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011: Forget Resolutions, Set a 2018 Business Goal You’ll Actually Accomplish

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Listen Here and Now for Our 5 Step Process to Set Your 2018 Goal

We break down the goal-setting process we go through every year for you.  Plus, there’s a workbook to help you take action easily!

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Quotable of the Week

“A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline.” -Harvey Mackay

As entrepreneurs, we often have lots of dreams.  A great way to think about goals is that you’re taking your dream and giving it a plan and a deadline.  It’s kind of like giving your dream legs to happen.  No need to be intimidated by goals.  Goals help your dreams become reality!


Highlights from the Episode

Step 1. Review the Previous Year’s Memorable Experiences

  • Write down on a piece of paper or type into a document what happened during the year that you want to remember.  
  • Use your calendar and journal to refresh your memory.  It’s not cheating.  In fact, you might have forgotten to remember something.  
  • Record the good stuff but don’t leave out the bad stuff.  Both good and bad memories have lessons for you to learn.  


Step 2. Synthesize Your Lessons Learned

  • Now, on a separate sheet or on the next page in your document, synthesize your lessons learned throughout the past year.
  •  I like to look through my memorable experiences from step 1 and ask myself the question, “What did I learn from that experience?” 
  • One tip: I like to record these as bullet points – 1 bullet point per lesson – so that the lessons stand on their own and I stay away from any narrative or explanation.  You just want the lessons pure and simple.


  • You might be asking yourself, “Wait, I thought this was about goals.  Why are we reviewing the year prior first?”  
  • I learned a long time ago that “all meaning is context dependent.” 
  • The meaning for your new year goal comes from the context of the previous year.  


Step 3. Set A Goal for the New Year (notice singular)

Step 3.1 raw goal

  • Start with your goal however it first comes to you. 
  • Now, stare that raw goal down.  Squint at it.  Tell it you are the boss of it.  Get to know it on a deeper level.  
  • Questions to Ask:
    • What’s the motivation behind this goal?  
    • What’s its deeper meaning?  
    • How does this goal make you feel?  
  • If you’re scared or overwhelmed, that’s normal.  That’s why the process doesn’t stop here.

Step 3.2 magnetic goal

  • You’re ready to take that raw goal and make it something about which you feel really excited and joyful.  
  • Visualize how your life is with your raw goal completed.  Take your time here.  Get a good picture in your mind.  
  • Now, rewrite your goal from that excited and joyful place.  It should be worded as if you’ve completed your goal. 
  • If you’re salivating while thinking of your magnetic goal, you’ve got it.

Step 3.3 measurable magnetic goal

  • There’s just one more edit to make your goal even more likely to be accomplished.  Add in a number and a date.  
  • This gives you a deadline to get to that place you’re visualizing and a measurement that’s easy to quantify so that you know if you got there or not.  
  • Feel okay even if you don’t hit your goal 100%.  The last 2 steps should help.


Step 4. Break Your Goal into Actions

  • But it doesn’t stop there.  Now, you gotta take that goal and break down into action steps.  
  • The key here is to make these magnetic as well.  
  • There are additional questions in the workbook to help you through this step.


Step 5. Finalize the Process

  • This step might seem unimportant but I highly recommend not skipping it.  
  • Wait 24-48 hours after you finish Step 4.  Then review everything once again. 
  • Give yourself 1 last time to revise your goal and action steps.  Then commit to your goal and its corresponding action steps.


One final call to action for you!

We want to make sure you accomplish your goal and know you can reach it.  We have learned from experience that sharing your goal with someone else outside your circle makes you more likely to accomplish it.   One of us would love to schedule a time to chat on the phone with you about your goal.  We’re both certified coaches and know how to review your goal for the year and help strategize your action plan.   

To schedule your call visit At the link, you’ll choose a time from what’s available on our calendar.  Then, one of us will call you at that time.  Just be sure to choose a time far enough in advance that you can do the 5 steps prior to the call.   It’s all confidential and complimentary so get signed up at the link today!  I look forward to talking with you then.


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