3 Tips for Setting Goals with Purpose

We are wired to life through movement and evolution. Setting goals is how we challenge ourselves to do better, give more, and rise up beyond our current circumstance. Goals are our instrument for progression and moving toward our inner desires, hopes and dreams. When we set the right intention behind our goals, they turn from a dream to a reality. Sometimes we become stuck when we set goals that seem too out of our reach that we suffer constant failure from, or that we haven’t attached the right meaning to. We all know that when we outline goals that they need to be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and timed) yet there is a whole other layer that we don’t always consciously think of;purpose. What is your ‘why’? ‘Why’ is your foundation, your reason, and what you build everything else upon. When we think of our goals, the most important thing to first uncover is our purpose that sits beneath that intention. Here are a few tips to help you find that purpose.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction” - John F. Kennedy

1. Spend time to reflect upon what you truly want to nurture and create

When we initially act on our goals, we sometimes don’t hit the ground running. The measure of what we are aiming for should be constant and unrelenting. Our goal and the intention behind it should be meaningful and rooted with an integral sense of purpose. A goal is more than something that we write down or mentally root in our minds; it is something that we absorb into the fabric of our existence. The journey toward our goals and aspirations is meant to be challenging. If we don’t face adversity, what sense of value or achievement would it offer to us? Before setting your goals, take time to reflect and evaluate what sits at the very center of you. Discover your ‘why’, and when things get hard, review what you are doing, and never be afraid to adjust your course, even if it seems like you’re failing.

2. Focus the direction of your energy

Mental and emotional energy act as inherent drivers toward our goals. When we fully utilize all our inner resources, we can direct ourselves with fortitude and courage. Our thoughts greatly affect our corresponding emotions. When we can align our thoughts and feelings we create a powerful synergy. We can move past obstacles, break down barriers, and make significant progress. Our mind gives birth to the principle and our emotions and enterprise take it to full promise. It’s our inner strength which engineers us closer toward our goals. A cohesive effort based on the clarity of our mental vision, the flame of our emotional energy, and physical action brings results.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success” -Pablo Picasso

3. Fuel your motivation and confidence

When we set a powerful purpose for our goals then we should always prepare everything that it brings. We can prepare to experience hardship, struggle, and times of low self belief. The foundation of our goals should not be based on the expectation of an easy ride. The sparks of our motivation are all lit up at the beginning but those lights can easily fade once the tough times hit. Willpower is something that will fluctuate but your commitment is something that sticks. Make a commitment to what you outline, prepare yourself mentally and emotionally, and find your fuel to keep going from deep within. Our highest aspirations should be based on truth, self discovery, and accepting that we will make many mistakes- but we will learn and grow from all of them. Self belief is something that we build upon to bravely go the distance.

“People with goals succeed because they know where they're going” - Earl Nightingale

When we find our ‘why’, the significance of their goals changes. When we emotionally attach to what we desire for ourselves, we add value, meaning, and a level of grit toward our dreams we never knew we had. Build your goals on your full and honest potential.

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