Traditional Goal Setting is only part of the Journey!
I have had the pleasure of working with some great people this week. Part of this journey was working on Goal Setting and yes my mind immediately switched to SMART goals and how they have helped me along in life to achieve certain things. But there was something missing!
I was focusing on the detail of the goal. The when, how, by whom etc and basically I just turned it into a glorified task list.
I was forgetting something important. These are my goals and they have to inspire me.
The most important thing was getting rid of all the smart goal thinking until I got to the nuts and bolts of my goal. When I concentrated on the Vision behind the goal, my goal changed. It went from being all fluffy to being a feeling to being an emotion that I wanted to embrace. The details didn’t matter at this stage, it was all about something I could see, feel and get emotional about. Something that every time I read it just transported me to a place of seeing, feeling and getting emotional about it.
As an example one of my goals (so I thought) started out as:
Cruise, family time, fun together.
This quickly moved with the technique to exploring what they looked like and what they were.
Fun together, cruise/holidays, interesting, regular, different, adventurous, away, 2-3 days minimum, exciting, challenging.
The visualization that came with that included thinking of the types of activities and what the feeling was of doing these.
This identified carefree, exciting, different, spontaneous, adventurous and moved into liberating, no confinement, life changing experiences.
My goal statement after this became:
Our Family Holidays are Life Changing Experiences.
Later I will discuss moving this goal headline into your action list.
What is exciting is every time I see this goal headline, I own it, I can feel it and it excites me!
Good luck reconsidering how you approach your Goals.
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