Yellow Warrior Wavespell of Planning

by Mariela Maya

Cib Poem

Formulating S.M.A.R.T. Goals
And Having a Plan to Accomplish Them

We all have things we know we want to accomplish in our lives in the short, mid and long term. But how many people really take the time to set their goals and make a plan with the necessary steps to achieve them?

Goals are based on things that are meaningful to us, a desired and concrete state in the future we want to attain. Writing our goals down help to make them tangible and visual and, having them handy, serves us as a reminder to keeps us on track and focused to make them happen. We can just write them in “black and white” or we can be creative and add colors and shapes to them.

A great way to set goals, on a personal and professional levels, is by using the SMART goal setting process as a framework to materialize our intentions and make our dreams come true!

S.M.A.R.T. goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-based.

As when setting an intention or stating an affirmation, it is important to formulate our goals in a “positive” way based on what we want instead of what we don’t want.

So what are the things to consider when setting your goals?

1) Setting SPECIFIC Goals

The more specific you are when formulating your goal, the easier it is to visualize the end result and give a well-defined direction for achieving it. Ask yourself the following questions: what exactly do you want to accomplish? Where? How? When? With whom? And, Why?. ‘Why’ is a very important question, as it is your main motivation and the reason this goal is meaningful to you.

2) Setting MEASURABLE Goals

In order to know if you are making progress towards your goal, it is important to make it concrete and measurable. This will also help you to see the end result clearer. The questions here are related to “How much?” or “How many?” so you define it in a way that it can be quantified.

3) Setting ACHIEVABLE Goals

When setting goals that are not really achievable, you may get overwhelmed and frustrated if you are not able to accomplish them. In this case, it may be better to break a big goal down into smaller feasible goals so it becomes easier to make them happen. One step at a time!

4) Setting REALISTIC Goals

Maybe your goal can be achieved, but not in the time frame you want it to happen. Asking yourself if the goal is realistic means to also take into consideration whether the time you are giving yourself to accomplish it is at all possible taking into account the information and resources available.

5) Setting TIME-BASED Goals

Your goal may be specific, measurable, achievable and realistic but, if you don’t set a time frame by when you want it to happen, it may just stay in the state of a desirable wish. When you have a deadline and you know when you want to accomplish it, it serves as a target and helps you to focus on your plan.

And, finally, don’t forget to celebrate your accomplishments, from each little step to the final goal!

Happy planning!

In Lak’esh & Munay,

Mariela Maya
Yellow Electric Star
mariela [at] mayankin [dot] com
+1 (832) 454-3113

www.mayankin.com

 

In Lak’esh means “I am another yourself!”, a Mayan greeting that recognizes the Divine in each living Being. It’s a message of Unity that reminds us that, when we give, we are also receiving. In this way, the Mayan honored and respected each other, reinforcing the belief that we are all interconnected: what we do to others and to our environment will also affect ourselves in the end…

Munay means both ‘Love’ and ‘Beauty’ in Quechua, the language of the Incas. Munay, translated as ‘To love’, is one of the three principles of the Andean way.

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