How To Think About Your Goals So They Help You Instead Of Hold You Back

It’s important that you KNOW that how you look and how you feel is 100% in your control.

We develop that sense of control with our unique goal setting methodology. The SMART method. But not the one you may know.

There is a right way and a wrong way to set goals.

Setting goals the right way means your motivation, consistency and results will keep building.

Set them the wrong way and you’ll stay stuck.

Setting goals that are too ambitious, too vague or too disorganised is a great way to make sure you never achieve them.

Most people, when they set goals, do it through the paradigm of “aiming for the moon, and ending up amongst the stars.”

That’s not how it works, unfortunately. If you miss the moon, you drift endlessly through the void.

It’s important to set a process goal, not a result goal. Set the action AS the goal, rather than the result as the goal.

Setting process goals just work better, especially when self-selected. (1)

 

Goal setting through SMART 2.0:

SMART 2.0

  • Small
  • Measurable
  • Attractive
  • Repeatable
  • Time-bound

 

Small

The natural inclination for successful people is to set ambitious goals. Its important to have an ambitious long term objective. But, it’s a mistake to aim too high too soon.

The idea is to set goals so small that failure is almost impossible so long as you start. This builds confidence and momentum.

That’s why in boxing, many fighters fight bums to pad the record. So they get used to winning.

It’s not about flying high.

As Marcus Luttrell so beautifully put it, it’s about reaching out as far as you can and drawing a line. And dragging yourself across the line. And then, if you’re still alive, doing it again. (2).

That’s grit. That’s the value of small goals. That’s why we use them.

 

Measurable

This is always important. If you don’t know what victory looks like, how will you know when you’ve got there? 

What gets measured gets improved. Acknowledging progress is important for sustaining motivation. 

The goal also needs to have a measurable effect on the long term objective. Why waste time and energy? 

 

Attractive 

Enjoying the process makes it much easier to keep going. Experiment with different things to find what you enjoy. 

Stack up the value. If you want to be more active, you can go on hikes with your partner so that you’re investing time into your relationship also.

 

Repeatable 

Is this goal something you can achieve again and again, regardless of outside factors? Does it require a large time commitment? Does it require special equipment, conditions or location? Simpler is better. 

 

Time bound 

When? How often? For how long? Be clear about what needs to be done and how often. 

 

Examples:

Screens off 2100 – 0600 Mon to Fri. 

Exercise for five minutes once a day before work clothes.

Gratitude journal and turmeric tea right after dinner for ten minutes daily. 

 

 

The goals become the strategy to achieve the long term objective. When they become habits, success becomes inevitable. 

 

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