Video Blog Transcript
Jennifer: Welcome to our 11th blog: Goal Setting.
Jim: Setting a goal is the first step towards creating anything you want in your life.
Jennifer: When you declare a goal, it creates a compass at all levels of consciousness that leads you in the direction of what needs to happen in order to achieve that goal.
Jim: Today, we’re going to talk about a couple key aspects in creating an effective goal.
Jennifer: (Illus) First, let’s make a distinction between “to-do’s” and “goals.” To do’s are projects or tasks that you may need or should complete, such as losing 10 pounds. A goal is the result or achievement toward which that effort is directed, such as fitting into size 8 jeans.
Jim: (Illus) One way to tell the difference is when you think about completing a goal, you feel joyful. And shen you think about completing a “to-do,” you feel relief.
Jennifer: (Illus) So once you have a goal in mind, it’s important to rate your desire of achieving this goal on a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being that you really want to have this goal and are willing to do whatever it takes no matter what, to achieve it.
Jim: (Illus) We call this is called the “wanna meter.” Unless you can rate your goal between 8-10 on the wanna meter, you won’t have the needed desire or emotional energy to achieve it.
Jennifer: So if your wanna meter is less than 8, either find a different goal that you want more or do the work necessary to increase your emotional desire for that goal.
Jim: Next, we’re going to talk about how to create an effective goal, using the SMART goal criteria.
Jennifer: (Illus) First write your goal statement from the perspective that is has already been achieved. For instance, “I have successfully completed a century bicycle ride within the next six months.”
Jim: (Illus) Do you really want to do that?
Jennifer: (Illus) Yes – I’d put my wanna meter at a 9 on that one.
Jim: (Illus) OK. Let’s see if it’s a SMART goal. “S” is for specific. The goal should be focused and clear.
Jennifer: (Illus) In this case, it’s successfully completing a century bike ride.
Jim: (Illus) “M” is for measurable, so you know when you’ve achieved your goal.
Jennifer: (Illus) I’ll know I’ve achieved this one, once I do it.
Jim: (Illus) “A” is for attainable. Your goal should be a stretch, but not a set up for failure.
Jennifer: (Illus) Well, I know I can ride for 40 miles right now, so riding 100 miles sometime within the next six months seems like a stretch, but I believe it’s attainable with effort.
Jim: (Illus) “R” is for relevant. If your goal isn’t fueled by an authentic intention, you won’t be motivated to follow through.
Jennifer: (Illus) In this case, I made up my mind to become physically fit through bicycle riding, and having this goal is added motivation for me.
Jim: (Illus) Finally, “T” is for time. Having a specific date by which your goal will be accomplished is important.
Jennifer: (Illus) That’s where the “within six months from today” comes in.
Jim: We hope you’ve found this blog helpful.
Jennifer: Setting goals is a great way to open to possibilities and get beyond limiting beliefs.
Jim: Next time, we’ll talk about clearing fears that’ll arise while trying to achieve your goals.
Jennifer: Thanks for joining us, and we hope to see you again soon.