Goal Setting With Intention


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We had so much fun at our second Dulcet Gathering meeting new amazing women, diving into the topic of "Goal setting" and then exploring the beautiful flower fields with all our new friends. Some girls there were action sports writers, documentary novelists, illustrators, painters, photographers, clothing designers... we are from all walks of life but we all have much we can offer each other. Here is the opening excerpt to our discussion on goals for all who wanted to come but couldn't make it.

“Thomas Edison is perhaps the most celebrated intentional goal setter. He “failed” over 10,000 times to find the solution to the light bulb. But rather than look at each attempt as a failure he said,

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” – Thomas Edison

He innately understood that his success dwelled in his effort.

Goal setting, like scissors, are simply tools which have the power to benefit or harm us — depending on how we use them. Let’s take a look at how to use goals in a positive, productive way – by breaking a common assumption and measuring our goals peacefully.

By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure and take pride in the achievement of those goals, and you'll see forward progress in what might previously have seemed a long pointless grind. You will also raise your self-confidence as you recognize your own ability and competence in achieving the goals that you've set.

It important however to remember to not put too much emphasis on the goal, rather than the intention behind the goal otherwise we can find ourselves caught up in our own personalized version of “the rat race.”

This is why its important to set performance based goals. Measure your goals based on effort, not outcome.

We feel fulfilled and joyful when we are acting in accordance with our deepest values in the present moment (ie: intention)."

-Adapted and changed from “how to set goals intentionally” blog post by Jess Lively


A useful way of making goals more powerful is to use the SMART mnemonic. SMART usually stands for:

S – Specific (or Significant).

M – Measurable (or Meaningful).

A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).

R – Relevant (or Rewarding).

T – Time-bound (or Trackable).

A huge thank you to all of you wonderful ladies who came to our #dulcetgatherings event. We can't wait for the next one! 

XOXO Kayla + Amber