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Dart & GoalsI know that many of you are familiar with this scenario…you set your goals, you take off and you’re sprinting as fast as you can toward that goal. You’re pushing forward, taking long strides and push past the things that come up. You’re completely focused on where you’re going. Then, about a month or so into that stride you’re floundering or your efforts are completely stalled. You have no idea what to do next, or you don’t do anything. You see this every year if you have a gym membership. People—a lot of them, set health related goals and they flood local gyms come January and you’re waiting in line to use the machines. A month later, you’re not standing in line any more because they aren’t focused on that goal. It happens quite frequently.

There are a number of reasons people fail when it comes to their goals, but one reason is because goals seem exciting when they’re created, but then the excitement wears off because the goals don’t have any pull. When I say “pull” I mean the goals don’t pull you in, toward them. There comes a point when you discover that what you created doesn’t speak to you. So after the excitement is gone, there’s nothing there to entice you; nothing inside of what you created to pull you in and keep you there.

This happens because of the space people typically create their goals from. Typically people want to create something great, something fresh and new, but when they create they’re caught up in the everyday, usual run of the mill way of creating, which will have you stuck time and time again. Their intention is missing and they create from a space that lacks power. They’re stuck on creating somewhere to get to and forget about what they really want, which is how they want to feel once they’ve accomplished the goals they set.

When you create goals, you want to create goals that set you on fire so they pull you toward them. Start with your intention. Think about what your intention is. What outcome are you looking for? Maybe it’s increased income or more of the freedom that you wanted when you started working for yourself instead of someone else. Ponder on that end result then consider what that looks like.

Something else to consider is creating from a space of power. I’m talking about your own personal power. It enables you to acknowledge that you do have power over what your life looks like. Exercising it gives you authority over what things look like and what you produce in your life. Adding this acknowledgement to the mix when you create your goals, adds potency to what you create and it feeds what you’re giving life to. Of course, creating goals goes deeper than this.  This is just the tip of the iceberg but these two keys are a great place to begin.


The New Year is upon us and even if you’re having regrets about how things look right now as far as what you wanted to accomplish this year, there’s still a way to finish the year strong.   It definitely pays to plan ahead and then work the plan, but if that’s not what happened for you this year, you can still come out on top and be ready to take on next year.  First off, stop beating yourself up.  Take responsibility for what you didn’t accomplish or what you didn’t do or even start.  Let it go and focus forward.

Now, with your focus being on what’s in front of you, determine what things you can do before the end of the year to finish something that you started or lay the foundation for what’s next.  Take the steps to finish what you can and then make a quick draft for what’s next and get tasks on your agenda.

Look at what you want to accomplish in the coming year.  If you haven’t thought about it, make a list of things then morph the list into S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) Create your list of goals.  A good guideline is to have one clearly defined goal for each major interest & role in your life.  Additionally, prioritize your goals and base them upon your values.  You’re more likely to achieve them if they are.

You can’t take on the next year winging it, you have to have a definitive plan.  Outline your plan by identifying the milestones for each goal you’ve set so that you have a basic road map.  At the first of the year, come back and fill in the blanks and execute the plan.

These steps are just to help you finish your year strong and be ready for next year without any regrets.   At the first of the year, coming back to complete the plan that you started will solidify the foundation of your year and help you get through it successfully if your plan has all of the components and you follow it.  Now you have your quick steps to take to finish your year strong and set yourself up for success in the new year.



First things first, you must have a clear vision before you can do anything else.  Without it, you’re stuck.  When your vision is clear everything starts rolling in the direction of what you want to create.  Everything is born out of your vision which is why it’ so important, and whether you realize it or not, it’s a crucial part of the planning process. Without clarity, you have no vision and without vision, there is no growth.

At times, you may not know just how to get clear, and at others it’s possible that you avoid getting clear because intuitively you know that once clarity comes the doors open and at some point you’re going to have to make a change.  Sometimes it’s confusion that keeps people from being clear.  It’s quite easy to become accustomed to the way things are and doing what you normally do or what you’re expected to do and to get stuck in that holding pattern, keeping yourself from moving forward.

When you take the steps to create your vision and to bring clarity to that vision, it sets you free.  Free to create whatever it is you conjure up; free to explore and bring your vision to life.  That freedom asks you to be brave and step out onto the skinny branches and into spaces that you haven’t ventured before. Let me just say that if what you conjure up isn’t asking you to do that, you need to go back to the drawing board and cook up something else.  If your vision doesn’t stretch you or even scare you, then it’s not big enough.  It’s stepping out onto the skinny branches, into that unfamiliar territory that will have you avoid clarity, because inside you know that you’re going to have to make a shift; that change has to come.  If you find yourself unable to get clear about your vision, you might just be avoiding that clarity.  Ask yourself why you can’t seem to get clear.  Is it because you simply don’t know how, or is it because you’re avoiding it?  Once you have the answer, go through the process to get clear.  Clarity brings about the change that is necessary.  Welcome and embrace the change.  With it comes tremendous growth, the pursuit of your vision, and ultimately realization of your dream.

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When it comes to goals, we don’t always have a vividly clear picture of what we want or where we’re going, which can keep them from accomplishing things.  When you can picture exactly what you want, the goal is more attainable.

Clarity accounts for about 80% of success. The lack of clarity is more responsible for frustration and underachievement than anything else. When you have clear, written goals, you accomplish more in a shorter period of time than you would without them. Your success is determined by how clear you are about what it is you truly want. Having the clarity of vision; clearly seeing what success looks like and having that vivid picture in your mind of what it looks like is key when it comes to achieving your goals.

Think back to when you were young or about how your children create things.  Imagination at that age is so great.  It flows without anything to hold it back.  It knows no bounds and has the capability to create anything and the picture is always crystal clear.

That clarity is what you want to create and remember each day that you connect with your goals. When you have that clarity about what you want, things flow smoothly and you remain in alignment with your goals.  If you’re not clear about what you want, now is the time to create that picture so that you have clarity around what you want.  Give yourself the power of clarity.

June is here and soon half of the year will be over.  Have you accomplished the goals that you wanted to achieve by this point in time?  Are you on track with the others?  Did you start out strong and get sidetracked or lose momentum?  You’re not by yourself.  It happens all of the time.

Typically only about 3% of people have written goals and plans for reaching them.  Out of that 3%, about 90% actually reach their goals.  The key is the plan.  There is power  in the process.  We’ve reached a milestone as far as the process of this year going by, so it’s time to look at where you are and assess the situation. The good news is that there’s still time to accomplish what you want if you’re willing to plan your work and work your plan.

So where are you?  Struggling to reach your goals and sidetracked?  Maybe you’ve lost your momentum.  Where ever you are in the process is okay, so don’t beat yourself up.  Just acknowledge where you are, determine what you want to do and recommit.  As you do, there are a few things to think about:

  • Did you only create goals or did you create a plan to carry them out?
  • Were the goals you created solid and S.M.A.R.T.?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of where you want to go?
  • Have you involved others in the process?  If not, who can support you?
  • What do you need to do next?  Create or revamp your plan? Be more realistic about how much time it’s going to take to accomplish your goals?

If you find that you have to go back and revamp your plan, start with the end in mind.  “He who determines the end, provides the means.” – Benedetto Varchi.  Look down the road to the accomplished goal and then work your way back to see what things have to come into play for you to get to the end of the road.  What resources do you need?  What milestones will you cross?  Create or tweak your plan with these things and include all of the details in your plan.  Once your plan is complete, break it into smaller pieces to take daily or weekly steps toward each of your goals.

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