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Episode 38 - How To Develop Goals You'll Actually Want to Achieve

In today’s episode, we’re going to talk about How to Develop Goals You’ll Actually Want to Achieve.

 

Find the Full Notes to this episode at RecoveringCorpoholics.com/38.

 

There are all things that we want to achieve in this life. However, sometimes, we just aren’t clear with what that is, we get stopped along the way or sometimes we actually don’t want that goal even though we may think that we do.


But what if there was a way to set goals that we actually wanted to achieve so we were more motivated to get to the finish line?

 

Let’s get into it.

 

A Goal is a desired result that one plans and commits to achieve. Now a lot of you may know this, but if you want to be truly successful in achieving your goals, you need to be very clear on what your goals are. 

 

Here is the criteria your goals should meet:

 

First, your Goals should be Outcome focused

What is it that you really want to achieve? And that outcome should make you feel excited!  If you have a goal you are excited about, I promise you that you’re 90% of the way there

 

Second, Goals should also be In line with your WHY and your values

The more a goal aligns with your inner or core values - the EASIER it will be to achieve. The more your goal will Drive you! 

 

This way, if you get wrapped up in the day/week, your goal is something you love and want to do. It will be easier to keep going or pick back up.  

 

Note: You can achieve goals that don’t align with your values/your WHY but it's usually harder and less satisfying. For example, your job may require you to take some accreditation test. 

 

If you're not crazy about your job, you may not have the same passion and excitement to keep your momentum to study going. It may feel more like a chore. 

 

But think now that you have to take a test to be the best in your field, a field where you are so passionate about, how do you feel about studying now? Challenged? Excited? 

 

Third, Goals should be stated in the positive

Instead of saying: “I want to stop snacking”, say “I want to eat healthy”

 

Instead of saying: “I want to quit smoking”, say “I want to be healthy, be able to breathe and live a long life”. 

 

Instead of saying: “I want to quit my crappy job”, say “I want to be in a career that I can impact millions, that I am passionate about, that I am recognized for”. 

 

See the difference? —-----

 

Fourth, your Goals should be SMART

 

I’m sure you’ve heard this so many times so I will just briefly go into this.

SMART Stands for:

 

SMART:

  • Specific (so you know exactly what you are trying to achieve)

    • Instead of “I want to be a better runner”, it’s “I want to be able to run for longer distances”. 

      • Note, A better runner, could be form, it could be speed, it could be various different things but here we clarified that it's to be able to run nonstop for 30 minutes. 


 

  • Measureable (so you know when you have achieved it)

    • Instead of “I want to be able to run for longer distances”, it’s “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I can measure my progress by timing myself each run”

      • Originally, we didn’t have a marker of when we would know when we achieved our goal. Is it a minute, an hour, 3 hours, etc.? Now we know how we will measure our goals to see when we achieved it.

 

  • Action-oriented (so you can DO something about it!)

    • Instead of “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight”, it’s “I would like to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I can achieve this by pushing myself to run at least 5 more minutes each week”

      • Originally, it was just a goal, now we know what we need to do to achieve our goal.

 

  • Realistic and Relevant (so it IS achievable) 

    • Instead of “I would like to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight so I will I will run everyday”, it’s “I want to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I will do this by setting 4 times aside each week of when I can run”

      • Running everyday sounds like a great idea, but with the craziness of life, we may not be able to. As I constantly say, set yourself up for success. Look at your schedule each week to when you can actually run and make a date with yourself. Add it to your calendar just like any other important business meeting,

 

  • Time-Bound (has a deadline)

    • Instead of “I want to be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight and I will do this by setting 4 times aside each week of when I can run”

    • “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight within 3 months. I will set aside 4 times I can run each week and time myself each run to measure my progress”.

      • Now we know what we want to do, how and when!

 

Look at the goal in the beginning - “to be a better runner” - to now, “I will be able to run for at least 30 minutes straight within 3 months. I will set aside 4 times I can run each week and time myself each run to measure my progress”. 

 

Do you see how much clearer the goal is?

 

And lastly, Your goals gives you a SPARK!

 

A SPARK goal is one that is:

 

SPARK:

  • Significant - Stop living small. How significant is your goal?

  • Proud - Would achieving this goal make You proud?

  • Authentic - Is this goal something you actually want?

  • Ready - Are you ready to start? 

  • Kick-ass - Does this excite you?


 

I love having SMART goals that also give us a SPARK because sometimes we want things for the wrong reasons and that could stop us from achieving our goals. Set yourself up for success by having SMART goals that give you a SPARK!
 

With that said, I want you to take a moment and write down the goals you want to achieve for yourself in the future. You may only have a couple of goals in mind but I want to challenge you to write down at least 5 goals. 

 

Dream big and just get all your goals down that you’d want to achieve for yourself.

 

And if you need help on this, refer back to episodes 33-36 on dreaming big and exercises to help you dream big!
 

I know that it takes some time to turn goals into a SMART goals so for now, take one of your goals and turn it into a SMART goal that gives you a SPARK.

 

And remember, these don’t need to be perfect, I just want you to get everything out of your mind. 

 

That’s all I have for this week. I hope this episode helped with setting more motivating goals tha you actually want to achieve!

Stay Inspired and Live Powerfully,

Felicia

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