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V.I.T.A.L. Mindset, S.M.A.R.T. Goals

S.M.A.R.T. Goals Only Work With A V.I.T.A.L. Mindset

By now, everyone is familiar with the S.M.A.R.T. goal structure for goal setting (specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-based). In the spirit of New Year's reflections and aspirations for the coming year, we know that goals are only as S.M.A.R.T. as the mindset creating them is V.I.T.A.L. Let us explain. The S.M.A.R.T. goal process is pretty full-on left-brain stuff, which is essential. But we can't omit our intuitive right-brain from the equation. The V.I.T.A.L. mindset is how we invite that side of our brain to the process.


When engaging in the detail-oriented analysis of goal setting and action planning, what values will you bring to the process of delivering on these goals? How will you show up for the parts you lead? How will you course-correct when needed to make sure your mindset is optimized based on these values?


Can you think about this year's goals in a more imaginative way? Is there a way to tilt the kaleidoscope just a bit to reveal more innovative ways of accomplishing these goals? Or simpler ways? Are there adjacent stakeholders from whom to enlist support? Is your mindset open enough to be vulnerable to think creatively?


What will progress toward and/or attainment of your goals mean to the team? How will they support or compliment others? How many people can your contribution help shine and elevate? Who can you learn from or whose talents can be tapped for support?


Can you remain firmly committed to the outcomes while holding space for having a mindset that is firm in values yet flexible in approach?


And most importantly, can you take the goals and your work seriously without taking yourself so seriously? Can your ego chill a bit? Can you approach these goals knowing that you might goof here and there and so will others - and that the "beginner's mind" is an asset, not a liability?

The VITAL5 ROUNDUP - V.I.T.A.L. Mindset, S.M.A.R.T. Goals

  1. Values – this is the "how" to the "what."

  2. Imaginative – can you tilt your perspective like a kaleidoscope?

  3. Team-oriented - who else can you help shine with progress toward your goals?

  4. Adaptable – can you be firm in values yet flexible in approach?

  5. Laughter - can you laugh at yourself?

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