A Wise Goal Setting Strategy That’ll Help You Achieve Almost Anything

I’ve researched and practiced super-wise goal setting strategies for 4 years, but this last year has been pretty magical in terms of my own personal goal setting. I wanna tell you all about it.

There’s this timeless methodology that’s worked for me over and over again, but there was something missing that felt “off”. Let me tell you about it…

The method I practiced is called S.M.A.R.T. It looks something like this… you create a goal that includes all of these components:

S stands for specific
M stands for measurable
A stands for attainable
R stands for relevant
T stands for time bound

Here’s an example of an ugly, bad goal:

I want to make friends.

Using the SMART method, a beautiful, amazing goal will sound something like:

I want to make three new friends who’ll practice yoga and meditation with me by the end of 2016.

You see the difference?

SMART people like you and I know how to set goals that’ll stand the test of time.

There’s another but though!

What happens if you don’t meet your goal within the time period you set for yourself, or the goal puts a bad feeling in your stomach (kinda like sour milk and spoiled veggies, yuck!)?

Life will suck, right?

That’s why I discovered two secret elements to goal setting that’s not covered in the SMART method…are you ready?

The two additional components are:

  • Intentioned aligned
  • Supportive accountability

Your goals should be aligned with a current intention for where you are today, not necessarily where you were last week or 3 years ago.

If you had asked me to set a goal three years ago, it would’ve involved an intention around energy and thrill, but those aren’t my intentions today.

My intentions today are peace, clarity, and adventure.

The goals around these intentions are much different than what they were in previous years.

That’s great.

Your intentions are most likely different today too.

To determine your current intentions, ask yourself these two questions:

  • How do I want to feel?
  • How do I want to show up?

Once you ask yourself these questions, then you’ll be ready to create a goal using the SMART method.

So often we think a new car or a relocation is going to make us happy, but we’re often chasing the feeling that’s associated with those superfluous goals.

That’s why you start with the intention (or feeling) first, then you determine the goal.

Lastly, you gotta make sure you have supportive accountability to achieve your goal. You have to surround yourself with people who support your intentional goals.

At the beginning of 2016, one of the intentions I set for myself was “adventure.”

I didn’t know how that intention was going to play out, but when I saw a reasonable plane ticket to travel from the US to India in November, I knew that would fulfill my adventure intention.

Which leads me to my news of the week… this is the last Your Success Launch newsletter for the next few weeks since I’ll be traveling to India November 1-17. I’ll be completely off the grid and taking time away from my computer to adventure and do some soul searching.

If you need anything while I’m away, I’ll be sure to put some of my best resources in my out of office auto-responder.

… and before I leave, I’d love to know what your current intentions and goals are.

Comment below to tell me your goals.

Nothing shakes up my excitement jitter-bugs more than hearing about other people’s goals, dreams, and ambitions.