But I think that no matter how smart, people usually see what they’re already looking for, that’s all.

Veronica Roth, Allegiant


What You Think You Know

Thinking that you already know enough to know what you really want is an easy mistake to make. The truth is, by believing that you know what you’re looking for, you’re limited by your current point of view. For instance, imagine that you’ve lived your entire life in a heavily forested valley. You’ve never seen any other part of the world. One day, you decide that you want to travel to the next valley, which you’d imagine was pretty much the same as the one you’re in. However, until you climb to the top of the nearest mountain and get a bird’s eye view of the landscape, you’re limited by what you believe to be true.

Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.

Albert Einstein (attributed)


This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein, offers another perspective on this same idea. If you approach setting a goal or intention, with the same mindset you’ve been living from, your results will be limited to what you already accept to be possible. So, what’s the solution to creating smart goals and intentions for greater success in your life?

Smart Goals & Intentions

Einstein is also credited with the idea that when solving a problem, spend more of your time in understanding it. The actual time spent solving it is quite small in comparison. This is particularly true when it comes to setting goals and intentions. While there is a process called “S.M.A.R.T.” for creating goals, it isn’t very helpful until you’ve done these three things:

  1. Accept that your mindset is limited by your current point of view
  2. Be willing to soften your inner gaze in order to discover a more expansive perspective
  3. Cultivate a fearless and curious approach to learning who and how you truly are

This process of expanding your point of view, cultivating curiosity, and receiving inspired insights takes time. It’s essential to give yourself the space needed to shift into a completely new approach to setting goals and intentions. The limited way to set goals and intentions is to look around you, see what’s wrong or missing, and fill in what you think will ‘fix’ it. That’s like walking around that forested valley thinking that all you need are more or different kinds of trees.

Give Yourself What You Need

What’s really needed is to learn how to climb the mountain. Typically, you’ll need a guide, so find a mentor, a teacher, or a coach who’s got experience scaling new heights. It’s essential to support yourself as you traverse this new and sometimes scary terrain. You can do it, just don’t be afraid to ask for and accept help.

Then, once you’ve awakened to the vastness of what’s possible, follow the steps in this article, How To Set Your Intention The Right Way. Here you’ll learn the four parts of you that must be included in order to give you the success you’re looking for.

About Zette

Zette Harbour is an iPEC certified life and leadership coach, and, an award-winning professional storyteller, who helps women clear out what’s not working in order to live the life of their dreams.

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