In the beginning of a new year it is natural to plan for success. During the holiday season, we celebrate more, we relax more, and we allow ourselves a more indulgent life. With the beginning of a new year we shift gears; we wake up to a sudden renewed sense of purpose, a strong desire to accomplish something different, something new and something big. We are more determined, more resolved to lead a new life! We feel the urge to set the big goal that will change our life. Let’s dive into the secret of your spectacular success!
Whether it is losing 50lbs, reading 50 books instead of 5, cutting back on coffee, keeping more money in the bank account or increasing one’s customers list, some of us invariably get bored with the pursuit and abandon the goal even before it becomes a fully born project.
In my previous video “Put Power in Your Goals and Soar,” I talked about lack of power behind the goals we set as being a major cause of failing to reach these goals and new year’s resolutions.
I also revealed a powerful technique for engaging your senses and using them fully in the pursuit of your goal.
Here, I want to discuss the crafting of the goal and the two major aspects that contribute to spectacular success.
- The first aspect is the STRATEGY of your success.
- The second aspect is the ANATOMY of your success.
SPECTACULAR SUCCESS STRATEGY
Success is the result of the development and the application of a spectacular strategy
The name for this strategy is SMART GOAL.
SMART GOALS are used by managers to help move their team toward a specific direction and to reach a specific target. The goal could be an increase in market share, an increase in customer retention, or a reduction of time in producing certain outcomes, or minimizing employees’ burn-out or fall-out, etc. Whatever the goal is, effective organizations do not let chance dictate the results of their sustained efforts.
SMART GOALS are developed for every department and every level of the organization which eventually converge to help reach the larger annual plans of the overall organization.
Let’s visit what S.M.A.R.T. stands for and how it is described in the corporate world.
- S stands for SPECIFIC. The more specific and well defined or articulated the goal is (as opposed to broad or vague), the clearer the image it renders, the
more tangible it is. Is your goal specific?
- M stands for MEASURABLE. The more quantifiable the goal is, the easier it is to measure the progress and to gauge the results. Is your goal measurable?
- A stands for ATTAINABLE. The goal must be within reasonable reach while still offering you the challenge and excitement to stretch beyond your comfort-zone. It also indicates that you are familiar with the parameters and environment surrounding your goal. Based on your environment, is your goal attainable?
- R stands for REALISTIC. The goal you set must take in consideration the reality around you as well as within you. The saying “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars” does not work in SMART Goal setting. Based on your present circumstances is your goal realistic?
- T stands for TIME SENSITIVE. The goal to be achieved must have a time-table. When do you want to reach your goal? In 12 months? In 6 months? By what date?
When you set a goal, it is imperative to be strategic with your goal otherwise you leave it to chance or fate to decide what the outcome will be.
A recent study shows that only 5 out 100 Americans who set goals at the beginning of the year reach their goal.
Let’s ask this question: is it possible that the 95% of those who set new year resolutions fail at achieving them because they simply do not turn their resolution into a SMART goal?
Is it possible that the 5% who succeed are SMART with their goal?
- They write SPECIFIC goals
- They create MEASURABLE goals
- They make sure their goals are ATTAINABLE
- They also set REALISTIC goals
- And finally, they make sure to frame their goal with a TIME
In a corporate environment, we can see how SMART goals play a vital role in helping move the organization forward. It gives meaning to internal and external communications.
However, when applied to individual and personal goals, even SMART goals can lack the strength to keep us interested and engaged for a long period until we reach our goal.
It is not until we start implementing a SMART GOAL that we realize how interconnected the various parts of our life are, and that this SMART GOAL is now competing with the other commitments.
We quickly start experiencing inner conflicts between our goal and other parts of our daily living.
When we set a SMART goal, we are committing ourselves to disrupt a certain status-quo or a routine. We desire to change and improve something.
When we abort the project, it is because it is not compelling enough. In other words, we want the result but we don’t have to have it. Unless we have to have it, sooner or later, a distraction will cause the SMART goal to be abandoned.
I touched upon this aspect in the video I produced “Put Power in Your Goals and Soar.”
The more passion you feel towards your SMART GOAL, the more compelling it will be and the more likely you are to achieve it. When you are emotionally invested in your SMART GOAL, just as when you are emotionally attached to someone you love, you find it difficult to leave the person.
