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Everybody has goals—things that they want to do or accomplish.  What usually happens is that you get off to a good start with great enthusiasm, moving forward toward what you want, and then, about a month or so into that hot pursuit, you stall.  All of a sudden you aren’t moving forward.  The frustration starts to set in and you don’t know why or what to do next.

Well, the “why” is quite simple.  They reasons “why” are the same reasons that your goals are going to fail—if you don’t make some changes.   There are 5 primary reasons that goals fail and if you’re making these mistakes, you’re probably not going to reach your goals.  Here are those 5 reasons and some solutions to help you make that shift.

Reason 1-You Didn’t Create a Goal

Many times people create what they think are goals, but what they really have are thoughts, words, just whims or something they’ve resolved to do.  Those things are fine and can serve as great catalysts to start your process, but they aren’t goals.  They don’t have the muscle or the staying power that’s necessary.  Solid goals do.

Take whatever it is that you created and run it through the S.M.A.R.T. test:

  • Is it specific?  Does it include all of the fine details?  If not, define the details and describe what you want completely
  • Can you measure the results?  If what you created isn’t measurable in any way, you’re missing a large piece of the puzzle.  If the goal is to increase your income, set an amount so that you can tell how you’re doing at any given point in time and so that you have the end target
  • Is what you created attainable?  Is it realistic; can you do it?  If not, get real.  Create something that  you can attain
  • Next, ask if it’s relevant.  By that I mean is it relevant to your purpose and what you want out of life?  Does it fit?
  • Finally, set the time for what you want to achieve.  You have to have a “by when” date for every goal that you set.  Make them each time-bound.

Reason 2-What you created is not connected to your values

People tend to look at what they want and jump into taking it on before they stop to think about what they’re doing.  When you do that, what happens is that you end up spending a lot of time on things that aren’t really important to you.  Sad to say, on a daily basis, people end up spending the majority of time on things that aren’t important to them.

Before you morph your thoughts, desires, whims, resolutions into goals, stop to think about how whatever that is relates to something that you value.  If it doesn’t, why would you waste time on it?  For instance, someone who values their health may create and set a goal to get fit or to get in better shape.  That goal would be directly in line with one of their values, and because of that, they would be more likely to succeed.  So before you start to create your goals, clarify your personal values.  Then create your goals based upon something that’s important to you.  This way, you spend your time focusing on things that matter to you.

Reason 3- Lack of Commitment

Typically what happens is that people jump in and start that hot pursuit before they’re truly committed themselves to what they’re doing, which is of course one reason why their efforts get stalled after about a month or so.

The Law of Commitment is what governs the manifestation of your goals.  You have to actually want to manifest what you say you want to manifest in order for it to show up.  That sounds pretty obvious, but what you may not realize is that although you say you’re committed to what you want, there’s something lurking in the background, behind what you say you’re committed to.  Behind what you say you’re committed to are stronger, unconscious commitments that you don’t know exist.  Start digging to see what you’re really committed to.  You might be at a point right now where you’re stalled in your efforts when it comes to getting fit.  What you’ve said you’re committed to is your health and well being, but what you might just be committed to is eating whatever you want and being lazy.  Look at how you are actually living your life to see how that contrasts with what you say you’re committed to. Those hidden commitments work against you achieving your goals.

I’ll continue with the 5 reasons in my next post.  In the meantime, if you’re struggling or find your efforts currently stalled, I invite you to check  out my Goal Getter Program to see if it’s a fit for you.

The dust from the holidays has started to settle and it’s time to get back on track.  If you’re still looking back at 2011, tie up the loose ends and let it go.  If there are things that you didn’t accomplish before it ended, bring those things into the new year, determine where they fit, how you’re going to handle them and move forward.  2012 is here and it packs a powerful punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   If you’re not ready for that punch coming your way, you’re in big trouble.

If you weren’t on point last year it’s likely that your business probably didn’t generate the amount of money you wanted it to.  Simply put, that didn’t happen because you didn’t set things up that way.  You had ideas or maybe even goals, but no plan to carry them out.  If this is what happened to you, it’s possible that:

  • Your office isn’t organized and you wasted time all year long looking for things or reinventing others because you couldn’t find them.
  • You don’t have systems in place and your habits don’t support you.
  •  There never seems to be enough time to get everything done.

It’s time to stop the madness. Pull out all of the stops and get it in gear.  Let go of the chaos and recommit yourself and set the stage for success.  You have goals that you want to accomplish inside of your business. You need to set the stage for success, which means having an organized space, calendar and tools to support all there is to do this year.

  • Get rid of the resolutions that you made and turn them into S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goals.  Resolutions don’t have staying power; goals do.
  • Organize your office and create systems and processes that work for you and support you.  This streamlines things and keeps you from wasting time and losing money.
  • Create habits that support you and get rid of the ones that don’t
  • Get the help that you need and start delegating things that you don’t have to do so that you can spend time on your money generating activities.
  • Create your plan for the year.  Get in the habit of scheduling your success, making the commitment in advance, and being decisive.  Without a plan, things begin to come apart at the seams.  It’s not going to happen if you don’t know how you’re getting there and what you need to make it happen.

