SMART goals provide a simple framework for setting focused, actionable goals. The SMART framework is highly popular, and used across a multitude of settings. While arguably SMART goal setting is extremely effective, when it comes to personal goal setting, it lacks one of the most important pieces of the puzzle.
We each have an unconscious preference in the way we handle challenges in our lives. Some of us don the red cape and focus on fighting back against the issue. We point out all of the challenges, unfairness, and problems and seek to get them stopped or removed. Others put on the green cape and look for positive solutions instead, picking out the strengths, possibilities, and elements that are good and look for ways to build on those.
Is intentional personal growth possible in a pandemic? Should we be buckling down under quarantine, feverishly working towards transforming ourselves and achieving goal after goal after goal? Or is the pursuit of personal development on top of coping with covid-19 just too much pressure? Emerging from the pandemic better than you went in doesn't necessarily mean you've achieved a whole bunch of massive goals, but that you have moved forward mindfully in whatever way is most beneficial and meaningful to you.
When we procrastinate we intentionally put off or delay a task that needs to be done, despite knowing that there may be negative consequences for not getting it done now. Approximately 80% of the population will engage in situation procrastination at some point, choosing to delay unpleasant tasks in favor of something more pleasant.
One strategy I have found extremely effective in interrupting a negative thought or behavior pattern is to ask yourself one simple question whenever you engage in a behavior/thought you wish to disrupt.
WOAH!!! STOP!!! I looked back from my kayak to see people shouting and waving their arms at the man in the truck. Furiously backing his trailer down the boat ramp, he was headed straight for the girl scouts in kayaks at the bottom waiting patiently for their turn to be pushed off into the river. … Continue reading Watch out for the boats! Five strategies to deal with frustration and regain your patience
Ah, vacation. That magical, carefree time away from the office. An opportunity to relax, unwind, and let the stresses and strains of work melt away. We spend what feels like forever waiting for it to arrive, then in the blink of an eye, it’s gone. Poof. Back to work. Enter the back-to-work blues. A heavy … Continue reading 3 Positive Mindset Strategies to Beat the Back-To-Work Blues
How much of your current situation is truly set in stone? What do you believe about yourself and your ability to make changes? What have others told you that you have accepted as fact? Every day we face challenges with work issues, finances, our health, or from unsupportive family and friends. Or perhaps it's our … Continue reading If he can do this, what could YOU do?
"Do not fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today."Unknown Hustle. Work hard. Arrive early. Stay late. The keys to the kingdom are given to those that hustle and work for them. So why is it that for some the hustle and hard work pays off, yet for … Continue reading Alignment is the new hustle: 2 major ways focusing on alignment can drastically improve your progress
NERRR! NERRR! NERRR! NERRR! *Obnoxious alarm clock sound* Ugh. Hate it. Being ripped from my sleep by that awful sound. Doesn't matter if I have twinkly bells or a booming foghorn, I hate it just the same. For many of us, getting out of bed is an art form. A carefully designed process of coordinating … Continue reading How to beat your alarm clock