Goals are the measurable things you wish to achieve.
Just as values shape meaning and meaning shapes purpose, your purpose shapes your goals. Your purpose is the reason you work toward your goals.
Knowing your purpose, you may choose to pursue relatively small goals (learning to meditate, losing a few pounds, staying in touch with friends)
or much larger goals (starting a new business, getting married, retiring in ten years).
Setting clear, attainable goals helps you focus on actionable behavior. In other words, goal setting will help provide motivation.
Working toward goals helps you overcome procrastination and also encourages momentum and self-mastery.
As mentioned before, your purpose drives your pursuit of goals. Your goals are the measurable things you wish to achieve.
The steps you take in setting goals might be,
- Set goals that motivate you.
- Set SMART goals. For goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART: (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Bound).
For example, instead of having "to sail around the world" as a goal, it's more powerful to use the
SMART goal "To have completed my trip around the world by end of year, 2030."
- Set goals in writing.
- Make an action plan.
- Stick with it!
Here is where life coaching can help in a big way. Coaching supports you so you can view your situation differently – and discover you are able to move toward your goals.
Watch the videos below to learn more about goals.
"Life can be pulled by goals just as surely as it can be pushed by drives." Viktor Frankl
"You have to break a big ambitious goal down into these more manageable decisions ... in order to improve the odds of achieving the outcome you desire." Stephen Duneier
"Goals are okay in their place but what you need more than goals is a system, a process."
"Luck is the biggest factor in anybody's success and if you try one thing and it doesn't work and then you stop trying, luck doesn't really have a chance to find you. So what I am recommending is that you try lots of stuff, things that won't kill you, bankrupt you, or leave you debilitated in some way, and just keep trying until something works."
"It's about those tiny little decisions, like when you are sitting at your desk putting in just a little extra time at the end of the day,
or you're lying on the couch clicking through the channels with your remote control, or scrolling through your FaceBook feed.
And in that moment, make the decision to put it down."