Many of us are resistant to goals. In fact, the thought of setting a goal can send some people running for the nearest closet in a cold sweat. What holds us back? Fear, confusion, lack of confidence, lack of a sense of self-worth, lack of support, to name just a few. Setting a goal means we are making ourselves vulnerable to failure.
A teacher once told me FAIL stands for “First Attempt At Learning.” Nice sentiment but the reality is that our brains are trained to think along two tracks: if it’s not a success, it’s a failure. How we see the obstacles that come into our lives is key to whether they become a setback or a failure in our journey.
Inspirational, clearly-defined goals keep us moving forward in the face of obstacles. They help us see in terms of “setbacks” rather than “failure.” If you’ve ever searched “goal setting” you have, no doubt, been instructed to set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. In this article from INC Magazine, author Peter Economy encourages readers to set CLEAR goals
Collaborative - Goals should encourage collaboration.
Limited -Goals should be limited in both scope and duration.
Emotional - Goals should make an emotional connection , tapping into energy and passion.
Appreciable -Large goals should be broken down into smaller goals so they can be accomplished more quickly and easily for long-term gain.
Refinable - Set goals with a headstrong and steadfast objective, but as new situations or information arise, give yourself permission to refine and modify your goals.
The “E” and the “R” are game changers. Setting a goal with an emotional connection keeps you moving forward when giving up or veering seems like a less exhausting option. Refinable defines your setbacks as setbacks, not failures. obstacles are an opportunity to step back and refine your goal.
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