Category Archives: Goals

It Isn’t Too Late!

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March. We’re entering the third month of the year.

By now you may be thinking that the resolutions you made and goals you set back in the early days of January are hopelessly lost. You haven’t thought of them in weeks or, if you have, you’ve thought of them with a heaping serving—or two—of guilt at how quickly you abandoned them.

It isn’t too late! You can press the reset button and start where you are.

Take a moment to review your resolutions and goals—especially in light of how the year is shaping up so far. Take your time with this. Sit quietly with it. Listen to your heart and soul. You will most likely find that you’ll need to put some goals and resolutions to the side; right now they aren’t as important to accomplish or you aren’t in a position to work on them.

Out of the goals and resolutions that are still important to you and you think you have a shot at accomplishing—or that you can make progress on them—listen closely because one will stand out to you. Make that one your top priority this month and focus on it. Don’t be surprised if it’s one that your logical mind tells you is really dopey and unimportant. Your heart and spirit know best so follow their counsel.

For instance, a friend of mine recently did this and the word “rest” kept popping up. She discounted it at first because there were other more important goals such as finding balance in her life between building up her business yet still spending time with family and friends. She decided to listen and follow her heart and soul and put more rest periods into each day.

She was surprised to find that these rest periods gave her clarity to identify customers that were unprofitable, which she gently dropped. This gave her a new burst of energy and creativity for her business. Also, during her daily rest periods she discovered that stepping back from activities she no longer enjoyed would give her the extra time she wanted to spend with her family and friends.

Of course my friend had to recommit daily to her rest periods because other things tugged at her. Yes, she felt guilty at taking the rest periods instead of working on “more important” goals. But she stuck with the rest periods and it paid off for her.

The same will happen for you. When you sit quietly with your resolutions and goals and listen with your heart and soul, you will find one that stands out. Make this your top priority in March and stick with it. As with my friend, you may find that you feel guilty or others pooh-pooh your choice, but it’s your life. You know what’s best for yourself so you get to make the choice and you get to stick to it!

It isn’t too late! Choose one goal and make it your top priority this month to work on it a little bit each day.

You can do it, I know you can!

Your friend and pep pal,

Lauren

2016 Goals: Make it Different This Year

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Yesterday, we reviewed the week in light of the resolutions and goals we set for this year (click here to be taken to the post). We also learned the sobering fact that 25% of people who set goals and resolutions by January 1st, have already abandoned them by now.

That means they’ve quit. They’ve given up. They’ve thrown in the towel!

I know this isn’t you because you’re here reading this post!  🙂

But I want to talk about increasing your chances for sticking with it this year because another sobering fact is that after 6 months, 60% of the people who set goals and resolutions at the beginning of the year have abandoned them for the year.

Don’t let that be you!

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Your homework today is to ask yourself what you’re going to do differently this year that will help you be successful when you may not have been before?

Perhaps you’ll actually do the homework from yesterday (click here to be taken to the post then scroll down to the homework section) especially the part about creating your Motivating Why statement/phrase/word.

Perhaps you’ll create space in your living area that’s yours alone (not shared with anyone else or used for any other activity) where you can work on your dreams.

Perhaps you’ll earmark a block of time on a specific day when you will consistently show up and work on your dreams, no matter what.

Whatever it is, commit to it and do it!

I know you can—you can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Something to Think About

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Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

On TV and in the media, it’s common to see people behaving badly. It’s so common that we’re becoming desensitized to rudeness and ridicule; we’re forgetting about manners and common courtesy. This makes it easy, then, for us to stand out just by being courteous and our word being our bond.

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That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is an illustration of methodically working toward your dreams by taking one step at a time. At first, it’s hard and even daunting to take the steps but as you persist and consistently take steps and pieces, parts, and bits of steps, you become more proficient at it. You’re better able to do it—practice makes perfect!

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes there is just no good reason why your heart and soul urge you to take a certain direction and compel you to keep moving in that direction. Common sense, accepted logic, and experience may all be pointing in the other direction, but your heart and soul compels you to go the other way.

Follow your instinct—the direction signal of your heart and soul!

You can do it!

I’m proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Celebrate Your Progress in 2014!

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As 2014 comes to a close, take a moment and pause to reflect on the year.  You may think of the things that you “coulda, shoulda, woulda” done–or not done.  Put those to the side.  Instead, remember the accomplishments you had, no matter how small or humble.  Applaud yourself for these–especially the small steps and tiny bits of steps.  While it’s wonderful to move toward your dreams with leaps and bounds, it’s the small, slow, steady bits of forward movement that gets you to your dream life.

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Celebrate this–you done good!

Congratulations on all your forward progress in 2014!

You did it–I knew you would!

You’re AWESOME!  I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Final Push for 2014

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Today and tomorrow are the last “moments” of 2014.

Your homework today is to finish 2014 in style. Find a small step or a tiny bit that you can do today or tomorrow that will push you closer to your dreams.

You can do it, I know you can!

I’m so very proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

Goals: Different in 2015

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What are you planning to do differently in 2015 that will ensure that you move toward your goals and dreams rather than just maintaining the status quo?

Your homework today is to thoroughly think through the answers to the following questions:

How will you hold your feet to the fire—make sure that you’re taking regular steps toward your goals and dreams? Will you meet regularly with a trusted friend or group of friends—like a Master Mind Group—where you can support one another in your quest to achieve your dreams?

Will you post on your bathroom mirror your dreams, the goals that’ll get you there, and the action steps along the way? Will you keep a record or journal of your thoughts and ideas about your goals and dreams as you learn more?

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How will you measure your progress—how will you know you’re getting closer to your dreams?

Will you keep a spreadsheet of the action steps that’ll get you to your dreams and then cross them off as you complete each one?

How will you hold yourself accountable? Will you work with a trusted friend or family member by telling them what you want to accomplish each week and then reporting to them at the end of the week?

What payoff will you give yourself for working consistently and persistently toward your goals and dreams? How will you reward yourself for the steps you have taken and the progress you have made, no matter how humble or small?

Answering these questions will help you make sure you have an exciting and successful 2015!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren