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Are You Reaching Your Goals

It is the beginning of March and where I live, the snow still stands three feet high.

Although it is still cold, there is something in the air that makes me feel like a dog with it’s head out of the car window.

I can smell Spring coming.

With this in mind, I realize we are in the third month of this year and I am still working on my 2015 goals.

I suddenly feel anxious because my goals were all planned out and I’m not seeing too many “completed” check marks next to the goals I thought I would have reached by now.

You see, I have this master plan for the year.

But as I move forward on this journey, I am finding out that several of my goals are not going to meet my deadlines. 

There are more pieces to the puzzle I have to put in place in order to achieve my major goal.

I sometimes feel like I’m taking one step forward and 3 steps back, but I continue anyway. 

So now my goal setting has gotten a bit complicated and I had to sit down with myself and “allow” it to happen.

I had to re-write the script and that my friends wasn’t an easy task.  My goals for this year will be off the pace I anticipated.

Nature is teaching me a good lesson, to not hang breathlessly on mere “Expectation.”

Rely instead, on your continuing progress, not the end results.

So what does all this snow have to do with my goals?

I expected to see it all gone by now.

I already started planning my landscaping organic garden ideas.

But I know that will be delayed this year.

I feel the Springtime and I can hear the birds coming back from their winter travels, I can smell it in the air and… well, I guess I just have Spring Fever.

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But I have come to the realization that spring will be delayed because the mountains of snow that still surround me, are going to take some time to melt.

If it melts too fast, though, we will have a flood.

My Goals

I find this a good analogy for me because if my goals get achieved too fast, I could be flooded with the results I want.

Instead of everything happening overnight, I’m going to get those results more slowly, more gradually and I can probably keep up with them better.

There’s nothing worse than 4 feet of snow welcoming a string of 60 degree days.

When it comes to goals, I usually give myself extra time, but this year has been quite different.

New opportunities have started to pop up all around me.

Instead of marketing one way, I’m challenged to market in a more complicated fashion.

I know it is the better way to achieve my long term goals, and sustainable results.

But choosing to follow the more complicated path presents an awful lot more work right now.  Certainly a lot more than I had anticipated when I first happily created my little “goals” checklist.

Switching My Goal Gears

Although I drilled a deeper hole for myself than anticipated, and committed to do the extra work needed to complete my revised goals, lots of emotional feelings rolled in.

So, I am dealing with it all by making a new list.

It’s a little list of “reality” that looks like this (so far)…

  • Goals can be switched around
  • It is a wise decision I made for my business.
  • Now it’s time for me to step up into my responsibility mode, and get busy with the new tasks I’ve decided to take on.
  • Taking on more work means I need to create more time for myself to avoid overwhelm.
  • I’m investing money to hire people to do some tasks for me so I can totally focus on my end of the business.
  • Every day I chip away at it.  I remind myself I’ve taken on this responsibility and I cannot let artificially imposed “deadlines” get me down.
  • “I am flexible” has become my mantra.
  • As I move out of my comfort zone once again, I’m upping my game plan and that feels good.
  • I may feel like I’m in intensive training (which I am) but I’m heads up more than any old gal
  • My self esteem just keeps growing, because I’m learning and doing things that at one time I would never have imagined were within my grasp.

Taking some time to write out this list (a work in progress) has helped me adjust to my evolving goals, and maybe it will help you out too.

Goals are a funny thing.

Even when we are certain that we can live up to them, there has to be flexibility.

This has been my biggest lesson.

Your Goals

It is the third month of the new year.

How are you doing with the goals you planned for yourself?

Are you like me, with a bunch of bright ideas and hopeful goals that are hitting some roadblocks, challenges and delays?  

Are you on target with the goals you had mapped out for this year?

Has something changed in your business that forced you to move in different directions than the ones you anticipated?

Maybe you’re right on top of things and making great strides, right on schedule.

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How are you dealing with things emotionally?  

Are you bummed out because you are feeling stagnant?

Are you finding that you are feeling overwhelmed?

Are you angry at yourself for not achieving the goals you have planned?

In “are you reaching your goals?”

Please give me your feedback in the comments section below.

I would really like to hear from you.

-Donna

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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96 Responses to Are You Reaching Your Goals?

  1. Dr. Erica Goodstone
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    March 8, 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Donna,

    I just loved this post. Another example of your transparent honesty. And that feels so good for the rest of us who will inevitably feel that our goals keep being in the distance, almost unreachable.

    I will share some of my goal issues in a moment. First I remember something that Tony Robbins said that I think will help you to relax into your flexibility.

    “We overestimate what we can accomplish in ONE year and underestimate what we can accomplish in TEN years.”

    Example 1, my fitness goals.

    In January 2013 I joined a special Facebook group called Goal Guru for the stated purpose of walking 365 miles in a year. That year I thought I had accomplish the goal until I realized, late in November or December, that my stationery bike at my health club was showing kilometers and not miles. So – I did not reach my goal in 2013.
    Then, in 2014, I was doing okay but then it was December 1 and I needed to do about 60 more miles. I actually hustled and quadrupled my workouts throughout December so that I could barely come dragging to the finish line by December 31st.

    So, I made a firm decision and commitment to start immediately on January 1, 2015 to double my workouts and work out almost every single day, as much as possible. I am happy to report that at this point, on March 8, 2015, I have completed 107.84 miles. At this rate I will have completed almost 365 miles by mid-July and I will be striving to double that my 12/31.

    Now I have taken on a diet goal, to cut out the bread and cheese and nuts and desserts. I may have a small amount of these on occasion but not like before. And I know it may take a very long time to actually develop the healthy habit I desire.

    So now we come to my online marketing goals.

    In December 2014, I had big plans. I purchased a few webinar programs, to create funnels, to create my webinars, and to do it in a high paying fashion. My intention was to watch all these webinars in December and start creating the paying webinars in January.

    The saying goes – “God laughs when we are making plans.” My computer said “Back up your files. Hard drive failing”. And that was the end of December and part of January – replacing the hard drive, downloading, uploading, saving, re-uploading files – onto my laptop and then back into my desktop.

    So I keep plugging away. Now I have an upcoming Passion and Romance Webinar Summit and I am doing all the promo pieces to help it get going. And it is all exciting. And it will all happen – in due time.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 9, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Hi Erica,

      I so appreciate you sharing your goals here to illustrate to others how sometimes we can reach them, and sometimes not.

      I love the quote by Tony Robbins “We overestimate what we can accomplish in ONE year and underestimate what we can accomplish in TEN years.”

      I just wrote that down on a pretty piece of paper and put that one on my desk as a reminder of our goals.

      I love what you are doing with your exercise and diet. You are consistently working on that and I have seen lots of your accomplishments on Facebook from time to time. Kudos to you my friend.

      I do remember the computer problems you have had during December to January. My gosh, talk about down time! It was frustrating, but you managed to pull through. And it came at a time where you wanted to start your webinars. I know that feeling quite well and yes “Good laughs when we are making plans” Love that one too.

      Now, you are getting all the pieces ready for the upcoming Passion and Romance Webinar Summit and I’m sure you will shine through that one!

      Thanks again for sharing your experiences because it helped me and will help my readers.

      -Donna
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  2. Harleena Singh
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    March 9, 2015 at 12:47 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wonderful post, yet again 🙂

    You wrote just what most of us would be undergoing I guess. Well, I can certainly speak about myself in this case. Yes, it’s already the third month of the year, and I don’t think many of us are going as planned!

