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Jan 2, 2020

If you’re anything like me, goal setting brings mixed feelings. There are a lot of good goal-setting frameworks out there, but they’re also easy to get tired of. 

One of the things I’ve done in recent years to set better goals is to write down my one-year goals and then rank them and concentrate on the top big three. I've made the mistake in the past trying to set too many goals and to be completed in unreasonable timeframes.

I believe we should have time parameters to help us move toward our target. However, we shouldn't beat ourselves up if the goal isn't achieved on our exact timeline.

Goals without a timeline are simply dreams.

Deadlines put fuel in the fire. When you work toward your dream by placing a bit of fuel to the flame with a deadline, then even if you miss the timeframe, you've grown and achieved more than what you would have without any fuel at all.

A missed timeline doesn’t always mean (and I’d have to say, it shouldn’t mean) to give up. It’s a time of reevaluation and refocus.

Turning Dreams into Reality

To kick off the new year, I thought I'd share the 4 questions I ask myself about each goal I’ve set to keep motivated through the year.


  1. Why do you want to accomplish this goal?
  2. What is the pain you will feel if you don’t accomplish this goal?
  3. What is the pleasure you’ll get from accomplishing this goal?
  4. How will accomplishing this goal contribute to others?


Listen to the podcast as I share my own personal goals for the coming year. I share my top three BIG goals that will guide my decisions this year.

Will I achieve them by 12/31/2020? I’m not sure what the future holds exactly, because that’s a blank canvas I haven’t painted yet. I do know that I’m well on my way of mapping my way and setting deadlines for myself. I’m fueling my fire.

How about you? How are you fueling your fire?

Do you have any goals for the upcoming year, or a particular method to goal setting?

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