5 Aspects Of Happiness And Fulfillment (part 5)

Northern Deer Alexander

... continued from Part 4

Essential Aspect #5: Efficient Goal Setting

In the face of overwhelming long-term goals, it's crucial to adopt a daily goal-setting strategy that breaks down the journey into manageable steps.

By setting clear intentions and taking actionable steps, regardless of the scale of your goals, you can propel yourself towards success. However, striking the right balance between difficulty and achievability is key.

In this article, we will explore the importance of setting meaningful goals, the pitfalls of setting goals without intention, and the effectiveness of the SMARTER technique for achieving success.

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1. Harness the Power of Intentional Goal-Setting:

Efficient goal setting starts with a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, small or grandiose, setting the right intentions is crucial. Ensure your goals are challenging enough to stimulate interest and motivation, while still remaining within the realm of achievability.  

2. Consistently Review and Refocus on Your Goals:

Regularly revisiting and evaluating your goals is essential to stay on track towards achieving them. It's counterproductive and time-consuming to set goals without any intention of following through. Failure to set appropriate goals is often a significant barrier to success. Maintain a constant check on your progress and make necessary adjustments to ensure alignment with your desired outcomes.

3. The Pitfalls of Unintentional Goal Setting:

Studies show that a mere 8% of individuals who make New Year's resolutions actually achieve them. Many people set goals without a genuine intention to pursue them, leading to eventual abandonment. Merely verbalizing goals without committing them to paper or outlining a detailed plan contributes to this inefficiency. To avoid this trap, it's essential to transform passive goals into active ones by setting specific targets and developing a comprehensive plan for achievement.

4. Unlock Success with SMARTER Goals:

Adopting the SMARTER technique significantly enhances your chances of success.

SMARTER goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based, with an Evaluated and Re-adjusted approach.

Writing your goals down is a pivotal step in making them tangible. Provide explicit details, such as the exact amount you aim to earn or the precise weight you want to lose, along with a specific deadline for achieving them. Discourage setting overly lofty goals that may lead to disappointment, especially when they conflict with present circumstances.

5. The Power of Positive Emotions and Progress:

Making progress on your goals generates positive emotions, fostering a sense of fulfillment and boosting overall well-being and happiness. Positive emotions act as a driving force, elevating your motivation to take action. By initiating the process of setting SMARTER goals, you create a win-win situation where progress begets more progress.


Mastering the art of daily goal setting is a transformative process that propels you towards success. By setting clear intentions, constantly reviewing and adjusting your goals, and adopting the SMARTER technique, you unlock your full potential. Avoid the pitfalls of aimless goal setting and embrace a proactive approach. With each step forward, fueled by positive emotions and tangible progress, you pave the way for an extraordinary journey of achievement and fulfillment.

About the Author

Northern Deer Alexander is the founder of The WOW Academy. When he is not working with his students, he enjoys leading shamanic journeys and meditation sessions, going for walks, traveling and meeting new people, engaging in energetic and physical training, reading books, and creating online courses on spirituality and personal development.