    I loved your analogy in this post, and though Spring’s already set in our end, it’s not easy to get it all done and overwhelm yourself, when things are set to happen at their own pace.

    Speaking of myself, you know we are working all the time in doing up the ABC and providing a better platform to our members, and that takes time. Yes, it was one of the goals set for this year, but we didn’t set any deadlines for this one – nor did we decide to have x number of members by so and so time, as it’s still in the Beta phase, and a lot of trials and tests have to be done before things really start rolling.

    I guess you need to be patient and go with the flow, instead of stressing over trying to achieve a set target. That just leads to health issues and you overwhelm yourself. Sometimes your other work might slow down, but that’s understandable – no one is perfect, we aren’t certainly! That’s how we learn and get better, isn’t it?

    I am sure you’d get most of your goals accomplished by this years end, you still have time, and that’s a reminder for me too! Time to regain the focus and move on with full force!

    Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a nice week ahead 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 9, 2015 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Harleena,

      I first want to give you a huge thank you for including me in your last post “A Tribute – Top 10 Inspiring Women Bloggers of Aha!NOW” I was so thrilled to be included.

      Well, getting back to our goals. I know I will accomplish them in due time but I did get stuck when my coach said that the products and services I put together needed to be in a launch. Sounds easy but it is a huge learning curve.

      So just when we thought we were ready to roll, we had to go back to square one and start building a JV page and all the necessary things to go with it. Phew…

      The way I see it is better get it right at first than to blunder and do it all over again. Yes, it was a bit stressful, but this is how we learn and grow.

      I see you are in beta phase, and so are we. It does take a lot of time to work out all the kinks before we can roll out doesn’t it?

      I am going with the flow and I actually booked a two week vacation for the Summer. I haven’t done that in a while. When I measure all the work and time learning I know I need a real break from it all.

      So many good things are coming from my goal setting and a great reminder to be Donna again and go with the flow.

      Thanks!

      -Donna
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  3. Lillian De Jesus
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    March 9, 2015 at 1:53 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow this post really resonates with me as I was going through my goals workbook this weekend. Unbelievably I am on track and I may even complete my biggest goal sooner than I think with some help of course. It’s funny how I wrote out some goals for myself this year, I thought I’m not really sure how I’m going to do it but it WILL be done. Dunno how?! BUT I’ll find a way. I’ve been blessed to meet some amazing people that I found have the knowledge in helping me accomplish what I need done and in return I can offer my assistance. It’s been wonderful.

    As you’ve stated, it may not be a good idea that it all gets done at the same time. I don’t want to get flooded! We should get things done step by step.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Lillian
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 9, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Lillian,

      Great to know that you have a goals workbook…I have one too! Horray you are on track and may complete your biggest goal sooner than you think. ((clapping hands)) for you!

      So true, if it all gets done too fast, we can get flooded. That is one of my concerns. I need a back up plan as I prepare to launch. I have been making a list of people I know that I can hire for certain tasks. This is one of those things that are in conjunction with all those plans and goals.

      I am slowed down only because my coach seen that I needed to market in a bigger way than I thought. But hey, that’s what coaches are for…to go over your work, and have fresh eyes on it.

      I learned one lesson out of this…I have underestimated myself. But now..I have to roll up my sleeves and put more into it.

      Yes, and I am doing things step by step.

      Thanks for your input,

      -Donna
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  4. Fabrizio Van Marciano
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    March 9, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Hey Donna, great post and at the right time, yes we’re almost ending the first quarter and usually at the end of March I kind of sit down to analyse my progress. I think I’m on track with a few of my goals but I set myself too many I think, and one or two goals I’ve yet to start working towards.

    I love your analogy by the way, and whilst we have no snow here in England, there’s certainly a spring feeling in the air, lighter evenings is what I look forward to. I find it a real challenge motivating myself to work or even deal with the long winter months lol.

    The thing I’ve found so far about goals is that no matter what you plan out, or what you want to focus on or set out to achieve, there’s always going to be something that comes flying out of nowhere to put a spanner in the works.

    I’ve had man flu twice, and now I’ve trapped a nerve in my back from surfing, I’ve struggled getting about for a week and with two kids it’s been a nightmare. It’s things like these that really slows me down from making progress, not the kids of course lol.

    Anyway thanks for taking the time to write this, reminds me to take a look at my goals at the end of this month to see where I’m at with everything. I’ll be writing about it in my first ever quarterly blog progress report shortly.

    Have a great week Donna 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm #

      Hi Fabrizio,

      Gosh having the flue twice and then back pain sure is something that can hold one back (pardon the pun) the Life happens all the time doesn’t it? And even though we do create time for family and/or things that pop up, we do have to be realistic with our goals.

      I try to be as realistic as possible and give myself extra time to analyze things. But this year as I was going along my merry way, our coach reviewed our sales funnel and pointed us in a different, yet higher direction which entailed more learning curves and work.

      Good to know you liked the analogy….can’t stop mother nature and cannot stop things life throws at us either.

      Lesson learned: Go with the flow.

      -Donna
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  5. Sylviane Nuccio
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    March 9, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Yes, 3rd month of the year. Goodness. Where does time go?

    Gosh I can’t imagine still having a couple feet of snow. Here we had 5-6 inches and we were lost for a week:)

    But excellent analogy here.

    Just as you may have hoped for the snow to melt faster, you have planned for your goals to move faster, but that’s OK. We don’t have to be perfect as long as we’re moving along.

    What would be bad is if you were not going anywhere, but you just moving at a different pace, and that’s that.

    I’m moving along with my goals as well, but I know that my book writing (which by the way none of you gals kept me accountable with by the way, as I asked ) is going to be behind. However, to make up for it, I planned on a smaller book for now that should be out soon, so that will help me to keep moving, and fill up that gap.

    Now that March is already underway I have to start working seriously on my departure and it’s not a small task either. I have a whole apartment to empty, and make a huge list of the things that I have to do, among other things.

    Thanks for sharing your experience with your goals. I’m sure many people can relate to that.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 9, 2015 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Sylviane,

      I used the analogy of the snow because instead of expecting things to be warmer, mother nature had a different plan and one that I myself cannot control. So I have to accept that fact and go with the flow.

      The same goes with my goals. It was just like this analogy. I was going in one direction, expecting to do one thing, but my coach suggested another…one that required a learning curve, one that would take more time. So here I am with David and we are working on something that was pretty much unexpected. A higher goal so to say.

      So yes, it would be a bad thing if I was not going anywhere.

      As for your book…oops have to make a mental note to push you…sorry about that lol. But you have planned a smaller book that I am looking forward to.

      Yikes…you have so much to do to empty that apartment. I know how much work goes int that. Plus the fact that you are going to Italy. That is a huge change and you do have to do so on a certain date. I’m sure that list is a long one.

      I wanted to share this experience because we all have it and wanted to encourage people to share here as they are doing so.

      I am loving this conversation!

      -Donna
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  6. Joy Healey
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    March 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Hi Donna

    Ah well, those January goals…. oh dear.

    But it’s not all bad. I had one MAJOR goal for January and February, that was to do with my offline business, and that went well. It wasn’t stress-free by any means, and there are still a few glitches to iron out, but overall I can say it’s been a success.

    As for the rest – well, family challenges have had to come first, and that’s always the way, and one of the beauties of beingself-employed.

