When you nurture all four aspects of you equally, you get a perfect balance between each of them. This gives you great health, pure positivity and happiness. You feel free and secure, you lose fear and you get into the flow of life – everything you desire comes into your experience effortlessly.
Unfortunately people spend more time planning their holidays than they spend planning their lives, which explains why so many people drift through their lives, accomplishing very little, complaining how tough life is. Isn’t your life infinitely more important than any holiday you might take? Devote the most effort toward planning your life’s journey and set worthwhile goals.
Knowing how to establish well-formulated goals is a crucial aspect of achievement. The SMART acronym captures the central components of a well-formulated goal.
S is for SPECIFIC
Must be clear and unambiguous, rather than vague and general. Exactly what is it that you want to achieve? “I want to be a healthier weight” could mean all kinds of things, depending on opinions, whereas “I want to lose weight” can only mean just that. Some goals may involve other people, in which case the goal also needs to specify exactly who these people are. Similarly a goal may need to include specifics about where something is to take place. Sometimes it may also be helpful to include the reasons for why a goal is desired; the specific reasons, purposes and benefits of achieving the goal.
M is for MEASUREABLE
In order to know for sure when you have achieved your goal, you need to have some way of measuring your progress. Whether it is about hours, kilos, dollars or whatever, you need to be able to answer questions such as “exactly how much?” or “exactly how many?” in relation to your goal. To “lose a few kilos” is very different from “losing 5 kgs” or “being 79 kgs.”
A is for ATTAINABLE
A well-formulated goal is attainable and realistic, even while it demands of you to stretch yourself beyond what you have done so far – otherwise the goal would have already been achieved. Of course, it is important to set big goals that fill you with excitement, but it is also imperative to make sure that they are attainable. Therefore you must take both your strengths and limitations into consideration when you formulate your goals.
R is for RELEVANT
It must make sense and be meaningful in the context of what you are striving for in your life. You are formulating a goal as part of solving a problem that you have identified in your life, and the goal must be clearly related to the problem.
T is for TIME-BOUND
That a goal is time-bound means that it answers the question “exactly when will it be achieved?” Goals that are not time-bound are more likely to end up on the shelf forever. For many goals it is also relevant and important to set specific times for when the final goal should be fulfilled in part; milestones that progress can be measured against.
By using the SMART Goal setting model you can look at all areas of your life and set realistic goals so that you nurture all aspects of you to get into the flow of life to achieve great health & happiness. I hope you have gained clarity in regards to the goals you want to achieve. Happy Goal Setting!