Goal setting

Sometimes you think about doing something for years. You ruminate about how bad things are. You complain. You wish things were different.

Then one day you find yourself thinking more about the future, looking ahead and imagining what life would be like if things were different. You are right on the edge of taking action. This would be a great time to set some goals-actually verbalizing and committing to a change.

Intentions don’t lead you to freedom, but a clearly defined goal that is right in line with your values, and with some good milestones along the way, can benefit you greatly.

What makes a great goal?

  • a great goal relates to something you’re passionate about. It’s hard to get excited about goals that seem meaningless to you, or that aren’t part of the bigger picture.
  • a goal is like having a map and a reference point. You can miss the mark, but you know where the mark is. By having a measurable concrete goal, there is a place to test whether or not you are moving forward. Once you’ve visualized the end point, all the points in between have meaning.
  • establishing goals reminds you how far you’ve come. We can celebrating that together, reinforcing your commitment
  • SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable (attractive), Realistic, Time-specific goals are more motivating because you can see where you’re headed.
  • a great goal resonates with you and your values. It doesn’t make you want to buck the system. It’s not imposed on you from the outside. It lines up with what you think is important.
  • A great goal is different from a New Year’s Resolution–it’s not something you feel you should do, or something society expects you to do. It’s something that makes you feel like you are moving toward greater meaning and purpose.

How can you bring values into the conversation about your goals? Try these questions on for size:
-          How important is it for you to achieve this goal?
-          How will you feel if you don’t achieve it?
-          What will it mean to you to achieve this goal?
-          How will it change your world?

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