    So I still have some lists to tackle, and it IS depressing that those areas don’t seem much further on than they did in the dead of winter – but with my major goal out of the way, at least I can look forward to making more progress. Sure you will too.

    Have a great week. Joy
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm #

      Hi Joy,

      Good to know that your MAJOR goal for January and February was a success..even through some stress. At least that is behind you now and you can go on. Oh yes, there will always be glitches, it is part of business.

      As they saying goes “Family First” and we do have to pay attention to that. If we don’t, it will stick in the back of our minds and we wouldn’t be so productive. We couldn’t focus so yes, we do need to stop in our tracks sometimes when family issues come up.

      I’m sure you will be making more progress!

      Have a great week.

      P.S. I just read your review on James’s new book and immediately purchased it. I had to tear myself away because it is soooo good!
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  7. James McAllister
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    March 9, 2015 at 8:13 pm #

    Hi Donna!

    What an awesome analogy! I’m a bit jealous of the snow you’ve been having, here in Washington it hasn’t even snowed once all winter. We’ve been told consistently for the past few years to “expect a harsh winter” but it’s yet to come.

    I’ve been meeting all of the goals I’ve set out so far for this year, but I’m thinking of making some changes. I got really sick this past week for the first time in a while, and I forgot how much it can set you back when you’re unable to work effectively. I’m a workaholic so even one day of being sick really sets me back as I tend to set really high goals for myself.

    My biggest issue has always been telling myself to stop working. Going to bed is the hardest part of my day because I never want that time to come around. There’s always something new to be done in my book.

    I am looking to expand and find visitors in new areas this year as well as come out with a few more products, so with strategic planning I’m going to find a way to make everything happen. It won’t be easy but nothing in this business is right?

    We’ll see how things play out and make adjustments along the way.

    Have a great week Donna!
    – James
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi James,

      Nice to know you live in Washington. I’ll be in Seattle during the month of July. I love that place!

      Glad you liked the analogy….we cannot fight mother nature, nor other things that pop up in our business lives. Look at you…you were sick for a while and that must have made you go crazy. You always are the busy bee!

      Although you enjoy working, taking a break is just as important. I know how you feel because when I force myself to take a vacation, my husband and I freak out for the first two days being unplugged.

      We are like fish out of water and not used to not working all the time. But, to achieve balance it is sure worth it. Coming back, new ideas and a fresh look at our business is worthwhile.

      Knowing you, you will follow your strategic plan and make things happen. No, it is not easy at all, but when we are in this business, it is our life blood. What else could we do? lol

      Keep on going, but don’t forget to take a break here and there. For you it has to be a learned behavior, and it is much needed to balance. Just say’n!

      Enjoy your week, and I can’t wait to get everything done today so I can get back to your book!

      -Donna
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  8. Mark
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    March 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm #

    What an awesome and extremely helpful post Donna!

    And I love the way you compared the snow melting, with dealing with meeting you goals!

    And how if things (even good things) happen a little too fast, that could be counter productive as well.

    And I think we can all appreciate having to constantly adjust our best laid plans, in order to reach our ultimate objectives!

    Thank goodness, it’s only March and not October already!LOL! At least there’s still time to
    make the necessary adjustments!

    Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome post!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Mark,

      When I was pondering my goals, I was looking out the window to all that snow in March! Yes, it smells like spring but looks like January.

      Same as my goals…although they will be enhanced, my original plan had to be delayed.

      Just like my planting this year in my garden, that will have to be delayed too. So mother nature has showed me a good lesson!

      -Donna
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  9. Ryan Biddulph
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    March 9, 2015 at 10:37 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I am the biggest fan of checking my goals here and there to ensure I’m holding the proper intent as I move forward. I blog to free me and my audience. If things are getting hectic, I’m binding myself. Not freeing myself. Knowing this inspires me to let go more activities that are binding to make room for freeing stuff.

    Example; I doubled down on blog commenting 2 weeks ago, or maybe a few weeks before. Where my focus goes, grows, and since I intend to free myself through this marketing channel I let go – largely – the social media marketing thing. I do market on Facebook, G Plus and the like but have focused more on commenting, and on twitter, to spread the word. I can’t add time to the day and can’t work harder because force negates. All I do is let go as I hold to my freeing intent, and my goals move into form with greater ease, and with less effort, over time. That’s the biggie; hold that intent to allow things to happen, not to force things to happen. Still learning a bit on this latter deal because I have much to release when it comes to working smarter and smarter, and less and less, to make a greater and greater impact.

    Thanks Donna for the check up!

    Ryan
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Ryan,

      Thanks so much. I can breath a little better. Yes you are correct when you mention that the intent is to allow things to happen, not force things to happen. That kind of energy never works out.

      I’ve been working smarter, to have more time to live the life I love. I used to get all anxious, but those days are gone.

      I’m testing myself this Summer to go cross country for a few weeks and unplug. Just enjoying the North West. It usually takes David and I a day or two to wind down, but it is so important.

      When it comes to Social Media, I have shaved that down since last year. I had to choose which platform suited my readers and followers best. That is one big time saver. I even hired someone to do some bits and pieces of my daily chores from walking the dogs, to helping me tweet. She’s an all around gal and is learning about the business. Win Win!

      Although I had set goals for set times, and need to take more time on this one, what I really learned is that I’m not much of a time person lol. Let it be!

      -Donna
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  10. Brenda Lee
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    March 10, 2015 at 8:58 am #

    Oh Donna,

    Goals were made to be changed. That’s the way we obtain them, right? Although things didn’t go exactly as you planned, there still seems to be a sense of excitement in your “change”. Am I reading that wrong? You are strong and determined and no doubt will obtain whatever you want and will stop at nothing to do so. That is one thing I admire so much about you. Keep at it girl!

    I’m still pushing towards my goal. In February, I had a minor setback but regrouped quickly with some advice from my good friends Cori and Nataly and am now back on track. I’m pushing forward towards a better 2015 because 2013 and 2014 really were a kick in the old can.

    Have a fab day Donna!

    B
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Bren,

      I think I need to write down this first sentence and use it as a mantra! Gals were made to be changed…I love it!

      I do realize that I had those set dates in mind for a goal, but when looked over by a coach, he advised us to elaborate and go a better route. Who would have thought?

      So now we are working on that one. I’m not setting a date for myself, when it is all done, and “approved” I will have an official launch.

      Meanwhile I’m learning new things all the time and meeting new peeps out there who are so different than bloggers. They are teaching me…I am teaching them so I do see this as a golden opportunity.

      I think this year is going to be great for you Bren, I just feel like you are really “coming into your own” and love your new blog!

      -Donna
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  11. Adrienne
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    March 10, 2015 at 12:37 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    As you can imagine, I’m probably in the same boat. Things just got kind of nutso for me with deciding I wasn’t happy moving in the direction I was so after a very long talk with myself and some friends I decided to do a rebrand. Okay, I am my brand of course but I feel that my blog and business were headed in the wrong direction and I was not happy.

    For the time being, my goals are all set around a new opt-in, new look of my blog, new images of me, etc. I think once I have all that behind me then I’ll be able to focus more on the tasks I wanted to conquer this year which is creating a few more products.

    A little lower end then what I did but I think that for now this is the direction I want to go as well as continue to build up my consulting business. That’s one of the reasons I’m doing this makeover so to speak. I was going off track and I want to real in the right clients for me again.

    That’s what I’ve got going right now and what I have to do next is find the time to fit it all in. I’m not dragging this out though, not like I did my course. I’m on a mission.

