How to Make Your Goals Relevant Using SMART Goals
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Have you got your goals rewritten and in manageable chunks? Sweet!!
This post is Part 4: Relevant!
(If you haven’t already, head HERE to download the FREE SMART Goal Setting Workbook!)
And this, my friends, is how to start narrowing your 876 goals down to the ones that should matter and should have your full attention. Because this is what the road to achieving goals commonly looks like vs what people think it looks like:
How in the world are you going to juggle that many scribble clouds in your head and get to your main, meaningful, overall life goals if you have all those 876 goals going on at once??
The answer is to make sure your goals are RELEVANT.
“R” Relevant: Goals should be relevant to your
overall life plan and values.
Let me tell you a story about a friend. This friend desperately wanted to make some extra money to pay off credit card debt. But since he had zero extra time for a second job outside the home, he decided something online would suffice. So he brainstormed a little and thought about what one thing that was sure to bring in money would be–what do people crave more than anything? He thought: sex. Sex sells. He was partially right, but the point is that his idea was to create a company whose name wouldn’t allude to sex ‘stuff’, but that sold those prepaid cards for the sites to watch…’stuff’. Anyway, he did all this hard work to set up the business, the site, advertise, etc. But when it was all said and done, he felt so guilty about what he was doing that he couldn’t make himself continue the business aspect of it to actually make any money. See, his beliefs and values didn’t jive with encouraging porn. He’s a Christian, and married, and couldn’t believe that he’d gone to that length just to make some extra cash. He felt dirty. And when he decided to shut it down, he realized just how much time and effort he’d wasted on that goal. He could have been honing new skills for what his true dream job was. Instead he had wasted that time away.
Take a look at your list of goals. Surely you have waaaay more than just the 5 allotted spaces in the SMART Goal Setting workbook, right? Take some time to sit down and figure out what your major life goals are. Make a mind map, or a giant list, and follow the paths to your smaller goals. Are they all in alignment with the bigger picture? With your values?
Use this opportunity to weed out anything that is simply clouding your paths. Don’t waste your time on goals that won’t help you get to your end result. You can’t get that time back!
SO HERE’S THE ACTION PLAN:
1-Determine if any of your goals should be eliminated
2-If you’re removing goals, feel good about becoming more focused in your goal-setting process!!
3-Rewrite and re-chunk if you need to reorganize at this point
If you missed ‘S’: Specific, Part 1, go HERE.
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