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Set Goals that Ignite a Fire in Your Belly

The fact that you’re reading this article shows you have an interest in personal development. Most

of you will already be familiar with the SMART goals framework, which may be perceived as:

  • Specific (simple, sensible, significant.

  • Measurable (meaningful, motivating)

  • Achievable (agreed, attainable).

  • Relevant (reasonable, realistic and resourced, results-based).

  • Time bound (time-based, time limited, time/cost limited, timely, time-sensitive).

However really SMART goals are goals that you see connected to what you value most. Setting goals

aligned to what your life values most is one of the keys to success!

Are you wondering what your values are?

Simple, ask yourself where does the majority of your energy, money and time go?

You value what YOU are passionate about. I stress the word YOU as these should not be values that

you think you should be aligned to, or other people’s values. If you don’t identify your own, you will

struggle to maintain your motivation and drive.

When trying to achieve your short or long term goals, if you can’t recognise what actions are

assisting you in fulfilling what is truly most important in your life, you will procrastinate, hesitate and be

frustrated in your actions and this will delay the achievement of your goals.

When you struggle ask yourself, "How is this action assisting me to achieve what is truly most

important to me?" Answer it until you can see how all of the daily actions you do are in line with

your goals and values. Learn to appreciate and love what you are presently doing through linking it

to what you value most. Your perception matters. Change your perception and you will change the

way you feel about your life.

Create really SMART goals

Set some time aside in a quiet space. This will take at least several hours, for some even a few days,

don’t rush it. Start by writing down your meaningful goals that you are certain you would love to

achieve and that your life demonstrates you are truly committed to, increasing your probability of

acting on them and achieving them. It will look like something like this;

What do you want to achieve in:

  • A week

  • A month

  • Six months

  • A year

  • Five years

Your goals can include your life, business or career. The finished product should motivate and inspire

you every day you look at it, so even on your bad days you have the drive to push forward.

Have your goals written out and visible every day. Keep in mind your goals will change with time, as

will you! A good idea is to revisit your goals every 6 months.

Take action

You’ll hear a lot of talk about goals these days, but not so much about action. You can have the

shiniest goals but they are worthless, unless you get out there and put it into practice.

Are your daily actions and behaviours in line with your goals?

It will take discipline, and you will be challenged along the way. You will need to be growth minded,

optimistic and passionate. Share your goals with someone you trust to get them out there. Also

surround yourself with like-minded people just like you, to help support you.

Tip: Use a daily journal/diary to keep you accountable. The ‘6 minute success journal’ is a good

option which comes with a; habit tracker, focus for the day; task list and reflection section including

weekly/monthly reviews.

What gets measured gets managed. Stay consistent.

If you need help reach out to our coaching team. CHALK coaches share a common goal: to build

better athletes, and we want YOU to achieve your goals!


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