Have you had trouble setting clear goals? Or set them and kind of meandered around trying to fulfill them?
One practice that has helped me is to set CIMA goals. CIMA is a Spanish word which means, “the summit” or “top”. So think of it this way: If you want to reach the top of your game, use the acrostic CIMA to set better goals.
- C oncrete. Michael Hyatt in his blog lists five reasons why it helps to have written goals. Your goal needs to be concrete or specific. If it is vague, like “being a more loving person”, it is highly probable that you will not reach your goal.
- I nspiring. Does the goal inspire you? Are you passionate about reaching it? Set goals that you feel good about reaching.
- M easurable. Making a goal measurable helps you know whether you’ve reached it or not. A measurable goal has a specific action or number as well as a specific target date.
- A chievable. Setting an initial goal of running a marathon next month, might not be achievable for most people. But you could enter a 5K in three months from now and begin training now. If you get inspired to get in shape and set a goal of working out 2 hours every day, it is likely you might not achieve that. Set a lower goal. That might be more inspiring like 30 minutes, 3 times a week. When you meet that, you gain strength and encouragement to increase your next exercise goals.
Setting CIMA goals will work in any area of life: spiritual, fitness, family or marriage, finances, work, friends, recreation.
What things have helped you set and achieve your goals?
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