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Setting Goals and Letting Go

Aug 17, 2007
Do those two thoughts seem contradictory? Can you actually set goals for yourself and your business and yet relax and "let go"?

We read a lot about setting a goal for ourselves and then making it happen. And there's usually a lot of activity and "doing" involved in working toward our goals. Letting go, on the other hand, is more of "being," relaxing and trusting. So how can the two work together?

I've always been a planner and a doer, but I hit burn-out in a previous business. Even though I had created a nice income in that business, I made the decision not to continue. I was physically and mentally exhausted. I had not reached my original (very high) goal for that business and so the decision to stop pursuing that goal was very painful at the time.

But once that decision was made, doors opened for me that I would never have imagined. I now have two totally different businesses and I'm having fun!

So how does this all work? First, get in a quiet place and write down what you want to achieve, personally and professionally. Write down specific goals for what you want, i.e., in business that could mean sales dollars or numbers of customers. Personally that could mean reading a book a month. Then write down what action steps you need to take to accomplish that.

But then take a step backwards and look at why you want those specific goals. Is it to be able to stay home and raise your children? Is it to get out of debt? Is it to grow and become a better person? Or to be able to help your community or a cause you love? Identify the reason behind those goals and THAT is really your ultimate goal.

Work your plan but take a few minutes each day to tune into your intuition and your inner guidance. When you can get to the point where you feel the underlying driving essence of your goal and how that will enhance your life, then you can relax into it. You do the work but listen to clues along the way so you can make adjustments. My change was fairly major but your intuition and instincts will guide you in making the necessary changes - whether that's big or small.

This doesn't mean that you stop whenever things get a little tough. But this does give you a roadmap to follow. Work your plan, listen to your inner guidance, know the essence of your goals and then let go of the outcome. If you're on the right path, your intended outcome will happen. And if you need to make some detours, trust that those clues are guiding you to a better and stronger place.
About the Author
Donna Davis has successfully built several businesses from a local accounting service to a large online network marketing team. To learn about her current business and her family, visit http://www.HotAZCandles.com For a free ebook "Entrepreneurial Spirits" email ebook1@aweber.com
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