“It’s ok to be selfish like a shellfish and know that your world is your pearl.” - Marc Coronel.
The making of a pearl happens because the shellfish has a natural defense against natural irritants like a parasite and, over time, takes something hostile and makes it so beautiful. A good starting point to share with you would be the power of goal setting combined with consistent engagement. You can take pain points and turn them into something valuable and beautiful in your life. Just keep in mind that it takes time and commitment.
There is a lot of value in goal setting as it provides direction and focus, which is self-empowering. Everyone has different goals in life, as we don’t all have the same story or starting point. When setting goals, we allow ourselves to reach our full potential in an organized and structured manner. Since everyone has a different origin story and finish line, this article provides a road map for all.
The most famous goal-setting acronym lives the S.M.A.R.T., which has helped people set clear objectives for themselves since 1981.
Specific - Set specific goals linked to achieving a result, such as improving your hiking, biking, or running pace by 10%. It targets a particular area for improvement.
Measurable - Being able to quantify or use an indicator for success so that you can track your progress. Instead of being better in better shape, focus on making it through a 30-minute fitness class without losing your breath or having to quit.
Attainable - What specific actions do you need to take to attain this goal? Is your goal achievable by dedicating 20-30 minutes of relevant activity to meet your goal?
Realistic - Is the goal something that you can achieve? Is it purposeful to you, and does it scale back to your initial specific goal? To be realistic, you will need to work towards it by improving your current habits. It means that an outdoor walk after dinner for 30-45 minutes will help you improve your fitness level. Think about some of the obstacles you might have to overcome to get to your goal.
Timely - Setting a clear timeframe will help you accomplish your goal. When will you start and finish? Will you change your fitness class attendance in the next 3-6 months? Set a clear deadline here.
Personal satisfaction is paramount. It’s no different than getting your school project put on the refrigerator by your parents after you were so focused and diligent in creating a masterpiece. Think about that for a second. The amount of satisfaction you will get from achieving your goals willed you to set more of them and be even bolder. There is no limit to what you can earn, but it starts with you having to believe.
Our challenge for you today is to set your S.M.A.R.T goal(s) today and share it with someone you love!