Last time, I introduced the idea that we don’t just have to have SMART goals we have to BE SMART about goals.
We know at this point that SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable(attainable), Reasonable (Realistic) and time-bounded.
But I believe that the BE is missing.
B is our Because, our why. What is it? For more, jump back to the last post then return here.
E is our Energy. How powerful is our why? What energy is blocking us like a self-imposed force field? How do we respond to everyday stimulus and how do we respond under stress? Remember: There is no Scotty to beam us up when that happens.
We have all had those days when we needed a nap, or to settle on the couch with a good book or a binge-worthy series on TV. That is our body and mind needing a recharge. We only have so much brainpower and will power. It is perfectly normal.
The energy I want to talk about is the energy that underpins your leadership.
We are all leaders. We lead at work (even if we are not the “boss”), in our families (even if we are not a parent), in our social interactions, in our social media. But most of all we lead OURSELVES.
In another post, I talked about catabolic and anabolic energy. Catabolic energy is deconstructive. It is that energy that leads to Eeyore syndrome (why bother) or the blame game (“they” did this to me). In essence, it is a feeling of helplessness when change is needed. Anabolic is empowering, it sees the bigger picture and takes nothing personally. From Level 1 (lowest catabolic) to Level 7 (highest anabolic) is a spectrum of energetic responses. We all experience ALL of them to one degree or another sometimes all in the same day. When we are under stress everyone’s energetic profile shifts to a different often lower level. But what if it didn’t?
Energy is important in goal achievement. If we have our why, then it is logical we want to take action. Our actions can be modified by how we respond to the challenge of a goal under normal circumstances and under stress.
Energy awareness and conscious strategies to recognize and choose to respond at a higher level can improve our success in goal achievement and in life.
It can help us BE SMART about goals.
The Energy Leadership Index Assessment (E.L.I.) and debrief with a coach is a powerful beginning to self-awareness and goal achievement. To read more about the E.L.I and Debrief and how you can schedule one click to our Services tab here.
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BE SMART and Make It Happen.