When is the last time you set goals for yourself? Are you someone who is always putting yourself second and not making time to work on your own projects? Things that will move your own life forward?
Our wishes and our desires that are buried deep within our hearts can be brought to the surface through goal setting.
Think for a moment! What is it that you have buried down deep that you know you want to bring forth and make it a reality?
Take a moment and journal some ideas of those deep-seated goals that are kept in the corner of your heart that you’ve shoved down for so long. You are so worthy of making your dreams come true.
That’s why goal setting is so important for our independence. When we create a goal, we are creating a plan for happiness for OURSELVES.
Goals gives us direction and purpose. Goal setting can be fun and exciting. Setting goals can set into motion a powerful spiritual and emotional force. Then wonderful things begin to happen.
Let’s look deeper into what setting goals can look like. Think of the acronym SMART:
Goals are no place to waffle. They are no place to be vague. Ambiguous goals produce ambiguous results. Incomplete goals produce incomplete futures.
Always set goals that are measurable. I would say “specifically measurable” to take into account our principle of being specific.
One of the detrimental things that many people do—with good intentions—is setting goals that are so high that they are unattainable.
The root word of realistic is “real.” A goal has to be something that we can reasonably make “real” or a “reality” in our lives. There are some goals that are simply not realistic. You have to be able to say, even if it is a tremendously stretching goal, that yes, indeed, it is entirely realistic—that you could make it. You may even have to say that it will take x, y and z to do it, but if those happen, then it can be done. This is in no way to say it shouldn’t be a big goal, but it must be realistic.
Every goal should have a timeframe attached to it. One of the powerful aspects of a great goal is that it has an end—a time in which you are shooting to accomplish it. As time goes by, you work on it because you don’t want to get behind, and you work diligently because you want to meet the deadline. You may even have to break down a big goal into different parts of measurement and timeframes—that is OK. Set smaller goals and work them out in their own time.
What goals do you want to start? Maybe you’d like to take that painting class, or maybe dinner at that new restaurant, also planning for that new career. What is it that will create joy in your life?
Now it’s time to create a goal. Keep it simple and easy. Are you ready? Let’s do it!
Start with a small goal. Write your goals in a journal. Start with 3-5 goals that are meaningful to you.
Ask yourself if these goals are something you can reasonably accomplish. Remember to not set yourself up for failure. Remember and follow SMART.
Post one of your goals below. I’d love to hear what you discovered.