Recently, I learned about Fuzzy Goals!
I have been so accustomed to SMART Goals I had never heard of this contrasting term.
But, I liked the sound of it enough to do a little research. I think of Fuzzy goals as a spectrum.
At one end there is a quantifiable goal (such as a SMART Goal) and at the other end, there is something vague you might wish for but have no idea how to achieve. At this end of the spectrum, there might be an emotional or intuitive feeling that motivates you to act in a certain way and gives you a sense of purpose.
They land somewhere on the spectrum I describe above and you can work through them using the following tips.
They align with your sense of passion or purpose, giving you an emotionally compelling feeling that motivates you.
Fuzzy Goals consist of several elements
- They are sensory, they elicit a visual or imaginary reaction that gives you something concrete to recreate.
- You can enact these sensory components by drawing, mapping, or collaging your ideas, dictating them into a voice recorder, singing them, writing them in poetry, whatever creative sensory expression that helps you get your ideas flowing.
- They can change due to their nature of being fuzzy- they may shapeshift or morph from what your original vision was into something slightly different, and that’s okay!
Think of fuzzy goals as progress over perfection. Perhaps what is perfect is not what you originally envisioned and that the outcome might be even better than what you could imagine.
This might be just the right thing to explore if you’re struggling with goals, now or in the future.
I love the creative, flexible, forgiving nature of fuzzy goals. Sometimes you just can’t force clarity and there is no sense in trying to, but that does not mean you have to remain stuck or paralyzed.
Please let me know what you think of using Fuzzy goals for planning your future!