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     4 Steps To Inspired Goal Setting

At the beginning of the year, there's often an orgy of goal setting. People get into a collective frenzy about setting personal and professional goals. 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 and BELIEFS. Here are 4 steps to inspired goal setting.

Many of us succumb to the pitfall of 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 will not 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" "ought", then it aint gonna happen. You joined that gym because you "had to" lose weight and how often did you go?

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 or self sabotage is often the result. It's important to be excited by the POSSIBILITIES that working towards your goal will bring. Also, cultural 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 yourself.

Once you've ramped up your desire and feelings about the goal, here is where the SMART model of goal setting comes in. Your goals should be:
  • S = specific
  • M = measurable
  • A = action orientated
  • R = realistic
  • T = time based
When your goals meet these criteria, you are much more likely to actually SUCCEED at reaching them. Write down your specification in rich feeling detail and then...

That's right. Let go of your judgements, your timing of when it should happen, your attachment to the outcome looking the way 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 feeling good. 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 take a different route to work and you see something that gives you an idea. You do less as more comes to you. You stop "having" to do things and end up effortlessly achieving your goals. And then if you don't achieve your goal(s)...

If you don't achieve your goals, maybe the Universe was telling you that this wasn't the right PATH and was leading you to something better, even though you didn't always see it at the the time. Hasn't that often happened in your experience? Where you thought a choice would be the right one for you, but something got in your way, and you learned later that it was actually better in the long run for you to go a DIFFERENT direction? Follow the above process and you'll find yourself achieving your goals with much more ease and joy.


Julie Plenty is a Personal and Business Coach who suffered from low self-esteem for years. She developed tips and techniques to raise her own self-esteem and turn her life around and now wants to help others do the same. Visit her website at www.kickstartyourselfesteem.com.

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