Want to Reach Your Goals Sooner? Be Intentional

Goal-setting has become a popular topic in today’s society. People from all walks of life want to be successful and in order to do so they set goals, that if met, can quantify that success. You have probably heard about SMART goals (maybe from some of our past articles), but if not a “SMART” goal is one that is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. When setting your own goals for both your personal and professional lives, they should be SMART.

Setting goals is one thing, but meeting them is another. Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, the sense of accomplishment you will have once you achieve them makes the journey you took to get there all worth it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could feel this sense of accomplishment sooner rather than later?

To achieve your goals more quickly you must be intentional. What does this mean? According to Dictionary.com, “intentional” means “done on purpose; deliberate.” When applied to reaching your goals, being intentional can go a long way. As Avery Blank, senior contributor for Forbes, says, “being intentional will put you on the right path and make you efficient at reaching your goal.” She has five steps you can take to become more intentional.

Carve Out Time to Think

It is hard to set goals if you don’t think about what you want to obtain. In order to set your goals, you must set time to think about what you want to achieve.

Develop a Plan

Now that you’ve thought about what you want to achieve, it is time to figure out how you want to achieve it. It is important to remember that your goal should be SMART!

Similar to how people reach success, there is not one path for everyone to take. Regardless of whether your goal is short or long-term, it will take time to achieve. Blank recommends writing out your gameplan to achieving this goal, that way you can monitor your progress and be motivated to continue along the way.

Consider the Language You Use

If you use negative words when thinking or talking about yourself, your goals will likely be more negative. Maintaining a positive attitude and outlook when setting and working towards your goals can make the difference between being able to achieve them and not.

Blank says, “Words matter. Being intentional involves being strategic and positioning yourself for your goals. Be intentional about the language you use when you speak and write.” If you want to achieve a certain goal, speak it into existence. For those looking to make a career change, using the right words can make all the difference.

Cultivate Relationships

Your plan to achieve your goal should include networking. We have said many times that networking is not reserved solely for a job search and this is a perfect example of that. When you’re on the path to achieving your goal, it is important to connect with people that may help you get to that point.

Tell the Person What You Want

When networking with people, be direct and intentional with them. If your goal is to get a new job this summer, mention that you’re looking for a job in their industry and ask for any advice they may have. If they work for a company that you’re interested in, you shouldn’t ask for a job with their organization. Instead, tell them what you’re looking for and ask them what they would recommend.

When you set your goals, it is important to remember that achieving them takes time. Most success does not happen overnight, but if you use these five tips of how to be intentional, you may be able to achieve your goals sooner.

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