What a joy it has been for me this past year to sit down and dig in to 11 topics that I believe lead to an Unstoppable Life with people who are amazing examples in each area.
My Unstoppable Life mini-course, Set & Achieve Goals (One of twelve courses in the full program), is so powerful and I’m excited to introduce you to my guest for this topic – Marie Forleo.
Like me, Marie has a passion for helping others be Unstoppable and get the most out of their lives. She is an entrepreneur, writer, philanthropist, and in her words “an unshakable optimist dedicated to helping you become the person you most want to be.” Marie has an award-winning show MarieTV (which is now also a podcast), world-class online training programs for entrepreneurs, and a #1 New York Times bestselling book. Check out her website to learn more about how she devoted her life to helping others thrive.
Goal setting is important to Marie and she has some very practical, empowering, and life-giving tips to help you set goals that will lead you to the things you want to achieve (or maybe even lead you in a direction you never expected). There is so much content in our conversation that you can now access by jumping in on the course, but I wanted to be sure to share some of what we talked about with you today to empower you in your goal-setting, starting right now.
First, why set goals?
I believe that having something to work toward is essential for everyone. When we are moving forward and striving in our passion areas (linked to purpose and meaning) we can wake up every day feeling fulfilled. If you are on a journey to discover your passion check out these posts for some encouragement (Meet Bob Goff, Meet Mike Coots, How to Get Out of the Rut). Goals can actually help combat stress, loss, and depression, and in the past year that has taken a toll on a lot of people, simple goal-setting can help set you free. My life certainly wouldn’t be where it is today without goals and the reasons behind them. I hope this gets you fired up to reach your goals!
Ok, here are a couple of nuggets from my conversation with Marie…
Simplify to amplify. This is one of Marie’s mantras. The best way to meet a goal is one baby step at a time, and one of the keys to not taking on too much and feeling stalled by overwhelm is to do less at one time.
Progress not perfection. Another one of Marie’s mantras (and book title) is “Everything is Figureoutable.” My version of this is “I don’t need easy, I just need possible.” The heart of both our mantras is that the important thing is to keep going. Often this involves reevaluating and adapting. It takes courage to readjust goals, but it is not a failure when you need to adapt. Adaptation can lead you to better things and to the place you were meant to be anyway. Give yourself so much grace along the way!
The world needs the gifts that only you have.
As Marie always says, the world needs the gifts that only you have. You are a one-time hit in the universe. Making goals can help you show up in your own life with more passion and purpose.
God sees you as His beautiful creation. You matter and have so much value, and goal setting is an essential tool to living your one-of-a-kind beautiful and Unstoppable LIFE.