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Life and Business Coach

Winning at the Goal Game

Setting great goals, and making them come true.

Maybe it was all those years of heading back to school, but there's something about the end of summer that gets me into goal setting mode. 

I used to fight it, thinking "If goal setting is so powerful, why do so many motivational gurus have to sell it so hard?" 

Now after many years as a professional life and business coach, I've come to appreciate the value of setting meaningful goals. A great goal is the North Star that keeps our activities focused and moving ahead in the right direction.  

QUESTION - If there are an average of 700 minutes of productive time available each day, how many minutes of your day are focused on activities that will enhance your skills, happiness, success, or well-being, and get you where you want to go?  

Think about it, if you are alive, you're already playing the goal game.  If you don't have specific goals, that just means you're not heading to any place of particular importance. 

If you don't get very clear about what is important to you, and what you need to do to accomplish it, odds are old habits and everyone else's priorities will fill the minutes of your day, and this time next year things are likely to be pretty much the same, or worse.  

Since you are already in the goal game, why not learn to play it really well.  (In the game of life, do you want to master this key skill or just take your chances?)

"You got to be careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there."  - Yogi Berra

So even if you think you've seen it all before, play along with me for a minute, and be honest in answering these questions: 

If you are like most people, it won't take you long to find a number of areas of your life that would benefit from a little goal setting.

Now before you tune out in a “been-there-done-that-didn’t-work-for-me” flashback to your unbroken string of failed New Years Resolutions, consider this:

"There is no single activity that will contribute more to your success than the setting and (more importantly) keeping alive of meaningful goals."

Why do I say this?  Two reasons: First because I see it everyday in the life of the hundreds of people I have had the privilege of working one-on-one with. Secondly, doesn’t it just make sense that if you are taking steps each day towards some meaningful future outcome, that you will be less likely to be side-tracked by life’s constant stream of distractions?

“If one does not know to which port he is sailing, no wind is favorable.”  - Seneca

So if you are serious about moving beyond what you now have - to something even better - I invite you to spend a few minutes going through a goal setting primer I have put together for you at GOAL SETTING .  This isn't something that you want to rush, so if you don't have the time right now, flag this email, block out 30-60 minutes on your calendar, and come back to this.  Planning your life is something that deserves your full attention.