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Goal Setting: I Love & Hate Them

Let’s talk about goal setting.

Booooooooooring. LOL

This morning I made some process on some really big goals of mine ! Yay!

It’s interesting because I really have a love hate relationship with goals.

What comes to mind when you think of setting goals?

For me, it’s S.M.A.R.T. goals. Gag. The worst!!

In the last 3 years that I’ve been working for myself, I have put a bigger emphasis on setting goals.

Obviously, I want to grow my business and be able to keep working for myself FOREVER! No more day jobs for me! Right!?

In the past, I would make goals and just look at them.

I would stare at my goals and obsess over the fact that I wasn’t achieving them yet. Literally – sit and stare. {insert frustration}

One day I had a realization – I was treating my goals like a lot of people who are trying to lose weight treat the scale.

You get on it, you look at the number, you see it hasn’t changed… you freak out, give up, get mad… it’s SOOOO not productive or happy.

I was making myself miserable and not reaching my goals.

So here’s what changed:

I started with a BIG PICTURE.

For example, I decided last June that I was going to attend a series of events throughout the next 18 months. I didn’t have the details planned out, but I was going to figure out a way to make it happen.

Since then, I’ve been to 3 events with plans for a couple more. This morning I booked a hotel room for 10 days — 10 days — in October for one of these events. Cue the freak out. That’s a FIRST for me. {insert ramble about all the things I said in the video}
The big picture from last June made me take some different actions in the coming months.

After you have your big picture, start asking some good questions like:

  • What’s it going to take for me to achieve this goal?
  • How can I do that?
  • Who could help me with this?

Next are ACTIONS.

Questions help you to feel creative and fun while you’re brainstorming which actions to take toward your goal.

It’s not enough to write the goal and just look at it.

You’ve got to ask good questions to spark creativity.

And most importantly – TAKE ACTION – to lead toward your big goal.

Pro Tip: When you focus on your actions instead of the big scary goal you win.

Focus on ACTIONS.

You can do that!

What’s your big picture goal?


This is Part 1 in a series called Goal Setting. Check back tomorrow for Part 2!