    Thanks for sharing this with us and letting us know you don’t have it all together. LOL!!! Okay, you do but a few areas have gone off course but we will all get them back on track because that’s just who we are right!

    I wish you the best my friend and have a great week.

    ~Adrienne
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 10, 2015 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I think we are both going through growing pains he he he. Once all is done on your blog, I know you will grow with your business.

      I would say keep creating products!!! The first one takes so much time, then after that, you can produce more at a lower price point. Then stick them into a sales funnel and start marketing!

      Always have the end game in mind and you will develop a strategy to do so. I see that you are on a mission and have absolute confidence you will have the time to do it.

      Yes…I wanted to write this as an example that sometimes we are going one way so strongly, then have to retrace our steps to do things in a bigger and better way.

      Have a good week!

      -Donna
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  12. sherman smith March 10, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Goal setting is a funny thing sometimes.

    You set up goals, you don’t meet them on a certain date, life gets in your way, you get frustrated because you’re not getting the right outcome, and the list goes on,

    But I tell you this, it does keep you on the right track and gives you purpose.

    As you may already know, the thing for me and for a lot of people is limited time. That’s the one thing that keeps me from accomplishing goals, and it can be rather frustrating, but I turn my focus on how worthy the tasks that I’m doing to fulfill my goals.

    I also find myself limiting myself to a degree. You I get angry, disappointed, but then I turn my focus to the word “options”. I know out there in our blogging world that there are a plethora of options! I just have to clear my mind of all the negative junk and be open to noticing those options. I have been open to a lot of options lately that will keep my progressing towards my goals. But one thing I learned as a novice is to not to overwhelm yourself, and to focus on one thing at a time!

    Donna this was a great post to reflect on my goals, what I’ve accomplished, why I haven’t and what I have to do to keep progressing! Have a great rest of the week!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Sherman,

      Glad I got our wheels spinning in your head lol. Yes, there always will be obstacles, set backs and so on, but as long as we keep on track we can reach our goals. Maybe not in the timeline we wanted, but as long as we keep focused we will reach our goal.

      Indeed, doing too much can lead to overwhelm and I too had that experience in the past. I never want to go back there again! It was a difficult lesson, but a good one because overwhelm surely sets you way back!

      i like the way you mentioned the word “options” we do have a plethora of options and always need to clear our mind of any negative thinking and go on our way!

      Sometimes it does get frustrating, but that’s why I brought up this topic and I see you as well as many other commenters have put so much value into this subject.

      -Donna

  13. Neamat Tawadrous
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    March 10, 2015 at 4:02 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Thanks for sharing this with great honesty and I totally resonate here!!

    Yes, we are in March and the time is flying and I feel that I am sometimes racing with the time but everything takes its time.

    I loved the analogy of the snow and I can well understand your suspense for the spring. I live in Toronto and wherever I go I see snow and it is very cold. I can’t wait for spring myself.

    Regarding goals, I am not quite there yet as I changed businesses a few months ago and I am going through a steep learning curve and lots of training but I am okay with that since I am moving forward. There is lots of pushing though to get there. It’s not easy.

    Thanks Donna for yet another inspiring post. Enjoy your week ahead.

    Be Blessed,

    Neamat
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2015 at 1:31 pm #

      Hi Neamat,

      So you live in Toronto…one of my favorite cities in the world. I used to go there often when I lived in New York. Yes…I know how cold and how much snow you get up there lol.

      I know it’s not easy when you are going through a steep learning curve. I did one 2 years ago. Then another, and another … As we grow our business, there is always time we need to create to go through these learning curves.

      When I thought mine was completed, another was needed so that is what set me back. It sure isn’t easy but so wroth it in the long run.

      -Donna
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  14. Nanda Rahmanius
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    March 11, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Interesting topic for discussion!
    I think, everybody experiencing the same thing with you, including me. They must have felt that their goals are not achieved what they wanted. It was human, I guess. 🙂

    We may run slowly to achieve our goals, but we must not stop. If stopped, we’re done!

    When we were trying to move forward, there will be a lot of good and great experiences that we can get from it. 🙂

    Actually I have set my goals for the next few years. And what should I do now is I have to make sure what I’m doing right now is the best that I can do. I do it so I do not regret it at a later date. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Donna.
    All the best for you!

    ~Nanda
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

      Hi Nanda,

      Goal setting is a pretty hot topic here. I am delighted that so many people are sharing their experiences.

      No matter what happens along the way we have to stay on track and not stop. Indeed, if stopped, we are done!

      True…as we try to move forward, there will be a lot of good experiences that we can get from it. I’m undergoing yet another super learning curve to get that goal of mine going. Who knew? But now what I’m learning is priceless.

      Better to do things right than have to go back to the drawing board, even though it takes more time.

      -Donna
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  15. Shivkumar
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    March 11, 2015 at 5:45 am #

    Hi,

    Making plan every year and letting it go without working over it was my habit in my college days. But now I know the mistake I made in my early days. But as it is said that “It’s never late to start with anything.” I have plan during this start of the year and now I am working on it seriously. You article really resonated me to keep putting my efforts.

    Thank you very much Donna, have a lovely day ahead! 🙂

    >SK Lohar
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 11:41 am #

      Hi Shivkumar,

      So true…it is never to late to start with anything! Sticking to your plan this year is a great thing to do. Although we all could have those set backs, we have to keep on chipping away at it.

      Sometimes I see my goals and plans like a rial-road track. I just keep going along. A tree might fall down on the track, and I have to remove it. I may take me some time to do, but eventually I’ll get to my destination!

      -Donna
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  16. Andrew M. Warner
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    March 11, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    Hey Donna,

    Great post here. Regarding the goals I had for this year, I think I’m on track. One of the biggest things I’ve been wanting to do is monetize my blog and I just started planning that out now. In fact, I already started creating the course … so I hope that I’ll be getting that out there well before the year is done. And I have another one I’m working on as well.

    It’s good to make goals and constantly work towards them … and accept them when they change. I remember one of my biggest goals was to be everywhere and guest post. But due to some circumstances, that goal is starting later this month … and each month after that.

    Goes to show you that you have to make adjustments as well when your goal doesn’t pan out like you expected it would.

    “Taking some time to write out this list (a work in progress) has helped me adjust to my evolving goals, and maybe it will help you out too.”

    I stared writing out my goals once again … I have weekly and daily goals. And I found that when I wrote them all out, it helps. And yesterday, I heard another suggestion to try to plan your goals/objectives a week in advance to save time. I’ll be trying that as well.

    Great post here, Donna.

    – Andrew
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Andrew,

      So good to know you are monetizing your blog. You always give good information for free, so why not monetize?

      I see a blog as a work in progress. It changes when we change. The more knowledge we obtain, the more we can share with our readers… Then comes our products/services we need to sell.

      You said it all when you wrote: It’s good to make goals and constantly work towards them … and accept them when they change.

      Acceptance is key when working on goals. We can get a bit frustrated when they are not on the time we want it to be, but we must accept what could hold us up and keep on going.

      When it comes down to writing my goals down, I’m a stickler for that! I break it down to the hour of the day. All that needs to be accomplished and flex time too.

      When we own our own business, it is up to us to have a good time management skill in place.

