Goals come in all shapes and sizes. We can set a goal for anything we want in life. In our home we set long term goals, short term goals, and goals for the week/day. I love starting my day with the gym, but this is also a goal of mine to get up and make it there 5/6 days a week. Goals help me get things done. To be able to aim higher and be productive in everyday life. Goal setting isn't hard and you should defiantly try it!
You may ask yourself why? Goals equal success. Don't you want to be outstanding at life? It can be anything; relationships, career, home life, self improvement. Setting goals in any and every aspect of your life will help you grow as person to live a more fulfilled life. In the words of the great Tony Robbins " Progress equals happiness". Make sure your seeing these goals through. I'm not a life coach by any means, but doing a lot of reading and studying and seminars on how to make my life amazing is what I do, and I love to share. Goals need to excite you! My goals right now at the gym excite me everyday! I want to get better, stronger, faster. So I set these goals that I want! I want to be the best mother, so I set goals in relation to Eleanor. Teaching her things, discipline, bringing her places. I also set goal in my marriage. I don't want to be a couple that just gets along 10 years from now look at each other and question our love. I want to have that desire and spark like we had when we were first dating. So again that takes goal setting.
When you set goals you have to ask yourself questions. You need to identify your goals, and your purpose. Have a reason for your goal and then the answers come! I genuinely enjoy talking about this topic because it's one thing that brought my husband and I closer. We have grown so much as individuals and as a couple I see a huge upward pattern in our enjoyment and fulfillment out of our lives.
Being able to create and maintain goals is also a huge part. That might even be the most difficult for me. Sometimes using my emotional intelligence is exhausting. I don't always want to get deep into my phycological brain everyday. By having the tools to goal set, I feel like I can coast a little. Also being a stay at home mom it's not always easy to get heavy into it. Singing humpty dumpty 12 times in a row is all the brain capacity I can handle sometimes. Below I'm going to attach The S.M.A.R.T goal setting technique. It's what we use, from our boy Tony Robbins. It has helped us make some pretty great goals and decisions since we started. (Greg has been with Robbins research for years) I just started the last year with reading, and using these helpful life tips. I definitely recommend looking him up! I was skeptical at first, but I was also like that with Crossfit... Now I'm hooked :)
There are a few guiding principles for effective goal setting that can help keep you on track. There is no shortage of goal-setting tips out there, but none have gained as much acceptance (or as many results) as S.MA.R.T. goals. A S.M.A.R.T. goal must be:
Specific: The more detailed you can be, the better. How specific can you be if your goal is to lose weight? “I want to lose 20 pounds” is a good start, but “I want to lose 20 pounds so that I can wear my favorite clothes again this June” makes it easier to visualize and achieve what you want. This puts a reason behind your aim, which will enable you to progress further when things get challenging.
Measurable: When it comes to effective goal setting, tracking your progress is critical. Setting clear parameters and identifying waypoints will allow you to track your progress and know when you have achieved your goal. For example, “get better at money” is not a measurable goal; it’s unclear what “better” means here. You need to have solid metrics in mind! Have the goal to understand your current spending patterns, pay off your credit cards and start saving 25% of your income per month by the end of the year – now you have benchmarks that you can use to check your progress on the way to success.
Achievable: If you can’t actually attain your goal it will only frustrate and dishearten you. You’re not going to create a billion-dollar business or become a world-class concert pianist overnight. Many times when we’re creating big goals we get too lofty, making them seem impossible. This leads us to the next element…
Realistic: Perhaps in an ideal world you’d have six hours a day to work on your golf swing or tennis game. You live in the real world, so make sure you’re setting goals that match up with reality. Can you realistically become a concert pianist having never played an instrument in your life? Does this goal fit with your current lifestyle? This doesn’t mean you can’t dream big or go after something outside your comfort zone. But it does mean you should be setting goals that you can realistically work toward. If your goal takes a certain time or monetary commitment, make sure you have the means to do so. Sometimes, that requires breaking down your goals even further. You may not become a world-famous pianist, but you could take lessons with the goal of ultimately performing in a concert.
(In a) Time frame: Having a clear idea of your timeline creates a sense of urgency. You’ll be working toward what you want more quickly. Perhaps your goal is that you want to learn Spanish because it will help you communicate better with your clients. What’s a realistic time frame for yourself? Do you have a trip to Spain coming up in six months for which you need to be prepared? Set a timeline for your goal so you can check in with yourself along the way. Try to set a goal that can be realistically achieved in one year. Anything that takes longer can easily become overwhelming. Set yourself up for success by concentrating on what can be achieved in the short term. If you do have a long-term goal in mind, break it down into smaller goals that can be achieved in a year.
Learning how to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T. puts power behind your goals and ensures you can measure your progress more often and take new actions. As Tony says, “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”