We’re well into the New Year—are your resolutions holding up? Research shows the majority of those who set spur-of-the-moment goals and resolutions on New Years’ day are likely setting themselves up for failure.
Many organisations and companies have deployed S.M.A.R.T goal setting systems, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely—but its effectiveness is questionable. The bigger question is this: does a S.M.A.R.T goal help empower the individual setting the goal—and will the journey to achieving that goal be a fulfilling one?
Success in anything—literally anything—let it be fitness, health, relationships, personal growth, finance or business, comes down to 70 percent psychology, 30 percent mechanism. Psychology emcompasses everything from mindset, perspective, perception, attitude and mentality, and mechanism includes resources such as time, money, network, knowledge and skills. Psychology is equal to the “WHY” and mechanism will be the “WHAT” and “HOW.”
It’s clear that the focus of goal setting should heavily rely on the psychology aspect rather than the mechanisms used. However, many people are stuck in the mindset that the mechanism should be the key to achieving a goal. Now, that’s the problem, and oftentimes we are left scratching our heads wondering why we even bother setting goals if there’s a high chance of failing.
Here we have the blueprint to help set you up for a fulfilling journey ahead achieving your ambitions and aspirations.
Your big WHY
Your WHY will determine how far you will go. The journey to success is never a straight line and there will be times when you will need to count on your WHY to get through. Yes, we can set goals to make more money, have more time and more happiness, but nothing will ever beat goals that come from a growth and contribution mindset. Do you have a goal to make X amount of money? Consider how making that money will help with your growth or your ability to contribute to others.
Your Brand New Being (Identity)
Write down the character traits you would like to adopt. The being is ultimately going to drive the action you are taking and eventually the results will show. Quite often this comes down to your ability to “act as if.” Think about this: if you were to act as if you are already successful, how amazing would you feel? Act as if you are in great health, rocking the body you’ve always wanted, you will know what to do next when your mind is aligned.
Your New Belief
What are the top three things you have to believe in to feel confident about yourself achieving your goal? Have you noticed any disempowering beliefs that keep you from taking the necessary action? Did you believe that success only happened to people with resources? Or you could having a new belief system that empowers you to have a resourceful state of mind make things happen regardless?
Your Brand New Confidence
What would need to happen for you to feel 100 percent confident? Do you need a mentor? Do you need to jot down the action items so you can take simple little steps at a time rather than being overwhelmed by complicated processes? Do you need to have a nurturing environment or accountability buddy? Do you need to enhance your body image by going to the gym and dropping a few kilos? Do what it takes to get yourself feeling confident!
Your Brand New Action
Albert Einstein once said, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results.” True enough, this is what keeps people where they don’t want to be for a very long time. New action equals new results—and when you face hurdles, be agile and change your approach accordingly.
Your Role Model / Mentor
Success leaves clues. Never reinvent the wheel. These two are the sayings that go around long enough. So the question is, who has gained the kind of success you are currently after? What habits have they formed on a daily basis? What is their mentality in the game of creating a successful business, health, relationships or financial capacity? Mentors can come at a cost and sometimes it may be a little out of your range. But it could still be worthwhile to invest in one because the cost of making unnecessary mistakes could potentially set you back big time.
Once you have gone through all of the above, it is then the perfect time to utilise any goal setting tools that you have, such as S.M.A.R.T. Be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. What does success look like to you? What do you see? Who are you with? What do you hear?
Revisit the blueprint above to gain more clarity, as it is powerful when you know exactly WHY, HOW and WHAT throughout your journey to living a larger and more fulfilling life!