      Thanks so much for your input,

      -Donna
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  17. Marquita Herald
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    March 11, 2015 at 9:23 pm #

    Nice to know I’m not the only one! I roared into 2015 with grand intentions and quickly fell behind because I was trying so hard to make progress on several BIG goals. I hung in there because I was seeing progress, just not much. Then I finally took a time out and decided enough was enough – re-prioritized my goals and begin focusing on one at a time. And now I am actually checking things off that darn list! I may not be as far along as I’d hoped I’d be by now but I can feel momentum building and my “list” is getting shorter and that feels really good!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm #

      Hi Marquita,

      Sometimes we expect too much of ourselves. I, like you came roaring into 2015 with grand intentions too. Although we may feel it so deeply in our inner selves, we come to realize that we have to take one at a time. Ahh lessons are always learned aren’t they?

      Re-prioritizing your goals and focusing on one at a time sure was a good decision! That feeling of checking things off that list is so uplifting.

      Good to know your momentum is building and your list is shorter.

      And thanks so much for sharing your experience.

      -Donna
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  18. Carol Amato
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    March 12, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Hi, Donna,

    What a great post!

    Relevant.

    Real.

    Right on target.

    Life happens and many times the outcomes we project take much longer than expected even with conservative planning and good research. Been there, done that!

    While I’m tickled pink with several of my goals achieved, I’m a little behind schedule with others, but am pushing forward like a steam locomotive! 🙂

    You’re the determined type yourself, so that’s awesome. My mom used to say “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” and she’s definitely right.

    Yep, flexibility is probably the most beneficial character trait I’ve developed while working online. I have perfectionist tendencies and can be taken out of my game if I’m not careful.

    You’re tearing it up, Donna, and will accomplish all you set out to achieve, I just know it. You’re a multi-talented giving person, and it will definitely happen, you’ll make sure of that.

    Thanks for being you! Have a wonderful rest of the week.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Carol,

      Your mom was spot on “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” and I do believe that one! I am determined and sometimes too determined. That’s what slapped me in the face with this quarterly outcome. I expected. I usually don’t go there and am more flexible…but when things came to a stop and my coach told us a better way of doing things…we had to go to a huge learning curve.

      Thank goodness for David…If I had to do this alone, it would never get done. We are a team and he is the one that can be a perfectionist. So I have to keep my eye on him and when I see that look on his face I know he is wasting time pondering a decision. I have to poke him and tease him a bit to remind him that he is over-thinking. Thank goodness he listens and goes on.

      In my situation here, I know in the end it will be a better choice of marketing than what we originally wanted to do. So it is well worth the time and learning experience.

      I want to thank you for such kind words. You really touch my heart.

      -Donna

      P.S. I made my first Infographic from your latest blog..thanks so much for that!
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  19. Ikechi
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    March 12, 2015 at 7:54 am #

    Hi Donna

    Wow! I was thinking about your blog and then checked my feed and boom. I saw this post which is so swell.

    I have always loved your honesty and yet again you reveal it in this post. I too have made so many goals and I jotted down ideas and projects that I can take on this year. Well it is been slow and while I am making progress, I don’t think Ivan there yet.

    Some of the goals I listed, I found out, are so overwhelming but just like you mentioned, I decided to take responsibility and get my hands so busy.

    It is great to be flexible and it is something that I am trying to learn too. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up Donna

    Regards
    Ikechi
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 12, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

      Hi Ikechi,

      Glad you liked this issue. I wanted to share a bit of my experience to illustrate that we all run into our goals not being on a timely basis. We may think we have it all under control, but something comes up and we have to delay.

      I, like you have jotted down ideas. Even went to a step-by-step process with a timeline. Once it was done, my coach said to raise it up. Who knew?

      So here I and my husband are doing our due diligence – going on another learning curve and taking action upon it. I know in the long run it will have a better outcome.

      I’m learning a dose of flexibility. Best wishes to you and your goals this year!

      -Donna
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  20. Mi Muba
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    March 12, 2015 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi Donna

    A lovely post that reminds people what they should do and what they actually are doing.

    Rigidity never works in any aspect of life either it is social, professional or personal.

    People who become rigid to their goals spend their whole life reaching them and ultimately declare nothing lies in struggling and luck factor has major role to make someone successful.

    How pity it is to ignore one’s own faults and point at any super divine testimony thought all the ethics of the world do proclaim a person gets true reward of his hard work if it is done in right direction.

    In my previous one year blogging journey a lot of things tried to distract me but owing to my several failing experiences in past I could not have been affected by them and kept moving on the way which I picked at the start.

    After one year’s hard work to please people more and search engines a little lesser now I have started pleasing both search engines and people at the same level by focusing more on SEO to get maximum organic traffic to sell my product-in-making to more and more people.

    Thanks a lot for sharing yet another very thought-provoking post.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Mi Muba,

      What a perfect testimony to staying on track, putting your dreams into action, and wearing “blinders” to all the things that would distract you from reaching your goals.

      You’ve done a great job in the last year, and I’m happy to watch your progress and growth.

      As you say, it’s not a matter of luck, and it’s not a matter of rigidly sticking to a “plan.”

      It’s a about knowing where you want to go, mapping it our carefully, having the flexibility to see what’s working and what’s not… in real time… and making wise adjustments along the way.

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience with goal setting and attainment, Mi Muba.

      It’s always a please to have you contribute to the conversation.

      -Donna
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  21. Lea Bullen
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    March 12, 2015 at 6:41 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    As of late I’ve been really motivated to reach my goals and take the necessary steps. But of course, this hasn’t always been the case.

    When I don’t keep up with my goals and timelines I get so frustrated. This is especially true when I feel like I could’ve achieved them already had I just stayed on track.

    You post is well timed. As it’s a quarter into the year and many people have probably thrown their goals, set at the top of the year, to the side.

    ~Lea
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      Hi Lea,

      I know that kind of frustration when you feel like you could have achieved your goals if only you stayed on track.

      But sometimes we just cannot demand too much of ourselves. As long as we chip away at our goals, we will get there eventually. We have to keep that in our mind and throw those frustrations out the window.

      I wanted to illustrate how we must keep on keep’n on and never give up!

      -Donna
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  22. Irish Carter
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    March 12, 2015 at 10:22 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’m writing this as I am listening to you and David on your Blogging Fever video. Love it! Ahhhh goals…mine are there and I am staying consistent working on them but they are definately getting pushed out further. My mind always thinks I can get more done in a block of time than what my Fibromyalgia allows. That is ok. I just reevaluate them.

    One of the biggest obstacles I face when working on my goals is as I grow and become more widely known, more opportunities come my way. That’s a good thing right? Well, it is but it also steers me off my beaten path of getting those goals achieved. Thoughts on this?

    Irish
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Irish,

      It amazes me how much you get done with your Fibromyalgia in the way (so to speak) I think it makes you a stronger person. I know the feeling well how our minds think we can get more done than we can.

      I think it is a great thing that your biggest obstacle is getting more widely known. As more and more opportunities rise, you have to jump on them like a cat!

      Your goals are there, but what you are doing in the meantime has to be done. So instead of putting a strict time on your goals…go with the flow. But never give up.

      I learned this lesson, and that’s why I raised this issue. We have goals, our minds tell us it will happen on a certain timeline…things come up, even good things that steer us away form that time line. But as long as we plug along to those goals, it will be done.

      Just do it! ((he he he))

      -Donna
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      • Irish Carter
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        March 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

        Good advice. I’ll start practicing it just as soon as I am done with this project. LOL That’s horrible but funny at the same time. I really am not like that….I’m just really razor focused on finishing up what I am working on because its an annual event and it’s now moving into April. = )

        Have a great week.

