Smart goals allow you to keep your energy focused on achieving them. Once you make the decision to go for a certain goal, you can think of smart strategies to successfully reaching that goal. Both your conscious and your subconscious will be working on it, so it’s important to do this right!
Smart Goals: What Are They and How to Set Them
If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of goal setting, I highly recommend you take this quiz by my friend Nadalie Bardo. She’s the driving force behind the ‘Slay Your Goals planner’ and the Goal Setting 101 Course which has been what Claire uses to achieve her goals every year.
Smart Goals and Your Subconscious
We know by now thanks to numerous studies and observations that the subconscious is a very powerful tool. The more you can keep your goal in your mind, the more it will work on achieving it. Your brain is marvellous; even getting answers when you’re asleep and dreaming. It’s all about creating a deep emotional connection with your desired outcome.
Traits Of Successful People
People that are successful have one main thing in common, and that’s finding ways to reach the goals they set for themselves. Whether they have a degree or not, they are able to invest the time needed to read and learn about the subject they’re focused on.
They also learn from others’ experiences and mistakes, and their own. We hear the quote often to work smarter, not harder, and that’s what smart goals are all about.
Setting Smart Goals
When you’re starting off outlining your goals, you’ll want to make sure they’re as specific as possible. Vague ideas or generalized concepts aren’t sufficient.
“to be truly smart, it has to be detailed, with a deadline and measurable milestones, and specific to yourself. Because of this, your mind is automatically already thinking of specific ways to achieve it so you can create a realistic action plan to achieve that objective.”
Write It Down
If you write your goals down on paper and keep that in a place always in clear view of yourself, it will always be on your mind. Your subconscious and your conscious mind will both be asking questions about the goals, coming up with strategies, and you’ll already be well on your way to reaching it.
It’s important to write down a number of goals, including daily ones, weekly, monthly, yearly goals, and even goals for every five, ten, and twenty years. That doesn’t mean they’re set in stone though because you can change them and adapt them as your desires change and your situation changes.
Setting Effective Goals
Goals help turn your thoughts into conscious creations. They’re what orders or commands you send out consciously into the universe so that you can get what you know you want consciously. Setting goals helps you define what you want. This then helps to turn your unconscious goals into conscious ones and have more control over your life.
It’s possible you’ve tried goal setting programs and found them to be lacking. That’s mostly down to mentality because something as simple as writing down your goals can be a successful goal setting strategy. So, you need to set effective goals.
What’s Your Purpose?
Effective goals are objectives that are in line with your overall purpose in life. If you have a talent, a passion, something that you can spend hours on without realizing and enjoy every step, that’s your purpose.
You feel joy and contentment when you do something in line with your purpose. That’s why for your goals to be effective, they must be also parallel to your purpose. So you can reach your goals and enjoy the process.
Smart Goals Are Fulfilling Goals
When the process is enjoyable, you will feel fulfilment. You can achieve your goals by being in line with your purpose and making sure you enjoy it. Your goals should also have some sort of benefit, whether it’s to you, to those around you, or to the planet as a whole.
“Selfish goals are more likely to fail than selfless ones. The more beneficial your goal is to others, the more it will create value for them, and the more achievable and effective it becomes”Joanne Winters, a lifestyle writer
If your subconscious mind doesn’t support your goal, you won’t be very successful. That’s because they create negative blocks that make it hard for you to surpass and reach your objectives. Therefore, your goals to be effective must line up with your subconscious beliefs.
You might be wondering how to know whether your goal is supported by the beliefs of your subconscious. You need to take some time and consider whether deep down when everything else is put aside. Knowing whether you truly feel good and happy with your goals and whether you’re excited to pursue them will help you reach them.
Define Specific and Exact Goals
Your goals have to be exact and specific, or else they end up coming off more like wishes. You need to write down something specific and compelling. That way every time you think of your goals, you feel compelled and motivated to act on these goals.
That’s how you can achieve the best results. Your results will be directly tied to how much emotion you have about the goals. It seems simplistic, but it’s true: positive emotions lead to positive results.
Negative emotions will only need to negative results. By knowing more about what smart goals are, it becomes easier for you to set them for yourself and achieve success. Take some time to meditate and think about what you want your short- and long-term goals to be and if they fit the criteria outlined above.
About The Author
Michael Dehoyos, a content marketer and editor with PhD Kingdom and Academic Brits, focuses his research and writing on professional and personal development. He believes in spending time meditating and exploring the subconscious to find your passions and desires and then finding concrete ways to pursue those goals.