If you have big goals you are ready to crush, keep reading.
If you have given up on goal setting because you are tired of disappointment, keep reading.
Goal setting helps guide our focus, foster accountability and organize our time and life in a way that maximizes success and happiness. Worthwhile stuff!
If you have given up on goal setting, I hope this inspires you to give it another shot. Now is always the perfect time to say 'yes' to yourself and I am going to break down exactly how I set goals and nail them and how you can to.
It is natural to want to set goals from our logical brain. The logical brain is in charge of all things analytical - things like math and science but also things like evidence based facts, sequencing and logic. When it comes to goal setting, we often look to the logical, the evidence we can find for or against, and set goals from there. This is a great place to start but it is only a part of the picture. A small part. Here's why....
When we set goals based only on the evidence we can find to support our desires, we stifle our dreams and play small. We don't mean to but as adults, we often have a hard time believing in the unknown. As adults, we want the sure thing. We have a hard time getting out of our heads and into our hearts in order to remember our desires. If you can think back to your childhood, to a time when you believed in Santa and the Tooth Fairy and Leprechauns and channel that energy when you goal set, it makes the head-to-heart shift that much easier.
You may have heard of SMART goals - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. SMART goals are great because they help us get specific, precise and time orient our goals. The problem with SMART goals is they check all the analytic boxes but none of the energetic ones.
If you have been a part of my world for a while, you know I believe wholeheartedly that life is full of energetic exchanges. We trade energy in exchange for all kinds of things: money, tangible objects, food and we use energy to guide us towards our desires helping us lived fulfilled, happy lives.
When it comes to setting goals, we must first lead with desire and energy. THEN we can take those desires and apply them to the SMART model. But what if our goals seem too big to specify, measure and put to a time frame? That means you have done a great job of dreaming big and you are ready to activate your next level goals!
I personally do not use the SMART method of goal setting, but if you like it and it works for you, then use it! What I prefer is what I refer to as the PPP method. Each month, I set three goals:
- a predictable goal
- a possible goal
- a potential goal
A predictable goal is one I know I can hit.
This goal is set based on my history and the evidence available at the time.
A possible goal is one I would really love to achieve, but it would be a stretch.
This goal is set without evidence of the sure thing, but fueled with desire and with a commitment to growth- I think I can do it.
A potential goal is one that would be absolutely amazing to achieve, but makes absolutely no sense. We don't have evidence, we don't even have any idea what it may look like, but boy, wouldn't it be incredible?!
When we set PPP goals we get to be both realistic and big dreamers. We get to plan for the known and expand into the unknown. Reassessing and re-evaluating monthly helps us to track our progress and change course as needed. It sets us up to WIN!
Now I happen to be a bit left brained myself so I do love to track the numbers and of course, from here we can be as detailed as we would like about our goals and how we plan to achieve them. There is a required level of action in all things, but do be mindful not to fall into hustle mode being sure to remember that things meant for us come easily with alignment, not time.
It is easy to believe that we won't be able to because we haven't been able to but that mentality is only going to get us more of the same, which is nothing we want. We can surely find evidence of any belief if we look hard enough for it so instead of doubling down on doubt let's tap into the goals that feel amazing to achieve and run with them!
What goals are you setting in your life and business this month? Feel free to comment below or reply and email me!
If you need some extra support, jump into my newest program, Aligned by Design where we will be deep diving into our goals and more. We start this evening and I am so excited to walk with the 7 amazing women already signed up!