If you're in the business, coaching, or teaching worlds, you've likely heard of the SMART goals technique—a powerful goal-setting tool designed to help you clarify your objectives and move toward those objectives with strategy and intention. The SMART acronym stands for Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound. These are all traits that high-quality goals have.
Basically, making a SMART goal helps us to identify how to get where we want to go. But the problem with creating our goals according to SMART standards alone is that often knowing how to achieve our end goals isn’t enough to spark the passion and follow-through we need to achieve them. Usually, it’s the underlying, heart-burning, soul-on-fire why that makes the difference between achieving our goals and burning out.
Without that North Star, that why, working toward our goals can quickly start to feel like all grind, no grace. And who wants to work like that when there's a new, better paradigm of goal setting? There's a way to set goals that actually feels good—fusing hustle and heart, strategy and soul, committed action and deep satisfaction.
So, what does that new paradigm look like? A heaping scoop of the SMART template and a generous drizzle of SOUL. When we connect to what's motivating us to create our goals and build a vision in the first place, we tap into the wellspring of creative energy that inspired us to take action in the first place. And connecting with this source of creative energy invites a state of flow.