So, to insure we create a sustainable SMART goal we add meaning to the letters in the word SMART.
Metaphorically, we reinforce each pillar of the structure of our success. I recommend that you read your SMART Goal out loud several times and until you feel in your heart how meaningful the SMART goal is to you.
POURING PASSION TO CREATE SPECTACULAR SUCCESS
Pour Your Heart Into It!
- Make the S in SMART, SPECIFIC and SIMPLE. As you write your goal ask yourself: is the goal simple enough that it supports the other aspects of my work/life?
- Make the M MEASURABLE but also MEANINGFUL. Ask yourself “is the goal I set meaningful for me -now? how meaningful is it? In which way(s)?”
- To the A of ATTAINABLE add presence to it. Make it as now and feel it AS NOW. What I mean by “AS NOW” is this.
As you write down your goal, you might have an imaginary line that stands for the time it takes to achieve it. Imagine yourself being in the process of manifesting your goal. Feel what it feels, see with your own eyes as if it is now. And, hear with your own ears the achievement of your goal as if it is now. Engage fully in the experience of the process of fulfilling your SMART goal AS NOW.
- Make the R REALISTIC and RESPONSIBLE. This refers to the ecology of our decision and action. In other words, consider the repercussion of your goal upon you, your immediate environment and the larger environment. Say to yourself “When I complete my goal, the change in me will have ripple effects on my immediate environment and the larger environment. To what extent does it have the potential to create changes for others?
Just as the achievement of a SMART goal in one division of an organization affects the rest of the organization, your personal achievement affects the other areas of your life and it also changes your relationship with others in your environment.
Here is an example. Let’s say you decide to lose 50lbs in 6 months. Let’s say that you wrote a SMART goal and you are very excited about making it happen. Part of your SMART goal is to run in your neighborhood 3 times a week at the same time for the same amount of time.
You have been running consistently for over 3 months now. One day, one of your neighbors says to you: “You know I remember when you started running. Wow, it has been three months now. Seeing your commitment and how much weight you lost really inspired me.”
The choices we make and the changes we bring in our personal life affect our environment. It “echoes” a message to the world. It has an ecological effect around us.
- Make the T TIME SENSITIVE and use it to check whether you feel as if you are moving TOWARD what you want to achieve or if you are moving away from what you want to achieve.
Let’s say your SMART goal is to lose 50lbs. You wrote down: I will weigh 110lbs on July 1, 2017.
Your goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely.
The last thing you did not check is how you feel when you write down this goal.
You have set the same goal last year but a month later you quit because hazelnut gelato is your favorite dessert, the only sweet food you eat. This is a habit you have difficulty breaking and it sabotages your resolution.
Even though you exert yourself every day toward your goal, internally you keep telling yourself that you can’t give up ice-cream. Here is the internal monologue “Oh God, I must stop eating this ice-cream and I must lose weight because it feels bad. I actually feel overweight and tired!”
Your resolution for losing 50lbs is experienced within yourself as an escape from being overweight and from feeling tired. The feeling of being overweight and tired supersedes the goal. The energy is higher in the emotions than the energy in the words. Therefore, your subconscious keeps producing the same response of feeling overweight and tired. As a result, you lack energy to pursue your goal and you quit.
So, what you must do before you embark on living out the process of achieving your SMART goal is to check where your internal energy is and what your internal monologue is telling you.
If there is conflict between your consciously written-out SMART goal and your subconscious language, your subconscious state wins. This is the reason why 95% of those who set goals abort their project half-way through.
Your task is to create congruence between your SMART goal and your internal state.
Review my video “Put Power in your goals and soar” for more on this subject.
SMART GOAL, as you see, is the component of the STRATEGIC part of a SUCCESSFUL goal.
While STRATEGY is something you revisit and rewrite regularly and adjust to the progress you make as you implement your SMART goal, the ANATOMY of success is the structure that makes the success not only possible but permanent.
The ANATOMY of success is the foundation of long-lasting success, not just one-shot success.
In PART 2 of this video, we will delve into the ANATOMY of a life-long success.
You see while SUCCESS STRATEGY is important to help us reach our goal it is not enough to fill us up with the very deep and strong sense of meaning we are here to experience and to live.
The deep and strong sense of meaning we are here to experience is connected to the SUCCESS ANATOMY.