Maybe your goal is a better job, a pay rise, or fewer hours at work. Maybe being fitter and healthier.
How about just being more resilient or at ease? Sound good?
Whether it’s a tangible goal or an emotional state, my guess is you’re likely to agree these goals are desirable.
But in the ‘how to achieve them’, something often gets in the way. It’s not willpower. Sheer persistence isn’t a quality most have. But often, one simple, yet very significant barrier stops us getting where we want to be.
“Yes, but .....”
You get inspired by the positive energy of the idea. But then the ‘how to’ side of it can bog you down with too much thinking about the details.
You probably know the SMART goal acronym, right? You might be thinking, ‘Tried that, didn’t work.’ Or, yeah yeah, but it’s not that inspiring.
The biggest reason goal setting doesn’t work for many is that it’s too cognitive – it just doesn't engage us emotionally.
So think of something you’d like to bring into your life, or like more of. Using this SMARTER approach, it nicely balances your thoughts and feelings. Then action is more likely to naturally flow from them.
Answering these seven SMARTER questions will help you focus on your goal in a way that feels good. It's more emotionally intelligent and you are more likely to succeed.
Daniel Goleman, author of ‘Emotional Intelligence: Why it matters more than IQ’ says:
‘In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels.’
So to be successful in life, we need to include the intelligence of our emotions in what we want. If it feels good, you’re more likely to do it.
So what would you love to achieve?
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