        Irish
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  23. Sue Price
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    March 13, 2015 at 4:06 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Wow what a post and what a relief to read it.

    I will start with the lighter side of things. The seasons. 🙂 I am amazed how since I have known you the more exteme your season the more extreme ours in the opposite way. We have had the hottest longest summer. It is the first time in my life that I look forward to winter.

    Now to the tough questions. No to most things you asked.

    I have some serous goals too and when March hit I went into panic. I am making progress but it seems to be so slow. I am correcting and altering how I do things and I need to remember to breathe.

    Thank you for writing this post as sometimes we can feel alone and beat ourselves up when we feel off track.

    This was perfect for me to read today.

    Thank you Donna,

    Sue
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 12:03 pm #

      Hi Sue,

      It is a funny thing that since we have known each other, I’ve been getting colder winters and you have been getting hotter summers. Hmmm…But we are brave gals and can beat the weather!

      I think because of our past experiences in business, we look at the year with quarterly goals, we can get into that panic if we realize we haven’t done what we expected to do. Key word…expect.

      Maybe it’s time for you and I to lift those expectations we put on ourselves and lighten up a bit.

      The good thing is you are measuring your production and although it may seem slow to you, you are correcting and altering how you do things and most of all breathe!

      Now we are not alone and that’s why I just had to write this post at this time because many of us made our goals and it is the first quarter of the year. We look at what we have done or not, and have to analyze our situation.

      Glad you enjoyed this post!

      -Donna
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  24. Chery Schmidt
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    March 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Hello Donna, What a great reminder to all of us that our goals can be changed as we go along.

    We to have 3 ft snow banks here in the north woods of Wisconsin my friend! But I can feel spring in the air..

    Thanks for sharing your story, Loved it

    Chery :))
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 13, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

      Hey Chery,

      So do we here in Maine, but I still can feel and smell spring. One day soon, we will wake up to birds singing and trees blossoming. We can’t push mother nature and we can’t push ourselves too much

      -Donna
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  25. Corina Ramos
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    March 13, 2015 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I’m still waiting for the first signs of Spring. It’s been cold and now it’s raining. 🙂

    I know how you feel when you said sometimes you feel like you’re taking one step forward and three steps back. The most important thing is you keep moving right along.

    Congratulations on the new opportunities coming to you. That means you’re doing something right for your audience my dear :).

    We definitely have to be flexible when it comes to our goals and make adjustments as we go and grow. Thank you for sharing your reality list with us. I’m going to make a copy of it and post it on my pegboard next to my desk. That way I can look at it when I start my day.

    I hope you’ve had a great week. I’m sorry I hadn’t come by earlier. It’s been a wild week over here but thank goodness the weekend has finally come. Have a great day and weekend Donna.

    Thanks for being so motivating!

    cori
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 14, 2015 at 11:59 am #

      Hi Corina,

      I think we all have had experiences like this: One step forward and three steps back! Part of business as usual. But when frustration or any other negative feelings accompany it, we have to find a way to rid them.

      Yes, we have to keep moving forward no mater what. For me, this is a blessing in disguise because it will have a better effect on what I’m doing (crossing fingers lol) The learning curve has been a fascinating one.

      The application of what I’ve been learning is also a good feeling. So, I will face that day of frustration, and let it go….

      Yes a good lesson learned for me here and that is flexibility. It was a kick in the pants as a good reminder for me.

      Yes, the week was busy as usual. Hope all is settled on your end,

      -Donna
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  26. Nisha Pandey
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    March 13, 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    We all face some problems while following our goals at some point of time or another.

    This post just shows the honesty and transparency with which you approached the problems and eventually found the solution.

    Understanding your limitation, being flexible to change and getting a helping hand when its needed are the three most important points of reaching your business goals. And this formula has not failed me even once till now.

    Thanks for posting this great piece. Have a nice weekend ahead!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 14, 2015 at 12:08 pm #

      Hi Nisha,

      I just had to share this experience because many of us hit a brick wall along our path when it comes to goals for one reason or another.

      Yes, what I’ve learned is that I need to be more flexible. But I always reach out for a helping hand when needed. One has to in order for business to grow.

      -Donna
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  27. Dennis Seymour
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    March 14, 2015 at 11:16 am #

    GREAT topic!

    I actually reworked my goals for this year just last week.

    A bit late…since it’s already mid march so I have to make up the past months.

    Been hustling this week, even rearranging the look of my whole week just to fit the 5 goals I intend to hit this year.

    Glad to hear that you have a lot of new opportunities. Great for you my friend!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 14, 2015 at 12:29 pm #

      Hi Dennis,

      It doesn’t matter when we re-work our goals, as long as we do them! Sometimes our journey takes us in a different path and we start working our goals out. As long as we keep them, and not stray we will be just fine!

      Good to know you have been hustling and even rearranging the look of your hole week to fit 5 goals you intend to hit this year.

      I’m sure you will!

      -Donna
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  28. Monna Ellithorpe
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    March 14, 2015 at 11:26 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Great post and “yes,” I have had to make some adjustments on my 2015 plans. It does throw you off a little when you have to do that but that is no reason to stop, just regroup and move in a different direction.

    Your post is so encouraging in the fact that you are doing the same thing. Not stopping or getting down about it, just planning a new pathway.

    Thanks for your motivating posts, all of the time.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm #

      Hi Monna,

      Glad you found this to be encouraging. I know you had to make some adjustments to your 2015 plans. Things came to your attention that were great and you had to “hold the presses” as they say to jump on something that would make you monetize.

      I also know that you have your other goal in mind and will work on that in the future. You are doing a lot….just have to remind yourself not to get frustrated. lol

      -Donna
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  29. Linda Schrier
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    March 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    This is the first time I’ve been to your blog and am excited for you in setting your goals. I just did the same thing for myself.

    I have been blogging for about eight months using several different blogs. I now have one blog. Your blog is so simple and easy to understand. I’m loving it.

    I just made up my mind to buy your course on blogging after I finish commenting.

    I am technically challenged and as part of my goals, I’m going to learn one new technical each week.

    I too have spring fever and the birds are singing all day long. I love spring. The daffodil are breaking ground and soon spring will be here.

    You have an awesome weekend,

    Linda
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 14, 2015 at 10:35 pm #

      Hi Linda,

      Welcome to my blog and so great to know you like it. When it comes to doing many technical things, I’m pretty challenged too lol. Learning one new technical thing each week is a great thing to do.

      I usually learn as I go when it comes to that. Some may think I’m technical because it all depends on our experience.

      Oh gosh you have spring fever too? I think we are all done with this long winter…I still have snow on the ground, but spring is in the air.

      Thanks for coming by,

      -Donna
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  30. Deborah Tutnauer
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    March 15, 2015 at 1:06 am #

    This is such a wonderful article Donna.

    The balance between the goals we set and the real life unfolding of “all that is” is a line that we walk throughout life. It’s important plan. It’s crucial to write out not only the vision, but the step by step actions leading to each piece of the vision pie. And then it’s equally important to let go of attachment and just get to work!

    Your snow metaphor, particularly the part about hoping the melting is gradual, is so apt. Yet we rarely get exactly what we’d like in the unfolding. Instead, we learn to move with that which is too fast and be patient with that which is too slow.

