Tag Archive: Goal Setting



When it comes to having tasks hit our to-do list and calendar, typically, people schedule their tasks without thinking about it, with things getting put in your calendar at random or because they have importance in that moment.  Once they’re on your schedule, it’s more difficult to figure out what’s important and what things take priority.  This is how most people operate on a daily basis, prioritizing their schedule.

When you flip the script and schedule your priorities you operate from a place of power.  You already know what priorities each task has because of its associated goal.  Of course, your goals are created and prioritized ahead of time, so that you have a clear picture of what you’re doing and why.  Things get to your schedule because you know they belong there and you know exactly where they belong and why.  Instead of wasting time after items are on your schedule to figure out priorities, you can take action and get things done.

Operate from that place of power and know that when you do, your priorities will support you and get you from point A to point B and help you maintain the momentum that you need to accomplish what you set out to do.


We’re well into the new year.  The dust from the holidays is finally settling and things are back to normal.  How much have you accomplished so far?  Have you taken steps toward the things you said you wanted to do this year?  Maybe you’ve already reached a goal that you set, which is great!  You might be stuck because you don’t have  a plan yet.  It might be time to take a moment to retreat and create your plan for accomplishing the things that you’ve said you want to do this year.  Take a moment to share where you are right now by taking this quick, anonymous poll.


Turing your resolutions into goals is the first step in aiming before your fire.  You can’t hit the mark if you don’t know where you’re going.  You have to know how to take your resolutions and turn them into solid goals and how to develop a plan to carry them out.  Additionally, ask yourself what things you want to leave behind with the old year, and choose those things that you want to take into the New Year with you.  It might take some time to get clear, so take your time and make your lists.  Be conscious about what you are letting go of and what you are holding onto or creating to take along for the ride into the New Year.

Finally, ask yourself who it is that you have to be in order to accomplish the goals that you’ve set.  Most of the time people look at or tell themselves that when they get something, then they’re be able to do a particular thing in order to be where they want to be.  This is a backwards concept.  Really, we have to think about who we’re going to be (the characteristics and behaviors we have to exhibit), then think about what we have to do in order to have what we want.  So it’s be; do; have instead of have; do; be.

As you begin to think about the things that you resolve to do in the coming year, remember to aim before you fire.  Add the steps of turning those resolutions into goals, list what you’re leaving behind and what you’re taking with you and then determine who you have to be in order to carry out your plan.


Everyone wants to be better for the New Year which is why everyone makes the resolutions for getting back to the gym, getting organized, quitting smoking, and the list goes on.  But the truth of the matter is that so many people have false starts when it comes to carrying out their resolutions.  They have lots of plans and plenty of things they want to do or get accomplished in the New Year, but they run out of steam before they get the ball rolling with any real momentum.  Did you make resolutions for this year?  Did you take action?  Why not?  What was it that held you back?

If you’re expecting new results just because it’s a new year, you’re making a big mistake.  If your starting point is not correct, you will not get what you want.  Once the holidays are over, some people will start to implement their resolutions.  Unfortunately, some of those starts will be false, running out of steam before February comes around.  Resolutions die because they aren’t strong enough to survive.  If they aren’t turned into goals and have a plan to support them, they wither away.  To start off on the right foot you need to first understand that there’s a distinct difference between the anatomy of a resolution and that of a goal. Goals are things that you are committed to pursuing, are values-based and SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based).  They have plans created to support them coming to fruition.


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