“Your goals are the road maps that guide you and show you what is possible for your life.” – Les Brown
Do you have trouble setting goals, especially intentional ones that you can stick to and accomplish? You must set intentional goals that you can stick to for you to complete that goal. We’ve all set goals before, in some form.
However, most of us write down our goals, but most of us lose sight of them. For example, the goal of losing weight, saving money for a vacation, or even just starting a new habit. All of these are certain goals we chose to complete because it would’ve changed our lives. However, we fell short.
I’m always like this when I’m on the verge of losing weight. Mostly, I fall to complete it because when one thing goes awry in my routine, then everything else fails.
But there’s a better way to achieve our goals. However, it’s a bit easy and a bit difficult. But if you stick to it, you’ll be on your way to see your dream goals come true.
In this post, we’ll look at how to set your goals and intentions, even if you aren’t sure what you want yet.
Let’s get started.
Before, starting, if you are a christian, go to God and ask Him for guidance. Sure, you want to set goals, but if there’s a goal that God has set in your heart to do that ou can you implement, then going to Him will help you reveal his plan for you. So go to God first, ask for guidance through the Holy Spirit and you’re set. Read Psalm 37:5-7 a bit of encouragement.
This post is about how to set intentional goals
Set Intentions for Your Goal
Before setting this goal, you should have an idea of what you want your life to look like in the future based on that goal. Imagine your life a year from now. Where are you? What is your day like? How do you feel?
Setting intentional goals is beyond just setting the goal. It’s about what you believe in and the values you hold, which will guide you to how you intend to fulfill you goal and what it’ll look like as you finish it.
Also, make a list of all the areas of your life that may change because of that goal. Then, from your initial thought, determine if this goal is a desirable goal you want to pursue. How will it make you feel? Is this goal worth pursuing? Write it out. This will help you focus on what is most important to you and what you want to achieve most.
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Change Your Mindset
Mindset is probably one of the first steps to change when working toward a goal. Having the right mindset is important to get you through any tough times. Once you dream of something, you have to believe it will happen.
Don’t ever let yourself think that you don’t deserve it. Don’t let past situations, people, or things prevent you from bringing your dreams into reality. That is why affirmation and understanding who you are a person is critical.
Understand that you’re a strong, resilient, empowering individual who can overcome. You have to believe in yourself enough to get those goals rolling and fulfilled. Rely ony our values, strengths, and beliefs to strengthen you and guide you to achieve those lifelong dreams.
If you need additional boosts, use positive affirmations, bible verses, or motivational quotes to aspire and keep you on course. Changing your mindset helps you eliminate any doubts you might be harboring over being worthy of your goals.
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Use The SMART goal method
Now that you ‘ve determined how you want your end goal to look like and your intentions for achieving them, its time to start developing and setting your goals. Focus on the feeling you want to feel once you achieve your goal.
The first step you need to do is create your goals. Use the SMART method of goal setting for this. You may or may not have seen this type of method, but it is going to help you set purposeful goals so you can stay on track and ultimately achieve your goals. Here is the SMART formula:
It’s S=Specfic, M=Measurable, A=Attainable, R=Relevant, T= Time-bound
The more detail you are, the better it is. Get as focused and well defined as you can. Instead of saying “My goal is to lose weight,” a better, clearer description would be “I want to lose 20 pounds so I can maintain my health.” Or “I want to lose 20 pounds so that I can keep up and maintain good health.” Remember, you can be as detailed as you want but make that those details straight to the point.
Include specific amounts. Avoid using vague words. Replace words like “better,” “more” or “happy,” for example, with words that specifically make you feel this way. So if you want to travel, you don’t want to say that “you want to travel because you want to be happy”. The measurable way is this, “I want to travel to the beach so that I can feel the warm sand on my feet and the sunlit kiss of the sun”.
Set your goal so that it is achievable. Yes, you want to challenge yourself, but saying you are going to travel to Europe in a month isn’t a reality (unless you have the money). It will only frustrate you and lead to disappointment if you set your goal too high for the time frame.
When determining a reasonable time frame for your goal think about how much time you have in a day to devote to working on your goals. Then set your goal accordingly. A more realistic goal then would be, “I will be traveling to Europe in 8 months – 1 year”
To set intentional goals, what your goals need to be as much related to every aspect of your life.
Is your goal relevant to the direction you want to go in your life? Does it align with your strengths and values? Do you have the talent and experience to (or can you attain them) to reach the goal? Is the goal worthwhile for you? Is this goal moving your forward?
Setting your intentional goal needs a deadline. Without one, you’ll be tempted to procrastinate or ignore your goals altogether. It’s easy to get distracted by tasks that aren’t in your goal plan. These tend to prevent meaningful progress.
Your time limit depends on the goal. You will need to allow a longer time frame for some goals based on the information you need to collect and the tasks you need to complete. Just be sure to keep it effective for your needs.
So if you’re going to travel to Europe in the next 8 months, you will need to set a specific amount of money that you’ll be savig per week or month before that 8th month arrive.
Now that you know how to create a goal, here are some examples of both broad and general goals, as well as specific examples to help you get started.
- I want to travel Europe.
- I want to travel all parts of Europe in 6 months
- I will need to save $$$ amount of money to start my European journey
- I will save $ or $$ each week to buy my plane tickets
- And so on…
Use these examples as you create goals that resonate with you. Goals should be personal, specific, time-bound, and make you feel good about yourself, as well as see yourself as being power-filled and successful.
Other Goal Tips To Consider
Here are a few other things and ideas to consider when setting your goals and intentions for your vision board. The tips here give you what you need to remember as you move through the process.
- Focus on the WHY or benefits behind your goals.
- Set your intentions based on what you want to achieve.
- An alternative to creating your list on the back of your “Let It Go” vision board, write out your specific goals. Try to keep it short and sweet so you can remember the goals even when they aren’t right in front of you to see.
- State the goal as an affirmative. You need to believe that your goal is possible and achievable. So start saying, “I am traveling in 8 months.” or “This journey is possible for me”.
- In your goal, include as many important details as possible by including times, dates, amounts, and other elements you need to track or keep in mind as you make progress.
- Prioritize each goal. Work on one goal at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed by juggling too many goals.
Knowing what you want to achieve; how you plan to accomplish it, how your life will benefit, and how you will know when you achieve each goal is essential to your success. You may feel discouraged along the way because it will be a struggle.
All goals do not come with struggles. But realistically, you will learn how to go with the flow, which also leads to being more resilient. Here is a little secret for you: all successful people are very resilient. Just work on it.
Hope you find this post helpful to help you achieve your goals!
Tell me in the comments below, what sort of things are you struggling right now that preventing you from achieving your goals? Are you doing anything to work on it or through it?
Until Next Time,