4 Steps to Inspired Goal Setting
By Julie Plenty
At the beginning of the year, there's often
an orgy of goal setting.
People get into a collective frenzy about setting personal and
Traditional goal setting often
doesn't work because we are not in vibrational harmony with our
goals. The feelings we have about
our goals aren't aligned with our thoughts. So we often effort
and take too much action before we've properly aligned our feelings
Here are 4 Steps to Inspired Goal Setting.
- Know why you want the goal
Many of us to becoming specific about our
goals way too early.
We haven't felt the essence of why we want what we want. We
really need to feel our desire about our goals.
What is it we really
want; more time to spend with loved ones, space, a sense of aliveness,
pleasure, joy. If we don't know why
we want what we want, then all the action in the world won't
make any difference.
You could also
call it the Vision Thing. To have a bigger vision regarding
our lives puts goal setting
in context and makes them
far easier to achieve. If your goal is a "have to" "must" or
an "ought to", then it aint gonna happen. You joined that gym
you "had to" lose weight and how often did you go?
- Gain clarity about your desire
Haven't you already done that?
Well, partially. You can only set personal and professional
goals for yourself. If your desire
isn't there, then it aint happening.
If your goals aren't crafted
with your true desires in mind, then they'll go unfulfilled
and/or self sabotage is often the
result. It's important to be excited by the possibilities
that working towards your goal will bring.
and social expectations often shape our goals as to what
we think we can have
as opposed to what we actually
want — so you need to gain clarity about what is truly
your desire and what belongs to other people.
You'll never be able
to do enough to satisfy other people, so stick to satisfying
- The Specification
Once you've ramped up your
desire and feelings about the goal, here is where the SMART model
(S = Specific, M = Measurable A =
Action orientated R = Realistic, T = Time based) comes in. Write
down your specification in rich feeling details and then............
- ............. Let Go
That's right. Let go of your
judgments, your timing of when it should happen, your attachment
to the outcome looking the
you think it ought to look.
Letting go means that you stop
efforting and yearning and waiting. This frees you up so that
you are not wedded or attached to a
specific outcome, but let the Universe deliver.
From here you start to use your intuition
and take inspired action. Inspired action is effortless. You take
action from a place of
It opens you up to receiving
ideas, opportunities and different kinds of assistance. You may
find yourself drawn to call someone,
or someone contacts you out of the blue. For some reason you
a different route to work and you see something that gives
You do less as more
comes to you. You stop "having" to
and end up effortlessly achieving your goals.
And if you don't achieve your goal(s)..........................
Reframe it — maybe
the Universe was telling you that this wasn't the right path
and was leading
you to something better, even
you didn't always see it at the the time. Hasn't that often
in your experience?
Follow the above
process and you'll find yourself achieving your
goals with much more ease and joy. •
© 2005 Julie Plenty
About the Author
Julie Plenty helps creatively self employed people prosper by
using the Law of Attraction, because they ARE their business.