What already feels like a lifetime ago I journeyed to NAPA for the Zooma Race series.
I came. I swam. I saw. I posed. I presented. I walked.
And while it all was amazing (I loved loved loved walking the 10k!!) my fave facet was the opportunity to get B.R.A.Z.E.N. in front of a group of runner-woman.
I LOVED ME SOME S.M.A.R.T. GOALS.
Back in the day.
Back in the 1980’s when they were created.
We’ve beaten them to death (myself included) in fields from fitness to career coaching.
It was time for a new acronym and I had the misplaced confidence to believe I am the one to create said acronym & bring it to Napa to share.
And, as often happens here, as I created said new acronym in preparation for my presentation, I used it.
I employed it as I set goals.
I harnessed it to evaluate goals already set.
By the time the event arrived, I *knew*, whether B.R.A.Z.E.N. resonated with the ZOOMA women or not—I’d found what worked for me.
And updated, ballsier, brasher, BETTER approach I share here for your goal setting/goal tweaking pleasure.
B is for BOLD.
Our goals should STRETCH us. They are supposed to be thisclose to scary. They should serve to answer at least some facet of the question: Where do I want to be in 10 minutes? 10 months? 10 years? They should force us to soften our attachment to our self-definition. When creating your goals think BOLD.
R is for RESILIENT
Our goals need to possess bounce back ability. We need to have a plan A and a plan B for achieving them. We need to know precisely what we will do if our plan (all running outside!!) gets derailed (rain for weeks!!). We must be able to envision consistency with regards to working to achieve our goal. Consistent effort makes anything possible—but we need to be able to be resilient in our efforts our our goal needs to be tweaked.
A is for ACHIEVABLE
This is where we get honest with ourselves (positive self-deception has no place here). Everyone told me I was capable of running the ZOOMA half marathon. Runners, running coaches, friends—everyone. When I was brutally honest with myself, however, and examined all of my current goals I knew a half-marathon wasn’t achievable. For me. Right now. I revamped my goal. Remember, we wanna stretch as a result of our goals—not strain or tear.
Z is for ZOOMA
Of course at this event the letter Z had to be a nod to the Zooma race series. It also pointed back to how the runners arrived at race day: A PLAN. Crucial here is to avoid paralysis by analysis. There is no BEST training plan. There is no BEST workout routine. The is no BEST approach to a goal. There is only what you will do and commit to. Create a plan which fits your lifestyle, commit fully (fits & starts hurt us emotionally), and be certain it the plan gets you both where you want to go and offers mini-goal opportunities along the way.
E is for ENERGIZING
This is YOUR goal. It should energize you. As you set the goal you should want to eat, sleep, breathe, read, talk, & think only about this focus. Because I can guarantee you this excitement will wane. At some point–no matter how fleeting–you will have a moment of: Wait. Why the heck am I doing this again?! and you need to have had earlier excitement to tap back into.
You also need to be energized and enjoy the process of achieving your goal. You should not only want the ‘end result’ but be energized by the process and experience of getting there, too. The transition is as important (and should be as energizing) as the pose.
N is for NETWORK
Or more aptly put for me: no woman is an island. I firmly believe goal achievement demands a village. Find your tribe (offline or on). Identify your cheerleaders (and your toxic life-people). Share your goals with others and clearly convey your Language of Encouragement. Look for mentors (& reverse mentors). Make time to mentor and encourage others with similar goals—you may be surprised how cheering on others re-ignites your spark for pursuing your goal as well.
- Are you ready to get B.R.A.Z.E.N. in your goal setting?
- Are you as befuddled & inept with cowl necks as am I?
Runner Girl saysJuly 10, 2015 at 4:49 am
I remember when you first shared this, Carla.
I loved SMART goals but this made me feel more bad ass LOL.
s saysJuly 11, 2015 at 2:09 am
i remember that too! i thought i was making things up … things that happen when you catch up on your blogroll at 2 am, lol.
Nettie saysJuly 10, 2015 at 5:02 am
I need to remember this because I set goals and as soon as I do I start to feel exhausted (a different E :)) at the thought of trying to nail them.
Hannah saysJuly 10, 2015 at 5:45 am
I’m deliberately not too bold with my goals because then I think I can achieve them.
I’m the opposite of the “shoot for the stars” quote.
Susie @ SuzLyfe saysJuly 10, 2015 at 6:21 am
My problem is not just getting BRAZEN in my goal setting, but being active in my work towards goal attainment. Right now, I feel like I am stuck.
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious saysJuly 10, 2015 at 6:22 am
I couldn’t agree more about helping others with similar goals. Too often we work against each other when we should be bonding together. Strength in numbers l!
Sagan saysJuly 10, 2015 at 6:54 am
I love the resilience one – I feel like that’s been the underlying theme since starting my own business. So many backup plans in place!
Also, this: “Remember, we wanna stretch as a result of our goals—not strain or tear.” Yes.
misszippy saysJuly 10, 2015 at 10:07 am
I think you are rocking the cowl!
I love the N–no truer words. My village is always there for me and I for them, and not sure how I’d accomplish goals w/o it!
Karen @BakingInATornado saysJuly 10, 2015 at 10:22 am
I love the BRAZEN acronym and all it stands for. For me, networking is the key, both to inspiration and accountability.
cheryl saysJuly 10, 2015 at 10:31 am
I hate acronyms as Special Education is so full of them…(started in the 60s actually in education)-so no I don’t need any acronym to set my goals and achieve them. I’ve been doing just fine for the last 44 years w/out one and have accomplished every goal I have set out to accomplish!
s saysJuly 11, 2015 at 2:08 am
ohh, i love cowl necks. but they can be difficult to wear. i’m all about setting goals, but i’ve pretty much been on autopilot for the majority of 2015, just doing what i have to in order to get by. perhaps the key is to set BRAZEN goals instead of / in addition to SMART ones. i just need to figure out what my goals are, exactly…yikes.
mimi saysJuly 11, 2015 at 8:32 am
For too long, and too much of the time, my goal is a modest, “get through today.”