Goals Are Not the Answer

iStock 000004833674XSmall 150x150 Goals Are Not the AnswerAt the beginning of the year, I know you were probably in the fray of people who were gung-ho about setting up new goals.  You were excited because hey, it’s a new year, a chance to start over, blah blah blah.  Oh, and I was in that group too.

Not that I’m saying there is anything at all wrong with goal-setting.  Setting goals, in fact, is critical to the success of most people.  There is only a very small percentage of people I’ve ever read about who truly “just did it” without any planning, focus, or strategy.

I am suggesting, however, that goals are not the answer – you can have journal full of all the things you want to do, but unless you actually TAKE ACTION nothing will happen.

Take the treadmill for instance. I was very proud of myself this morning for working out.  It’s one of the things I’d said I wanted to do more regularly. When I finished the 20 minutes this morning, it was a great sense of satisfaction.  I felt like the rest of my day would be amazing too. It wasn’t the idea of getting on the treadmill that gave me joy (I actually dreaded waking up at 5 am to do it); but it was the accomplishment of the action toward what I know will be the eventual results.

Now what about when that action doesn’t take place?  I said at the start of the year that I wanted to get offline more and network through more local events.  This will be a major way for me to generate more leads for my business.  At the end of March when I looked at my first quarter of the year, however, guess how many local events I’d attended?  A big zero.  So to remedy this I’ve decided to actively find and map out events I will attend in 2nd quarter. Again, this is a goal. Until I hit the first event I can’t enjoy the sweet smell of a task completed, can I?

For what goals have you set a timeline and not yet taken action?   Remember, the goal itself is not the answer, you need some backup – the push is in the action.  Good luck.

Can Setting Good Boundaries Destroy Your (Brand) Relationships?

5230326264 2ec9e684c5 Can Setting Good Boundaries Destroy Your (Brand) Relationships?One of my clients the other day talked about how it’s tough to set boundaries for herself.  We were looking through my recent post of Top 10 Business Systems.  I think that applies to just about every service provider I know, especially when you are first starting out.

So the question is – can you effectively set boundaries without destroying your professional brand?  Hear what I have to say about that:

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