Purpose Driven Goals: A Simple Formula For Better Goal Setting
We all set goals. Actually reaching them? Now that’s a whole different story. Most of us set our goals at the beginning of the year only to forget about them two weeks later. With the year half way over, many of us (like me) are looking back at the goals we set all the way back in January and asking ourselves, “what in the world happened?” The year started out great. We had all the motivation, energy, and intention of accomplishing our goals, yet somehow we fell short. If you’re like me, you fell way, way short.
Now, there’s a lot of reasons why we fail to reach our goals. But let’s say you did most of the right things when you set your goals. You even followed the trusted S.M.A.R.T. goal setting plan. You made sure your goal was specific. You made sure it was measurable. You made it attainable. The goal was relevant. Lastly, you made sure your goals were time bound with a solid deadline for achieving it. You may have even taken some of the necessary actions to reach your goals. Somehow, you still fell short
I worked really hard at the beginning of the year to set my goals and make them as S.M.A.R.T. as possible. A lot of them I made great progress on, but just like many times before, my motivation and determination slowly faded away and I lost sight of what I was trying to achieve. In short, I fell back into the same old habits that have prevented me from reaching my goals in the past.
As I reflected on this, I decided I needed a new way to approach achieving my goals. S.M.A.R.T. goals are a great starting point, and I do think all your goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound. But I knew I needed more. What I really needed was to find my “why” for pursuing that goal. So I decided to approach it using a simple formula.
The idea is simple. To reach your goals you need to take action. Our actions are guided by our habits. Our habits are determined by our priorities, and our priorities are defined by our purpose or our “why.”
To improve our ability to reach our goals, we have to understand the purpose of that goal.
This will help in prioritizing the actions you take each day. When you have to choose between exercising, or binge watching a new show on Netflix, your priorities will determine the decision you make. The more “good” decisions you make, the better your habits become. The better habits you have, the better chance you will have of taking the right actions towards reaching your goals.
It doesn’t matter if your goal is starting a business, reaching a fitness goal, or learning a new language, it’s important to understand “why” you are trying to reach that goal. So next time you set your S.M.A.R.T. goals, try taking it one step further. Define the purpose of the goal, set your priorities, develop your habits, and reach your goals.