Are goals really helpful? Some research says your goals are what get you off-track and into trouble.
There is something you want to achieve so you make it a goal, a SMART goal. Depending on the definition you use of what SMART stands for, your goal might look something like this:
- Specific – you articulate exactly what it is you are planning on doing and why
- Measurable – so you can definitively say where you are on your path to achieving it
- Attainable – you put in a little stretch, but make it achievable
- Relevant – you get really clear on the context for you goal, why you, why now and so on
- Time-related – you define a deadline that you are aiming for
What typically happens next, is that once you get going, things “come up.” Challenges arise.
When working towards something, one is dealing with the unknown. Most goals rely on estimates and guesses and the speculations are very often so approximate they have little chance of being right.
You inevitably need to re-work your goals and change one or more of the SMART objectives with which you started out.
In effect, you change your goal.
How does that affect you?
Maybe you are resilient and you just get on with revising the steps and press forward, but how often do you feel a sense of failure? How often does it feel as if reality has intruded and made you feel that you missed something? That you’re not ready? Not good enough? Not…?
THERE IS A FIX!!!
Get your vision right before you start setting your SMART goals. It keeps you motivated.
- Get really clear on WHY you want to achieve whatever you are going after.
- Own the OUTCOME more than you do the steps to get to it.
- Accept the process of reassessment and realignment that is inevitably going to be required.
- Love the journey, because when you feel a sense of action-with-purpose, you have staying power.
You can find out more about how to LIVE YOUR VISION HERE.
Love life – live happy!
Author: Sue Hines
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