they should not be so big that they do not attainable. (A mistake many people make with good intentions however is detrimental to the process).
R – Relevant they have to be relevant to you otherwise what is the point of having it? I know that someone else's goal does not motivate me. It should be something that feels relevant to you and that excites you when you think about it.
T – Time bound need to set a specific time limit this ensures you take rapid action, if there is no time limit the chances are you will not take action and the goal will slip into becoming a dream.
A step that many people forget or do not think is important. Find an accountability partner that you can let them know your goals, and they hold you accountable by asking you to “give an update” on where you are on the process to achieving that goal. This gives the process some real get up and go.
The more you communicate and share your goals with the world the more power there is and motivation to succeed as you have more people asking for you to update them on your progress! If a goal is set and only you are the only person knows it, then the goal lacks power! It definitely isn't as powerful as it you have one or more people who are holding you accountable to it.
Accountability puts some teeth into the process. If a goal is set and only one person knows it, does it really have any power? Many times, no. A goal isn’t as powerful if you don’t have one or more people who can hold you accountable to it.
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