[Success Tweak 4] Goals Gone Wild (A Confessional)

by Amy on January 8, 2014

Goals Gone Wild | LiveBrazen.com(Laugh NOT at my brazen goals!)

It’s January. That time of year when we talk about goals, resolutions, and words for the year…

Last year I boldly declared my goal to make 7 figures in 2013. (Uh I came up a bit short.)

Still. I love me some goals.

I have nooooooo problem with resolutions — New Years or any time of the year when a formal expression of intent is called for. And my word for this year is actually a phrase. Whatever.

A lot of people think resolutions and goals and words for the year are stupid because they make you feel bad when you don’t reach your target.

Kind of like this line of thinking, “I don’t like to get my hopes up because that way I won’t ever be disappointed.”

The truth is disappointment is a choice.

People are so quick to write themselves off. One setback and (boom!) they’re ready to give up.

And just so we’re clear…

Giving up (or not even getting in the game) is a way to hide.

Too many people would rather hide than be realistic. [Tweet that.]

By realistic I mean: stop beating the crap out of yourself in your head long enough to take a solid (realistic) look at what happened and how you can do it better next time.

So you set a goal and you came up short…?

YOU are not on trial. The goal police are not going to come for you in the middle of the night. No one is going to steal your badge.

Think of life as an experiment, setting goals and not meeting them is never cause for self-flagellation or disappointment.

Consider the scientific method. In a nutshell: you ask a question, get some background info (aka do some research), construct a hypothesis, test it out and analyze your results.

Be a scientist of life.

I observed some savvy women making seven figures, figured hell I’m smart I can do that too, proclaimed my goal, tested it out and analyzed the results.

Here’s what I learned:

I was being kind of naïve and I need to set more realistic targets.

(Nobody took away my badge.)

I shot for the stars and fell short. Hey the numbers were pretty good anyhow.

Success is about experimentation.

If you consider any endeavour an experiment, falling short is not failure, it’s feedback.

Here’s the formula:

Create goal + Try

If it works: Rinse and Repeat (Do a happy dance!)

If it doesn’t work: Try something else (Do a happy dance!)

Happy goal setting. Get wild.

Your turn:

What’s your brazen goal this year? Share below and enter to win a copy of my favorite business book The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

lrogerson January 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Spot on, as always!

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Amy January 9, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Why thank you! I’ll take that compliment. xoxo

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Allie January 9, 2014 at 3:12 pm

My brazen goal is to be lucky. Why is this brazen? Because I’m going to assume that lucky things are happening all around me and look for them, actively. I think it is brazen to admit that I’m clueless about my next steps and just ready and on the look out for “lucky coincidences”.

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Amy January 9, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Love it Allie. Brazen looks different for each of us. Being on the look out for luck is a big part of being lucky — it’s like the thing that happens when you get a green car and all of the sudden you see the same green car that you thought was so unique popping up everywhere on the road. Those cars were out there, you just weren’t looking. Now that you have luck on your radar, I have a hunch you are going to find it in all kinds of places.

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Connie January 9, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Amy, I just love you. You are wise and witty and goofy and real. That picture of you and Ron cracks me up. Much love to you both! My goal is to set some damn goals. How’s that?

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Susan January 10, 2014 at 1:09 am

Darn, you caught me there! I was going to go with words of the year (Growth, along with Bliss and Completion), but really, I chose “growth” because that gives me more confidence that I can grow into the challenges of developing and succeeding with my own business. My brazen goal is to start my own service business (in addition to the time consuming one I already run with my husband), gain training and experience, AND have it be financially rewarding, before year’s end. And if I bit off too much, I can always spit some out, right? Here’s to exciting challenges. Thanks, Amy, for helping to keep me honest.

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Amy January 22, 2014 at 11:58 pm

I love it Susan! You go with your brazen self. You can always always always spit it right out 😉

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Isabel January 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

Hey girl! Well I’m gonna go all out and step out of my fear of the phone and call at least 4 prospects for my magazine a week. I also set an alarm on my phone. When it goes off mon-fri I post 5 or more tweets that autofeed to my facebook too and check my business email expecting my first of many advertisers inquiring about my awesome mag:) NO EXCUSES THIS YEAR! I DESERVE AN ABUNDANT LIFE AND IM GETTING IT!

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Amy January 22, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Oh Isabel! I’d love to hear how it went! No excuses! You can do it. You are worth it!

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Michelle Reinhardt January 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I love the goal police!! My goal is to rock out my business on all levels. I want to be fully financially self-supporting by the end of the year. There’s various subgoal to that and I’m excited about them all. Yay for all of us taking the big bold steps–so Brazen. xx

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Amy January 23, 2014 at 12:00 am

Yay! I can’t wait to help you make that happen! You are so awesome Michelle!

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Linda January 13, 2014 at 2:56 am

The universe and God always seems to send me the message I need to hear. This time the message has come through you. (Angels in the bible were God’s messengers. Does that make you an angel?) I’ve been a speech pathologist for 42 years and still love helping people. I have worked as an independent contractor for most of that time. Circumstances beyond my control such as healthcare changes, my endurance and health which I do have some control over, and speed of expectations due to the internet, faxes, texting, smart phones have forced me into looking at how to change my way of working. I thought I had figured it out last year and was doing well towards achieving my goals and then it all fell apart. Your approach of looking at this scientifically which is right up my alley is perfect for my approach to goals this year. I have posted your statement Success is about experimentation on my desk. It will help keep me going when things don’t appear to be going well. Thank you.

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Amy January 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

Thank you Linda. I love being a channel for whatever the Universe wants to bring about! I am so glad to be of service to you and your work in the world. Experiment! Don’t forget that! xoxo

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