What is always really important for a goal regarding our life on earth, in contact with matters and with other people, is that the goal is solid and grounded. This is the great added value of SMART goals. You cannot have a goal that is SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Result oriented and Time bounded) and that is not grounded, not if you have done it right.
However you can make SMART any kind of goal even useless, irrelevant, and even unethical or criminal goals.
When you apply spirituality to a goal you pass your goal to a test that is likely to make it relevant, ethical and contributing not only to a better life for you but also contributing to society at large.
There are some important questions to ask yourself to apply spirituality to your goal. Please take the time to let the questions sink so that you can really feel which answers arises for you.
I am assuming you have a goal in mind that you are considering to pursue and you want, beside the SMART model, also check if it is spiritually sound.
The first question to ask yourself is simply:
Why this goal? Why this goal now? Why this goal for you?
You can ask ‘why?’ of the answer you give to ‘why?’ and keep going deeper to understand what that goal really represent for you.
You may discover exactly why that is THE goal for you and understand on a much deeper level what that means for you. In this case you will experience even more motivation to pursue it after this discovery.
You may also realize that you are not that convinced about the goal, that you are trying to defend it because pride plays a role, but that you don’t really like what you find out in these places within yourself where the question is bring you. This is a tough one of course, it is quite discouraging to figure out that you may be on a path that is not aligned with who you are in essence and what you really want. My suggestion is to be gentle with yourself, take some time to let is sink and realize you are not alone.
These are the kind of things almost everybody experiences in life and hardly anybody is open about. This resulting in feeling alone and isolated even when is absolutely not the case. Think about it, if people were for the majority so aligned with their true essence, do you really think the world would look like it does? I think not.
What I am going to suggest next may possibly sound like turning the knife in an open wound, however it comes from a place of love. If you are in this place of realizing you are probably not aligned with your purpose with regards with the goal you are testing here, then ask yourself more questions:
‘Why does it feel so uncomfortable to realize that?’
'What is the worst part for you personally of feeling as you do at the moment?'
'Where do your thoughts bring you from this situation?' (You may be pulled towards ideas, memories or other thoughts)
Taking the time to answer these may reveal a lot about the inner working that have brought you to pursue this goal in the first place. It could be about believes you have, or it could reveal influences from your environment or much more.
This is journey of inner discovery that will on its own bring you further and help you seriously consider what you are actually going to pursue: the original goal, an adjusted version of it or something completely different.
I am getting a bit curious now, I know from my personal experience and from that of other that these journey inside oneself are nothing short of a Tolkien’s adventure, so if you would like to share your experience with me, I would be thrilled and honored.