In this week's podcast interview with Paula Prober, author of Your Rainforest Mind, she says, "I think it's important that people who are sensitive and intense and have a lot of empathy and who are bright, need to allow themselves to work on yourself throughout your whole life."
I lost track of this message when I settled into a job I was good at and had my son. At that point, I had met just about all of my goals and aspirations - at least consciously. Going through an unexpected divorce, I found myself faced with the need to reassess where I was going in my life.
I had goals around health, wellness and career, but they were fairly nebulous and thus not quite attainable. It wasn't until I went through my coaching training that I learned the formula for clear achievable goals. When creating a goal, be sure it is SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely.
Specific - You need to be clear on your goal with details that are specific. If you make your goal too general, it will be difficult to visualize what success would look like. Think about what you would like to accomplish, why it's important and who and what is involved in making it happen.
Measurable - Setting a measureable goal helps you to track progress and stay motivated. Ask yourself how you will track your goal and how will you know when it's achieved.
Attainable - Be sure that your goal is something that you can realistically achieve. Think about the effort and resources involved in moving forward on the goal and be sure that they will not max out your resources. Also consider factors that are outside of your control - focus on the aspects that are not dependent on other people to move forward.
Relevant - Think about how this goal aligns with your purpose, vision, mission and values. Consider the timing and effort involved.
Timely - Set a clear date to accomplish the goal, along with specific times to measure progress and reassess. This will help you to break down small steps to achieving your goal.
Setting SMART goals helps us to continue working on ourselves throughout our whole lives.