Week 51 – How To Create Inspired Goals That Stick
Compared to the million things we need to do, pharm creating goals may seem restrictive, diagnosis mundane and no fun at all. So why make them? Research shows again and again that well-articulated and written goals have a much higher success rate than intentions. A written goal is half the work done.
But goals don’t need to be boring. They should harness the best of your dreams, medical while being sprinkled with a dose of reality. We all have fantasies about owing a luxury home on the beach or in the mountains, yet the majority of us can’t afford this. Instead, let’s create goals that are real and add some swagger to help us achieve the most important goals we’ll ever achieve – our life goals. SWAG goals have four very important components that point to success. A SWAG goal is a Spicy, Winning, Audacious, Goals.
- Spicy – Draw on your passions to create inspiring goals. A goal needs to be intrinsically motivated. A goal must have a resounding “I WANT to do it” and “I NEED to do it” stirring in your belly for it to have any chance of success.
- Winning – A goal needs to be extrinsically motivated as well. It has to produce results you can see. The measurable outcomes provide the roadmap you need to stay on track while you’re implementing your goal.
- Aspiring – This is where you set actions that are realistic, yet stretch your abilities to become a better you. Tangible and achievable actions will sustain your energy and commitment to realize your goal.
- Goal – A goal is not really a goal until you make a commitment to yourself to carry out the activities that will bring your goal to fruition. Assign a timeline to each activity and organize them in a sequence to achieve the success you want. Use the power of 3 small steps, every day, to keep moving forward with your goal and to maintain momentum.
Using your Think Big Bucket List from the exercise you did in week # 50, select a goal you want to achieve in the next 6 months. Using the structure below, create a goal that is both inspiring and realistic. Be sure to make the goal spicy, winning and aspiring.
- Spicy – My goal is…
- Winning – I am taking the following actions… I am using the following resources…
- Aspiring – My goal will be completed by…
- Goal – My goal is accomplished when… I am celebrating…
Even the most motivating of goals will be challenging to keep when life gets in the way. If you feel a little overwhelmed or you’re struggling to move through one of the activities, try breaking it down to even smaller chunks. And if you hit a snag with a particular chunk, break it down into smaller steps. Identify the obstacles that are getting in the way so you can take the necessary steps to address these issues. Ask for help. This is not a race. It’s about pursuing a goal that is important to you and creating the most beautiful masterpiece – your life lived on purpose.
Dianne is a certified coach who helps individuals thrive as they successfully manage the dynamics of incessant demands; and the author of a new book: If There Are No Limits… A guide to living with passion, purpose and possibilities. For more information, visit the book page on this website.