The power of integrating my goals with my values became clear through a better understanding of myself, as well as the nature of goal setting.
I came to realise that I could lead a more fulfilling life and get through crises more easily if I did this and applied the lessons from other goalsetting methods.
If we truly want to achieve our aspirations, then setting IMPACT Goals makes this more likely.
IMPACT Goals are:
Life changing goals involve going on a journey that has ups and downs. There are tough times as well as good. Some people and events will hold you back and deflect you from your course. Maintaining motivation and direction on your goals can be hard unless these are integrated with your core values.
There is no doubt that making sure your goals are measured is fundamental to good goal setting. It is easy to track business goals using measures like a revenue target, an increase in efficiency or a decrease in waste. Tracking personal goals, particularly if the goal is to do with relationships, is more difficult. This can be overcome by identifying the “Gateways” to your dreams. These Gateways can be steps, rewards or habits.
Many people equate goal setting to earning more. Most (all!) of us lead busy lives with many important and conflicting aspects to them. We might believe that more money will lead to more time and better balance in our lives. Often the opposite is true, as we juggle developing great relationships with family and friends, keeping our body and environment healthy, progressing in our work or career, as well as keeping mentally sharp and developing spiritually. If our goals are balanced across these and many other areas, then we can consider them as “measured”.
It goes without saying that goals should be positive – there is no point in a negative goal! But as well as being written in a positive way, do they have a positive impact on your life? And how do you remain positive as you pursue them? Elite Sports increasingly shows us that positive psychology can be the difference between being the winner or loser, number one or number two.
Procrastination is the goal-killer. If we do not have clear and concrete steps towards our goals, it will be harder to achieve them. Our goals need to be action-focused. We desire rewards to maintain our motivation. We want to develop good habits. Being action-focused is not the same as being results-focused. One of the lessons of modern goal setting in Elite Sports is the recognition that you are more likely to be successful if you focus on you actions and the process, rather than on the result that you want. The idea is that if you look after the process, your results will look after themselves.
One of the things about SMART goals that does not sit comfortably with me is the A and the R. I’m not really sure what the difference is between Achievable goals and Realistic goals: isn’t an achievable goal realistic and vice versa? In any case, where is the fun in something that is realistic and achievable? Surely it is better to push yourself. To be your best. For your goals to be challenging.
Collins and Porras found, in their book Built to Last, that the companies that set themselves “big, hairy, audacious goals” were the ones that really excelled in their industry. As the saying goes “Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss you will land among the stars”. Elite Sports is about setting challenging goals. I prefer the sports psychology mantra: “control the controllables” to achievable and realistic, because even if you set challenging goals, you can focus on what you can control.
Time is important, because time is scarce. Making goals timebound can be key to motivating yourself – there is little more motivating than a deadline! Also, if the goal is important to you then you should allocate time to it. In short, goals need to be time-focused.
IMPACT Goals are about integrating your goals with your values so that you create a timeless passion for pursuing your aspirations. Over the course of the next blogs, I will elaborate on each of the components of IMPACT Goals. If you would like to find out more about IMPACT Goals now, why not attend a workshop?