STATE YOUR GOAL SPECIFICALLY, LEAVING ROOM FOR BIGGER POSSIBILITIES (NOT LIMITING)

When your goals are clear, you know what you want to achieve.

You can also measure results accurately and know which behaviours to reward.

However, when a goal is vague – or when you express it as a general instruction like “take the initiative” –  it isn’t easy to measure and isn’t motivating. You may not even know when you have achieved it!

A goal requires specific outcomes to measure the achievement, sure.

The issue with the specific SMART(ER) goals is that they require them to be VERY specific.

I would recommend:

  • Be specific about what is unacceptable.

“I will say no to any offer that is less than 80k.”

  • Being specific but not to the point where it’s blocking you by thinking: “How am I going to reach it?”

It can be because it’s too challenging or because of limiting beliefs …

  • We need room for opportunities since we want to be specific and not limiting.

“I want to earn 100k a year” is blocking you from getting more.

Asking, “I want to earn a minimum of 100k a year.” Opens up to 100k+.

  • We also want to add the nature and quality of the work and its environment.

I want to earn a minimum of 100k a year in a job that allows me to work remotely at least 2 days a week.

  • We also might want to add feelings:

I want to earn a minimum of 100k a year in a job that allows me to work remotely at least 2 days a week and feel motivated and serene.

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