    There is a category I created a few decade ago in my mind called : Adult Lessons. Into this mental category goes things that no one could have told you when you were younger – things that you just have to experience. Into the adult lessons category certainly falls the Middle Way – the balance between striving and allowing – between goal focused and journey focused.

    As for me, at the end of this 3rd month of the year. I have achieved a few of my major goals! I have one that has not been even close to what I expected – but – I believe I put some energetic brakes on it without realizing it until recently because…a yearning has surfaced that demanded my attention in the manner of a bright light illuminating a dark room. The experience has been exciting – intriguing – and quite expansive!

    I appreciate this personal and thoughtful post Donna!

    Warmly,
    Deborah
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

      Hi Deborah,

      Thank you for adding so much of your wisdom to this discussion. Yes, we write down a goal, and those step by step actions to achieve it, but sometimes, things come up and our anticipation can get us off balance.

      I like your “Adult Lessons” that balance between striving and allowing. This is exactly the lesson I’ve learned through this experience. “Between goal focused and journey focused” That says it all! I thank you for that one because it is a great reinforcement for me.

      Good to know that at this time you have achieved a few of your goals! And now, putting some energetic breaks on without realizing it a yearning has surfaced for you that demanded your attention. Now that is exciting!

      -Donna
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  31. Julieanne van Zyl March 15, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    I believe that goals are made to be flexible, and timelines should definitely be flexible, especially for big goals. And, it sounds like yours are huge Donna. I like the way you’re allowing extra time for yourself, so you don’t get overwhelmed!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

      Hi Julieanne,

      That’s what I learned from this experience: Flexibility! I usually am, but this one specific goal had me emerged so much so, that I forgot that I’m the “go with the flow” kinda gal.

      No, I don’t ever want to get overwhelmed. It happened to me once and I sure learned a good lesson from that because it put a stop to just about everything. I’ll never go back to overwhelm land ever again!

      Thanks for stopping by,

      -Donna
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  32. Mohit
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    March 15, 2015 at 8:43 am #

    Donna having goals in life is very important. This is what I have learnt in my life. But, we shouldn’t focus so much on them that we stop enjoying our life.

    The most amazing point I found in this post is switching the goals gear. Sometimes we really need to shift the gear and that can definitely be helpful. I sometimes try to concentrate more on my studies, while sometimes I completely focus on my work.

    Achieving all the goals is not very easy. One needs to try to achieve small goals first as then only he will be able to achieve the bigger goals. By going step by step, one can definitely become successful in life.

    Donna this post of yours gave me some new ideas. It is good to see that you’re focusing on your goals and making others too remember their goals.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      Hi Mohit,

      It is great to know that this post has given you some new ideas. Yes, I wrote this share of mine so that others can look at their goals and if things come up, not to quit, but to keep on going.

      Yes, sometimes we need to shift gear. That does happen a lot especially when running our own business. There are so many parts to it, and then there is life itself….family, friends, whatever that need our time and attention.

      But most of all ourselves. We need to step back sometimes and just regain focus.

      Thanks for coming by,

      -Donna
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  33. Lesly Federici
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    March 15, 2015 at 9:04 am #

    Hi Donna,
    Probably for the first time I looked at 2015 in quarters. Then I broke it down into 3 months of accomplishment and a draft of how I would get there.I’m a little behind …. but even so, tracking what I do or don’t do is a way for me to stay focused and see what I need to do. Goals, like life are always changing morphing into something else – even by the next day! So writing what you want to achieve down on paper, or in a doc keeps you centered and allow the flexibility for change. Love you 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

      Hi Lesly,

      I do believe that writing things down and taking it step by step is so important. It is the only way for us to focus and keep on track to achieve the goals we want.

      This is only the second time I looked at a year in quarters too. Guess that’s why I just had to share in this post what I was going through so that others could resonate with it.

      I do believe that goals, like life, are always changing and morphing. When all is said and done, I rather take more time to achieve the goal at hand so that it is better than what I originally set out to do.

      Thanks for coming by, love you too,

      -Donna
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  34. Monisha Kapur
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    March 15, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Hi Donna,

    As usual, an amazing post that has caused me to pause and think about my goals.
    Starting the new business my goals were / are quite lofty. Of late I have felt discouraged because I am not nearly as close to any of my goals. But when I stepped back and thought of all the things I have learned, mistakes I have made (and learned from), as well as all of the interesting people I have networked with I see that my goals should have been different.
    I will be re-working my goals now as I have a better understanding now on what it takes to reach my master goal.

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips!
    Best,
    Monisha
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

      Hi Monisha,

      Good to know that you are re-working your goals. I love your business and to me it can be a goldmine! All you need to do is plan and apply all the new things you are learning.

      I know life is a bit complicated right now for you, but keep on going…I do know that you will be a bit hit once your move is complete.

      -Donna

      P.S. Your last blog got me going to Macy’s and I took your advice. Woo Hoo I feel like spring in the snow!
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  35. Dexter Roona
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    March 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    Yes i would say that i am … im doing really well with my Utoken opportunity so it is all looking good…. great article as always

    regards Dexter

  36. Siphosith
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    March 15, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    Great analogy of goals and snow, I also live where there is still mountains of snow on the ground in March. Its good to remember that for everything there is a season. Pretty soon it will be spring and we can see the signs. Your post resonates with me so much, I had my goals and plans for the first 3 months of the year and looking at them I have accomplished not that much. Thanks for the tips that you have shared for at times one feels like a failure when having not succeeded on what was planned. Thanks to your post i am encouraged.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Siphosith,

      Just like seasons, we cannot push, neither can we push our goals sometimes. We can never feel like a failure when goals are not met up with our expectations of time. That’s the big lesson I’ve learned here.

      I put a time line on my goals. Sure I was going along as planned then, I had to take a different direction, one that is more profitable, but it is not failure, but rather a learning curve.

      I do believe that when this happens it is a sign that we have to go easier on ourselves.

      -Donna
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  37. Shelley Alexander March 16, 2015 at 12:55 am #

    Donna, What a wonderful and completely honest post! Last year I set a lot of goals for myself and it caused me to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. This year I’m taking my time with achieving my goals and I do something every day to work at completing them. I also make sure to take time for me and not try to take on too much work at one time. I’m with you when you said artificially imposed “deadlines” get me down. I don’t like putting that much pressure on myself anymore and now that I no longer do that I find that I am much more relaxed and accomplishing so much! Thanks for sharing what is working for you and giving some excellent advice for reaching your goals.

    • Donna Merrill
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      March 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm #

      Hi Shelley,

      When we set lots of goals for ourselves, it does cause overwhelm and stress. I’ve been there too and never ever want to go back! Good lessons learned he hard way.

      Good to know you are taking your time to achieve goals by doing something every day. And yes, it is so important to take that “Me” time. The only way to balance our lives.

      I do find that when we are more relaxed, we become more productive. Thanks so much for sharing your experience here.

      -Donna
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  38. William Earl Amis, Jr. III
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    March 16, 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Donna, you got my attention with two areas of your sharing, here.

    Contracting task out that can be done by, just anyone. Finding the right Virtual Assistant, is critical. There are so many places to find one. I learn the hard way, to do the finding myself. I took the time, with patience. To locate people for various work.

    This gave me time to only focus to execute daily activities for me. To grow my company and personal knowledge.

