From Achievement to Intention
Have you set goals for 2022 and targets for Q1?
Or have you arrived back this week and settled into a series of groundhog days - just showing up and doing it, doing it, doing it?
I'm going to confess that I've struggled a little to decide exactly what my goals and targets are, and it required a conversation with my own coach, Rachel Turner, to discover what was happening inside me.
For many years, my goal setting has been quantitative:
Number of £'s in sales;
Number of clients;
Number of marathons (and finish times);
Number of books read...
and so on.
Many of these have now become so embedded that I deliver them without thinking. I'm on automatic pilot to hit my quantitative targets.
Which is a good thing - but - some of the adrenalin of achievement has faded.
Ran another marathon - tick;
Cycled across Britain - tick;
Hit my sales, profit and savings targets - tick;
Read another 30 books - tick.
I know these achievements are good for me - and God forbid I should miss them. But where is the buzz?
It makes me wonder how performance athletes get their "high"?
Won another Grand Slam.
Beat my P.B. (again).
Is there a "meh" moment?
Rachel and I discussed two alternative approaches to dealing with this:
The Stretch Target - set a new standard - bigger, faster, more!
The Intention Target - change the narrative - from quantitative to qualitative - start working on the difference you want to make, rather than how much you want.
This really has me thinking and we explored some Intention Targets together:
To be kind and brave;
To make a profound difference to the community of clients with whom I work;
To be a beacon of light for those around me.
Ultimately, to think deeply about how I show up, how I help and the impact that I can make.
You don't get a medal for Intention Targets (at least not that I know of) but you do get peace of mind.
It is a shift in mindset that I'm going to marinade in over the days ahead.