How to Set Intentional Goals & Achieve Them

If like me, you like setting goals to help move you forward you may have a long list of things that you’re trying to achieve right now.  I love carving out time for goal setting, it really helps to give me a sense of direction and a clear focus for where I should be spending my energy.

Generally, I think I’m pretty self-aware and have a firm grasp of what I’d like to achieve over the next couple of years. It hasn’t always been this way of course.  I’ve often been steered in the wrong direction and it’s taken some inner work to really discover what I want and the life I would like to create.

The problem is we get so easily distracted from our own goals and dreams because we fall into the trap of being influenced by other people.  Many of us think we should be doing things because it’s been successful for someone else or because we’ve seen it reported in a magazine or article.   When we become inspired by somebody else our intentions may be swayed to wanting to emulate a certain aspect of their life.

What’s a sure sign that your goals aren’t working for you?  If you keep changing your goals month by month it’s a clear sign that you’ve probably set yourself something to work towards that isn’t aligned with your truth. Perhaps you’ve set them on the basis of what you think you should be doing rather than what sets your soul on fire.

An important aspect of intention setting is creating clarity around your soul purpose. Getting clear on your why is the ultimate way to gear you up for success and achieving your dreams because there is more meaning behind them.

One of the first questions I always ask new clients in our first coaching session is how do they want their life to look a year from now.  The answers are always so different, but most of the time they involve an element of self care or creating a solid wellbeing routine.

After they have outlined what they’d like to achieve I ask them why, basically asking them the purpose behind their goals before going on to asking how would it make them feel if they could live the life they’ve just described.  This really helps to get clear about what they actually want in their lives and helps give a deeper to their aims to help them make it happen.

Here are some important questions to think about when setting your goals:

  • Where do you see yourself in a year’s time?
  • What’s your priority right now?
  • Is there a deep passion rooted in these goals?
  • How will reaching these objectives make you feel?
  • Why are these goals important to you?
  • Will these goals matter later down the line?

These questions will help you to align your intentions with your core values and true purpose rather than setting goals that lack any meaning.

If you’re looking for ideas to help you with your goal setting check out these different ways that you can invest in yourself to move you forward.

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of goal setting

Once you’ve decided on your goals it’s really important to make them specific to really home them down and making them more achievable. 

Things to be aware of when you’re setting your goals:

  • Are they aligned with your core values and beliefs?
  • When are you hoping to achieve them (a specific date)?
  • Is this something you can realistically achieve?
  • Are they going to help move you forward?
  • Are you setting them because you think you should?

Seeing progress with your intentional goals

Rather than trying to digest one goal in one big chunk, create milestones that act as small steps in the right direction to get you closer to acheiving them. Think of it this way, it’s far easier to eat slices of pizza rather than tackle the entire thing at once.

Breaking a big goal down makes it more manageable and you’re less likely to give up due to burnout trying to head straight to the finish line, rather than taking baby steps. Slow and steady wins the race!

Staying accountable with your goals

Accountability is a massive deal when it comes to successfully reaching your goals.  It takes time and commitment, but ultimately it’s up to you to make it happen.  My coaching clients often mention how much they appreciate the accountability aspect of us working together to keep them motivated and on track.

If you’s like more guidance on how to set intentional goals, you can get instant access to my Passion + Purpose Planner designed to help you get clear on what you want in you life to create a life you love. Get your FREE copy here.

Where do you see yourself a year from now? Do you set goals or intentions?