    Also, Donna the area of marketing. May we all find the perfect way, soon. One without all the expense and hype. I did my due diligence and found that interaction on a natural, personal level is best. When, you express your gratitude to others vs. self-promotion. They, general are receptive to learn more about what you are doing to enrich other;s life.

    Love you so much Donna. Tell David I send my love and gratitude.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 16, 2015 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi William,

      Oh yes, there are many ways we can hire people to do tasks that frees our time up to do our work.

      When it comes to marketing, I like the “steak” not the “sizzle” Too many out there are so hyped up with promises that are never kept.

      When I make an offer to one of my products, I like to over-deliver. I also like to talk to people before they opt-into an offer. My products/services are geared that way. My VIP Coaching is what David and I call “Dynamic coaching” because with a few dollars per month, people not only get access to everything we do for free, but they also have a coaching session plus we are available for them when questions arise.

      I love organic growth. It is long lasting instead of jumping around. I rather have quality time with my clients than quantity. Plus, I rather have people promote me from their experience than anything else. I know it grows an it grows stronger that way.

      Love you too and will send David your love and gratitude!

      -Donna
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  39. Willena Flewelling
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    March 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Really, Donna, I think you and my other friends from the eastern US should consider moving to northern Alberta, Canada! We’re 600 miles north of Idaho, and we have very little snow. Lots of melting in recent days has led to lakes where fields are supposed to be, but that won’t last long.

    I’m not doing so well as I’d hoped with my goals for this year. But at least now I have some tips for how to do better. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 18, 2015 at 11:42 am #

      Hi Willena,

      Funny you should say that! When I was in New York, I visited Toronto quite often, even thought of moving there.

      I haven’t been to Alberta, but this spring (if it ever comes lol) We are planning a trip to Frederiction, New Brunswick. From where I live now in Maine, it is close to us and I want to scope out the area.

      I think you are doing a wonderful job, sharing your journey in your blog! I find it most interesting and helpful.

      -Donna
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  40. Barbara Charles
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    March 17, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    I completely understand how you feel. I had a number of goals set and in a specific timeframe and I can’t seem to get them completed. One having to do with my product. I always say life kinda gets in the way as many different things interfere with all we want to do.

    I’m so glad I read your post because it actually made me feel better and that I’m not alone and that we all are faced with this trying to meet our goals. I know I constantly change them as I learn new things.

    I know I’m behind since we started determining what I needed to do and just can’t seem to get to them for various reasons….new baby in the house, new ebooks, building a blogging community and many other things.

    Thanks for reminding me that I’m not alone. You make such good points in all.

    Hope all is well with you.

    Talk soon.
    Barbara
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 18, 2015 at 11:48 am #

      Hi Barbara,

      Yes, you are not alone. I think that sometimes we put too many goals upon ourselves, then when we start making strides to get them done, something stops us in our tracks. Life happens, technical difficulties happen, and so on.

      So we have to be flexible. You have so much on your plate and even if your prioritize, with the new baby and all, it is not so easy to complete a goal at a specific time.

      But you are getting there and that’s what counts. You know as well as I things don’t happen overnight, so stay on track and eventually all will fall into place.

      You are a great businesswoman and I know you will reach each goal you set out to do.

      -Donna
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  41. Miriam Slozberg
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    March 19, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Donna! Spring does not only bring in warmer weather but there is something very refreshing about it! It is time to do some serious cleaning and a much easier time to clear your mind so you can be set on attaining those goals.
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  42. Rachel Lavern
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    March 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Because I do have mechanisms in place for me to make consistent, meaningful progress, I do not beat myself up when I miss a goal. I believe that it is important that we routinely recognize and celebrate success. I always encourage people to keep track of their achievements and successes on a daily basis, for example, by keeping a diary of their achievements. Then celebrate and reward themselves for their small wins. And, of course, take the time to learn from both successes and failures.

    Mid-course corrections can be a great thing!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 22, 2015 at 1:39 pm #

      Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for your input on this post. You sure know how to keep things positive. I too celebrate success. Even when I check something off on my list of to do’s I do feel elated.

      Indeed, it is important that we “routinely recognize and celebrate success” I like the way you encourage people to keep track of their achievements on a daily basis.

      I must say, that I do practice this, but (see the but there lol) I slipped, I didn’t consider it a failure, but frustration leaked in. I wanted to share this with others because sometimes it just happens, So what can we do about that? You provided a great answer and I appreciate it!

      -Donna
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  43. Atish Ranjan March 21, 2015 at 6:27 am #

    Hey Donna,

    Sorry to coming on your blog after long time. I have been suffering from severe cold and all.

    Now I am back and read this post of yours. I am glad you are recalling your goals through this post.

    I too have few goals which I have set and working over them to complete them soon. Thanks for the great reminder.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm #

      Hi Atish,

      I hope this finds you feeling better and no worries at my end. Glad you are back!

      As long as you have “flexibility” when you have your goals set, you will be fine. This is a lesson I learned. And I know you have the patience and persistence to do so.

      -Donna
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  44. Kathryn Maclean
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    March 22, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    My goodness so great to see this from you Donna.

    I was feeling rather alone with my goals. I two have a master plan for the year.

    I am like you, “with a bunch of bright ideas and hopeful goals that are hitting some roadblocks, challenges and delays ”
    I lliked – “Goals are a funny thing. Even when we are certain that we can live up to them, there has to be flexibility. This has been my biggest lesson”. So far this year that resonates with me.

    Very nice meeting you the other day on the hangout btw.

  45. Donna Merrill
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    March 22, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Kathryn,

    So good to know this post resonated with you. I just had to share it. Even though I stick to my goals, create production schedules, and do all that time management stuff, things do pop up.

    I usually roll with the punches. But this time, when an entire sales funnel was put into place (tons of work) Then, after being reviewed, came to find out that it was too good. And I had to go through yet another learning curve to build a JV section and tutorial, it had thrown me off kilter.

    It came down to my own expectations of myself. Lesson learned: Be Flexible and not too hard on myself.

    -Donna
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  46. Kyle Nelson
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    March 27, 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Donna- Goals are so tricky. I am always making them, changing them and sometime even hitting them! Such a great feeling it is when you set a goal and meet it. Of course every goal you will have obstacles and curve balls thrown your way that will create mini goals but overall I think those add t the success and accomplishment of the goal!

    Great topic!
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 28, 2015 at 1:34 pm #

      Hi Kyle,

      Yes, goals can be a tricky situation. And sometimes we need to tweak them a bit. I like to set up one, then work backwards in baby steps to achieve it. When written down, it does give us more clarity and then checking off each baby step feels so great and is a positive reinforcement.

      Oh those curve balls hit me all the time, but with persistence and blinders on…I do complete them.

      Cheers!

      -Donna
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  47. Nile March 31, 2015 at 1:38 am #

    It’s nearly the 4th month and I’ve been neck deep with everything I’ve planned to do for this year. I’ve been really happy that I’m getting more requests to do more conferences and webinars without actually reaching out… so that means I did something good some time ago… lol.

    I’m usually a baby steps type person. I’ll make a specific goal for each month to tackle while having a general list of goals that I want to tackle throughout the whole year. Having short term and long term goals work very well.
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    • Donna Merrill
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      March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm #

      Hi Nile,

      You sure have been a busy bee! It is so great that people are requesting you to do more conferences and webinars. Well they are coming to you because of all the work you have done in the past.

      You sure know your stuff and that’s why people are seeking you out. There is no better feeling than that. Word of mouth still lives! And girl you deserve it.

      -Donna
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