The SMART way to set Intentional Goals.
This method of setting intentional goals creates a clear path or vision that guides you as you crush your goals. In order to determine which goals will create your best life you will want to allow yourself to get crystal clear about your vision. This is a crucial step and I walk you through it HERE. Now that you are clear on the life you want to create for yourself. Let’s take a look at the best method to make that vision a reality.
S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Bound. This is how you will turn your wants and wishes into goals. This is a super simple but super important process that will take your life to the next level. This process gives you the path to make those dreams come true. Setting SMART intentional goals is the first step in creating action steps to crush your goals.
When you are writing out your goals the first thing you want to do is make it specific. Imagine that you are explaining this goal to someone who has no idea what you are talking about. Make it as clear as possible. So, instead of “I want to be healthy” which is super vague as different people have different ideas of what healthy means you might write “I will lose sixty five pounds and weigh 165 pounds.” or “I will be able to jog 3 miles in 30 minutes” or “I will be able to touch my toes with ease.” The key is that often we make these big vague goals and then struggle to achieve them as they generally encompass many smaller goals that we never clarified or made a plan for.
Part of being specific is for your goals to be measurable, so anyone that reads your goal would be able to tell if you completed your goal. So if we use the example from above “I want to be healthy” again that is subjective and the outside observer wouldn’t be able to tell if you met your goal. “I will lose 65 lbs and weigh 165” is measurable right? You can step on a scale and anyone can see if you’ve met your goal. The same goes for jog 3 miles and touch your toes. It is very clear where the finish line is. So, make sure the goals that you set have a very clear, measurable finish line.
Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success. Make sure that these intentional goals that you have set for yourself are actually attainable. Pulling from the previous example, 165 lbs is attainable for me, 125 lbs while possible is completely unrealistic and I certainly would fail. Also, setting a goal for 165 lbs is stretching myself which ideal because it will create motivation and purpose to keep moving towards the goal. It is in the sweet spot of attainable and challenging.
This is the key to making intentional goals. Your mini goals need to be relevant to your main goals. This is how you keep the main thing the main thing and stay on track to crushing your goals like a boss. this is also how you create momentum with your goals. Once you have your 10 goals written out all other goals should revolve around them, that is what makes them smart intentional goals, they serve a bigger purpose and keep you on track. So make sure that your current goal keeps you on track to achieve your main goal. So if your main goal is to “jog 3 miles in 30 minutes” a relevant mini goal would be ‘stretch for 20 minutes before each jog’ or ‘jog 3 miles 3x a week’ a non relevant goal would be anything that is not going to improve your running
SMART intentional goals are time bound. They have a deadline, a finish line. This is an extension of being measurable. When will you complete this goal? “I will lose 65 lbs and weigh 165 lbs by June 1, 2018” is a time bound goal. The key here is two fold, you get to have that moment of success once the goal is reached. You get to have your finish line moment! These finish line moments help to increase your belief in self as you set new goals. Creating a deadline keeps you in action mode! There are really great apps to use to create countdowns on your phone and computer screen. You can create a calendar event to count down to (paper or digital)
What goals have you set for yourself this year? Are they SMART goals? Is there something that is holding you back from achieving your current goals? What is it? I would love to hear from you, either in the comments or you can shoot me an email!
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