SMART Goals & Achieving your Dream Life

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I woke up this morning, grabbed my green tea/ coffee (yes I drink BOTH…Im crazy), and started on my personal development. One of the books I’m currently listening to on Audible is “Get Over Your Damn Self: The No-Bs Blueprint to Building a Life-Changing Business” by Romi Neustadt. In this book she talks about many ways to create an amazing business and thrive. Today’s topic was Goal Setting. Specifically SMART Goal setting. Now if you’re in Business you may be familiar with this concept, but if you’re not or you’re new let me give you a simple break down.

A SMART Goal is considered

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic/Relevant

Time Bound

I run both an MLM Beauty Based Business as well as my very own Online Boutique built from the ground up…and I can tell you this is 100% true. Majority of the time in my last 3 years in the business world I have noticed so many women, myself included, who simply state a blanket goal out in the open and then….nothing. No mapping, no game plan, no small steps towards this achievement. And then they sit back and wonder why nothing seems to be working? Why they aren’t getting where they want to be? Well how on earth do you expect to reach your destination with no map? It makes no sense, right?

Its so important in business and even in life that we set not only goals for ourselves, but that we map out a game plan of how we will achieve them. Being realistic with our expectations of ourselves & holding ourselves to a higher standard than we did the day before. If you want to BE BETTER you have to BE BETTER. Yes I said that twice. Let it sink in.

My challenge for you today is to sit down and get REAL with yourself. Why is it that you are reaching for the goal that you are? Once you have that down…I want you to, step by step, day by day, (Okay now I’m singing that theme song lol)…list exactly what needs to happen in order to achieve it. Its okay for this plan to evolve. Its okay for your why to change. You simply revisit your game plan every 90, 120, 270 days to see if you’re still on track or if you need to change anything.

How amazing is it that you woke up today with a new opportunity to get closer to what it is you’re trying to achieve?! And if you’re not excited about that…it may be time to reevaluate your why and find something that does get you excited! Something that gets you out of bed in the morning pumped for new perspective. Pumped for a new chance to make change. We are so limited here with our time. So lets make it count…..and make shit happen!

I have linked a pdf file that I shared with my Beauty Community (Kudos to Pinterest & Happy Organized Life) for SMART Goal setting. Download it  here.

Your goals don’t have to stay dreams. You can make them a reality. You just have to be willing to DO what needs to be done.

Happy goal setting Mavens.

XoXo

The Maven Life

 

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The Power Of Words

Words.

One of the most important things we use to communicate. You, this very second, are reading a collection of words I’ve thrown into the universe (or cyber space for that matter) to convey my exact emotions/feelings/thoughts at this very moment. What a beautiful thing right? To be able to read someone’s feelings. To be able to feel someone’s heart through words.

So often we take for granted the words we speak. Words are used to complain, to gossip, or worse….hurt others or even ourselves. With such an amazing ability we have to communicate why on earth would we use our words to spread hate? I was reading my morning devotional and this exact topic came up.

-Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. 

There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword. But the tongue of the wise promotes health. 

I encountered a situation last night where words were used to try and hurt me. Here I was trying to be productive & helpful and someone was trying to purposefully put me down. For whatever reason, unknown to me, this person went out of their way to use their ability as a sword and cut into me. It hurt.

Instead of reacting right then and there and calling the person out…I remained quiet and decided to actually THINK before I reacted. However I cannot necessarily say I was slow to anger, because girl…it was there…and it was boiling over. After I thought about all the ways I could snap back at this individual (lets face it in the heat of the moment that is far more appealing) I sat and thought back to times where I also wasn’t so nice to others.

Back in my high school years I wasn’t always the person I am today. In fact..some may say I was a mean girl. In my mind anyone I argued with or put down “had it coming”. I had some sort of “reason” why I treated them bad. I had some sort of “reason” why I used my words to cut into them vs. promote a healthy loving environment. And you know what? I was MISERABLE. I was so unhappy with where I was & so on the defense all the time I allowed it to be a scape goat to use my words in a negative way to drag others down. It was awful. It was embarrassing.

However over the last decade as I have grown into womanhood I have recognized how important our words are. Even in difficult situations…words cannot be taken back. So therefore we need to use them wisely. Instead of going off and saying the first thing that comes to mind….we need to pause, listen, and actually put thought into the words we use. This goes for the words we speak to ourselves as well. Every word you put out into the universe should promote love, health, & positivity. And more importantly during the difficult times….RESPECT. Respect for the person you are interacting with & respect enough for yourself to recognize that your words are truly a reflection of who you are on the inside. After all your words are simply your inner thoughts being brought to light.

So after this negative encounter last night I started to recognize that this person in fact lacks self respect. They have not been able to grow into a positive or love promoting individual. They think so low of themselves that they carelessly use their words to try and drag others down with them. And that…Is heartbreaking to me. Because I understand what that feels like. Because I too…was a miserable person back in my younger years. And like the saying goes….”Misery loves company”. I wanted others to feel the way I was feeling. I was self centered & inconsiderate to those around me. I wish so badly I could go back and talk to that girl and explain to her the impact of her words. They truly are one of the most powerful tools we have.

I challenge you today to take a few moments and consider the words you speak in a day. Are they good? Do they bring value into your own life or the life of others? Are they genuine and respectful? Or are you careless and speak the first words that come to mind even if they are negative? Your words have the power to help heal or destroy. So use them wisely. You would be amazed at how a simple change in the way you communicate will multiply the happiness in your life.

Proverbs 18:21-The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

Happy Friday All. Much love to you & heres to using our words for good.The Maven Life