Setting Goals Make the Invisible Visible

Tony Robbins QuoteNobody says it better than the empowerment guru and motivational speaker, Tony Robbins, who advocates the importance of figuring out what it is you want and then taking action. There are so many examples of how setting goals have pushed individuals to achieve great dreams. All you have to do is Google “celebrity success stories” to read one example after another about how extraordinary success came to those willing to follow their heart’s desire, no matter what anyone else thought!

As a writer, I have long been inspired by J. K. Rowling’s success story. Author of the Harry Potter books, Rowling is a perfect rags to riches testimony. Surviving on welfare and working in a cafe as a single mother, Rowling didn’t give up her dream to be a writer. Thank goodness she held firm because I have wonderful memories of standing in a bookstore line with my son Nathaniel, waiting for the midnight release of Harry Potter sequels. Up and down the line, children and parents were dressed as their favorite Harry Potter characters.

Like Rowling, following your dreams can lead you to places you never imagined, all the while helping you grow and develop into your best self.

Another example is Richard Branson’s story of how Virgin Airlines began. He was at the airport waiting for the last plane to the Virgin Islands to visit a girlfriend. When the flight was cancelled, he didn’t throw up his hands in resignation; he began thinking of possible alternatives. That led him to inquire about chartering an airplane that cost more money than he had in his pocket. Undeterred, Branson did some quick math to determine how much it would cost per seat and then went back and offered $39 seats on his chartered flight for those standing in line to rebook for the next day. Branson sold every seat.

That means that as you pursue your dreams and desires, the journey itself can inspire you in new directions. No matter where you thought you were going, you could end up on a long, curvy road only to come to a fork in the road. Either path will take you where you want to go. There is no right or wrong way, only different ways. If that’s not an adventure, I don’t know what is!

Consider that Richard Branson never entertained the idea of starting an airline until shortly after the Virgin Islands adventure. It was then that someone approached him with the idea, and he fearlessly seized the opportunity in that moment.

Goals are meant to be flexible to accommodate your growth and learning along the way. Don’t shy away from a goal because you don’t think you have the skill or expertise to achieve it. On the contrary, allow the pursuit of the goal to give you the experience and training you need along the way. And if the goal you begin with morphs into something different before you get there, that’s perfectly okay so long as you stay true to you. Branson’s original goal was to get to the Virgin Islands. Later, however, the dream expanded into something much greater.

Achievement of your goals can be even sweeter when you allow them to evolve along the way, mirroring your own growth and evolution. Flexibility, combined with a solid belief in yourself, will give you a strong foundation to succeed.

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Technology Sabbatical Provides Balance, Perspective

technologyIt was so much easier than I imagined, which caught me by surprise. Like many technology-dependent-home-office-types, my virtual connection to the world is the driving force of my business. As such, my self-imposed break from all things “technology” made me feel nervous as I planned a 9-day getaway with my husband and youngest son. Little did I know that after my technology sabbatical, I would reluctantly drag myself back to my desk and keyboard.

I think there’s a message here for me.

Obviously, I needed a break. In my daily life, I was feeling consumed by too many connections; too many open-ended communications needing a response. My various social media venues needed new content. Key projects stalled while I wiffle-waffled with important considerations and decisions.

Honestly, I’m pretty sure no one even realized I had stepped away, so busy the rest of the world is with lives of constant demands and interaction. I’m also pretty sure I didn’t lose a million-dollar deal because I delayed any important decisions. And while I turned off technologically, I turned on in other areas.

I danced more.

I met and socialized with new people.

I explored my surroundings.

Most importantly, I spent quality time with family, laughing at hubby and son’s silly jokes. I listened to Benny Goodman play jitterbug music with my almost 92-year-old mother-in-law. I had heart-to-heart talks with my dad, who joined us for a few days.

When I returned home, I did so with a renewed sense of peace. I looked around and noticed how green the grass had turned. I noticed the redbuds were in full spectacular beauty, their lavender flowers lighting up the brown and grays of the woods. The dogwoods stood ready to open their tightly-clustered white bracts to add to the show.

Note to self: take more breaks. Be more than a casual observer of the natural beauty around you. Spend less time on the computer and more time in the moment.

Because my resistance to jumping back into my working world was so strong, I took an extra day off to play in the yard. I transplanted a couple of rose bushes. I cleaned and polished the serenity fountain. I played with my five dogs, all of whom made quite the fuss over me.

Yes, I’m a big proponent of goals and aspirations — after all, I’ve written a book about them! However, I’m also a proponent of stepping away when you need a break and taking an opportunity to gain a clearer perspective of the world around you.

How about you? Do you limit or restrict technology during your holidays? If so, what is your takeaway? I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments below. 

Goals Connect You to Your Intuition

Sheila Callaham quoteWhen you allow yourself to dream about what truly inspires and motivates you, that’s where you discover dreams you never realized you had. That’s also where you find the goals that will be most attainable to you. When you turn inward to reflect on your goals, you connect to your intuition — your inner wisdom.

Some people believe that true happiness, like goals, lies outside of them, just beyond their reach. The truth is that true happiness and the goals that help you attain it lie within. When you ignore the calling toward this truth, this dream, what you may experience is an incessant whispering in the back of your mind. Or it may feel like a push forward coming from your gut. Either way, what you may experience is an inner feeling that invites you, urges you, to gather your courage and take the first step.

That’s why it’s so important to give yourself time to reflect and connect with that inner guidance advocating on behalf your deeper wisdom. What you often discover is that your intuition was pushing you in the right direction all along. Your inner wisdom was making itself known through its relentless urging.

Here’s the deal—this intuitive urge won’t go away no matter how long you ignore it. The incessant whispering will not quiet itself until you’ve gathered your courage to acknowledge it and follow it where it leads you. If you continue to ignore its gentle presence, it will find other ways to get your attention—perhaps through a personal loss or illness.

This intuitive urge represents a deeply rooted need that, when you finally recognize it and begin to respond, will lead you toward becoming who you were always meant to be. Following the urge can take you to a place where your inner wisdom begins working hand-in-hand with your consciousness, leading you directly toward the path of a more joyful life.

That’s a powerful feeling.

Here’s a beautiful thing about turning your attention to your inner wisdom, you learn so much about yourself. 

Don’t hold back on your dreams. If you are holding back, you are not dreaming big enough. One way to know if you are holding back is to ask yourself this question:

If nothing or no one stood in your way, and you were guaranteed to get what you desired, what would you wish for?

Whatever your answer is to that question, that’s where you direct your attention. Allow yourself to dream big. Believe that whatever you want to achieve is possible!

Excerpt from “The Power of Living Joyfully: Your Guide to Setting and Achieving Goals to Enrich Your Life.” Grab the ebook for just $1.99 and transform you life. Want more? Register for a free group coaching call: Overcoming Obstacles to Create the Life You Desire! You deserve to live the life of your dreams, so don’t let a few set-backs stand in your way. Register for this FREE coaching call and get the answers to your questions. It’s the first step to creating the life you’ve always desired!