It’s that time of the year where people frequently ask how to achieve your goals?
Many persons are familiar with the “SMART” acronym approach to set their goals.
Although it makes sense, it is also extremely boring and fails to take into account that connecting to your emotions and senses play an integral role in action taking and committing to the process needed to achieve your goals.
For starters, however, you can utilize this upgraded version to the typical SMART acronym.
S – Specific – see yourself achieving the goal
M – Measurable – meaningful to you
A – Attainable – applicable to your life
R – Realistic – reassured this is what you want
T – Time Bound – transformative
Goal achievement entails alignment with your belief & value system, emotional states, daily habits and behaviours as well as the management of your energetic states.
This process (that I have spent so much time internalizing) highlights that goal achievement is truly a beautiful dance between the art of allowing as well as being extremely action-oriented.
It is necessary to know when you need to rest and when you need you to be in go mode.
Too much of either will impact your process and of course impact how quickly, efficiently and fulfilled you feel at the point that you do achieve your goals.
Step 1. Be aware of what actually matters to you. Your values matter.
Do you want this goal because it’s something you truly desire, or you want it because it’s been imposed on you by others?
Your value system defines the actions you take. If your values do not align with your goals it will be difficult to commit to the daily actions. You will experience internal conflict. You may find yourself extremely unhappy and frustrated (more than usual) during the process.
Step 2. Be aware of your primary emotion.
Fun fact: People set specific goals not to actually achieve the said goal but to achieve an emotion that having that goal will do for their lives. As a result, it is necessary to know WHY are you going after this said goal.
Ask yourself, what emotion do I desire to achieve when I accomplish this goal? Is it freedom, security, love, appreciation, connection, happiness etc?
Use your value system and primary emotions as your compass, to decide what to give your time and energy to daily.
These 2 components support goal achievement with a purpose vs achieving a goal just because, that usually leaves you feeling empty and unfulfilled.
Step 3. Be clear about what you want.
Many people struggle to boldly and unapologetically ask for what they want. If you have been pussy footing about what you want now is the time to give yourself permission to unapologetically say exactly what you want.
Some persons can define their goals in the finest details while others find it difficult to.
If you are a Specific Manifestor be as super detailed as you can possibly be – eg. a Brand new Cosmo Black Mettalic Mercedes Benz S- Class with black and red seats.
If you are a non-specific manifestor – a brand new Mercedes Benz S Class (the fine details do not matter).
Notice in each example the fundamental is you are clear about what you want. You want a Mercedes Benz S – Class.
For non-specific manifestors attaching to the feeling of achieving your goal is a beautiful place to be after you have decided what is the actual thing you desire.
Step 4. See it as possible
It is important to have expanders. An Expander is a person that you identify with that’s already been where you are. Utilize all the free resources to find persons who are doing what you would like to do.
“A mind once stretched can never return to its original dimensions”. Therefore once you see that it is possible you are one step closer to accomplishing your goal.
Step 5 – See it as possible for YOU!
Many people say oh wow it was possible for him or her to have this or that but not me.
Seeing your goal as possible for YOU is where the magic begins to happen.
This is where nurturing your belief system and changing your self-talk becomes mandatory.
If you have declared what you want unapologetically you also need to see it as possible for you.
Step 6 – Create An Action Plan
Begin with the end in mind and reverse engineer the steps needed to achieve your goals.
Your plan must include non – negotiable actions that you will implement every day. Consistency is key as well as having accountability.
Preparation is necessary for many reasons, but it is the greatest support for clarity as well as helping you deal with the fears and anxiety that come up during your process.
In this phase, you will also learn that what you want and why you want it matters. The how is not your responsibility. (Such a paradox especially as we are talking about creating action plans here.). This statement applies specifically to you honouring the intuitive nudges that may cause you to take messy inspired action.
This is where building your self-trust matters the most. When you trust yourself and intuition you let God know, that you also trust him to take care of the “How” in the manifestation of your goals.
Step 7 – Set Intentions Daily
Intentions refer to your states of being, your relationship with yourself and others while being present in the moment. Your goals require that you BE the version of yourself who already has achieved it NOW.
This speaks to your beliefs, your attitude, how you manage your energy and emotions.
Daily you are to intentionally decide to be the person you need to be to achieve the goals you have for yourself.
You can utilize affirmations, journaling, positive self-talk, and setting boundaries to be more intentional about your days.
Step 8 – Detach From The Outcome
It is in this phase, the beautiful dance becomes obvious. As mentioned earlier, God is a part of this process. It does not matter if you are a believer or not but He is. The Universe is always conspiring to give us what we ask for. However, trust and faith are necessary.
A perspective to make achieving your goal easier is recognizing that what you have been consistently, diligently been doing is enough.
You need to detach from the outcome to reduce the negative pressure that may turn into anxiety and worry.
Detaching from the outcome looks like having faith, trusting that the HOW is not your responsibility and playing.
Yes playing! Have fun. Spend time with your family, self care, take a staycation. Get out of your head.
It is the easiest way to manage your energetic state which is critical in this goal achievement process.
Step 9 – See It As Already Done
In this phase, while you play, trust and have faith, visualize what you see, hear and feel when you achieve your goals.
Ground yourself in this reality. Make this a part of your daily practice.
It is obvious that goal achievement goes beyond our well known SMART acronym.
Ensure that you integrate each stage and create a personalized system that works for you. Goal setting and achievement is not one size fits all but this process is a great guide for you.
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