If you aren’t able to do this on your own, get an accountability partner or a coach to help you get yourself organized, create your plan and carry it out.
Like I said, 2012 packs a punch. If you’re not ready, now is the time!  Invest the time in making these things happen so that you’re set up for success along the 2012 road.  Set yourself up for great things, create your plan, implement it and watch it all happen.

This is the time of year when people look back and see things that they haven’t accomplished and know that there’s no time left in the year to get it done.  You might be looking back and doing that very thing.  You may have unfinished things on your plate because you didn’t follow your plan, or maybe because you didn’t have a plan at all.  No matter the reason, it’s time to let it go, stop beating yourself up and move forward.  As you look back and see things you didn’t do, determine what you can do right now, if anything, and then what can be done during the month of January to get that ball rolling again and get it done.  Create your plan then work it.

If you’ve had the kind of year where things didn’t get done or you struggled to get things done and you’re serious about your business, it’s time to get things in gear.  2012 is coming in fast and it packs a punch.  It’s time out for all of the mediocrity and playing small.  There is absolutely no place for that any longer and you’ve got to be ready to take things on.   One mistake I see people make every year is making resolutions.  Don’t get me wrong, making resolutions is not a bad thing, but what happens is that they don’t last, simply because they don’t have staying power.

Resolutions serve their purpose, but they are weak.  Resolutions are declarations, something that you might do; your desires, hopes and intentions. They are in raw form and really are catalysts for what you want to see happen.  It’s great to have them, but they need to be morphed into goals.
Goals, when created properly, are rock solid.  They have the staying power needed to make what you desire come to life.  Goals are specific things that you actually commit yourself to; they are based upon your values.  They are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound), have the utmost clarity and involve accountability, mindset, motivation, self discipline as well as a detailed plan to carry them out.

As you look forward to this new year, take those resolutions and give them the shot in the arm that they need to come to life.  Make the time to turn them into goals and create your detailed plan to see them come to fruition.  Your resolutions aren’t going to be a match for 2012.  You need goals and a plan if you really want your business to do well this coming year.  Don’t take your resolutions into this next year.  Stop playing small and step up to the plate and play the game for real by turning your resolutions into goals.  2012 is here and it’s game time.  What are your goals?  Where’s your plan?  Your playing small does not serve the world.

With Labor Day behind us, now is the time to sit down and map out a plan for the year ahead.  Sadly, only 3% of people actually do this, which explains why so many people get to the end of the year and look back to see that they haven’t accomplished what they wanted to.

Now is the time to look at what you want to see come to pass in the next year and make a clear decision to see it come to fruition.  So, what do you want to do?  Maybe you’d like to make more money or get in shape.  Whatever it is you want to be up to in 2012, you need a road map to get there.  Would you drive across country without directions and a map to get there?  Of course you wouldn’t.  It’s time to start mapping things out for your drive right now!

If you’re ready, to create your master plan, this quick check list will guide you through the steps to get moving:

  • Start by crystallizing and creating solid values-based, S.M.A.R.T. goals
  • Determine the resources you need to get from Point A to Point B
  • Create a road map for each of the goals you create that includes milestones/points of accomplishments along the way.
  • Decide how you’re going to make or celebrate each milestone
  • Once your plan is complete, break the process down into the smaller tasks it will take to accomplish each goal
  • Place the smaller tasks into your calendar to get the steps done
  • Create check points along the way to stop to evaluate and measure your progress and make adjustments to the plan if necessary

These steps will get you off to a great start.  Once you get it done, be sure to stick to the plan to keep it going.  If you’re challenged when it comes to planning, visit our website and take a look at P3: Power Planning Package to see if it’s a fit for you.  It’s available at a special discount through the month of September.


Do you set goals for yourself?  Do you write them down? If so, what do they look like?  If they are simply a statement or declaration, you really don’t have a goal, you have something that you hope to do or something that is a mere intention.

Goals have to be strong enough to survive the time and the experiences that you go through.  They have to be just as touch as you are, so their composition is important.  A goal is a specific want that you are committed to pursuing, not something that you might do.  One important factor is that your goal be related to your values.  Statistics show us that when we create values-based goals, we’re more likely to reach them.

Be sure that your goals are S.M.A.R.T., that is, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound.  Be clear about exactly what you want to accomplish and have a picture in your mind of what achieving the goal looks like; what it means in your life or business.  Be aware of what your mindset is and what motivates you.  Create a detailed plan with the steps to accomplishing your goal including the milestones or smaller accomplishments that will come along the way.  As a side note, when you reach the milestones within your plan, celebrate them and allow those successes to fuel you forward.  Be sure that you have a way to track and measure your progress.

Finally, once you’ve created your plan, create accountability around your plan.  Enroll someone that you trust to help hold you accountable.  You are not always the best person to hold yourself accountable, especially when the going gets tough.  On a weekly basis, add smaller task related to your goal to your to-do list according to your plan so that you’re working toward accomplishment on a regular basis.

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