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The Art of Goal Setting

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.” ― Bruce Lee

Goal Setting Bruce Lee Style

When I was learning to break boards with my fist, my sensei taught me not to focus on the board, but beyond it. This way the power continues through the goal rather than stopping at it. This is key to how I do all things! I think big! The bigger the better.

Those of you who know me have probably heard me reveal one of my goals is to win the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing With The Stars by 2014. That’s certainly a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG)! But think about it this way: it’s so big its hard to take your eye off it. It’s so lofty that all of the interim steps that have to be taken to get there seem trivial, easy by comparison.

Goal Setting Dancing With The StarsSo what do I need to win:

  1. Build a following and visibility to get noticed and prove that I should be on the show. I’ve already begun growing my twitter and facebook fan base and building a strong email list as well as alliances with other influential mompreneurs and internet titans. Who can you align with to grow your influence? Look for collaborators, people who share a similar target market and understand that there is enough business for all!
  2. Engage followers that will vote when prompted and train them to spread the word. Mere numbers don’t mean anything if they can’t be counted on for support when you need it, like on Monday nights. I will NOT be the first one voted off just because I can’t get people to pick up the phone! Just like in business, a big email list doesn’t mean anything if it doesn’t convert to sales. Focus on the right people rather than the big numbers.
  3. Be physically in shape enough to handle 4 weeks pre show rehearsals and then a grueling 12 week show schedule. That’s a tall order for a girl who couldn’t walk for 6 years. But I’m working my way back because I want that trophy more than I want to rest on my handicap. When you are overcoming adversity, surround yourself with others who have done it.
  4. Organize my business so that I can be gone for several hours a day or days at a time. All business owners should be able to take a vacation and not have their business suffer, but many cannot. Leverage and team is key. So I have developed a plan for the remainder of 2012 to build out my team and delegate as much as possible so that I can work from anywhere and my mandatory hours are at a minimum.
  5. Arrange my personal life so that the most important person in my life can be with me, my son Jack. Thankfully, this step is DONE! How and why I chose to homeschool Jack is a whole other post in itself, but knowing that we can travel the world and so long as we have an internet connection, he can have school, makes life much more flexible and opens up the opportunity for us to have adventures!

So as you can see, there’s a lot to do in a relatively short amount of time. But I don’t have any worries. I’ve mapped it out, and I’m focused, and by keeping my aim past all the goals that will make my business successful, it will naturally be successful. And I will get to my goal!

Try it! Leave a comment and tell me what’s your BHAG?

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10 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Natalie
    December 4, 2014

    I like this article. From what I’ve read about him, Bruce Lee was a very hard worker and always strived for perfection. I’m glad to see that he also sets time aside for his family and his followers. Thanks for a great article, and I feel like this is worth printing and putting up on my wall!

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  2. Profile photo of Adrianna
    December 1, 2014

    Focus beyond the goal? I think that it just happened to me that I focused on the goal, but it got stopped short right in front of it. Didn’t happen, but I was right there in front of it. I think I need some ideas as to how you would think past a goal. I guess that means the same thing as imagining the goal as if it has already been achieved.
    Goals
    1. Married and have a family
    2. A published and/or produced writer

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  3. Profile photo of Florence Dupuis
    December 1, 2014

    I like the ideas behind this article. I feel like it’s very similar to Wicca, as in the Wiccan Religion, visualisation and other similar/related stuff are very important, and considered powerful. You might not see the link, but it jumped in my face, particularly in the introduction, as the point of visualisation is actually to reinforce a goal in your mind. Imagining it so often should stick it to the unconscious brain, and make you work as hard as you can to make it happen; more than if you did so consciously. That’s the idea of visualisation and Wicca, and this definetly reminded me of it. My BHAG would be to happy. It seems innocent, simple, and easy, but really, it’s not. It’s the hardest thing I could ever set for myself. I think it’d be easier to set a goal like becoming a famous country signer, and I am not even kidding. I have a lot of problems, and I want them to go away, but of course they won’t. So my MHAG is to be able to be happy even with those difficulties, until they no longer bother me. That is sure going to be a long and complicated journey… -.-‘

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  4. Profile photo of Brionne
    November 28, 2014

    I like this goal. It reminds me of the Japanese word “kaisen” which is centered around the idea of making small attainable goals to instead of big ones that eventually deter people from reaching their ultimate goal. Master goal setting is so vital in our lives and I am happy to see a good article about effective goal setting.

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  5. Profile photo of Cristian
    November 26, 2014

    Very good article, I was looking for something like this a few days ago, I found that if you set realistic goals you are more likely to work for them as they seem real but if you set unrealistic (too high) goals you might also be pushed by the ambition to show it’s possibility.

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    Kimberly Davis
    November 8, 2014

    Goal setting is an important step when attempting to move forward in life. My goals are very simple right now. I want to stay home and work and not have to worry about getting bills paid. Years ago my goal was to gain a career in the film industry… now I just want to be at home.

    Hope you reach your goal Bruce Lee. Just keep reaching for it.

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  7. Profile photo of Wexxi Merritt
    November 6, 2014

    My big goal is to start a home business and make it as successful as it can be. I want to sell music and art. I need to map out a plan so that I have a road to run on, so that I have specific, concrete goals to reach for.
    I feel motivated after reading this article.

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  8. Profile photo of Mara
    November 4, 2014

    I haven’t watched this show in a while. I started watching the season which featured the Disney channel star Kyle Massey. I have not watched it since then. In my opinion, they should have won, but that it not why that i stopped watching it. I have just been watching other shows. This article urges me to start watching it again. It is kind of addictive once you do start watching it. I guess that ids why it is such a success.

    Now as for Bruce Lee, he was an incredible human being. He seemed like he was more than human actually. I mean , he did do things that most of us can not…or think that we can not…maybe that is why we fail. “Do or do not, there is no try” ~Yoda… i believe in that quote, but sometimes doubt take over me, i will do though, no trying, just doing.

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  9. Profile photo of Lanika
    October 29, 2014

    You are absolutely right! The process of setting goals helps you choose where you want to go in life. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your efforts.

    Many people feel as if they have adrift in the world. They work hard, but they don’t seem to get anywhere worthwhile. The reason why they are feeling this way is that they haven’t spent enough time thinking about what they want from life, and haven’t set themselves formal goals. After all, would you set out on a major journey with no real idea of your destination?

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  10. Profile photo of Scott
    October 19, 2014

    This is simply an awesome lead-in for an article. Bruce Lee’s martial arts style pretty much epitomized overcoming big things with short, incredible, bursts of efficiency.

    You make several good points about cultivating a following and having that following be engaged in building your presence in a positive manner.

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