Session #8: Goal Focus


 

Habit Check In

Each week we will check in on the daily habit you have set for yourself. What positive experience have you had with your habit this week?

 

Goal Focus

This week we are jumping back to discuss our purpose. In the process of dreaming big, our goals often compete with one another for your time and attention. Whenever you chase a new goal, you have to pull focus and energy from your other pursuits.

Now, there is good news. One of the fastest ways to make progress on your goals is to simply press pause on less important things and focus on one goal at a time. What does that sound like? Building habits!

Typically, when we fail to reach our goals we think something was wrong with our goal or approach. Social media tell us to dream bigger in order to stay motivated. Or we tell ourselves we needed more time in the day to make it happen. These ideas cloud the bigger issue. What often looks like a problem of goal setting is actually a problem of goal selection. What we really need is not bigger goals, but better focus.

“You don’t need more time, you just need to decide.”

But how do we know where to go if we don’t dream big? The key is to combine “stretch goals” with SMART goals. Stretch Goals are big, overarching goals that sound improbable on the surface, but not so impossible that they become discouraging when we think about them (e.g. running a marathon in six months).

On the other hand, SMART Goals bring our Stretch Goals down to reality so we can take action toward achieving them. SMART is acronym for Specific (e.g. running exactly five miles by the end of the week), Measurable (measuring your distance through an app on your phone), Achievable (detailing a plan to work your way up to 5k), Realistic (scheduling all of your runs), and on a Timeline (building your way up to a 5k over six weeks).

These two types of goals become especially powerful when we pair them up. When we do this we allow ourselves the opportunity to dream big and set our direction. And then we bring those goals right down to reality. The one thing to remember is that the daily actions that come from your SMART goals must tiny and manageable. That’s where the real success lies.

 

Goal Inventory

Think of goals like a bush of roses. They need to be consistently pruned over time to make them bloom. That’s what we are focusing on this week! The activity will walk you through dreaming big, identifying your priorities, and then setting your SMART goals. Allow yourself to explore any goals you can dream up!

You can find this activity here.

 

Action Step

  • Practice the Goal Inventory activity
  • Complete and track your habit for the next 7 days